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There is always something NEW happening in the fun, historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota. Looking for information while visiting? The following Visitor Ambassador businesses welcome you to stop in, ask questions and pick up guidebook/map:  Stillwater TrolleyWater Street InnAlfresco – Northern Vineyards 

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017 in Stillwater!

ST. Patrick's Day in Stillwater, MN

Stillwater is full of celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day. Irish Pub’s, breweries, and wineries are celebrating across Stillwater. Here are some of the top celebrations you will want to be sure to come to Stillwater for…

      • Charlie’s Irish Pub at Waterstreet Inn is celebrating both Friday, March 17th & Saturday, March 18th. Live music, food & drink specials, and room specials. This is always a popular spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Stillwater! 651-439-6000  MORE INFO


      • Tickets are still available for you to don your best green outfit and celebrate the Irish holiday at The Outing Lodge! Live music, buffet dinner with a beer or glass of wine included. Cash bar will be open for any additional purchases.
        Grab tickets… http://bit.ly/2mHMyAE  MORE INFO


      • Lift Bridge Brewery will have the band Cattail Moon playing Live in the Taproom and will be featuring all Irish tunes. MORE INFO


      • Green Lager and Rick Lombardi will be at Maple Island Brewing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Gorgeous location. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t yet made it there.


      •  Pub 112 will have live music and bagpipes on Friday and Saturday and their special corned beef cabbage, corned beef nachos, corned beef tacos, and “Irish cigars” served all weekend. March 1st through March 18th guess the amount of candies in their pot of gold and compete for a $100 gift certificate. (Winner revealed March 19th)


      • Green wine at Northern Vineyards. This is a free add-on to their wine-tasting or available by the glass. www.northernvineyards.com



  • The Island Boy is singing on the 17th at The Tilted Tiki and they are featuring a “tiki” St Patrick’s Day drink The Tropical Tilted Irishman made with Jameson Irish Whiskey. Hourly Specials all day long.

WIN a Spring Stillwater Staycation!

No tropical vacation planned for spring break? Embrace an awesome staycation right here in the Twin Cities instead. Enter for your chance to win a Stillwater, Minnesota spring staycation valued at over $1000 with lodging, dining, shopping, and even a hot air balloon ride! Contest ends in a week, so enter now: http://woobox.com/z79hp9.


New Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary

NOW OPEN! Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary at Just For Me Spa . Relaxation. Respitory therapy. Skin benefits and more! Call 651-439-4662 to schedule your 45 minute cave session and fall in love! Introductory price is still only $19! March Sales on all spa services begin Monday – become a Spa Member. http://www.justformespa.com/

Most Shops Open 7 Days a Week!

Hello. Did you know that the majority of our downtown boutiques are OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! Don’t believe us? Check out this list of 40 exquisite clothing, home decor, culinary, gift, jewelry and specialty shops welcoming you daily. Book a March Staycation in Stillwater any day of the week. Get crazy, call in sick from work. Have some fun and use those darn vacation days already!


#DiscoverStillwater #ShopLocal #ShopSmall

WIN a Ski & Stay Package with Afton Alps

Stillwater’s charming historic downtown is an exciting and relaxing winter escape! Stay in Stillwater to explore three nearby ski resorts – Afton Alps, Trollhaugen, and Wild Mountain. Ski season is here in Minnesota with lots of beautiful white snow!

Enter to WIN a ski & stay package with Afton Alps which is the closest ski resort to Main Street Stillwater only 16 miles south along the Scenic St. Croix Byway.

Contest ends February 8th, 2017. ENTER here: http://www.discoverstillwater.com/afton-alps-ski-weekend-sweepstakes/

For more information on winter fun in Stillwater visit our ‘winter wonderland’ page: http://www.discoverstillwater.com/things-to-do/winter-wonderland/ 

Enjoy the season & good luck! Just remember the only thing that closes in the winter in Stillwater is the river, so restaurants, boutiques, hotels, and fun experiences still welcome you on Main Street! And this year… Ice Castles, too.

Ice Castles Open Date is Announced!

Stillwater, Minnesota is the new site of the must-see Ice Castles set to OPEN Friday, January 6th. Visit this amazing spectacle where fairy tales are brought to life with the nighttime glow of twinkling lights, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels and slides ready to be explored.

