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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 […]


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 […]


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). […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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!” […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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.  


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 […]


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 […]


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 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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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