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Can’t decide which restaurant to try? Take a culinary walking tour of beautiful Stillwater. Foodies on Foot takes you on a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the best restaurants and specialty shops Stillwater has to offer. Join us on our one-of-a-kind tours of locally owned restaurants, gourmet food shops, microbreweries and wineries featuring choice meats from local farms, wild foraged greens, rich hand-made desserts and dynamic beer and wine lists. This three plus hour relaxing stroll simply offers the best of Stillwater…one bite at a time! Reservations required.
Can’t decide where to eat? Take a culinary walking tour of downtown Stillwater. Take a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the best restaurants and specialty shops Stillwater has to offer. One-of-a-kind tours of locally owned restaurants, gourmet food shops, microbreweries, and wineries. This three plus hour relaxing stroll simply offers the best of Stillwater…one bite at a time! Reservations required.
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Stillwater, MN in the Fall
1. Apple Picking
It’s officially fall when you arrive at an apple orchard and step inside a vintage barn to take in the fall scent of apples, apple pie, caramel apples and fresh family fun. Celebrating 70 years in business, Aamodt’s Apple Farm is in high season open 7 days a week for apple picking or activities such as hay wagon rides, honeycrisp express kids train, hay bale maze, and live goats. Check their website for days/times. For the adults, lounge in Thor’s Hard Cider tasting room or pop next door to Saint Croix Vineyards.
2. Fall Rivercruise
Spot the bright red colors of maple trees and yellow leaves of the oak trees along the shoreline of the St. Croix River. Wave to Minnesota and Wisconsin while enjoying lunch and dinner cruises offered daily (through October weather permitting) with an extra special live jazz band brunch cruise on Sundays. Come see the beauty of the river valley who’s celebrating 50 years as a nationally protected scenic riverway this year.
3. Fall Fashion
Touch and feel the fabrics of fall. Suede, denim, wovens, silks…it’s all downtown Stillwater with several women’s and some men’s clothing boutiques. You’ll even find an exhibit on how bicycles influenced women’s fashion, a new consignment shop, shoe store, tons of vintage pieces at several antique shops, a Ladies Night Outshopping event in September. Mix new and upcycled while feeling all pulled together for the new season.
4. Grape Stomp
Roll up your jeans and prepare to laugh out loud. You know a grape stomp is on your bucket list, so make plans to be a part of the fall harvest process at three wineries in Stillwater: Northern Vineyards, Saint Croix Vineyards, 7 Vines. Ask about tastings, tours, and special events like yoga in the vineyard. Stillwater has one of Minnesota’s oldest wine co-ops, award winning wines and a new event venue in the countryside.
5. Gondola Romantica
Enjoy the romance of Venice blended with the beauty of the St. Croix River and the charm of Stillwater. Plan an especially romantic proposal, celebrate a birthday, wedding or anniversary, or just get away to a relaxing cruise on the river in an authentic Venetian gondola. You can book a sunlit daytime cruise or a moonlit evening cruise with options to add a 5-course dinner at the Dock Cafe with riverviews first, a gourmet picnic or even roll out the red carpet and red roses!
6. Giant Pumpkins
A true Midwest experience, Harvest Fest & Giant Pumpking Weigh-off is a fall festival in downtown Stillwater on the banks of the St. Croix River famous for it’s pumpkin regatta, giant pumpkin drop, and Guiness Book of World Record pumpkin competitions. Fun for the whole family right downtown so you can also shop, dine and stay right in the action.
7. Fall Cooking
Pumpkin, maple, cinnamon…..ooh the crisp air inspires you to have fun in the kitchen, doesn’t it? Visit Stillwater to stock up on your spices, olive oils, and cookware, or for inspiration. Take the foodie tour with a group of friends or a culinary class at Cooks of Crocus Hill, try a new restaurant or look for special dinner events at The Outing Lodge, Rivertown Inn, or Water Street Inn.
8. Best Views & Colors
Stillwater was rated one of the Best Towns for Fall Colors by Travel & Leisure Magazine AND the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge connecting Minnesota to Wisconsin was voted Best View by City Pages. Come see the view! Pick your preferred transportation: Walk (new parking lot near the Stillwater exit on the MN side), rent a bike or bring your own, drive over the bridge, or take a guided segway tour from St. Croix Valley Segway or Stillwater Segway Tours. You can also drive the St. Croix Scenic Byway through downtown Stillwater heading north to Taylor’s Falls.
