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 Trolley , Water Street Inn , The Tilted Tiki , Northern Vineyards
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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 Snow”, a holiday card worthy winter scene of Chilkoot hill dotted with steeples, Rick Schmolke took second place with a “beautiful fall moment” of a dog and his owner at Pioneer Park, and Bill Donovan took third place by capturing one the view of an iconic historic home on the hill overlooking downtown and the St. Croix River. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $300, $200, $100. Honorable Mentions were also given to photos by Kelley Brenner, Dale Peterson, and Daniel Kalusche.
Stillwater visitors, locals, and fans took part during a week in October by voting online for the Popular Vote category grand prize winner. With so many entries, the Discover Stillwater Board of Directors tried a new approach this year trimming the entries to the top 25 best images before going to the public online vote. The winner selected by the public was Kelly Perry whose ‘Spring Break in Stillwater’ picture of a three young kids bundled up for a happy stroll over the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge Loop Trail.
Kelly will receive a Stillwater Getaway Package valued at $1000 which includes a $200 lodging voucher and gift certificates from these sponsors: $50 at Lift Bridge Brewery, two-hour bike rental for two at Mike’s Electric Bikes, two tickets to the Stillwater Escape Room, $50 at Aamodts Apple Orchard, $50 Thor’s Hard Cider Tap Room, two tickets to a performance at The Zephyr Theatre, $50 Just for Me Spa, $50 The Tilted Tiki, $50 No Neck Tony’s, $50 Matchstick Grill at Hotel Crosby, $50 Jori & June, $50 Forget Me Not, $50 Minnesota Made Apparel, $50 Trembley’s Candy Shop, $25 Valley Bookseller, $25 Stillwater Olive Oil Company.
All winners will all also receive recognition on the DiscoverStillwater.com tourism marketing website, Discover Stillwater social media, and be showcased in the 2020 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide/Maps.
“We had so much fun looking through the photos taken all round the river valley and historic district of Stillwater. This is what the contest is all about – showcasing happy times for all ages visiting our destination year-round.” Chuck Dougherty, Discover Stillwater/CVB President.
View the top 25 contestants and past winners at www.DiscoverStillwater.com/photo-contest. Stillwater is a popular tourist destination located just minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, on the scenic St. Croix River, and is considered the Birthplace of Minnesota.
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.
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 connects to St. Paul, Minnesota – Stillwater is a beautiful destination for a spring, summer or fall biking getaway.
Didn’t bring your bike on your travels or perhaps you want to try out an electric bike – We have many solutions for you!
Rent cruiser bikes from the DIRO Outdoors self-rental station next to Water Street Inn near the riverfront or try out e-bikes from Mike’s Electric Bikes or Big River LTD both right downtown or, imagine starting your bike trail route at an adorable and very tasty food truck (Gateway Trailside) along the Gateway State Trail where they also have a few electric cruiser bikes for rent.
Electric bikes are stylish, comfortable and easy to figure out how to operate once you give it a try. E-bikes make it easy to cover a longer trip and see more of Stillwater, Minnesota. Tired of pedaling? Simply kick on the motor for a boost and take a break. Let the wind flow through your hair (under your helmet of course) and open your eyes to see the beauty of prairies, woods, creeks, bridges, golf courses and the historic riverfront downtown of Stillwater.
From the Gateway Trail access at Pine Point Park, it’s just a 10 mile ride to downtown Stillwater, so we recommend a turn onto the Brown’s Creek trail when you hit Duluth Junction and a coast downhill into downtown.
Depending on how many times you stop to take pictures or read the history displays you may arrive downtown in as quick as a half hour. Lock up your bikes and spend the day browsing Main Street boutiques and candy shops. Grab lunch and a cool drink on a patio or enjoy a picnic together in riverfront Lowell Park while you watch the boats go by on the St. Croix River.
More about these hip cycles…The electric bikes are just like a regular bike – only better. You can pedal normally (or not) and get power when you want it. The battery will last for 40 miles of moderate use with average size person.You have the freedom to go farther and faster, and to conquer hills and headwinds with ease. It feels like being a kid again! (verified via personal experience). Rent for 2, 4, or 8 hours. Use the electric bikes to conquer the steep hills of Myrtle or Olive St. and get up into the South and North Hill historic neighborhoods to admire the front porch era and historic mansions of this town once the epicenter of the lumber era.
