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Play Road TripN’ Bingo

Road tripping is fun on its own, but even more fun when you add a little friendly competition. This fall, take a drive on Minnesota’s scenic highways and byways, soak in the fall colors and discover something new along the way with ROAD-TRIP’N BINGO. Explore Minnesota has launched this fun, family friendly covid-safe idea this fall so […]


10 Reasons to Visit Stillwater, MN in the Fall

Fall River CruiseSpot the bright red colors of maples and yellow leaves of the oak trees along the shoreline of the St. Croix River. Wave to Minnesota and Wisconsin shorelines while enjoying plated and served dinner cruises offered twice daily through October 18 (weather permitting). Book your fall river cruise online at StillwaterRiverboats.com. Come see […]


America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors: Stillwater

Travel & Leisure Magazine’s “AMERICA’S BEST TOWNS FOR FALL COLORS” awarded third place to Stillwater, MN as one of the top American towns named a few years ago.  Located on the colorful banks and bluffs of the St. Croix River, Stillwater was selected with other top-scoring towns that represent the full color spectrum, from the […]


2020 Discover Stillwater Photo Contest

It’s finally here. Thank you for your patience as we are delayed and running things a wee bit different this year for our photo contest due to staff and funding shortages. Never fear, photography love is still here. We absolutely love our annual photo contest and know that many of you look forward to it […]


Stillwater Named in Top 10 Best Small Town Food Scenes by USA Today

Stillwater, MN – In the summer of road-trips, Stillwater has another reason for you to visit their beautiful historic town on the St. Croix River. USA Today has just named Stillwater one of the 10 Best Small Town Food Scenes in the country. For the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award a list […]


Stillwater Summer Staycation Sweepstakes

You’ve been cooped up at home and are so ready to get out for fun but funds are tight due to this pandemic pinch, so what do you do? You take a chance, enter a contest and cross your fingers that you win an amazing staycation package valued at $1275. We can’t wait to welcome […]


Loop Trail & Lift Bridge Open June 1st

Renovated Historic Stillwater Lift Bridge: Photo by Denny Prothero Opening Dates Announced As of June 1st at 8am, the entire St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail is officially complete. The final span of this 4.7 mile loop trail in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota opens Monday welcoming people and bikes to a renovated historic lift bridge. The […]


12 “Stay Safe” Activities in Stillwater, MN

Minnesota’s health officials are still in a “Stay Safe” recommendation during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many ways you CAN enjoy Stillwater, Minnesota while following the guidelines and enjoying the great outdoors. Note, that as of Saturday, July 25th masks are required when indoors in Minnesota. Read up… St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail – Have […]


What’s Open in Stillwater, MN?

2020 has been a challenging time for all, so as the COVID-19 virus protection restrictions change, we’ll keep you informed on who is open. Please practice PATIENCE and KINDNESS with business owners and other guests as we all do our best to navigate these uncharted waters. While we are excited to welcome back visitors, we […]


Countdown to Connection: May Giveaways

Soon, it’s really going to happen – the final section of the St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail including the historic lift bridge is set to open by the end of May 2020. We waited sixty years for the St. Croix Crossing Bridge to be built and two years for the historic lift bridge to […]


Earth Day in Stillwater

With life’s recent pause, we hope you are able to be reminded of the value of nature. Immerse yourself in it! Feel its importance, it’s simplicity and its power to heal. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our nations holiday to honor our natural surroundings this April 22! Fun Fact: Earth Day Started Near Stillwater Gaylord […]


Media Gallery Updated

Attention writers, news media, and bloggers – we’ve updated our Media kit section of our website, so take a peek to find all you need to feature Stillwater, Minnesota. You can read all about our history, what’s new, accolades and browse a huge new catalog of images for publication. https://www.discoverstillwater.com/media/


13 Things to Do in Stillwater, MN during the Pandemic

Minnesota’s health officials may have just announced a “Stay at Home” order essentially temporarily closing most everything but hotels in our tourist destination, but don’t fret because there are still many ways you CAN enjoy Stillwater, Minnesota during the pandemic while following the guidelines. Read up… St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail – Have you driven, […]


COVID-19 MN Updates

ALERT: Business hours and operations may be different due to COVID-19, so please check directly with your hotel, restaurant, bar, shop, event, or attraction before traveling. As of June 10th….MOST BUSINESSES ARE OPEN!!!! KEY LINKS: What’s Open in Stillwater? 12 “Stay Safe” Activities in Stillwater, MN Outdoor Dining Locations Loop Trail & Lift Bridge Open […]


Find Winter Wellness in Stillwater

In Collaboration with Liz Westerhaus of ThisMinnesotaLife I recently heard someone say “Winter is where wellness is made.”  I’d never thought of it that way. Like many, I’ve habitually used the long trudge of winter in the Midwest as an excuse to hide behind closed doors in hibernation mode until the first signs of Spring.  […]


Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Stillwater

💌Love & Valentines: Destination Stillwater❤️Make the best of the cozy season. Find your favorite fireplace, hot steam Swedish shower, or candlelight intimate dining spot together in one of the most romantic towns continuously ranked best weekend getaway. >>>Read up for our February Travel Tips 💕💕 “Paint the Town Red” in Stillwater for Valentine’s Day! 💕💕 Main Street […]


Four Culinary Stops to Make You Crave Stillwater

Photography by The Culinary Portfolio(best viewed on mobile) Let this carousel of culinary photos ignite your taste buds. Here are four downtown Stillwater, Minnesota restaurants with completely different vibes and a variety of menu items and drinks for you to scroll. With over 30 restaurants downtown, you are destined to crave Stillwater and discover a […]


Enter to Win Winter Stay in Stillwater

Feeling the winter blues? Need a recharge? Seeking relaxation? Wanna have some fun? Escape to Stillwater this winter. ENTER TO WIN a FREE STAY!https://www.discoverstillwater.com/Winter-Stay/Contest ends, Feb. 4th.Hurry, tell your friends, family & co-workers, too!


