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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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Stillwater Wins 2 Awards!

Discover Stillwater, the Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB), was recognized on April 6th by readers of Minnesota Meetings & Events magazine as the Best Small CVB in Minnesota! Professional event planners and vendors recognized Discover Stillwater’s great customer service and inspiring destination with over 20 venues, beautiful scenery, and many experience ideas. One of Stillwater’s venues was also recognized as Best Boat/Cruise/Charter in Minnesota, so congratulations to St. Croix Boat & Packet/Stillwater River Boats.

Representatives from Discover Stillwater (pictured left to right: Larry Loyer – Board Member & General Manager of Rivertown Inn, Janel Hutton – Marketing Assistant, Christie Rosckes – Marketing Director) celebrated at the awards ceremony held at the Solar Arts Building in Minneapolis and catered by Chowgirls catering. Check out these links to read the awards release or see the entire list of winners and nominees.

Meeting planners…check out all the great meeting and wedding venues in Stillwater as well as fun ideas for things to do.

Spring is around the corner

Check out our April Travel Tips enewsletter for inspiring ideas on how to make the most of spring!



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

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