9. Local Art
Art is in the air….find art sculptures and murals on public display downtown and browse the artists and works on exhibit at Stillwater Art Guild Gallery, Art Reach St. Croix, Galeria Saro and the new Smith & Trade Merchantile. Well known fall art events are happening soon, too: September- Take Me to the River a unique gathering of art events in the valley and on Sat/Sun October 5/6 explore over 150 artists from the Midwest at the Rivertown Fall Art Festival downtown in Lowell Park featuring live music and local beer/wine/food vendors as well! Look for fun DIY workshops downtown as well to make your own at Sawdust Savvy or Kari’s Create & Paint Studio. And, don’t forget about the local performing artists at Stillwater Zephyr Theatre!
10. Unique Stay
If you’ve read this far, you’ve realized that Stillwater is no day-trip. You need more time, so plan to stay overnight! Stillwater has so many choices like never before, so you’ll find a place to stay to suit your style or budget. Swedish Hot Steam shower? Chandelier lit marble bath spa? Room with balcony? A Pool? A private home with kitchen? A loft above a downtown shop? An on-site bar & restaurant? A Main Street location? It’s all here. www.DiscoverStillwater.com/Lodging Rooms book quick in the fall, so don’t delay.
Psst: Visit and take photos for a chance to win a $1000 Stillwater Getaway Package or cash prizes. Photo Contest entries accepted through October 8th.
Best Towns for Holiday Shopping & Celebrations: Stillwater, MN
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.
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.
A bazaar and gala kick-off Stillwater Hometown for the Holidays Events, which span mid-November through New Year’s Eve. During the holiday season, hop aboard a free horse-drawn Victorian Wagonette Ride along the beautiful historic river town. You can greet Santa on Main Street as strolling carolers in Victorian garb add a festive soundtrack, especially during Stillwater’s Black Friday activities.
Stillwater likes to support its small businesses and there’s no better time than during Shop Small Saturday, a national, annual event that takes place, this year, on November 24. Shop small and you’ll feel even better about your purchases, especially as Santa and his reindeer join the celebration.
For classic holiday experiences, enjoy breakfast with Santa or indulge in Holiday Tea at the historic Lowell Inn or tour the Aurora Staples Inn, decorated from floor to ceiling in seasonal finery. Kids will love the annual Twinkle Party held in Lowell Park, where crowds adorned with twinkle lights gather to see the official lighting of the Christmas tree, fireworks and a performance by the Teddy Bear Band. Stay warm with free cocoa, coffee and cookies too.
“Make Stillwater Your Hometown for the Holidays” when you participate in a one-of-a-kind Biercycle Caroling Tour. You’ll join nine other ‘pedalers,’ plus bench seat passengers, on a beautifully decorated bike for a bunch. Then sing carols together as you travel through the streets of downtown Stillwater and sip wine or hot chocolate from home.
Visit the must-see Ice Castles where fairy tales are brought to life with twinkling lights of the nighttime glow, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels and slides ready to be explored. Coming to the riverfront park of Downtown Stillwater this January-February (weather dependent). 11/9/18 update: Ice Castles will not be built in Stillwater this year, but we are hopeful they’ll return in 2020!. The frozen Ice Castles constructed downtown Stillwater were in Lowell Park on the riverfront the last two winters. We were grateful for the thousands who explored the carved tunnels, slides, archways and magical glow of this once in a lifetime frozen fun for all ages.
Revel in the joys of holiday shopping along Stillwater’s historic main street, where you’ll find perfect gifts and entertainment essentials. More than 50 downtown boutiques showcase an astonishing variety of locally made goods and unique ideas. These independently owned businesses provide a laidback, friendly ambiance too.
Park once and enjoy walking amid vintage buildings to shopping, dining, and even some lodging. There’s free on-street and city lot parking available from November to May, with a nearby parking ramp for $5 per day.
Shopping is a favorite Stillwater pastime. Whether browsing necklaces and shoes inside a hidden second story boutique, or trying on the latest high fashion dresses , jeans , or jewelry you’re sure to find new favorites. European wearable brands fill SASH and Simply Chic stocks affordable accessories for all ages, while outdoors enthusiasts appreciate adventure clothing and shoes, or gear, at 45 Degrees. Don’t forget, no sales tax on clothes in Minnesota!
