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WELCOME TO

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THE BIRTHPLACE OF MINNESOTA. DISCOVER THE FUN. DISCOVER THE HISTORY. DISCOVER THE RIVER. We invite you to visit our historic river town located just outside the Twin Cities on the Minnesota/ Wisconsin border of the St. Croix River. Our stunning location provides visitors with colorful panoramic views of the river valley and an abundance of activities and attractions, dining, entertainment, and shopping. Stay overnight — feel the nostalgia and creativity alive in this once bustling steamboat town. Whether you are looking for a personal vacation or ideas for your organization’s next gathering, choose our dynamic Midwest destination! Wedding and business event guests are inspired by one of America’s most picturesque towns (USA Today Travel) with over 20 amazing venues. Historic Stillwater, Minnesota has everything you need to host your escape. Browse through this guide to find out what’s new.

CONTENTS TRAVEL INFO .................................... 2-3

Enjoy your stay! ~ Jerry Helmberger, President

LODGING ........................................... 4-8

Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitor Bureau Owner, Aurora Staples Inn B&B

NIGHT LIFE ............................................ 9 DINING........................................... 10-14 THINGS TO DO ............................. 15-43

Cover Photo by: Laurel Anderson, Garnet Real Estate Services

PHOTO CONTEST....................... 44-45

Graphic Design by: Studio2 Design Publisher/Advertising: Christie Rosckes, Fresh Avenue Marketing 651.351.1717

WEDDINGS/HONEYMOONS ... 46-47

©2017 Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB).

GROUPS/MEETINGS ................ 48-49

Printed using soy-based inks and recycled paper. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission from the CVB. Every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information at time of publication (1/1/2017). Changes take place during the year and it is recommended that you reconfirm times, dates, or inclusions for final accuracy.

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EVENTS CALENDAR .................. 58-63 MAP - FOLD OUT SECTION ............ 64

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TRAVEL INFORMATION HELPFUL FACTS WHILE YOU ARE HERE HISTORY OF STILLWATER

Stillwater is considered the historic Birthplace of Minnesota because in 1848 the first territorial convention that began the process of establishing Minnesota as a state was held on the corner of Myrtle and Main Street downtown. Stillwater is also one of Minnesota’s oldest towns, preceding Minneapolis by years. In 1854, at the time of incorporation as a city, Stillwater was the largest city in the state. The lumber industry made Stillwater famous. At the height of the log boom, Stillwater’s lumber mills were the largest in the country making Minnesota one of the largest lumber markets in the world. This boom brought wealth, railroads, steamships, gas lights, and grand homes. Today, Stillwater’s rich and vibrant history is celebrated year-round with thousands of visitors TRAVEL DISTANCES from around the world. MN MINNEAPOLIS 30 MIN Stillwater’s historic downtown is… Stillwater

• Located along the St. Croix Scenic Byway – Highway 95

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• On the Minnesota/Wisconsin border Historic Main Street is open year-round, seven days a week, with only a few attractions or shops closing seasonally (May-October high season) or on certain weekdays. All 100+ unique shops and restaurants downtown are independently-owned businesses, but typically open between 10-11am and close from 5-8pm.

HELPFUL WEBSITES

DULUTH

2.5 HRS

ST. CLOUD

1.5 HRS

ROCHESTER

1.5 HRS

EAU CLAIRE

1 HR

MADISON

4 HRS

CHICAGO

6 HRS

GPS Address: 101 Water Street Stillwater, MN 55082 Population of Stillwater: 18,800 Population of Oak Park Heights: 4,795

WEATHER

Located in the Midwest, Stillwater experiences all 4 seasons. 72°

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Minnesota State Tourism ExploreMinnesota.com City of Stillwater ci.stillwater.mn.us City of Oak Park Heights cityofoakparkheights.com

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Area Chamber of Commerce greaterstillwaterchamber.com Main Street IBA mainstreetstillwaterIBA.com AVERAGE TEMPS

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TRAVEL INFORMATION TRANSPORTATION AIRPORTS

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport 612.726.5555 (30 minutes away) or Lake Elmo private airport 651.777.1399 (15 minutes away)

TRAIN

St. Paul Union Depot Amtrak.com (20 minutes away)

BOAT DOCKS

See outdoor adventure section, page 18.