Warm Up in the Coffee Shops of Stillwater

In collaboration with Nellie Bellie Stillwater, MN contains a great selection of unique restaurants, shops, and entertainment options, so it’s easy to get tired out from all the fun. Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious coffee shops in Stillwater to fuel back up with a great cup of coffee or tea! Stillwater offers all sorts […]


Winter Thrills in Stillwater

In collaboration with Liz Westerhaus of This Minnesota Life Winter in Minnesota spans about HALF of our year (a truth we still have a hard time accepting). But that doesn’t mean we have to retreat to our homes until it’s gone.  Winter in the valley is a GREAT time to explore the outdoors and uncover […]


2020 Stillwater Deals Posted

Whether you are headed to Stillwater, Minnesota for a day trip or an extended stay look for ways to save on your dining, shopping, tours, and accommodations! The list of coupons, discounts and deals for many restaurants, boutiques, workshops, tours, and hotels has been updated for the 2020 season. Take a peek and see what […]


Fireplaces & Cozy Suites of Stillwater, Minnesota

Browse these photographs or inspiration for your winter getaway. You can find links to all places to stay here. Book your stay soon to enjoy the true beauty of this winter snow covered historic rivertown with twinkling Main Street lined of warm shops, pubs, and restaurants. Find fun events, workshops, or live music to attend […]


Winter Trails to Enjoy in the St. Croix Valley

In Collaboration with Liz Westerhause of This Minnesota Life Cleaning up after the chaos of Christmas is a welcome reprieve, greeting the New Year with a fresh start and pine-needle free floors. But the packing up of ornaments and the laborious drag of the tree to the curb seems to take with it all the […]


New Year’s Eve 2019

When it comes to New Year’s Eve there’s no better way to kick off another trip around the sun than a visit to Stillwater! The holiday season is far from over – the most awaited and amusing celebration is yet to come! Prepare yourself and greet the New Year with some dining, fun, music, dance […]


Black Friday & Shop Small Business Saturday

Black Friday or Shop Small Saturday? What’s your preference? Stillwater is the Ultimate Shop Small Destination in Minnesota and one of America’s Most Picturesque Towns. Choose a charming scene for shopping! Our month-long Hometown for the Holidays celebration of the season starts with Black Friday and continues until New Year’s Eve! Black Friday – November 29th  The civilized and sane way to […]


Holiday Gift Guide

Downtown Stillwater is full of holiday nostalgia and joy during November & December! And, did you know that downtown Stillwater, Minnesota has 50 independently owned boutiques, shops and art galleries making it the ultimate Shop Small, Shop Local destination for all your holiday gift giving needs (and your personal wish list)! The tourism bureau wants […]


2019 Stillwater Photo Contest Winners

Discover Stillwater’s 7th annual photo contest has announced the winners. There were 522 entries this year showcasing a variety of stunning scenes of the Stillwater, Minnesota area. The Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors selected the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners: Kelley Brenner won first place with “Stillwater Dressed in […]


New Electric Bike Rental

Warm sunny days are still here so it’s time to get outside and explore the trails in Stillwater. With three connecting trails – St. Croix Loop Trail that goes over the new bridge to Wisconsin, the Brown’s Creek Trail along the old rail line north of downtown Stillwater and the Gateway State Bike Trail that […]


Top 10 Choices for Outdoor Eating in Stillwater, MN.

In collaboration with NellieBellie Kitchen Your summer isn’t complete without a trip to downtown Stillwater, Minnesota to take in the beautiful scenery, great shopping, and fun activities. And don’t leave without stopping for a meal at one of the amazing Stillwater outdoor dining patio locations (who all happen to be locally owned by the way). […]


4th of July Fireworks

Happy 4th of July! Let’s celebrate our great country with free outdoor live music and an excellent Minnesota fireworks display in a classic Americana small town with a historic Main Street and beautiful riverfront views. Find out all the details for the 4th of July fireworks, music and Independence Day celebrations in Stillwater, Minnesota here: […]


2019 Discover Stillwater Photo Contest

Stillwater, MN – One of America’s Most Picturesque Towns (according to USA Today Travel) is hosting their 7th annual photo contest where anyone, amateur or professional, has a chance to win prizes. With big prize incentives, it’s a great excuse to take a road-trip to the Birthplace of Minnesota. The Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & […]


Tours of Stillwater VRBOs

This beautiful town is waiting for you to visit when the time is right. Have you ever stayed in a vacation home rental? (Aka VRBO AirBnB) We toured 20 of them this past month and featured on our Instagram-stories. In case you missed them, they are now all uploaded to our IGTV channel, so click […]


