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Grab your girlfriends for a memory-making good time in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Here’s a real story with a great itinerary: Long-Time Friends Reconnect with Annual Getaway.

SPA, SALON, FITNESS – Start things off right with a half or full day at one of our local spas, salons or yoga studios. Featuring massages, wraps, facials, pedicure, hair styling or aerial silks.  Your weary body requires a break!

TAKE  A FUN CLASS – Discover your creative side with a a DIY (knitting, home decor, art, painting, pottery, jewelry) crafting or cooking class.

SHOP BOUTIQUES Enjoy over 50 unique boutiques in Historic downtown Stillwater featuring clothing, gifts, toys, specialty imports, and accessories for your home. Also enjoy book stores, vintage shops and art galleries. Don’t forget the side streets as well as all of Main Street North to South!

INDULGENCES – A girlfriend getaway would not be complete without chocolate, wine, beer, ice cream, coffee and a fabulous meal –  and Stillwater has plenty of options for you to discover. Check out our DiningTreats, wineries/breweries listings.

LADIES NIGHT OUT These themed evenings put on by the Main Street Independent Businesses take place a few times each year on Main Street and feature specials, prizes, deals, food samples, fashion demos, wine samples and more-Shop til you Drop!

LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY – Start your time together by getting to know Stillwater – take a city tour on the trolley, Biercycle, self-guided walking tour with videos on your smartphone, or Valley Tours can also arrange historic tours for your group of girlfriends.

RIVERFRONT RELAXATION – Get your Vitamin D, fresh air and burn some calories while you explore the river valley parks or water activities like SUP boarding or a paddlewheel cruise.

NIGHT LIFE FUN Feel like Dancing? Or just listening to great live music? Stillwater has several pubs, nightclubs or wine bars with  year-round entertainment.

SWEET DREAMS Stay for a few days together…. Stillwater has many different lodging options with something to fit every budget.  If you prefer to be downtown, two historic inn’s, the Lowell Inn or the Water Street Inn can’t be beat. Both are located in the heart of Stillwater’s historic district. Or try one of our hotels just minutes from downtown, or indulge yourselves into the full experience at one of our historic lofts or B&B’s many within walking distance to downtown. Make a night of it!

45 Degrees

229 S. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Exceptional clothing, footwear, and gear for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it’s a backyard adventure or beyond, we’ll help you get outside with quality goods and fantastic service. 45 Degrees rents kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, snowshoes and cross country skis.

Airy Fitness & The Pole Barn Studio

120 Water St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Offering classes for aerial yoga, aerial silks, aerial fitness, pole, ballet, dance fitness, flex and cirque classes designed to provide a new and innovative way to stay in shape, improve self-esteem and have fun while working out. Host your Birthday Party, Bachelorette Party, or Girls Night out! Fitness for all ages from 3-103. Where fitness is fun!

Alchemy Arts Studio

5620 Memorial Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Fused Glass projects and Metal Clay Jewelry classes and parties! ​Welcome to the coolest studio doing the warmest arts with space for BYOB or catered parties plus cool music and fun instructors. Let us walk you through the easy craft of glass fusing such as glass plates, bowls, vases, lamps and advanced fusing classes. You can also try the amazing material of Metal Clay. With this “clay like” material, you can design and create your own custom silver/copper jewelry. Check website class calendar. Perfect venue for a unique party experience for groups of 8-16 people.


8312 Neal Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Choose from 3 Tours in Stillwater. 1hr Gateway Jr. 2hr Gateway Glide, or 3hr Taste of Stillwater (food included on the 3hr tour). Join the fun May 1st-October 31st. Ages 14+.

Artful Indulgence: Paint. Sip. Nosh.

Find artful indulgence is an on-site paint and sip experience. It is a place where everyone is welcome to come join in the fun and use their own personality to indulge his or her inner artist and creativity.  Each and every session is exciting with a high-energy level where artists of all levels can enjoy themselves, socialize, learn and thrive with our step-by-step guide. We also love and value being able to bring even more good things to your life, and support our community, by offering locally sourced foods and drinks on-site.


Pedestrian Mall on Water St
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

BierCycle Adventures provides a fun and interactive way to explore beautiful downtown Stillwater. Our bike can hold up to 10 eager pedalers, and 3 non-pedalers, for a tour through downtown and along the river. Join us for a public tour, or reserve our bike for a private tour with friends and family. All are welcome to join the adventure at BierCycle Adventures!