Want to spruce up your home for the holidays? Fans of upcycled home decor & painted furniture enjoy browsing Reclaiming Beautiful. You’ll find eclectic home accents and clocks at Forget Me Not, rocks, fossils and funny gifts at Art n’ Soul and a general department store ‘feel’ from garden to bed and bath accessories to custom furniture, at Alfresco Casual Living.
There are baby carriers at Lil Tulips, natural soaps at Modern Roots, locally designed stationery at Mara-Mi and children’s accessories at Gully Wubbles. Foodies can purchase top-quality olive oil downtown, plus fresh candy and popcorn, while Pinch n’ Rub Spice & Tea Hub is known for premium-quality seasonings and loose leaf teas. Find unique imported goods from Kathe Wohlfahrt German Christmas Store or Scandinavian North. For the crafty in the family make a stop at Darn Knit Anyway and the avid reader, Valley Bookseller. Shop Stillwater’s used book stores and vintage antique shops, for more great purchases.
The Gift of Experience
When you’re ready to take a break from shopping, there are many more fun things to do in Stillwater. Enjoy breathtaking views of the St. Croix River Valley atop one of several historic main street stairways, or browse the beautiful two- and three-dimensional work of local artists at Tamarack Art Gallery and Stillwater Art Guild & Gallery. Or learn new culinary skills such as how to make the ultimate stir fry dish, and French inspired brunch dishes for holiday gatherings.
Gift giving becomes more personal when you create your own hand-painted pottery, custom heirloom jewelry, or spend an afternoon at Sawdust Savvy. The ideal Girlfriend Experience or DIY holiday gift idea, this woman-owned ‘shop’ provides all the power tools, paint and other accessories needed to create custom wood crafts without assembling your own workshop.
Stillwater gift certificates can cover meals at local restaurants, tastings at local wineries or a behind-the-scenes culinary walking tours with Foodies on Foot. You can treat loved ones to a stay in one of eight beautiful, historic Stillwater bed & breakfasts too, as well as trolley tours or boat tours. For more adventurous souls, book a hot air balloon ride or Segway tour. If your loved one enjoys being pampered, a gift certificate for spa & salon treatments will create the perfect ‘girl’s day.’
Eat, Drink & Stay
More than 30 downtown Stillwater restaurants and pubs can satisfy your hunger and thirst, as well as two breweries and two wineries. Sip your favorite coffee drink and savor freshly prepared quiche beside a roaring fire, or chow down on hearty Irish fare. In addition, sample cuisine riverside at The Dock Cafe and rich, delicious Caribbean seafood stew from Nacho Mamas. Whether you prefer pizza or burgers, scratch-made Thai food, or a house Reuben served with a side of bicycle repair, Stillwater dining offers plenty of tasty options.
This lovely city features diverse accommodations too. You can stay at a hotel with an indoor pool, in nearby Oak Park Heights, MN, or downtown in a historic inn or new boutique hotel. For a more personal lodging experience, settle into one of eight cute and cozy B&Bs, within short walks and drives from Main Street, while spa home retreats or sleek, modern downtown lofts combine privacy with all the comforts of home. No matter which option you choose, be sure to ask about #StayAnExtraDay deals too.
There’s no better place to celebrate the holiday season than in Stillwater, MN, where natural winter beauty and seasonal events only enhance the charm of this riverside city. #OnlyinMN
Take Your Valentine to A Romantic River Town
Rose are red, violets are blue. Your sweetheart deserves special treatment and you do too! So, head to a romantic river town for Minnesota nice along the scenic St. Croix River in Stillwater. Merchants on the historic downtown Main Street Paint the Town Red for valentine’s weekend to welcome you with specials and FREE horse-drawn carriage rides (Saturday, Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Only 1-4pm).
Stillwater is romantic any time of year, but throw in a warm fireplace B&B suite, 2 person whirlpool tub, a candlelight dinner at a special restaurant, live acoustic music, a visit to the spa, winery or brewery and a fresh winter air boutique stroll – you are sure to win a heart!
Escape the big city lights and opt for a serene river bluff landscape with a hip European small town vibe instead. Walk hand-in-hand everywhere you’d like to explore. Park your car (ALL LOTS FREE right now), put down your smartphone, and move your feet to discover this romantic gem only minutes from the Twin Cities. Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com to plan your romantic getaway during love month!