What’s New

Here’s a quick line up of the newest shops, experiences, restaurants, venues, places to stay and events you must see this year. Thank you to the Pioneer Press newspaper for this wonderful article: “With the Lift Bridge Closed, Stillwater’s Main Street is Booming!” and KSTP for this TV spot: “Developers Drop $30 Million on Downtown […]


Seasonal Attractions Now Open

Spring is here and summer is coming soon, so here’s a reminder of all the warm weather attractions now open for the season in Stillwater, Minnesota! ToursStillwater River Boats: See full public cruise schedule and book your St. Croix River lunch, brunch, or dinner cruise on the St. Croix River online.Stillwater Trolley: Book tours online […]


What’s Your Stillwater Stay Style?

Read about the variety of beautiful places to stay year-round in the historic rivertown of Stillwater, Minnesota. From new boutique hotels, to main street lofts to historic hotels, to family hotels with a pool to vacation home rentals – you have so many choices – what’s your favorite? Pick your Stillwater Style>>


Familiarization Tour for Professional Meeting & Event Planners

Do you plan business events in Minnesota? We’d like to invite you on a complimentary tour of Stillwater, Minnesota so you can see for yourself what a beautiful destination it could be for your next corporate event. During this 4 hour tour you’ll get a chance to see the new downtown hotels as well as […]


Stillwater featured in MN Bride Magazine

Check out this beautifully written article ‘Sweet, Sweet Stillwater’ in the January-June 2019 issue of Minnesota Bride Magazine: https://mnbride.com/sweet-sweet-stillwater www.DiscoverStillwater.com/weddings  


Stillwater Staycation Sweepstakes

UPDATE WINNER ANNOUNCED: Jared Ring!! Enter to win during March for a chance to enjoy a nearly $1500 spring vacation to Stillwater, Minnesota! The prize package includes lodging to downtown Stillwater’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Crosby featuring rustic, warm and modern decor, large suite options for groups and a rooftop salt-water hot tub. In addition […]


360 View of Winter in Stillwater Minnesota

We love all four seasons here in Minnesota. Check out this new 360 view of winter as seen from the top of the historic Main Street stairs in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. Located just thirty minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Stillwater is considered the Birthplace of Minnesota and a popular […]


March on Main Street in Stillwater MN

Read our monthly travel tips e-newsletter to see what’s happening in March 2019: https://mailchi.mp/discoverstillwater/jhe6n3inn2-325341


Stillwater Restaurant Month in February

Stillwater Restaurant Month celebrates Stillwater’s robust dining offerings with a month of specials, features, and deals at some of the best restaurants in downtown Stillwater Monday-Thursday for the month of February.  Whether you are a Stillwater local, or just visiting, take advantage of unique limited-time offerings and connect with local restaurants. Check-in or tag participating restaurants on Facebook, Instagram, […]


Stillwater Valentine’s Day Ideas & February Travel Tips

Gather ideas to plan the a special getaway for your valentine in Stillwater, Minnesota. February’s Enewsletter can be viewed here: https://mailchi.mp/discoverstillwater/m5ikhlhwoa-325305


Live Music

Nightlife in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota never sleeps. Year-round the 30 restaurants and pubs burst with culinary greatness and many also have live entertainment. Downtown is home to 13 live music venues including restaurant lounges, a new live performance theater, a brewery and a speakeasy. River towns like to rock even when the river is closed during […]


WIN a Ski & Stay Package!

Stillwater’s charming historic downtown is an exciting and relaxing winter escape! Ski season is underway in Minnesota with lots of beautiful white snow at nearby Afton Alps. Funds tight after the holidays? Enter to WIN a ski & stay package with Afton Alps which is the closest ski resort to Main Street Stillwater only 16 […]


Join Us in January!

Join us in January for winter fun every weekend! January 12-13 – Sticks in Stillwater – Largest mite hockey tournament in the Midwest. January 19th – Winter Ice Cream Social – historic tradition at mulberry point by the river downtown. January 19th – Frozen Flannel Bonspiel & Curling Tournament. New outdoor curling event with ice bar […]


Stillwater, Minnesota Travel Videos

Thinking of a getaway this year? Get a taste of the scenery, new places to stay, and attractions with these videos on Stillwater, Minnesota. Located just 30 minutes east of Minneapolis/St. Paul on the St. Croix River bordering Minnesota and Wisconsin, Stillwater is an easy drive or flight away for your vacation any time of […]


Order a 2019 Official Stillwater Visitor Guide & Map

January 29th is National Plan a Vacation Day, so be sure to order your complimentary copy of the 2019 Official Stillwater, Minnesota Visitor Guide with Downtown Map and New Bike Trails Map. The new bike trails map features all three trails accessible from downtown Stillwater (New St. Croix Crossing Loop Trail, Brown’s Creek State Bike […]


New Stillwater Lights Winter Stroll

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and local businesses invite you to downtown Stillwater to experience a new attraction … Stillwater Lights! This lighted tunnel from Mulberry Point to Myrtle Street in Lowell Park opened mid-December partly as a result of the sudden news that the Ice Castles would no longer be in downtown Stillwater […]