For rentals longer than 4 hours, Gateway Trailside is offering a limited time ‘picnic deal’ where they’ll pack a healthy picnic for you that fits perfectly in your cruiser bike’s basket!
How sweet is that? Date idea…guys and gals! This is very thoughtful and special way to spend the day together don’t you think? mother/daughter, father/son, grandparents, girlfriends…this fun idea is great for all adults (16yr old min age). Online rental is preferred, so plan ahead to reserve your bikes. If you prefer to have the bikes delivered to your hotel or Bed & Breakfast, with prior notice this can also be arranged. We hope you enjoy this experience while in Stillwater as we always recommend a dose of nature on your visit!
Bike Rental Options in Stillwater
- Mike’s Electric Bikes, 224 Chestnut St. E. Stillwater, MN
- Big River LTD, 225 2nd St. N (behind Hotel Crosby) Stillwater, MN
- DIRO Outdoors, 101 Water St. S., self rental station for regular bikes
- Gateway Trailside, 9760 Lansing Ave N./Off Gateway State Bike Trail
For more information on hiking and biking trails in Stillwater visit this Things to Do – Hiking & Biking page. You can also order your own copy of the Visitor Guide which includes a bike trail map here: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/visitors-guide/
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, patios and fun activities. And don’t leave without stopping for a meal at one of the amazing outdoor dining locations (who all happen to be locally owned by the way).
Even if you are familiar with Stillwater and visit the historic riverfront district on a regular basis, check out some of these patios and make sure you haven’t missed them.
We don’t think there is a better way to experience this hip historic town and all of its charm than at one of the many outdoor eating locations. There are so many gorgeous views, menus, and ideal people-watching spots!
Many restaurants have excellent specials, menu items, and drink choices no matter what time of day you are enjoying Stillwater. Here are some of our favorite places and menu items you should check out. Put them on your summer bucket list and see what’s new!
1. Brick and Bourbon
215 Main St. S. Stillwater, MN
This intimate rooftop patio has an amazing view of the St. Croix River! Enjoy happy hour from 3pm-6:30 pm Monday to Thursday with drink and menu specials. And they have brunch with a bloody mary bar on the weekends…don’t miss that!
We tried out their mango and blackberry wine slushies, the PB & Jay burger, and their maple pecan salad. That burger though! It comes on a glazed donut instead of a bun, slathered in peanut butter and a bit of bacon. This burger is a must-try, for sure! The wine slushies are a refreshing surprise, full of yummy wine, and beautiful to look at. We will be going back for another, really soon.
A great menu, beautiful view, and friendly staff Brick and Bourbon is on our must-do list for a beautiful day!
2. Tilted Tiki
324 S. Main St. Stillwater, MN
The Tilted Tiki’s patio is right on Main Street and a great location for people-watching. They have live music multiple nights a week, drink specials daily, and a menu unlike anything else in the city (we tried pickle pockets… so fun!). Their happy hour specials are from 3-7pm.
We loved the large vegan portion on their menu and tried the vegan cheesecake. It was delicious!
Don’t leave Stillwater without heading to Tilted Tiki and grabbing a drink. Their tropical drinks are beautiful, delicious, and a thrilling dose of summer!
3. Nacho Mama’s
312 S. Main St. Stillwater, MN
If you haven’t been to Nacho Mama’s yet, do so! In the summer, head to their patio located behind their building. Their alleyway patio is tucked away and a colorful place to grab a bite to eat.
Nacho Mama’s serves up large portions of delicious Mexican food. Once you come, you’ll be back! We always grab their Mexican street corn, a margarita, and homemade guacamole when we are there.
Don’t leave without sharing a Mexican Ice Cream. Easily serving 2-4 people, it’s a fantastic summer treat!
4. Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop
131 Main St. Stillwater, MN
The patio for Leo’s Malt Shop and Grill is surprisingly large, dog-friendly, and nicely shaded.
Leo’s is always the perfect place to grab a classic burger and malt with that old-time vibe in Stillwater. Their reubens are amazing and did we mention their malts? Truly, they serve up old-fashioned malts in several flavors from strawberry banana to Nutella.
5. Feller Restaurantin Lora Hotel
402 S. Main St. Stillwater, MN
At Feller Restaurant you’ll find a beautiful, dog-friendly patio right on the main street.