Here’s a few ideas for you:
FREE Horse-drawn carriage rides
Love is Brewing – Maple Island Brewery
Torchlight Xcountry Ski/Hike/Snowshoe – Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Valentine’s Couples Event – Alchemy Arts Studio
Cozy Up with Cupid or Baking with Cupid– Cooks of Crocus Hill
Just Desserts Cooking Class (7th or 21st)- Rivertown Inn
Foods of Love or Savor the Flavors of Stillwater– Foodies on Foot
Candlelight Dinner & Painting – Kari’s Create & Paint Studio
St. Valentine’s Dinner & Tango Lesson – The Outing Lodge
#OnlyinMN #Valentine #Love #Celebrate
What’s New for Summer 2014 in Stillwater
Historic Stillwater Minnesota’s fun vibe is underway for summer 2014. Here’s a quick line up of the newest shops, attractions, and restaurants you must see this year!
Stillwater welcomes the following new businesses:
Designs of Sweden – Modern Swedish Gifts & Home Decor
Wedge and Wheel – Artisian farmstead cheese shop
Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – Paint your own pottery and canvas Studio
Loft at Studio J – New venue space for weddings and events
LOLO American Kitchen – open kitchen/bar in modern setting featuring small plates and artisan cocktails.
Allure – Fine jewelry from the most precious stones on earth.
Maybe? Maybe Not – Home decor to jewelry. A little something for every gal.
Johnson Jewelers – New owners of previously named Sherburne Jewelers
The Pole Barn Studio – Unique classes in pole, ballet, silks, flex, and dance.
Stillwater Oaks Golf Course – new owners of Sawmill Golf Course.
My Sister’s Cottage – Vintage home goods store
Simonet’s Furniture Company – fine furniture and Amish solid wood sets
Enchante – current and wearable clothing that is unique and expressive
Alchemy Arts Studio – fused glass teaching studio and gallery
Coming Soon…Maple Island Brewery
Stillwater Trolley – new story time tours and craft beer progressive dinner tours in partnership with Foodies on Foot and Lift Bridge Brewery.
St. Croix Boat & Packet – bridge construction tours.
45 Degrees – Paddleboard rental.
Log Jam – return of a reinvented Lumberjack Days focusing on a smaller-scale affordable family festival
Summer Tuesdays – free music and movies on the riverfront now offers viewing by boat
City of Stillwater build a new open air amphitheatre in Lowell Park on the riverfront – look for live music!
A few staple stops shuffled along Main Street, so please note their new spot:
Studio One Yoga – now at 402 Main Street N.
Asalonna – returned to their original location at 225 E. Chestnut St.
Five Living of Stillwater – now at 223 S. Main St.
Forget Me Knot – now at 102 Main St. N.
Buttercream – now at 223 E. Chestnut St.
Sash – now at 200 E. Chestnut St.
Reve 324 – now at 200 E. Chestnut St.
Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com for a complete list of boutiques, restaurants, and unique things to do!
New Trolley Tour Themes
Hopping on the historic street cars of downtown Stillwater are a must to understand the story of the Historic Birthplace of Minnesota – what made Stillwater famous, why were there so many lumberjacks, and what beautiful architecture still stands today? Take the 45 minute narrated historic trolley tour right away when you get in town. This is will give you a feel for how it all began as well as the lay of the land and excellent views of downtown.
The Stillwater Trolley company has expanded recently to feature more themed tours from beer to books. In partnership with local companies, Stillwater Trolley is offering a craft beer progressive dinner tour including a Foodies on Foot culinary tour and Stillwater Lift Bridge Brewery Tour which promises to have actual beer brewers join you to share a little something about food/drink pairings. Tours begin today and run select Thursdays through September. Visit www.FoodiesonFootMN.com to book your tour.
Next up on their new tour ideas is a Story Time Trolley ride for kids. Stillwater Trolley is partnering with Valley Bookseller to bring you a short ride, then a stop at Pioneer Park where an author/storyteller will read stories. Then it’s back to the bookstore for a snack. Sounds like a great way to encourage your children to read and explore one of Minnesota’s prettiest towns full of history. To reserve a spot for only $5 for your child, call Valley Bookseller at 651-430-3385. Story Time Trolley begins on June 7th at 10:30 am.