Holiday Gift Guide: Stillwater Shop Tour Series

Downtown Stillwater is full of holiday nostalgia and joy during December! And, did you know that downtown Stillwater, Minnesota has over 50 independently owned boutiques, shops and galleries making it the ultimate Shop Small, Shop Local destination for all your holiday gift giving needs (and your personal wish list)! The tourism bureau wants to welcome […]


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 […]


10 Fall Hikes in Minnesota, Enjoy & Win Prizes

Hiking at William O’Brien State Park, just north of downtown Stillwater, Minnesota is a great way to create new memories while enjoying the great outdoors. Enter the Hike MN sweepstakes now through October 21st, 2018 for a chance to win a ‘Discover Stillwater Getaway’ that includes lodging, local beer from Lift Bridge Brewery, bike rental […]


360 Tours of Key Downtown Stillwater Venues

Need a place to host a meeting or event in Stillwater? You can tour venues right from your desk! Originally launched in 2017, we just added even more 360 tours to our website as well as an easy-to-navigate NEW menu of venue space tours. View the 360 Venue Tours Here: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/360-venue-tours/ View table of details, […]


Bike Rental Now Downtown

SELF-SERVICE BIKE RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE DOWNTOWN!!! DIRO Outdoors rents bikes any day, anytime from sunrise to sunset and head off exploring the beautiful trails around the St. Croix Valley. Perfect for visitors, tourists, and locals looking for some fun and exercise. The bike rental station is located at the Water Street Inn on the corner […]


Fashion Forward 4th of July

As you get ready to celebrate our country’s freedom next week for the 4th of July, take time to celebrate the fireworks inside all the fabulous entrepreneurs running fashion-forward boutiques on Main Street. They take the time to research, follow trends, and travel to buyers shows to find you all the lastest styles from jeans […]


Celebrate the 4th of July Fireworks in Stillwater, Minnesota

Celebrate independence day in an All-American historic river town! The City of Stillwater puts on a huge fireworks display over the St. Croix River offering views from anywhere downtown. Make a weekend out of it and stay overnight! During the day take a cruise on the river, ride the historic trolley, eat ice cream, relax and browse […]


Celebrate Your Independents July 1-7. Shop in Stillwater

Stillwater’s Main Street Independent Business Alliance (Mainstreet Stillwater MN) is joining other organizations nationwide to #celebrate the great locally owned small #businesses who exemplify the uniqueness of Stillwater, #Minnesota. Did you know that the vast majority of our 100+ downtown shops, attractions, hotels & restaurants are locally owned? 🛍🇺🇸”Celebrate Your Independents Week” is July 1st-July 7th. Take time to shop […]


Summer Photo Contest LIVE: Enter to Win Cash or Stillwater Getaway Prize Package

STILLWATER PHOTO CONTEST SUMMER 2018 Find what inspires you about historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota! Submit your photos of people and places of Stillwater during all four seasons. Portray Stillwater’s history, events, landmarks, scenery, attractions, dining, lodging, river activities, weddings, culinary travel, art scene, families, nature, outdoor adventure, architecture, boutiques, and more. Photos MUST be taken in Stillwater, […]


Construction on Highway 95/Main Street

Originally published in April, project Delayed to June. Excuse our dust as we finish up making downtown Stillwater even more enjoyable for you! Although the Hwy 36 St. Croix river crossing bridge opened to traffic on Wed, Aug. 2, 2017, additional work remains to complete the project. Find the current projects here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/stcroixcrossing/ Hwy 95/South end […]


Enter to WIN: Pontoon Rental & Stay in Stillwater

WIN a Day on the River! Enjoy a mid-week getaway in the Birthplace of Minnesota – Stillwater! Launch your rented pontoon from the St. Croix River boat docks right in the heart of the historic downtown district.Spend the day cruising along a National Scenic Riverway on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin celebrating 50 years […]


Stillwater Patio Scene

              The votes are in for the “Best Patios in the Twin Cities” Pioneer Press Reader’s Choice sections and Stillwater claims 8 of the 20! Proof we are a culinary destination and a place you MUST put on your summer list! Congratulations to these winners: Lion’s Tavern Dock Cafe […]


Golf in Stillwater

All golf courses are open for the season in Stillwater! Time to use up those vacation days for relaxing sights like this on the greens. Book a tee time soon at Loggers Trail Golf Course, Stillwater Oaks Golf Course, StoneRidge Golf Club Applewood Hills Public Golf Course Oak Glen Golf Course, Indian Hills Golf Club, Stillwater Country Club or the new Royal Golf Club nearby! […]


New History Walking Tour App Knows Your Location

Experience A Time Tunnel Through Stillwater Minnesota’s History: Lens Flare Stillwater Launches Additional New Free APP With New Locations Press Release by Robert Molenda, LensFlare Stillwater founder Lens Flare Stillwater, a not for profit project funded by The Stillwater Area Foundation announces its newest FREE APP and Web Site to visitors, tourists and residents. This […]


Seasonal Attractions Now Open for Summer 2018

Mother Nature really tested us hardy Minnesotans this year with an April snow storm, so spring seasonal attractions are opening later than usual but here is the scoop for all the warm weather fun in Stillwater, Minnesota! Tours Stillwater River Boats: Public cruises began May 12th. See full schedule and book your St. Croix River […]