Boat Rentals

One of the best places to enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful St. Croix River is on it! Daily pontoon rentals for the half and full day or join the boat club and enjoy luxury boating for less with the Stillwater Boat Club. Conveniently located downtown Stillwater. The St. Croix River is also a part of Your Boat Club which is a great alternative to owning a boat giving you access to a variety of types of boats on multiple bodies of water near the Twin Cities.

Boat rental available at two marinas:

Stillwater Boat Club
422 East Mulberry St.

Ole Sawmill Marina
2009 Lake St. N.

Thinking about purchasing your very own vessel? Talk to the experts right downtown at Tetzlaff Yacht Sales 888.658.9504!

Brown Dog Paddleboard Co.

15150 Square Lake Trail N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Group paddleboard instruction, rentals, SUP yoga, and SUP fitness on nearby Square Lake at the Golden Acres RV Park entrance.


324 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Love to cook?  For over 40 years Cooks of Crocus Hill has been leading students in cooking education from the basics and techniques to celebrity chef visits and restaurant classes.  At Cooks you can take a cooking class, book a private event, attend a date night class with your sweetie or explore team building options for your office crew.  Our gourmet kitchen is set inside our retail store in a beautiful historic Stillwater building that is rich in history.  In the store you will find a cooks treasure trove of culinary products, cooks tools, cookware, knives and lots of inspiration.  Visit our website for our class schedule and event booking contact information.


423 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Classes include: knit, crochet, sew, spin, felt, and general electives all in our Main Street shop yarn and fabric shop location. Registrations online, in advance.


Can’t decide which restaurant to try? Take a culinary walking tour of beautiful Stillwater. Foodies on Foot takes you on a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the best restaurants and specialty shops Stillwater has to offer. Join us on our one-of-a-kind tours of locally owned restaurants, gourmet food shops, microbreweries and wineries featuring choice meats from local farms, wild foraged greens, rich hand-made desserts and dynamic beer and wine lists. This three plus hour relaxing stroll simply offers the best of Stillwater…one bite at a time! Reservations required.

Gateway Trailside

Lansing Ave N/Gateway State Trail
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

If you get hungry or thirsty while biking, be sure to seek out this food truck along the trail to re-energize! Access the food truck via the Gateway Trail near mile marker 15 between hwy 96 and Lansing Ave. If you are on the Brown’s Creek trail, it’s located just north of the intersection of the Gateway and Brown’s Creek trail.


Over 100 owner-operated shops and restaurants along Stillwater’s historic Main Street (on  National Historic Register).  Open year-round. Antiques, art galleries, fashion boutiques, home furnishings, decor, gifts, indoor and outdoor dining and more. Seeking a historic treasure? Stillwater is one of America’s Top 10 Towns for Antiquing with several multi-dealer antique malls and vintage reclaimed/up-cycled shops.

Hometown for the Holidays

201 Water Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Experience a traditional old-time Christmas downtown historic Stillwater the entire month of December – make Stillwater your Hometown for the Holidays!  Stillwater sparkles with holiday decor and free events like strolling Santa, Victorian-costumed carolers up and down Main Street, a Holiday Strolling Market, Twinkle Party official tree lighting with fireworks, pictures with Santa, horse-drawn Victorian wagonette rides and many more fun events. Visit our events calendar to find holiday teas, caroling tours on the Biercycle, B&B Tours, holiday dinners, breakfast with Santa, etc. Find joy in the season at our festive destination. Read all about it: Best Towns to Celebrate the Holidays



Palm and Tarot Card Readings by JoAnne on the past, present, future.  Take time to be mystified.  Located next to the Antique mall on the corner of Myrtle & Main. Walk-in or call in advance.

Kari’s Create & Paint Studio

221 Chestnut St. E.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Paint your own pottery and canvas studio where you are the artist.  All the materials are provided and an inspiring environment for your creativity to flow. Walk-ins welcome – there’s great local coffee so come in and paint! Book your next event at Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – From birthdays and bachelorette parties to showers and school outings – they can host any event, or come on-site at your desired location.

