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There is always something NEW happening in the fun, historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota. Looking for information while visiting? The following Visitor Ambassador businesses welcome you to stop in, ask questions and pick up guidebook/map:  Stillwater TrolleyWater Street InnAlfresco – Northern Vineyards 

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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 in to view them all!


Full list with booking links here:

What’s New in 2019

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:

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.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites– located off Highway 36 in Oak Park Heights (construction begins summer 2019, opening summer 2020)

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
Magnolias – women’s clothing to size 3X and wool applique & classes
Jori & June – women’s fashion boutique

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
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

Coming soon: The Lumberjack ax throwing (August 2019), St. Croix Brewing Co, 45th Parallel/Lolo Distillery, Carriage Rydeen LLC– Horse-drawn Carriage Rides downtown

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

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!

Amazzing Race by Reunion – custom races and riddles for bachelorette parties or groups
Champagne Press – wedding invitations

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

360 Tours of Venues in Stillwater

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.
#OnlyinMN #StayanExtraDay #Travel #DiscoverStillwater

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!

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.

Outdoor Fun
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!

Golf Courses
All golf courses are now open for the season, for a complete list visit our golf webpage.

Family Fun/Parks

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.

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 several venues and have a little fun while exploring with fellow meetings industry professionals.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
2:00 -6:00pm
Space is limited so please RVSP or send questions to christie@discoverstillwater.com.

We hope to see you on the trolley! You’ll love what’s happening here.


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:




Stillwater Staycation Sweepstakes


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 to accomodations, the prize package includes several hundred dollars worth of gift certificates for shopping, dining, breweries, bike rental, spa treatments and more. The contest runs March 5th through March 21st, 2019 so enter the staycation sweepstakes now for a chance to win!


Stillwater, Minnesota is located 30 minutes east of Minneapolis/St. Paul on the scenic St. Croix River bordering MN and WI. See official contest rules and prize details on the entry page. Limit one entry per person.

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 travel destination year-round.

Click here to view the new 360 view: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/things-to-do/winter-wonderland/

March on Main Street in Stillwater MN

Read our monthly travel tips e-newsletter to see what’s happening in March 2019:


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, or Twitter using the hashtag #StillwaterRestaurantMonth during the month of february to be entered to win weekly giveaways and for additional savings at participating restaurants! 

Find a full list of participating restaurants at: http://stillwaterrestaurantmonth.com/index.html or follow on Facebook @StillwaterRestaurantMonth.


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