Stillwater Bridge Named Best View 2018

City Pages names the St. Croix Crossing Bridge Best View for 2018 From City Pages: St. Croix Crossing begins on Highway 36 as you head east, leaving Oak Park Heights and soaring toward St. Joseph, Wisconsin. But unlike the imposing freeway bridges of yesteryear, the Minnesota Department of Transportation decided this one would be pedestrian- […]


Teddy Bear Park Open for the Season

Teddy Bear Park in downtown Stillwater is NOW OPEN for the season. 👏👏 Open daily 8am-8pm. Free fun for the kids! Parents, babysitters and grandparents – Here’s 10 more ideas for fun with the kids while in town! 1. A sweet treat: Candyland, Stillwater Tremblay’s Sweet Shop Barbara Ann’s Fudge Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop CherryBerry-Stillwater, MN Mai Little Cakes 2. A Stillwater Trolley […]


What’s New in 2018

Here’s a quick line up of the newest shops, experiences, restaurants, venues, places to stay and events you must see this year. We’ll continue to update so check back for more as summer nears. Thank you to the Pioneer Press newspaper for this wonderful recent article: “With the Lift Bridge Closed, Stillwater’s Main Street is Booming!” […]


Save with 2018 Discover Stillwater Deals

Whether you are headed to Stillwater, Minnesota for a day trip or an extended stay look for ways to save on your dining, shopping, tours, and accommodations! The list of coupons, discounts and deals for many restaurants, boutiques, workshops, tours, and hotels has been updated for the 2018 season. Take a peek and see what […]


New Vacation Home & Loft Rentals in Stillwater

As a popular Midwest travel destination just outside the Twin Cities Minneapolis/St. Paul, Stillwater, Minnesota is a beautiful getaway year-round with dining, shopping, festivals and outdoor recreation on the river and bike trails. The demand for lodging has increased over the years especially because it’s a popular place for weddings with multiple ceremony and reception […]


Ice Castles Photo Contest with Minnesota Exposure

Attention Professional and Amateur Photographers… Ice Castles MN PHOTO CONTEST announced with Minnesota Exposure – Gallery. Win cash prizes or Stillwater prizes from Dock Cafe Lift Bridge Beer Company South Hill Vintage Lil’ Tulip’s Discover Stillwater lodging Charlie’s Irish Pub and Tin Bins. Contest deadline: February 28, 2018. Please see their website for details: http://www.minnesotaexposure.com/ice-castles-stillwater-photo-contest-3/


Valentine’s Day in Stillwater

Celebrate your love together in one of America’s Most Beautiful Towns just outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on the scenic St. Croix River. Historic downtown Stillwater restaurants, bed & breakfasts, shops, and experiences welcome you! The downtown business association and visitor’s bureau offers FREE horse-drawn carriage rides for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th from […]


Win Ski & Stay Package with Afton Alps & Discover Stillwater

Stillwater’s charming historic downtown is an exciting and relaxing winter escape! Ski season is underway in Minnesota with lots of beautiful white snow at nearby Afton Alps. Funds tight after the holidays? Enter to WIN a ski & stay package with Afton Alps which is the closest ski resort to Main Street Stillwater only 16 […]


Super Bowl Lodging in Stillwater

Hey New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles fans and all football🏈travelers…stay in Stillwater for the Minnesota Super Bowl 2018! A few places still available! Hurry grab rooms while you can…we even have a luxury whole house rental with river views perfect for a large group 210 Laurel LLC. and many other hotels, bed & breakfasts, home or loft rentals. All listed at www.DiscoverStillwater.com/Lodging. 🏠 All […]


20 Fun Ideas for the Adults Visiting Ice Castles MN Downtown Stillwater

1) Castle-side outdoor bar at Water Street Inn on the weekends with live music inside at Charlie’s Irish Pub. Balcony rooms overlooking the Ice Castles, too! 2) Skee-ball and $5 martinis at No Neck Tony’s. 3) Cheese & Charcuterie flight with wine pairing at The Wedge & Wheel. 4) Sports bar with large tap beer selection also known as the […]


10 Fun Stops with the Kids Before or After Ice Castles MN:

1) Gammy& Gumpy’s Toy Store and Kids Oasis adjoining indoor creative play space. 2) Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop – 1950s americana and cozy booths 3) Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – walk-ins welcome to paint your own pottery or canvas 4) Learn about history. Take a self-guided tour at Minnesota’s oldest Washington County Historic Courthouse or hold your smart phone in front of one […]


#OnlyinMN Monument Visits Stillwater for January

Legend has it the #OnlyinMN monument was hand-carved by Paul Bunyan himself: whittled from ancient Minnesota hardwoods into the massive, 40-foot span we see today. And though we’re not sure if the stories are true, we’re proud to say it’s never been easier to find your next #OnlyinMN destination. Literally. Always on the go, the […]


STILLWATER ICE CASTLES ANNOUNCING OPENING DATES

A popular, icy attraction in Stillwater, Minnesota is just one week away from opening to the public. Ice Castles will open its icicle-adorned archways to the public onFriday, January 5, 2018. Tickets will go on sale on the attractions’ website on Friday, December 29, 2017: www.IceCastles.com/Stillwater The Utah-based company is currently building ice castles in an unprecedented six locations […]


New Year’s Eve in Stillwater!

