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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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New Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary

NOW OPEN! Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary at Just For Me Spa . Relaxation. Respitory therapy. Skin benefits and more! Call 651-439-4662 to schedule your 45 minute cave session and fall in love! Introductory price is still only $19! March Sales on all spa services begin Monday – become a Spa Member. http://www.justformespa.com/

Most Shops Open 7 Days a Week!

Hello. Did you know that the majority of our downtown boutiques are OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK! Don’t believe us? Check out this list of 40 exquisite clothing, home decor, culinary, gift, jewelry and specialty shops welcoming you daily. Book a March Staycation in Stillwater any day of the week. Get crazy, call in sick from work. Have some fun and use those darn vacation days already!


#DiscoverStillwater #ShopLocal #ShopSmall

WIN a Ski & Stay Package with Afton Alps

Stillwater’s charming historic downtown is an exciting and relaxing winter escape! Stay in Stillwater to explore three nearby ski resorts – Afton Alps, Trollhaugen, and Wild Mountain. Ski season is here in Minnesota with lots of beautiful white snow!

Enter to WIN a ski & stay package with Afton Alps which is the closest ski resort to Main Street Stillwater only 16 miles south along the Scenic St. Croix Byway.

Contest ends February 8th, 2017. ENTER here: http://www.discoverstillwater.com/afton-alps-ski-weekend-sweepstakes/

For more information on winter fun in Stillwater visit our ‘winter wonderland’ page: http://www.discoverstillwater.com/things-to-do/winter-wonderland/ 

Enjoy the season & good luck! Just remember the only thing that closes in the winter in Stillwater is the river, so restaurants, boutiques, hotels, and fun experiences still welcome you on Main Street! And this year… Ice Castles, too.

Ice Castles Open Date is Announced!

Stillwater, Minnesota is the new site of the must-see Ice Castles set to OPEN Friday, January 6th. Visit this amazing spectacle where fairy tales are brought to life with the nighttime glow of twinkling lights, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels and slides ready to be explored.

Purchase tickets at www.IceCastles.com/Stillwater! Plan ahead to get your ticketed entry time-slot and book lodging for a many days of fun in Stillwater.

Open every day except Tuesdays through possibly Mid-March but it’s all weather dependent. Look for special events at Ice Castles like the fire shows, frozen princesses, star watch parties as well as winter themed events at local downtown businesses which can be found on our events calendar: www.DiscoverStillwater.com/events or within the Ice castles listing on our calendar. For deals on restaurants, pubs, hotels, boutiques, and things to do while in town visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com/cool-deals.

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 be part of a day-long television event broadcast on FOX Sports North, designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros. As a sponsor of this tradition, the Stillwater Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) is giving away ticket packages. Grab a few friends for a fun day in the Birthplace of Minnesota, the State of Hockey! Enter soon, contest ends January 6th.



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 historic bridge. There’s easy access to Stillwater, too, from the Twin Cities and Wisconsin.

This little city has easy access from the Twin Cities and Wisconsin and turns into a romantic, natural wonderland in wintertime. Stillwater is simultaneously festive, charming, and nostalgic, making it one of the best places in the nation to enjoy the holidays. Ready to celebrate the season? Here are some great ways to enjoy Stillwater at this magical time of year.

Best Towns for Holiday Shopping & Celebrations, Stillwater, MN: Read full article

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 your breath away.

Ice castles is the must-see winter wonderland where fairy tales are brought to life with twinkling lights, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels, fountains and slides ready to be explored. By day this frozen castle glimmers with glacial blues and after dark the ice formations create a magical glow.

Hockey Day Minnesota 2017
Saturday, January 21st
Full schedule, tickets, and details here.
Stillwater’s festivities on the outdoor hockey rink along the river will be part of a day-long television event broadcast on FOX Sports North, designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros.


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 first place with an artistic shot of the St. Croix Boat & Packet paddlewheel boat in the fog, Kelley Brenner took second place with an image of the historic courthouse and trolley, and Michael Boege took third place with an aerial view of the river valley from a historic home on Broadway Street. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $300, $200, $100. Honorable Mentions were also given to photos by Tom Wieland, Nathan Lodermeier and Subree Subramanian.

