2020 has been a challenging time for all, so as the COVID-19 virus protection restrictions change, we’ll keep you informed on who is open. Please practice PATIENCE and KINDNESS with business owners and other guests as we all do our best to navigate these uncharted waters. While we are excited to welcome visitors, we want to ensure your health and safety as well, so please be aware of social distancing, mask or reservation requirements, wait time for turn-over cleaning, reduced hours/days open, new return/exchange or payment policies or other procedures that may be in place to protect you.
We are grateful that you’ve chosen to visit Stillwater, Minnesota and support our locally owned small businesses. Generally speaking, everything IS OPEN but know there are exceptions and things change. We are located in Minnesota so following their current guidelines. It’s best to look at a businesses Facebook page or website before visiting to confirm.
Lodging /Dining & Night Life /Attractions /Shopping/Spas & Salons /Venues
All hotel, bed & breakfast, vacation rental properties are OPEN.
https://www.discoverstillwater.com/lodging/. Hotels ranks very low on the risk charts (3 out of 10), so when you are ready to travel know they are keeping the space extra clean just for you!
Restaurants, Bars, Coffee & Sweet Shops
Restaurants and bars were able to open up June 1st in Minnesota for outdoor dining, and as of June 10th for indoor dining with limited 50% capacity, and with servers in masks. As of October 8th, the max number of people at a table goes from 6 to 10, you must remain seated, no dancing, and the limit in bars is 4 people per table. Please also note that the State is requiring reservations as well, so plan ahead (many places may offer walk-up reservations if space available). The City of Stillwater approved temporary (until November 1st) new outdoor dining spaces, so downtown Stillwater has even more alfresco dining options! Rooftops, decks, parklets, patios, alleyways, street-side – you’ll find at least 30 patios in the downtown!
Downtown Restaurants with OUTDOOR Dining as of June 1st:
Note The Velveteen will have an outdoor secret garden space but isn’t open yet (opening June 17th), Whitey’s has a parklet outdoor space (June 10th opening), Brick & Bourbon has a rooftop (opening June 18th) and Lowell Inn (opening June 12th). Browse all 30 outdoor dining spots downtown Stillwater!
Note: As of November 1st, all temporary outdoor seating locations have closed for the season but most restaurants do have outdoor seating and several have heaters for cold weather (see list).
As of November 13th, all bars and restaurants must close by 10pm, no bar service or standing games are permitted, and capacity is limited to 150 patrons or no more than 50% capacity.
Outdoor Dining, not downtown ;):
All Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops or Sweet Shops ARE OPEN for INDOOR dining.
Restaurants temporarily closed due to COVID-19:
- Nelson’s Ice Cream – Open for carry-out only May 2nd, Closes end of Oct.
- Cherry Berry – OPEN for carry-out only, closes end of Oct.
- PD Pappy’s – opens June 2nd, Closes September 27th.
Take-Out, Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery:
Here are the Stillwater restaurants, breweries, wineries, ice cream shops offering curb-side pick-up take-out or delivery: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/dining-night-life/curbside-pick-up-delivery/
Here’s a complete list of our downtown restaurants, pubs, coffee and ice cream shops: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/dining-night-life/
ALL Shops are OPEN but hours and capacity may be limited.
As of May 18th, the Minnesota Stay at Home order is lifted and main street retail establishments were allowed to open back up with a social distancing plan and at 50% capacity.
Essential Businesses Currently Open:
Smith & Trade Merchantile
Modern Roots Natural Soaps & Body Care
River Market Co-Op
The T-Shirt Factory
Sara’s Tipsy Pies
Domacin Wine Shop
These shops are opening Monday, May 18th:
Alfresco Casual Living
American Gothic Antiques
Barbara Ann’s Fudge
Darn Knit Anyway (by appt only)
Forget Me Not
Galeria Saro (by appt only)
Images of the Past (by appt only)
Magnolia Paulette (by appt only)
Mai Little Cakes
Peek a Baby Boutique
River City Antiques
Shop in the City
Simply Chic (final days, store closing due to retirement)
Staples Mill Antiques
Stillwater Antiques Mall
Stillwater Art Guild Gallery
Shops Opening Wednesday, May 20:
Cooks of Crocus Hill
Shops Opening Thursday, May 21:
Art n’ Soul/Stillwater Beads
Shops Opening Friday, May 22:
Allure by Greaton’s Jewelers
Kathe Wohlfahrt, The Christmas Store
Stillwater Olive Oil
Shops Opening Saturday, June 6th:
- Black Letter Books (weekends only)
Shops Opening Friday, June 12th:
Shops Opening Saturday, June 13th:
*****Please note that everyone’s plan and hours are evolving so check their current open hours before visiting. The best place to find the details is typically their social media page or website.
For a complete list of shops downtown: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/shopping/
Attractions currently OPEN:
Our bike trails are always open! The Lift Bridge & Loop Trail opens June 1st!
Mike’s Electric Bike Rental (new location and new Greenbridge Coffee Shop inside as well!)
Big River Bikes
Madline Horseback Riding
All Golf Courses are open!
Self-guided Historic Walking Tours and Sightseeing Always Open!
The St. Croix River and marinas are OPEN!
Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals
Stillwater E-Scoots – new electric scooter rental
Kari’s Create & Paint – outdoor space to paint as well!
Hot Air Balloon companies are open – Stillwater or Aamodts
The historic stairs are BACK OPEN!
Attractions opening soon:
American Ghost Walks – open for the season Memorial Day Weekend!
Wahoo Adventures Kayak Tours – open for the season May 22nd!
Art Reach St. Croix Gallery – open May 28th!
Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – opens May 28th!
Stillwater River Boat Tours – start June 1st!
Vahi-Hi Drive-in Theater – opens June 1st!
St. Croix Valley Segway Tours – start June 6th!
Stillwater Trolley Tours – start June 6th!
Stillwater Ghost Walks -start June 6th!
Pole Barn Studio – Opens June 13th!
Studio One Yoga – Opens June 16th!
Rivertown Tours – New guided walking tours start June 20th!
Opening in July:
Washington County Historic Courthouse – Opens July 1st
Spas & Salons & Fitness Studios
Spas & salons open the week of June 1st per state guidelines at 25% capacity! View list here. As of June 10th, they can be at 50% capacity!
Fitness Studios Opening in June:
Stillwater is a wedding and event destination with over 20 venues! As of June 10th, Minnesota COVID-19 restrictions will loosen to allow venues to have events at 25% capacity/max 250 people with social distancing accommodations in place. As of November 13, capacity limits for receptions related to celebrations and milestone events, including weddings, funerals, birthdays, reunions, anniversaries and private parties in venues will be limited to 50 total people starting November 27, and 25 total people starting December 11. Celebrations must end at 10:00 p.m. This does not apply to the ceremony itself, since data has not shown a connection between services and the recent increase in outbreaks.
360 Venue Tours: https://www.discoverstillwater.com/360-venue-tours/
For everything you need to plan your trip to Stillwater, Minnesota, visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com.