Ring in 2018 downtown Stillwater! Restaurants, Pubs, Breweries, Winery, Speakeasy, Live Music and FREE horse-drawn carriage rides from 4-7pm. Make reservations for dinner and enjoy the night walking to other establishments. List of Restaurants & Nightlife Locations Events Calendar Lodging Happy New Year! 12/29/2017 UPDATE: Mother Nature has cast a cold spell on Stillwater for […]


Minnesota Hosts Super Bowl 52

Minnesota is hosting the 2018 Super Bowl Football game in neighboring Minneapolis this winter. Hundreds of thousands of people will be visiting our wonderful state, so here’s what you need to know about the big event including 4 reasons (there are so many, but hey we had to narrow down for you a bit) why […]


Holiday Store Hours

We know you have a big list to tackle for holiday gifts, so here’s the full list of our 50+ boutiques along with posted holiday hours for each. Go ahead, take the 1 mile long snowflake trail to find presents for everyone! www.DiscoverStillwater.com/Shopping www.DiscoverStillwater.com/Events (to find holiday events all month long!) Note…the construction you see […]


Holiday Gift Guide

Hello fellow holiday gift givers…we know it’s tough to find something special for everyone on your list, so let us help you! Follow along on our Facebook or Instagram pages @DiscoverStillwater as we post gift ideas from every shop downtown Stillwater. There’s 100+ independently owned shops & restaurants so there’s a bundle of sidewalks to […]


Why November is Awesome

The cool air is rolling in, but saying good-bye to October and hello to November is great news for a few reasons: 1. As of November 1st, parking in lots downtown Stillwater are FREE! Enjoy this perk until May 31st. 2. Stay an Extra Day lodging deals have begun, so go ahead, get out of […]


Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Discover Stillwater’s 5th annual summer photo contest has announced the winners. There were 350 entries (see all here) 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: Kelley Brenner won first place with […]


Photo Contest Closed – Time to Vote!

Thank you to everyone who entered our annual photo contest this year! We have 336 entries showcasing this year’s theme of Selfies & Scenes of Stillwater. Now, it’s time for you to choose the Popular Vote category winner! Voting takes place online September 11- Setember 30th. www.discoverstillwater.com/photo-contest You can vote once for as many photos […]


New Bridge. Happy Historic Downtown!

A new bridge 50+ years in the making will finally be complete and open on August 3rd. The rare extradosed design and size is one of only two in the country and has taken many environmentally conscious steps including slim lines due to its location on a Nationally protected scenic St. Croix River. The Historic […]


Summer 2017 Photo Contest – Win Cash or $1000 Stillwater Getaway

STILLWATER PHOTO CONTEST SUMMER 2017 Find what inspires you about historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota! Submit your photos of people and places of Stillwater during all four seasons. Portray Stillwater’s history, events, landmarks, scenery, attractions, dining, lodging, river activities, weddings, culinary travel, art scene, families, nature, outdoor adventure, architecture, boutiques, and more. Photos MUST be taken in Stillwater, […]


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: NEW ATTRACTIONS, SHOPS & RESTAURANTS Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary at Just for Me Spa Lip, Lash, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Spring is around the corner

Check out our April Travel Tips enewsletter for inspiring ideas on how to make the most of spring! http://ow.ly/Twn530aifNN  


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Maps & Resources

Are you looking for printable maps and other resources to help plan your visit to Stillwater? We’ve gathered many of the most popular in one place. These resources vary from video walking tours to parking maps, all with the intention of helping you have as much information as possible to make your trip to Stillwater […]


2016 Summer Photo Contest – WIN!

The 2016 Summer Photo Contest has launched! Click here for complete contest rules: Enter on WEBSITE or Enter on FACEBOOK. Find what inspires you about historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. Submit your photos of people and places of Stillwater during all four seasons. Portray Stillwater’s history, events, landmarks, scenery, attractions, dining, lodging, river activities, weddings, culinary travel, art […]


What’s New in 2016

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, and places to stay you must see this year. Stillwater welcomes the following NEW businesses: Alesci on St. Croix – VRBO studio apartment downtown above Wedge & Wheel on Chestnut St. Artful […]


City Pages in Minneapolis Awards Stillwater

City Pages announced their Best Of 2016 Awards and Stillwater was selected for two! Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests When your sister and her family fly in from Cleveland, it’s not an easy call. You need a one-stop destination that spans all ages and interests. You need a place that speaks to both active and […]


Discover Stillwater named Best Small CVB in Minnesota

Among a crowd of top event planning professionals, venues and services, Discover Stillwater received a Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine reader’s choice award for the Best CVB (Convention & Visitor Bureau) in the category for town/area less than 25,000 population. The event took place at Aria downtown Minneapolis on Thursday evening, March 31st. Stillwater is […]


Win Ski & Stay Package

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 has officially begun in Minnesota with lots of beautiful white snow. Funds tight after the holidays? Enter to WIN a ski & stay package with Afton […]


Stillwater Ranked as Top Beer City

Stillwater has been named a top beer city in the 99 Beers in 99 Cities list by Livability.com. They chose cities that are producers of great beer, consumers of craft brews and great places to live. To read more about the data-driven process used to pick each city and see Stillwater’s ranking (17th), see the full list. Once […]