Marquess Studios

305 Greeley St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)
651.592.8657, email preferred

Led by a local art-loving, creative, re-purposing junkey, Marquess Studios is a unique space to attend a crafty workshop, host a girls night out Pinterest party, request custom orders via private appointment, or stop by for exclusive trunk shows. They have hand selected unique and vintage components to create jewelry, accessories, gifts and treasures that are one-of-a-kind. Her neat collection of items enhance special events, milestones, team-building and every-day conversation. Take a look at the event calendar and portfolio of recent creations! The studio space is located in historic Stillwater in a charming yellow house (which also happens to be the second oldest home) just up from the historic Lowell Inn on Myrtle St.


306 W. Olive Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Take a cooking class at the Rivertown Inn while enjoying the meal you learn to prepare. Small class sizes. Hands-on instruction from our chef’s gourmet kitchen located in a 19th century historic mansion. Courses provide plentiful food and wine samplings and a take home recipe booklet of the days’ menu. Reservations are required. Check out their online schedule to find a variety of options from steakhouse DIY to crepes, stews, tapas, southern cooking, Julia Child inspired ideas and more!

Sawdust Savvy

324 S. Main Street, Suite 7
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Sawdust Savvy offers wood crafting experiences with power tools, paint and stain- build-it-yourself workshops are fun! Bring your group 8 or more make your custom creation. By appointment only. Located in downtown Stillwater now in the historic Grand Garage building.


525 South Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Welcome to St. Croix Boat & Packet! We offer daily public lunch and dinner cruises on board our Paddlewheel Boats on the scenic St. Croix River.   Our private charters can accommodate groups of 25 to 675. Contact us today and we would be happy to assist you in planning your excursion. Seasonal business typically May-October.

Stillwater Escape Room

123 2nd St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Unlock the mystery within the Connolly Shoe Factory by solving puzzles and finding clues to unlock the vault within the office museum. This group mystery solving experience is approximatly 1 hour and with a local history theme. Solve the mystery together for an unforgettable, unique activity for your friends, family, or co-workers! Currently operating one room for up to 10 players (though a max of 8 recommended) with the great hope of expanding to three rooms in 2019. The escape room is located on the North side of downtown Stillwater in the historic Connolly Shoe Factory building home to the new JX Event Venue, 123 Events, Just Cuz Salon, and Velveteen Speakeasy.

Stillwater Segway Tours

204 Main St N. (next to: Let There Be Light)
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Explore the Stillwater area on segway! The only segway tour originating in and licensed by the City of Stillwater. Call 612-747-7803 or use the on-line reservation system.

Stillwater Skin

5525 Memorial Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Full-service medical spa offering injectibles, facial lasering treatments, laser hair reduction, European facials, and waxing. We offer packages and yearly memberships. We also manufacture and distribute our own skincare line.


402 North Main Street
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Walk into a positive and energetic atmosphere with music, mindful products and community. Enjoy slow yoga, power vinyasa, tai chi, workshops, events flow, restorative, hot yoga, candlelight, hatha and others. Walk-ins welcome. FIRST WEEK FREE YOGA!


Tatts by Zapp

235 E. Chestnut St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP! Tatts by Zapp is the longest standing tattoo shop in the oldest town in Minnesota. Located in the heart of downtown, stop in for inspiration with walls of tattoo artwork and a welcoming professional staff of ink artists!

Themed Dinners at The Outing Lodge

11661 Myeron Road North
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

These culinary experiences are unique in our fast modern world – from Russia to Italy to Paris, France. A feeling of harmony flows from flavor to flavor, mixes in the conversation, the good company, the candlelight, and the music. Our dinners follow recipes from European culinary schools. Menus include warm baguettes, pastureland creams and butters, extra virgin olive oil, organic produce and fresh meats. Loose teas & European Roasterie coffees accompany the desserts. Wines listed on menus are included in the price of the meals.  Events start at 6:30 with social hour. Advanced reservations required. Feel free to inquire about custom designed Culinary Dinners for your special occasions.

Wahoo Adventures

Wahoo! Adventures offers guided 90 minute kayaking tours every Tuesday morning at 8:30am.  Make reservations by calling the Stillwater Trolley at 651.430.0352 – they will provide a 5 minute trolley ride to meet your guide.  You can also book your own private kayak or bicycle tour for 2 – 20 people by calling us directly.  Enjoy the best the St. Croix Valley has to offer on the river or on the local bicycle trails.  In the winter we can get you to a local state or county park for a snowshoe adventure.  We provide all the gear, maps, guidance, and inspiration you may need!  No experience necessary.

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