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Best Place To Impress Out-of-town Guests

1st Place: Leinie Lodge and Brewery Tour
2nd Place: Phoenix Park
3rd Place: Irvine Park


How many locales can boast a tour of a brewery that has been in the hands of one family, the Leinenkugels, since lumberjack days, along with a pretty sweet place to sample the latest brews? Plus, if you’re lucky – and you often are – Leinenkugel family members will be bellying up to the bar with you at the Leinie Lodge (124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls). Meanwhile, Phoenix Park can’t be beat for the natural beauty of a place where two rivers converge alongside prairie grasses and a labyrinth, paired with the hustle and bustle of adjacent corporate offices and Legoland-looking apartments. Finally, Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park offers 300 acres of scenery and attractions including a free zoo featuring bear, bison, cougars, tigers, and many other animals. During the winter, Irvine Park boasts a spectacular holiday light show, with more than 100 displays and 100,000 lights. –Barbara Arnold