Feller has a gorgeous location and delicious made-in-house, chef-driven food! We are big fans of their Feller burger (every. single. thing. is handmade—even the bun and cheese!), foragers crostini, and cocktails.
And…Feller is a fantastic location for breakfast! Grab outdoor seating, a bloody mary (they have several interesting flavors), and flapjacks (our personal favorite). It’s hard to beat this spot for a summer breakfast!
Bonus…the historic stairs are right near them! Indulge in that dessert, you can walk it off!
6. Matchstick Grill in Hotel Crosby
232 N. Main St. Stillwater, MN
One of the newest places in Stillwater, Matchstick has an amazing main street indoor/outdoor vibe. Giant doors open to their main street patio and allow for a great social experience.
Each weeknight features a fun special and their happy hour runs from 3:30-5:30 (we love their fish tacos and 1/2 price selections). Tuesday is flight night (come during 3-5:30 for 1/2 price) and a great time to try something new. Did we mention that their whiskey selection is extensive? Sooo good.
The locally sourced, chef-driven menu here is ala carte and they deliver food when it finishes rather than delivering all of the dishes at once, so collaborate with your fellow diners and sit back to taste an array of flavors together.
Try their wood-fired carrots and made-in-house sausage for a true sample of the custom wood-fire grill in their kitchen.
7. Reve’ Bistro & Bar
200 E. Chestnut St. Stillwater, MN
Reve has a large, nicely shaded patio just up the street from Main Street.
They serve happy hour from 2-5pm with menu items like fresh oysters and smoky mac & cheese on the happy hour menu.
This is a nice stop for a glass of wine and salad for lunch, at dinner don’t miss their beef wellington (they are well-known for this tasty dish!).
Bonus…they have parking lot that is reserved only for Reve’ customers.
8. Dock Cafe
425 Nelson St. E. Stillwater, MN
The patio at Dock Cafe is simply amazing. Large, right on the river and those views! It has an outdoor bar ready to serve from their nice wine list.
The food at Dock Cafe is fairly traditional and familiar. This is a great place for large groups to find something to please everyone.
Don’t miss their homemade pumpkin bread and their curried chicken salad is a nice lunch option or citrus herb panko crusted walleye for dinner or “supper” as many in the Midwest say!
Bonus, there are several parking options around and they are located right along the bike path.
9. Quickfire Pizza
116 Main St. S. Stillwater, MN
Oh boy, this is a hidden gem of a patio convenient for grabbing drinks and a delicious lunch for that oh so needed private chat with a friend.
Immerse your taste buds in a wild variety of pizzas using all locally sourced or specialty imported ingredients. Kids will love to watch them build your za and place it into the custom wood-fired oven. Out will come the crisp toppings ready to enjoy with a local brew on tap or wine.
Take a bit to shop along Main Street while you are out and about, too.
10. P.D. Pappy’s
422 E. Mulberry St. Stillwater, MN
We can’t close out this list without mentioning P.D. Pappy’s, can we!
P.D. Pappy’s patios (they have two) are right on the river. Sometimes literally. They are often victim to flood waters creeping in and invading one of their patio spaces. This happens most often in the spring but simply adds to the fun that is P.D. Pappy’s.
With live weekend music (a great line-up!) in the summer, P.D. Pappy’s is the place to head down for dancing, a drink and nacho’s (huge!). They also have a great menu full of your favorite burgers and sandwiches.
“Pappy Hour” is Wed-Fri 11-6pm plus they have really good weekly specials. Head to their patio on Sunday afternoons to listen to a 3-piece band! An easy stop before you head out on your rented pontoon from Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals next door or when the Stillwater Car Show is right in front of their location.
This isn’t ALL of the outdoor dining locations in Stillwater, by any means. There are many more places with pretty patio options and hot spot locations (oh la la see below). These are simply the ones we knocked off our bucket list and checked out so we could share some great options with you all.
Enjoy your culinary adventure in the historic downtown district of Stillwater, Minnesota. For a full list of restaurants, pubs, wineries, and breweries visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com.
Stillwater certainly has just as much foodie draw as their nearby big cities Minneapolis or St. Paul AND it’s more pedestrian friendly with free or very cheap parking!