Stillwater 1 of 10 CheckpointMN Destinations

Explore Minnesota Through Statewide Winter Scavenger Hunt – Stillwater Selected As One of 10 ‘Checkpoint MN’ Hosts For the third consecutive year, Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, in partnership with Minneapolis-based marketing agency Monopoint Media, will launch a statewide winter scavenger hunt this Thursday, Dec. 3. Coined “Checkpoint MN,” the event highlights 10 iconic […]


Most Picturesque American Towns

USA Today Travel took notice of our historic St. Croix river town when recently compiling one of their 2015 ‘best of’ lists, so we are so excited to announce that Stillwater was named as one of the most picturesque towns in America as the choice for the state of Minnesota. “When it comes to the United […]


STILLWATER FEATURED ON NEW TRAVEL TV SHOW

Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin launched a new original television series in June called The Minnesota Traveler featuring different Minnesota communities throughout the state and showcasing their unique travel destinations and tourist attractions. The new show is hosted by a former small town girl from a hobby farm near Avon, Minnesota, Jennifer Mergen, […]


Yelp Users Say Stillwater is a Hidden Gem

See what USA Today and Yelp users have to say about Stillwater: “Reader review site Yelp recently ran a unique query of millions of user-generated records. It was seeking U.S. destinations that travelers may not be familiar with but had the points of interest — with stellar rankings from readers — that would appeal to […]


Vintage Destination

Stillwater has always been a top place in the country for Antiques, but now there is another hot trend tying onto that heritage – vintage home decor. Reclaiming old furniture items and transforming them with fresh new paint or fabric for a repurposed use is the art of today’s vintage trend. Mixing a few second-hand […]


4th of July Live Music

The City of Stillwater presents their annual spectacularly huge fireworks display on the St. Croix River downtown Stillwater on Saturday, July 4th. This year they’ve stepped it up a notch to include live music before the fireworks with local blues and rock bands playing in Lowell Park, an orchestra in Pioneer Park, and cannons. Yes, […]


FREE Boat Tie-Up Slips Downtown Stillwater

The City of Stillwater is offering 14 FREE boat tie-up slips downtown for the summer 2015 boating season – yeah! Boaters grab your rig – big or small -and head to downtown Stillwater for boat-loads of dining fun, events, shopping, tours and more! Stillwater Public Boat Slips 651.430.1234 1st come 1st serve. 4 slips for overnight […]


2015 Summer Photo Contest

The 2015 Summer Photo Contest has launched! Click here for complete contest rules and entry: http://wshe.es/SfausSnf  Find what inspires you about historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. Submit your photos of people and places of Stillwater during all four seasons. Portray Stillwater’s history, events, landmarks, scenery, attractions, dining, lodging, river activities, weddings, culinary travel, art scene, families, nature, outdoor […]


What’s New in 2015

Summer is here! Historic Stillwater Minnesota’s fun vibe is underway. Here’s a quick line up of the newest shops, attractions, and restaurants you must see this year. Stillwater welcomes the following New Businesses: Gammy & Gumpy’s – children’s toy shop Reclaiming Beautiful – refurbished, painted furniture and home accessories Lions Main – restaurant and lounge Lumberjack Cafe & Coffee […]


New Bike Trail

This season cyclists can enjoy a new multi-use paved trail connecting downtown historic Stillwater to St. Paul. Completed just before snow fall, the new Brown’s Creek Trail (6 miles long) starts on the north end of Main Street Stillwater by the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. This new trail, now connects to the existing Gateway […]


Parking Ramp & 24 hour FREE Lots

The busy season has begun, so let us remind our distinguished travelers that we have 1800+ parking spaces in downtown Stillwater and the majority are FREE. For complete details on parking visit our updated directions and parking web page. Here are two huge HINTS for you: 1) Park in the RAMP. You are almost always GUARANTEED to […]


Re-Branded Website Launched

Your online Stillwater guru, DiscoverStillwater.com, recently received a face-lift. The official website for tourism information on the Birthplace of Minnesota is managed by the Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitor Bureau. Site features include complete listings for lodging, boutiques, restaurants, attractions, festivals, and wedding/event venues. Everything you need to know about a visit to Stillwater […]


Spring into Stillwater

Warm up after winter with a tasting trail taking you to two wineries and two breweries in Stillwater on March 20-22. Purchase tickets to Spring Into Stillwater  and receive additional deals in a downtown Stillwater passport of savings. Hop on the Stillwater Trolley to get from place to place. Look for sightings of the few […]


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 […]


Top 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S.

