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Winter Wonderland

Winter Romance. Valentine Carriage Ridges. Skiing.

Nestled in the bluffs of the St. Croix River Valley, Stillwater’s winter beauty and historic charm twinkle during the winter months. Romantic excursions are also encouraged with a secret speakeasy  and unique honeymoon suites. Plan your romantic winter getaway in December, January, February, or March! See what’s new in 2021: Wintertime in Stillwater Lights & Events.

Step into the warmth of shops filled with treasures as the Holiday season is the ultimate Shop Small destination for gifts and free holiday events from Black Friday to New Year’s Eve. Grab a seat in one of our many restaurants and wine bars. Warm your soul with comfort food, winter wine or local brew, or gather in a coffee shop. Listen to local live music  or register for a cooking class or view an art gallery exhibit together. Pamper yourself with a massage, facial, pedicure or Himalayan salt cave at a serene spa or salon.

Get outside to see the pristine beauty of Minnesota winter white snow on the trees, bluffs, and historic buildings of the St. Croix Valley. Winter is a time of peace, comfort, and a whole lot of fun! Use Stillwater as your home base for skiing at three different resorts nearby (Afton Alps is the closest) or local cross country or fat tire bike trails.

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Winter Trails to Enjoy in the St. Croix Valley

Winter Thrills in Stillwater

Create your perfect winter getaway  –  stay overnight in one of Stillwater’s stunning restored mansions, inns, hotels or new vacation home rentals.  Snuggle by a fireplace, read a good book (find one at a great indie book store on Main Street), or soak in a whirlpool tub or get lost in the hot steam Swedish shower. The possibilities are endless!

11/9/18 update: Ice Castles will not be built in Stillwater this year, but we are hopeful they’ll return in 2020!. The frozen Ice Castles constructed downtown Stillwater were in Lowell Park on the riverfront the last two winters. We were grateful for the thousands who explored the carved tunnels, slides, archways and magical glow of this once in a lifetime frozen fun for all ages.

For a complete list of winter events (hockey, winter games, pub crawl, art classes, even curling?), view our live events calendar.  Get inspired to spend a winter weekend in Stillwater with these videos…


Explore the natural beauty of the St. Croix Valley through cross country ski trails weaving through the forests, bluffs, and river ways of the area. Nearby ski areas include:
Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve & Trail
Pine Point Park/Gateway Bike Trail
Lake Elmo Park Reserve (lighted trails at night)
William O’Brien State Park
Afton State Park 

Some trails are a multiuse trail open to hikers, cross country skiers, and Nordic skiers.   Bring your own skis or rent from 45 Degrees downtown Stillwater. Ski & Stay in Stillwater!

Diro Outdoors: Snowshoe Adventure Packages

The St. Croix Valley has many beautiful snowshoeing trails for you to explore and each has its own personality. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely hike or a strenuous trek through the woods, there’s a trail waiting for you. DIRO Outdoor’s snowshoe packages contain all the information and supplies you need and are conveniently dropped off and picked up at your hotel or B&B. Adult, youth, and child snowshoes available.

Packages Include:

• St. Croix Valley snowshoeing guide
• Trail maps
• Snowshoes
• Waterproof picnic blanket, Bottled water, Gourmet snacks
• Small drawstring backpack & Headlamps for evening adventures

To reserve your adventure visit: or call 651-300-0127.


Let it snow!  Ski & Stay in a beautiful winter village just outside the Twin Cities.  Stillwater has 3 ski resorts nearby. Make us your lodging base and try out new slopes each day of your stay!

MN Ski Conditions Report


Afton Alps one of the Midwest’s Premier ski resorts just south of Stillwater 19 miles in Hastings, MN. Afton part of Vail Resorts which offers a Go Local and Go West season pass. Easy to get to from downtown Stillwater – follow Main Street south of town with turns into hwy 95 taking you straight to Afton!

Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area
 is northeast of Stillwater 30 miles in Dresser, WI.  Trollhaugen features downhill skiing, snow-tubing, cross country skiing, and a terrain park. Head over the historic lift bridge from downtown Stillwater into WI.

Wild Mountain
 is just north of Stillwater  30 miles in Taylors Falls, MN. Downhill ski, snowboard, and terrain park in a family friendly resort. To get to Wild mountain, simply head north of out of downtown Stillwater on Hwy. 95.

Green Acres Recreation Area Snow Tubing

8989 55th St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Thrill seekers and families unite! Race down the snowy hill on an inner tube – classic Minnesota fun! Nearby snow tubing hill with tow ropes, tubes, and warming chalet.

Ice Fishing

St. Croix river fishing for experienced ice house experts and anglers. The St. Croix River is alive with Walleye, a variety of Bass, Crappies and more.

MN DNR St. Croix River Fishing Information 

Get the local scoop on this blog as well:


Ice Skating

1675 Market Drive
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Skate indoors or in the fresh air at the St. Croix Recreation Center arena.


Check out the Washington County snowmobile club website for maps and trail ideas:


Minnesota winters are more enjoyable if you get into the white nature! Try snowshoeing through the woods on trails in Stillwater’s bluff country. Bring your own or rent from 45 Degrees downtown Stillwater: 651.430.3609, William O’Brien State Park or hire an expert to lead your group: Wahoo Adventures 651.280.7299 and DIRO Outdoors 651.233.6059

Lake Elmo Park Reserve – snowshoe lessons and rentals hosted by a naturalist during winter at their Nordic Center.
William O’Brien State Park  – snowshoeing on Riverside Trail.
Afton State Park – Park maintains 4 miles of snowshoe trail
Willow River State Park – multi-use trails welcome snowshoes.

Wahoo Adventures

Wahoo! Adventures offers a 90 minute Herons & History kayak Paddle every Friday morning at 8:30am and 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. In the winter we offer snowshoe events at local venues in the St Croix Valley. We provide all the gear, maps, guidance, and inspiration you may need! No experience necessary. Book all events online at

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