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: https://events.discoverstillwater.com/event/fourth-of-july-fireworks/
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 & Visitors Bureau (Discover Stillwater) invites those with a love for capturing great photos to submit their best Stillwater images by October 8, 2019 for the chance to win up to $300 or a Stillwater Getaway Package valued at $1000. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place cash prizes and a popular vote category who wins the grand prize of the Stillwater Getaway Package which includes the following:
• $200 Lodging Voucher for any lodging property listed on DiscoverStillwater.com/lodging.
Things to Do
• $50 at Lift Bridge Brewery. Tours, taproom, or merchandise.
• Two-hour bike rental for two at Mike’s Electric Bikes
• Two tickets to the Stillwater Escape Room
• $50 at Aamodts Apple Orchard
• $50 Thor’s Hard Cider Tap Room
• Two tickets to a performance at The Zephyr Theatre
• $50 Just for Me Spa
• $50 Lion’s Tavern
• $50 The Tilted Tiki
• $50 No Neck Tony’s
• $50 Matchstick Grill at Hotel Crosby
• $50 Jori & June
• $50 Forget Me Not
• $50 Minnesota Made Apparel
• $50 Trembley’s Candy Shop
• $25 Valley Bookseller
• $25 Stillwater Olive Oil
Winners will all also receive recognition on the DiscoverStillwater.com website and social media as well as a showcase in the 2020 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide. Images are encouraged from all four seasons and must be taken in Stillwater, Minnesota. Ideas include people and/or places that portray Stillwater’s history, people having fun, events, landmarks, scenery, attractions, dining, lodging, river activities, weddings, culinary travel, art scene, families, nature, adventure, boutiques, architecture, and more. Photographers are encouraged to find what inspires them about the Stillwater travel destination. Up to five images can be submitted with a preferred minimum resolution of 300dpi.
Official contest rules and entry page link is available at http://www.DiscoverStillwater.com/photo-contest. Popular vote winners will be determined by an online voting tool in October with a new approach this year limiting the voting to the top 25 photos as selected by a panel of judges from the Discover Stillwater Board members who also traditionally select the cash prize winners. Winners will be notified in October.
Located on the scenic St. Croix River bordering Minnesota and Wisconsin, Stillwater is a popular year-round Midwest travel destination located just minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since the opening of the new St. Croix Crossing bridge in the summer of 2017, the popular downtown historic district has seen a surge of investment with two new boutique Main Street hotels as well as multiple vacation home rentals, new restaurants, shops and attractions such as electric bike rentals and Segway tours to explore the beautiful new bike trails of this rivertown.
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 in to view them all!
Full list with booking links here:
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 Stillwater” and Star Tribune Magazine for 5 Hottest Small Town Destinations in Minnesota. Exciting things are happening here…please excuse our dust!
Stillwater welcomed the following NEW businesses in the last year or two:
NEW PLACES TO STAY
Hotel Crosby – boutique hotel with large suites, restaurant and rooftop salt water hot-tub on the north end of Main St. (Opened November 2018)
Lora Hotel – boutique hotel and restaurant in historic brewery block on the south end of Main St. (Opened June 2018)
Water Street Inn – renovation to expand 20 more rooms, a rooftop restaurant and new entrance with clock tower (summer 2019)
20+ new vacation home or downtown loft rentals in the area – check out the latest ones added: Durant House, Downtown Loft Getaway, Main Street Retreat, A Spacious Place, Dutchtown Retreat, Dutchtown Retreat, Long Lake Estate, Meadowlark Cottage, and Private Home on Bike Trail.
Smith + Trade Merchantile – Minnesota & St. Croix Valley artisans & classes
Kenzington Boutique – clothing, home decor & gifts. Inside the historic grand garage building
Shop in the City – clothing & gift store inside Shops at 317 Main
Minnesota Made – local apparel design – moved from pop up shop on north hill shop to permanent store front downtown
When Pigs Flew – resale consignment and new women’s fashion & accessories
Magnolias – women’s clothing to size 3X and wool applique & classes
Jori & June – women’s fashion boutique
Riverway Gifts & Flower Shoppe – fresh flowers and local gifts
Luya – shoes and other fine things, moved down the hall from Main Street store front
Enchante – same fabulous women’s fashion boutique moved from Chestnut St. to Main Street
Uncommon Cents – Coin Collectors Shop moved to new location on Main
T-Shirt Factory – moved locations to 232 S. Main
Galeria Saro – art gallery relocated from the Grand Garage to 213 Main St.
