Stillwater, Minnesota: Visit one of America’s Most Picturesque Small Towns (USA Today Travel) and Top 5 Midwest Towns to Visit Now (Fodor’s Travel). Located minutes east of the Twin Cities Minneapolis/St. Paul on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border of the St. Croix River, Stillwater is considered the Birthplace of Minnesota.
Visit year-round for panoramic views and an abundance of things to do. Stay overnight to experience a thriving foodie scene, trendy boutiques and many vintage shops, wineries, breweries, art galleries, river cruises, trolley tours and festivals. Sleep in a lumber Barron’s mansion and you’ll feel the nostalgia of times past in this once bustling steamboat town and top lumber producers of the world.
Springtime in Stillwater is lovely with blossoming trees and all new fashions and home décor in stock at the boutiques. Take in the beauty of the new trails along the river and scenic lookouts from the new St. Croix Crossing bridge – explore by foot or bring your bike! Girlfriend getaways are perfect for spring with lots of DIY workshops (wood signs, painting, jewelry making, cooking, or knitting), spa and salons, and new vacation rental homes and downtown loft spaces excellent for groups. Taste your way through the streets of historic Stillwater. Within a few blocks you’ll stumble upon over 30 independently owned restaurants and dessert destinations cooking up fare from all over the world. Find delightful sidewalk cafes, romantic rooftop dining with river views, trendy hot spots at the chef’s table, fireside dining or take a culinary walking tour. Once the warm air hits the 20+ outdoor dining spots open-up as do the seasonal attractions like the Stillwater Historic Trolley tours and riverboat cruises.
In the fall, Stillwater is crisp with apple farms, art fairs, and a Harvest Fest with a giant pumpkin drop and regatta on the St. Croix River. Fall colors are stunning and are best viewed on a boat cruise, Segway, hot air balloon, bike trail, river gondola or on a drive up the St. Croix Scenic Byway. As winter nears, experience the holidays like you remember. Discover Stillwater’s Historic Main Street, alive with decorations, old-fashioned Christmas spirit, and traditional events for a month-long celebration from Black Friday to New Year's Eve. Find joy in shopping small with over 50+ boutiques and festive events like free horse-drawn wagonette rides along the river, live reindeer, Santa, strolling Victorian-costumed singers, and a Biercycle with caroling tours. Plan a romantic winter getaway to enjoy the pristine white snow fall in the valley, cozy bed & breakfasts, shopping, dining, live music, Ice Castles and nearby ski hills. All the fun is within walking distance with two downtown historic inns.
Whether you are looking for a personal vacation escape or ideas for your company’s next executive retreat - Choose a destination in an inspiring setting! Stillwater, Minnesota is a beautiful historic river town with over 20 event venues, fun group experience ideas, and hotel accommodations. Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com to plan your trip.