Purchase tickets at www.IceCastles.com/Stillwater! Plan ahead to get your ticketed entry time-slot and book lodging for a many days of fun in Stillwater.

Open every day except Tuesdays through possibly Mid-March but it’s all weather dependent. Look for special events at Ice Castles like the fire shows, frozen princesses, star watch parties as well as winter themed events at local downtown businesses which can be found on our events calendar: www.DiscoverStillwater.com/events or within the Ice castles listing on our calendar. For deals on restaurants, pubs, hotels, boutiques, and things to do while in town visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com/cool-deals.

Hockey Day Minnesota Sweepstakes








Enter to Win Tickets
The Minnesota Wild, along with FOX Sports North and Minnesota Hockey, will host the outdoor games for Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 – Saturday, January 21st – in Stillwater this year!  Come watch hockey at an outdoor rink in downtown Stillwater along the St. Croix River! Stillwater’s festivities will be part of a day-long television event broadcast on FOX Sports North, designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros. As a sponsor of this tradition, the Stillwater Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) is giving away ticket packages. Grab a few friends for a fun day in the Birthplace of Minnesota, the State of Hockey! Enter soon, contest ends January 6th.



Find Holiday Inspiration in Stillwater

Located along the scenic St. Croix River, and just outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Stillwater, Minnesota is considered the state’s historic birthplace. It’s been described as one of the Best Places to Take Out of Town Guests and named one of America’s Most Picturesque Towns, where paddle wheel river boats and gondolas still travel near a historic bridge. There’s easy access to Stillwater, too, from the Twin Cities and Wisconsin.

This little city has easy access from the Twin Cities and Wisconsin and turns into a romantic, natural wonderland in wintertime. Stillwater is simultaneously festive, charming, and nostalgic, making it one of the best places in the nation to enjoy the holidays. Ready to celebrate the season? Here are some great ways to enjoy Stillwater at this magical time of year.

Best Towns for Holiday Shopping & Celebrations, Stillwater, MN: Read full article

New Winter Events in Stillwater This Year!

Book your stay now because we have even more fun in store this winter with the Ice Castles and Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 coming to the riverfront of downtown Stillwater.

Ice Castles
December 26* through Mid-March
*Open/close dates weather dependent. Open daily except Tuesdays.
Full schedule, tickets, and details here.

Real-life Ice Castles that will take your breath away.

Ice castles is the must-see winter wonderland where fairy tales are brought to life with twinkling lights, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels, fountains and slides ready to be explored. By day this frozen castle glimmers with glacial blues and after dark the ice formations create a magical glow.

Hockey Day Minnesota 2017
Saturday, January 21st
Full schedule, tickets, and details here.
Stillwater’s festivities on the outdoor hockey rink along the river will be part of a day-long television event broadcast on FOX Sports North, designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros.


2016 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Discover Stillwater’s 4th annual summer photo contest has announced the winners. There were 290 entries this year showcasing a variety of stunning scenes of the Stillwater area. The Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors selected the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as honorable mention images: Jeanette Moss McCurdy won first place with an artistic shot of the St. Croix Boat & Packet paddlewheel boat in the fog, Kelley Brenner took second place with an image of the historic courthouse and trolley, and Michael Boege took third place with an aerial view of the river valley from a historic home on Broadway Street. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $300, $200, $100. Honorable Mentions were also given to photos by Tom Wieland, Nathan Lodermeier and Subree Subramanian.

Stillwater visitors, locals, and fans also took part by voting online for the Popular Vote category winner, Katie Linehan from Chicago whose photo had a great Americana feel capturing the front porch of a historic Stillwater home and American flag. She will receive a Stillwater Getaway Package valued at $700 which includes a 2-night stay at the Grand Stay Hotel & Suites and gift certificates from these sponsors: Northern Vineyards Winery, Kari’s Create & Paint, Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop, Simply Chic, South Hill Vintage, Pub 112, The Wedge & Wheel and Alfresco Casual Living.

All winners will all also receive recognition on the DiscoverStillwater.com website, Discover Stillwater social media, and be showcased in the 2017 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide/Map.

Official contest rules and past winners link is available at http://www.discoverstillwater.com/photo-contest. Stillwater is a popular tourist destination located just minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, on the scenic St. Croix River, and is considered the Birthplace of Minnesota.

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