Images of the Past – moved from Main Street around the corner to 222 Commercial St.
Let There Be Light Antiques – moving around the corner and will be by appointment only
Scandinavian North – new name, same great imports from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland
St. Croix Crossing Bridge & Loop Trail – the new bridge opened in August 2017 and the historic lift bridge closed to vehicle traffic as it undergoes renovations to welcome pedestrians and bikes as part of the St. Croix Loop Trail. Three-quarters of the trail is complete, so you can enjoy biking or walking from downtown Stillwater south over the new bridge to Wisconsin. The final section is delayed until fall 2019. See our new bike trails maps.
Mike’s Electric Bikes – both fat tire or cruiser style electric bike rental a block from the lift bridge
Big River E-Bike & Kayak Rental – downtown rental of both regular and electric bikes, located behind Hotel Crosby
DIRO Outdoors – bike rental downtown at self-rental station and snowshoe rental packages
Comfort Cruiser Electric Bike Rental – park at Gateway Trailside food truck and ride into downtown
Stillwater Escape Room – team puzzle solving experience in JX Event Venue with 3 different rooms to choose from for your group – Connolly’s Office, The Cave and coming soon Space Emergency
Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary and Serenity Lounge at Just for Me Spa (Healing Mineral Pool also under construction)
Stillwater Zephyre Theatre – live performance theater downtown Stillwater
Segway Tours: Several routes, two companies St. Croix Valley Segway or Stillwater Segway
GullyWubbles – walk-in arts & crafts, gift boutique and birthday parties for kids
Madline Horseback Riding – trail rides just outside downtown in the woods and fields of the valley
LensFlare History Tour App – view what places downtown looked like in history while standing in front of the building
Thor’s Hard Cider Tasting Room – locally produced hard cider at Aamodt’s Apple Farm
Lift Bridge Brewery – create a new line of hard seltzers
NEW RESTAURANTS & PUBS
Mon Petit Cheri – bakery from Minneapolis (opening in May 29)
Lolito – new owners and fresh re-brand with new spanish inspired menu and lots of tequila. Same owners as LOLO American Kitchen, In the Pearl & The Thief’s location
MN Nice Cream – nostalgic dessert experience with a twist. Home of edible glitter
Netty Q’s Italian – walk-up window on North Main
Matchstick Restaurant – inside Hotel Crosby
Feller Restaurant & The Long Goodbye Bar and MADE Coffee – located inside Lora hotel
Brian’s Bar & Grill – new owners and remodeled when long time Stillwater Brine’s family retired. 3rd floor venue space under renovation as well
Caribbean Smokehouse – southern comfort food & Caribbean with patio
Brick & Bourbon – restaurant with rooftop
The Velveteen Speakeasy – underground at JX Event Venue
Oasis Cafe – remodeled to now include full bar and outdoor patio – See article
LOLO American Kitchen – expanded a new upper level lounge open weekends only- See 360 tour here
NEW SALONS & SPA
Spa 810 – located inside Hotel Crosby offering on-site lazer, skin and massage services as well as adjacent bridal suite for hair & make-up
Uptown Curl – a curly hair focused salon on Main Street
Salon Mintee – new partnership with Make Up by Mindie & Hair By Theresa. Located in the historic Grand Garage next to Essential Esthetics and She Fancy Salon.
JBelissima Hair Salon – intimate downtown hair and make-up salon
Stillwater Skin – medical spa in new location now closer to downtown
Food Truck Extravaganza – at the Washington County Fairgrounds, June 15
St. Croix Crossing Half Marathon – enjoy the views of the new bridge, July 27
A Streetcar Named Desire at Zephyr Theatre , July 19 – Aug. 4
Opera On the River – free outdoor opera music, August 10
Arcola Mills historic site hosting events like the Back Porch Jam Series
River City Sculpture Tour continues with new sculptures downtown
JX Event Venue and The Loft at Studio J aren’t just for weddings – watch our calendar for live music, acoustic listening sessions, comedy, drag shows, etc.
Live Music Saturdays at St. Croix Vineyards,all summer
Bike Happy Hour (Tues) and Bingo (Wed) at Maple Island Brewing.
New Bike history exhibit “Spokes and Folks” at Washington County Historical Courthouse. Now until the end of the year.