SHUTTLE/TAXI/LIMO/TROLLEY Ace Limo acelimo.com 651.223.5466

Stillwater Trolley

Airport supershuttle.com 800.258.3826

Tip-Top Taxi

Hill Valley Taxi

651.373.9941

Mama Ducks Shuttle Express Stillwater Taxi

Private or historic tours 651.430.0352

651.383.6618

Total Luxury Limousine

651.425.0484

651.439.9999

TukTuk WooHoo

651.770.5668

888.4.tuk.tuk (488.5885)

You Drink, We Drive

651.338.1425

PARKING

Downtown Stillwater has over 1800 parking spots. The majority are free. Look for on-street, lots, and a parking RAMP on 2nd St. & Commercial St. (next to Lowell Inn). Refer to MAP in the back of this guide or online. Lots FREE Nov. 1 –May 1.

EMERGENCY CARE 911

Lakeview Hospital 927 W. Churchill St. 651.439.5330 Stillwater Medical Group 1500 Curve Crest Blvd. 651.439.1234 Health East Stillwater Clinic 2900 Curve Crest Blvd. 651.471.5600 Police 651.351.4900 • Fire 651.351.4950

LIBRARY

Carnegie Public Library is well worth a visit to see the rooftop patio view. 224 3rd St. N. 651.275.4338. Stillwaterlibrary.org

CHURCHES Beautiful historic steeples dot the hillside of downtown Stillwater. St. Michael Catholic Church 611 South Third Street 651.439.4400 St. Mary’s Catholic Church 423 5th Street South 651.439.1270 Trinity Lutheran Church 115 4th Street North 651.439.7400 St. Paul Lutheran Church (ELCA) 609 5th Street South 651.439.5970 Ascension Episcopal Church 214 North Third Street 651.439.2609

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LODGING

GET INSPIRED. STAY OVERNIGHT IN STILLWATER.

Accommodations for all styles. Book soon to enjoy all seasons! BED & BREAKFAST INNS

Experience the history of Stillwater by staying in a restored lumber baron’s mansion. Stunning architecture, fireplaces, Swedish steam showers, gourmet breakfast service, lovely gardens and warm local hospitality.

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN INNS

Walk to all the attractions downtown from your authentically styled room with a view, fireplace, whirlpool tub, or king bed. On-site restaurants and pubs, ballroom event centers, and group rates available.

HOTELS

Find contemporary rooms close to downtown just off Hwy 36 with family friendly features such as in-room movies, pool, hot tub, continental breakfast, and fitness centers.

SPA RETREAT, LOFT, HOME RENTAL

Relax with friends at a spa retreat home in town or rent a loft space on Main Street downtown. *V  isit DiscoverStillwater.com/things-to-do/parks-camping for campgrounds

Voted Best MIDWEST SMALL-TOWN GETAWAYS ~Midwest Living Magazine

Voted Best WEEKEND GETAWAY & BEST TWIN CITIES STAYCATION ~City Pages

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# Rooms Breakfast Whirlpools Fireplaces Handicap access Meetings Wi-Fi Weddings

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HISTORIC BED & BREAKFASTS Ann Bean Mansion 319 W Pine St 651.430.0355 annbeanmansion.com

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Cover Park Manor 15330 58th St N 651.430.9292 coverpark.com

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Lady Goodwood 704 First St S 651.439.3771 ladygoodwood.com

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James Mulvey Carriage House 807 Harriet St S 651.430.8008 jamesmulveyinn.com

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Rivertown Inn 306 W Olive St 651.430.2955 rivertowninn.com

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The Elephant Walk 801 W Pine St 651.430.0359 elephantwalkbb.com

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William Sauntry Mansion 626 N Fourth St 651.430.2653 sauntrymansion.com

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# Rooms Restaurant Kitchenette Cont. Breakfast Pool or Hot Tub Whirlpool Fireplace Room Service Handicap Access Wi-Fi Meeting Space Kids Stay Free Pets Allowed Groups / Weddings

Aurora Staples Inn 303 N Fourth St, 651.351.1187 aurorastaplesinn.com

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN INNS Lowell Inn 102 N Second St 651.439.1100 lowellinn.com

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Water Street Inn 101 Water St 651.439.6000 waterstreetinn.us

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HOTELS America’s Best Value Inn 1750 W Frontage Rd 651.430.1300 americasbestvalueinn.com 59

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AmericInn Lodge & Suites 13025 60th St 651.275.0980 hotelstillwater.com

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Comfort Inn & Suites 2000 Washington Ave S 651.275.1401 choicehotels.com

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GrandStay Hotel & Suites 2200W Frontage Rd 651.430.2699 grandstayhospitality.com 64

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Super 8 2190 Frontage Rd 651.430.3990 super8.com

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HOMES & LOFTS Alesci on St. Croix 308 Chestnut St. E. 612.309.6338.

