One of the best parts about staying at the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel, apart from the luxurious
accommodations and personalized service, is its location. Downtown Appleton is rich with
culture, shops and entertainment. Here is just a small sample of what there is to do and
1. See a Performance at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Starting on a high note, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, located one block west of the
CopperLeaf Hotel, hosts a huge amount of different events each year. From off Broadway
musicals to plays, concerts, community events, the Fox Cities PAC brings in some of the
biggest and best productions from around the United States. Make sure to check out their event
schedule for upcoming events, and keep an eye on CopperLeaf’s website for special packages,
including tickets to certain events.
2. Take a Stroll Through the Lawrence University Campus
If you are looking for something low-key, and want to spend some time outdoors, the Lawrence
University Campus makes for a beautiful walk. With unique architecture, art displays, and scenic
walkways, this is a free and relaxing alternative to shopping and dining. Make sure to walk
around the back of the campus to see the scenic view of the Fox River. The Lawrence Memorial
Chapel, across College Ave from the campus, is also a pretty place to stop and take a look
3. Take the Kids to the Building for Kids Children’s Museum
If you’re looking for something to do with the little ones, you have to spend a couple hours at the
Building for Kids Children’s Museum. Opened in 1991, and located one block east of the
CopperLeaf, the Building for Kids seeks to empower children, engage parents and energize
communities. With 14 different exhibits, there is tons for kids of any age to play on, explore and
learn from. They also have various events occurring throughout the year, which you can find on
their events calendar.
4. Enjoy Dinner and Cocktails at Rye Restaurant and Lounge
The Rye Restaurant and lounge is located directly adjacent to the CopperLeaf Hotel. Featuring a
refined comfort menu that changes with the seasons, and a rustic urban setting, this is one of
the most unique dining experiences in Appleton. If you want to try a delicious new cocktail, take
a look through their artisan cocktail menu, using homemade simple syrups and premium
ingredients. The food is local and organic whenever possible, and the menu features a wide
variety of items. Your taste buds will appreciate you took the time to dine at the Rye.
5. Visit the Trout Museum of Art
The Trout Museum of Art is also located on College Avenue. The museum has a broad mix of
over 150 pieces of art, ranging from paintings to sculptures and decorative objects. The
collection is a result of 40 years of procuring unique art pieces by Dr. Monroe E. and Sandra
Trout. Keep an eye on their website for special events and exhibits, which change throughout
6. Hit the Shops on College Avenue
With so many different shops offering tons of different items, we couldn’t pick just one place to
visit. If you walk east down College Avenue, there are countless shops offering everything from
antiques to home décor, jewelry, clothes and more. Visitors can spend almost a whole day just
checking out the various shops along College Avenue. It is truly one of the best boutique
shopping areas in the Fox Valley.
7. Get Pampered at Spa BenMarNico’s
If you’re looking for a place to simply relax and be pampered, there’s no better place than Spa
BenMarNico’s located within the CopperLeaf Hotel. This upscale destination is a full service spa
and salon, offering body and facial treatments, massage, hair and makeup, waxing treatments
and more. If you are planning to stay at the CopperLeaf with your spouse and want to get a
couple’s massage, check out CopperLeaf’s Ultimate Indulgence Package, which includes a one
hour signature couple’s massage at Spa BenMarNicos. Just make sure you call the spa in
advance to make reservations.
8. Learn Some Fox Valley History at the History Museum at the Castle
This unique little museum is just across the street from Lawrence University on College Avenue.
The museum is filled with archival materials and artifacts related to the history of the Lower Fox
River Valley and Outagamie County. Visitors can also learn about famous local figures such as
Harry Houdini. Just being in the building is an experience in itself, as the museum is housed
within a stone Masonic temple. View their website for museum hours and special events.
9. Shop for that special someone at Avenue Jewelers.
Avenue Jewelers is located right on College Avenue and has some of the most beautiful and timeless pieces around. They do more than just jewelry, though. You can have your coin collection appraised, and even learn about different diamond cuts, different setting methods, and more. You can even learn about precious metals, gemstones and even the history of jewelry.
10. Experience a different world of decor with Gabriel Furniture
Located on College Avenue, Gabriel Furniture promises a unique shopping experience. From everything to sofas and living room furniture to dining room and bedroom decor, they offer beautiful pieces for those with excellent taste but a limited budget.
At the end of your event-filled day, kick back and relax in luxury at The CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa, it will be the perfect end to a perfect day!