Where you find history, you’ll also likely find historic treasures. A river town located just outside the Twin Cities and known as The Birthplace of Minnesota has just been named by the experts at Fodor’s Travel as one of the Top 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S. The Main Street of downtown Stillwater is […]


Winter Romantic Getaway in Stillwater

A new year has begun, so grab your special someone to rekindle your love on a romantic winter weekend in Stillwater, Minnesota. Stroll the historic main street together to browse through unique boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops with experts on spices, cooking, cheese, jewelry, fashion, decorating and more. Take a free self-guided tour of […]


Ski Slopes Open This Weekend

Face it. Snow is here. Let’s play in it! 3 nearby Ski areas open this weekend: Afton Alps, Wild Mountain ,Trollhaugen Troll . Ski & Stay in Stillwater with winter lodging #StayanExtraDay deals. Beautiful historic Stillwater is just minutes from the Twin Cities. See why the Birthplace of Minnesota is a great ski weekend getaway. #OnlyinMN #Ski […]


Experience a Traditional Holiday This Season

Experience Christmas like you remember. Historic Main Street Stillwater is alive with decorations, lights, and traditional events for a month-long celebration from Black Friday to New Year’s Eve called Hometown for the Holidays. Get in the old-fashioned holiday spirit! Downtown Stillwater’s independently owned unique boutiques and restaurants welcome you. Shop small and local throughout the […]


2014 Photo Contest Winners

The Stillwater Convention & Visitor Bureau’s (CVB) 2nd Annual Photo Contest has selected their winners.  The CVB board was amazed by the number of photo entries (189) and diversity of beautiful images, so selecting 1st, 2nd, 3rd, place as well as a few honorable mentions was a difficult task. New this year was one photo […]


Vote for your favorite Stillwater Photo

Like to offer your opinion, cast your vote, or have a great eye for visual greatness? Vote for your favorite 2014 Discover Stillwater Photo Contest image now through September 30th. There are 165 stunning images in this year’s contest depicting all facets of the historic Birthplace of Minnesota from grape vines to the historic downtown […]


Stay an Extra Day Savings

Located just outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, Stillwater may be a small town, but the list of things to see and do is anything but little. Let’s talk numbers – there are over 50 group experience ideas from painting in a art studio to paddle board yoga to historic walking tours or antique hunting […]


Winners of Stillwater-Themed Art Show

View the inspiring power of Stillwater Minnesota by visiting the current art gallery display showcasing Stillwater-themed artwork. The downtown Stillwater Art Guild Gallery’s August exhibit, “Stillwater, an artist’s view” features more than 50 different artist interpretations of Stillwater. During a an artists reception on August 8th, awards were presented to the following: *“Award of Excellence” […]


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 […]


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. […]


Stillwater Savings

Looking for coupons or discounts while visiting historic Stillwater? Here’s a little secret – check out the cool deals link on www.discoverstillwater.com for savings on attractions, lodging, restaurants, wedding venues, and shops along historic Main Street. No apps to download or geographic areas to target – all deals are exclusively in Stillwater, so start saving […]


New Bridge Over St. Croix River Underway

The historic Lift Bridge crossing the St. Croix River between Stillwater, MN and Houlton, WI is one of three still remaining in the country. Built in 1931 to replace a swing bridge, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Stillwater’s most well known icons. In 2013, a new bridge was approved […]


Video of Minnesota Winter in Stillwater

Hey Midwesterners, look out your window…see those big white snow flakes falling? Well, the groundhog predicts winter will be around for a while so if you can’t escape to the tropics, make the best of it. View this video for a little winter romantic inspiration. Plan something fun for you and your wife, husband, boyfriend, […]


Over 20 Wedding Venues in Stillwater MN

Stillwater is one of Minnesota’s top wedding destinations with over 20 unique wedding venues. Only minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, this romantic, historic river town is nestled in the bluffs and river valley of the scenic St. Croix River, making it a picturesque location for marriage, honeymoon, and anniversary celebrations.  Stop by The Wedding Fair  at […]


Snowboard, Ski & Stay in Stillwater

We survived the crisp winter temperatures, not let’s get out and play in the snow! Stillwater has 3 ski resorts nearby, so hit the slopes during the day and cozy up near a warm fireplace by night downtown Stillwater, Minnesota.  Choose your favorite ski spot, then reserve a room at one of our eight historic bed & breakfasts, 2 […]


RING IN NEW YEARS 2014 IN STILLWATER, MN!

Stillwater, MN knows how to ring in the 2014 INN STYLE!  Select an inn by visiting www.DiscoverStillwater.com/lodging and check out individual properties New Year’s Eve specials.  Planning a quiet, romantic night for two – our B&B’s and historic inns will provide that.  Looking for family fun with a swimming pool – try our contemporary hotels.  […]


STILLWATER MN HISTORIC SITES WALKING TOUR

Walk the streets of Stillwater, MN, the 1848 Birthplace of Minnesota,  with a smart phone and WATCH HISTORY COME ALIVE via youtube podcasts that describes the site you are looking at while giving you a glimpse into Stillwater’s significant history.   Visit the podcasts at www.youtube.com/user/DiscoverStillwater  .    Here is the list of videos you can watch […]


FODORS TOP FIVE MIDWESTERN SMALL TOWNS TO VISIT

Stillwater, MN, the 1848 birthplace of Minnesota,  is proud to be one of the top five midwestern towns to visit now as recommended by Fodors, a reknown and respected travel publication.    www.fodors.com/news/5-midwestern-small-towns-to-visit-now-7040.html


STILLWATER VISITORS BUREAU LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE!

The Stillwater Minnesota Visitors  Bureau announces the launch of their new visually dynamic website on July 11, 2013.  The new website is chocked-full of great information about Stillwater, a fun, historic river town and the “1848 Birthplace of Minnesota.”  Not many places can boast that their entire downtown Main Street is on the National Historic […]


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