Stillwater visitors, locals, and fans also took part by voting online for the Popular Vote category winner, Katie Linehan from Chicago whose photo had a great Americana feel capturing the front porch of a historic Stillwater home and American flag. She will receive a Stillwater Getaway Package valued at $700 which includes a 2-night stay at the Grand Stay Hotel & Suites and gift certificates from these sponsors: Northern Vineyards Winery, Kari’s Create & Paint, Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop, Simply Chic, South Hill Vintage, Pub 112, The Wedge & Wheel and Alfresco Casual Living.

All winners will all also receive recognition on the DiscoverStillwater.com website, Discover Stillwater social media, and be showcased in the 2017 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide/Map.

Official contest rules and past winners link is available at http://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.

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 a wonderful one!

Stillwater Steps

Stillwater Steps Route: The historic Stillwater Steps are a popular walking tour of Stillwater. You probably know where a couple of sets of steps are but do you know where all five are located? This is the route to take if you would like to see all five sets and the great history along the way.

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Visitor’s Guide: The ultimate resource for visitors to Stillwater. This guide has the restaurant, boutique, and attractions listings as well as a fold-out map of historic downtown and a re-print of the historic walking tour downtown. We will happily mail visitor’s guides to you!


 Visitor Guide Parking Map: This map will tell you what you need to know for the best parking options in Stillwater. Watch for the parking ramp and the 24 hour parking locations for some of the best options. For an extended map, view/print the black & white tear-off map with hotel area as well as downtown.

lodging-bedbreakfastsHomes Tour (video): This is a set of videos you can watch on your smart phone that will lead you on a historic walking tour of the gorgeous historic homes in Stillwater. Pick the loop you want to visit and use the accompanying video to help learn about the history of the homes you see.

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Downtown Tour (video)
: Another video tour that will give you wonderful history and insight into what you are seeing in downtown Stillwater. The “Birthplace of MN” is a gem of a town full of historic buildings, beautiful landscapes, fun boutiques, great things to do, and delicious restaurants. Watch and learn about what you are experiencing as you walk along.

City Trails Maps – Stillwater and Oak Park Heights: A convenient map of all the trails for walking or biking located in town.


cross_country_skiingBrown’s Creek Nature Preserve Trails Map: This is a great little spot for cross country skiing in the winter or a summer walk and has Brown’s Creek bike trail access.

Pike Point Park CC Trails Map: A map of the Cross Country skiing trails in Pike Point Park which is also where you can jump on the Gateway State Trail.

Gateway/Brown Creek’s Trail Map
: This popular bike trail is absolutely stunning! Grab a map to plan your route and parking locations. Don’t forget to stop off in Stillwater for a bite to eat.

River City Sculpture Tour Map: Find 12 original sculptures throughout downtown Stillwater as part of a multi-city free public art tour.

St. Croix Scenic Byway Route Mapst_croix_scenic_byway: Meander along the St. Croix River roads from Point Douglas, MN to north of Hinkley, MN. Check out the Historical Travel Guide for route ideas and stories! Sawmill District central section features Stillwater. For fall colors, drive from Stillwater to Taylor’s Falls!


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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 scene, families, nature, outdoor adventure, architecture, boutiques, and more. Photos must be taken in Stillwater, MN.


Popular Vote WINNER – Stillwater Getaway Package ($700 value)
1st Prize WINNER – $300
2nd Prize WINNER – $200
3rd Prize WINNER – $100
The Stillwater Getaway Package valued at over $700 includes a 2-night stay at Grandstay Hotel & Suites, wine-tasting for 4 and six bottles of wine at Northern Vineyards, $50 for Kari’s Create & Paint Studio, $50 at Wedge & Wheel artisan cheese shop, Boutiques: $50 Alfresco Casual Living, $50 Simply Chic, $50 South Hill Vintage, Restaurants: $50 Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop, $50 Pub 112.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

Winners receive recognition with photo credit on www.DiscoverStillwater.com website, a showcase in the 2017 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide, social media recognition and in press release announcements to Twin Cities media.  Prizes will be awarded in October. Click here to view past winners.

Contest entry period is June-August. Voting for Popular Vote category on Facebook during the first two weeks of September once all entries are submitted. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be judged by a panel of Stillwater Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Board members. The popular vote will be determined by the highest number of Facebook votes via this Wishpond Software tool. Winners will be notified by email or phone.

Get out an enjoy the picturesque views of one of America’s Most Picturesque Small Towns – Have fun!

#OnlyinMN #Photography #Contest #DiscoverStillwater

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