Stillwater Trolley – Kayaking Tours, Storytime Trolley
Rivertown Inn – Friday night chef’s dinners (not just for B&B guests)
Kari’s Create & Paint Studio expanded their space
Live Music at 15 venues downtown year-round!
NEW 360 TOURS OF KEY VENUES
Tour Stillwater meeting, wedding and event venues right from your desk – more new 360 tours added!
Lift Bridge Cowork – co-work space for self-employed or remote working professionals above the bakery on Main Street
JX Event Venue has two new break out room spaces – Connolly Conference Room and the Bourbon Room. They are also now managing the Stillwater Library Rooftop space via One23 Events
Rivertown Inn has a new executive conference room in the private carriage house
Lolito has a new 2nd floor space for private rental called Carlito
Charlie’s Irish Pub – created a glass enclosed large patio area to enjoy year-round
Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com for a complete list of boutiques, restaurants, and unique things to do! Curious what was new in 2015, 2016, 2017 , 2018– type ‘what’s new’ in our home page search bar. There is always something new and old to discover in historic Stillwater! We hope to see you travel here soon! Psst…hotels book up, so plan now.
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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!
Stillwater 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 or stop by in person at their kiosk on Nelson St.. Enjoy the traditional 45 minute narrated history of Stillwater tour, storytime trolley, or kayak tours.
Gondola Romantica: Book your romantic private Venetian gondola ride on the St. Croix River online. Perfect place for a proposal or special celebration!
Biercycle Adventures: Book for your private party and look for public history tour date announcements coming soon.
Segway Tours: St. Croix Valley Segway and Stillwater Segway Tours. Both companies booking tours now! Tour downtown Stillwater, Brown’s Creek Trail or head over the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge Loop trail.
Warden’s House Museum: Did you know Stillwater had the first State Prison? Tour the 1800s home of the prison warden.
Patios, Rooftops & Decks
With nearly 20 outdoor dining options there’s many a sidewalk cafe or riverfront deck to dine on in downtown Stillwater. Come hungry and thirsty. Find the two rooftop patios at Portside and Brick & Bourbon.
PD Pappy’s – Outdoor dining by the marina and live music.
Nelson’s Ice Cream – Get the famous giant child sized ice cream cone or try the lumberjack.
Cherry Berry – Self-serve yogurt bar on Main Street.
Marinas – Slips & Boat Rental
Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals: Start booking summer fun on the water now. Look for weekday happy hour deals!
Ole Sawmill Marina: Pontoon rental and weekly boat slips.
Wolf Marine: Open daily for all your on the water needs – life jackets, boating supplies, and even new SUP boards.
Sunnyside Marina: Transient dockage available.
Bayport Marina: Transient slips available.
Boomsite Marina: boat launch
Boomsite Public Boat Launch – open!
Free public boat slips behind the Stillwater RiverBoats south of the historic lift bridge.
Gateway Trailside: Find this food truck just north of the intersection of the Brown’s Creek Bike Trail and Gateway State Trail, about 8 miles from downtown Stillwater. Also offering a few classic cruiser electric bike rental by reservation on their website. (Opening May 24)
Wahoo Adventures: Book tours online! 90 minute Herons & History Paddle every Friday morning at 8:30am or two unique guided bicycle tours throughout the week. See Stillwater from a new perspective! You can also book your own private/custom kayak, bicycle, or scavenger hunt tour for 2 – 20 people. Enjoy the best the St. Croix Valley has to offer on the river or on the local bicycle trails. We provide all the gear, maps, guidance, and inspiration you may need! No experience necessary.
DIRO Outdoors: Bike share cruiser bike rental station located next to the Water Street Inn.
Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental – St. Croix SUP Board (early june, kayaks too), 45 Degrees , Brown Dog Paddleboard Company (mid-June)
Madline Horseback Riding: booking trail rides now!
All golf courses are now open for the season, for a complete list visit our golf webpage.
Teddy Bear Park – open daily 8am-8pm this unique park built into the bluff downtown is perfect for young kids under 8.
Pioneer Park – note that the playground area is under construction. Stay tuned for a new play area this summer!
Lowell Park – note that portions are still slightly flooded.
NOTE: As of May 1st winter season free parking deal has ended. All street parking is still free and a few lots, but any lots marketed paid parking will now be monitored. For a full map to see time limits on parking lots, visit our directions page. Prices are very reasonable.
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?