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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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What’s New in 2017

Summer is almost here! The Historic District’s fun Stillwater vibe is underway. Here’s a quick line up of the newest shops, experiences, restaurants, venues, places to stay and events you must see this year.

Stillwater welcomes the following NEW businesses:


Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary at Just for Me Spa
St. Croix Brewing – opening this summer in the historic Brunswick house on Chestnut St.
Tuk Tuk Woo Hoo – FREE rides on the first electric Tuk Tuk in the U.S. This fun quazi-cab ride is sure to make you smile.
Ziggy’s Street Food & Cocktails – live music venue and restaurant on the corner of Main and Chestnut.
A Spacious Place – new boutique on Chestnut Street full of Minnesota made gifts – excellent quality souvenir stop.
Diro Outdoors – Outdoor activities outfitter and guide for private events or rental gear for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fat tire biking.
Kristina Lynn Photography & Design – specializing in portraits.
Uber – taxi service app now servicing Stillwater
Zephyre Theatre & Studios – If you’d love to see a theatre downtown Stillwater in the old train depot, help out this organization with their fundraising efforts. For now, acting and theatre enthusiasts can enjoy classes in their temporary studio in the historic Brick Alley building on Main Street.
Mai Little Cakes – custom cakes, cupcakes, and boba tea (opening in May)
Netty Q’s – Italian food truck fare at a cute walk-up window with patio on the northern end of Main Street. (Opening in May)

What’s new at the Stillwater Exchange Building (317 Main S. S.)?

New Restaurant, Nightlife Spot & Wedding Venue – Rafters has new owners, a stunning remodel, and a rebrand. It will soon be called Portside!
New Coffee Shop – Revival Coffee & Deli 
Pasta Perfecta – Local and international pastas and gifts (Opening in May)
Designs of Sweden – moved across the hall from it’s previous location

New Venue with on-site Beauty Salon and Speakeasy!

JX Event Venue – new large venue (500 seated, 720 standing) full of elegance and historic charm right downtown Stillwater.
The Velveteen Speakeasy – prohibition era fans and cocktail connoisseurs will soon delight with an opening very soon.
Just Cuz Beauty Boutique – full service salon specializing in bridal parties.

What’s New in the Grand Garage Building (324 Main St. S.)?

Nina Marie Boutique  – clothing boutique of hot young fashions.
Tilted Tiki – cocktail lounge of tropical drinks with live music and appetizer style tidbits menu.
Galerio Saro – art gallery of fine art and handmade crafts by local and global artisans including pottery, wood, multi-media works, watercolors and tapestries.


We welcomed the Ice Castles this past winter and hope they return again next year!
Welcoming back the River City Art Sculpture Tour for another year, so look for a few of the sculptures to change! Map coming soon.


Asteria Inn & Suites – previously Super 8. New Updates, Owner, & Brand!
GrandStay Inn & Suites – new pool!
Ann Bean Mansion– Ann Bean owners just celebrated 13 years of merging 21st-Century luxuries into the 19th-Century Mansion!–Think fresh, grand bedrooms and lovely linens, with spacious bathrooms (walk-in showers with body jets, artisan tile, heated flooring, a copper soaking tub).


Sawdust Savvy – DIY custom workshops with wood now located in the Grand Garage building at 324 S. Main Street
South Hill Vintage – now downtown on the north end of Main Street in the historic Isaac Staples Sawmill building on the 2nd Floor
Designs of Sweden – don’t worry this very modern cool boutique didn’t go far, just across the hallway. Also, did you know they launched a group travel company for guided tours of Sweden (including day trips to Denmark & Norway) as well.
Paint.Sip.Nosh/Artful Indulgence – is now an on-site only experience – they come to your venue!


Stillwater Trolley now has a new trolley with a wheelchair accessible ramp and year-round weather proof capabilities for private hire.
Wahoo Adventures – Friday morning Herons & History kayak/trolley tours
Rivertown Inn – new chef, updated culinary classes, and package experience ideas
Victoriano’s NY Pizza – offering online ordering and delivery.


New St. Croix Crossing Bridge construction project completion coming in 2017 – possibly as early as August! The historic lift bridge will then be closed to vehicle traffic and welcome pedestrians. Stay tuned for celebration details!

Closed: Please note that Luna Rossa Restaurant, wine shop and caves (402 Main St. S.) has permanently closed because that beautiful building has been sold and will re-open as a downtown boutique hotel/restaurant likely next year.

Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com for a complete list of boutiques, restaurants, and unique things to do! Curious what was new in 2014, 2015, or 2016 – type ‘what’s new’ in our home page search bar. There is always something new and old to discover in historic Stillwater! #OnlyinMN #StayanExtraDay #Travel #DiscoverStillwater



Summer Day on the River Giveaway

Hurry, enter for your chance to win a mid-week getaway on the scenic St. Croix River in Stillwater, Minnesota. Enjoy a day on the river with a 4-hour pontoon rental from Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals, overnight accommodations from your choice of hotel/B&B/Inn/loft ($200 voucher), and just for fun, two tickets for a tour of the historic Prison Warden’s House museum!

Contest runs until May 15th at 8am. Enter on our website at: www.discoverstillwater.com/pontoon-stay-sweepstakes/.

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.

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