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Art Andes 6337 Paris Ave. N. 651.236.0560

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Excelsior Escape 120 N. Main St. 612.508.7474. Just For Me Spa 110 South Greeley St. 651.439.4662 justformespa.com

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GRA NDS TAY G UESTS ENJOY: · King, Queen, Whirlpool® & Specialty Suites · Over 200 In-Room Channels, Including HBO® · Complimentary GrandStart® Breakfast · Indoor Pool/Whirlpool · Bath & Body Works® In-Room Products · Grand Returns Guest Loyalty Program

2200 West Frontage Road, Stillwater MN 55082 • 651.430.2699 • Reservations: 866.936.STAY — grandstayhospitality.com —

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Happy Hour Daiyl Specials Weekend Entertainment

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NIGHT LIFE DISCOVER THE VIBRANT DOWNTOWN SCENE OF MANY RESTAURANTS, PUBS, & NIGHT CLUBS ALL WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. Find entertainment in downtown Stillwater year-round. Check out the online events calendar for live music and special events. Enjoy outdoor concerts on the riverfront in the city’s new open air amphitheater.

Host a party in Stillwater! Gather for holidays or special occasions. Private spaces available for rent. Brines

219 Main St. S. 651.439.7556 brines-stillwater.com

Charlie's Irish Pub at Water Street Inn

101 Water St. S. 651.439.6000 charliesrestaurant.us

Freight House Restaurant

305 Water St. S. 651.439.5718 thefreighthouse.com

Live music Fri & Sat starting at 9pm, summer patio Sun afternoons Tap room & beer garden, skee ball, giant Jenga, classic video games

Green Room

215 S. Main St. 651.342.0215 tgrstillwater.com

Live acoustic music Fri & Sat nights & Thurs at 8pm in winter

Stillwater Legion

103 3rd St. S. 651.439.1435 on facebook

Pull tabs

Lift Bridge Brewery

1900 Tower Dr. 888.430.2337 liftbridgebrewery.com

Live music in tap room

Lion’s Tavern

324 Main St. S. 651.342.1900 lionstavern.com

Live music Thurs - Sat

Mad Capper Saloon/Eatery

224 Main St. S. 651.430.3710 madcapper.biz

Historic pub

Maple Island Brewing

225 Main St. N. 651.430.0044 mapleislandbrewing.com

Live music (weekends), open mic (Tues nights) & trivia (Thurs nights 6:30)

Marx Fusion Bistro

241 Main St. S. 651.439.8333 marxwbg.com

Live music Tues nights 7:30-9:30

No Neck Tony's

231 Myrtle 651.342.1261 nonecktonys.com

Ski-ball and pool table

Northern Vineyards

223 Main St. N. 651.430.1032 northernvineyards.com Daily wine tastings, river view deck

PD Pappy's

422 Mulberry St. W. 651.430.1147 pdpappysonline.com

Seasonal live music & dancing Thurs Sat nights & Sunday afternoons.

Pub 112

112 Main St. N. 651.342.0836 pub112.com

Live bands Fri & Sat 9:30pm, private whiskey lounge rental available

Portside

317 Main St. S. 651.342.1502 portsidestillwater.com

DJ & dancing, live music, games

Reve Bistro & Bar

200 Chestnut St. 651.342.1594 revebistroandbar.com

Live music Thurs – Sun

Smalley's Caribbean BBQ & Pirate Bar

423 Main St. S. 651.439.JERK smalleyscaribbeanbbq.com

Live Music, karaoke, dancing

Tilted Tiki

324 Main St. S. 651.247.1815 tiltedtiki.com

Cocktail lounge & live music

Tin Bins

413 E. Nelson St. 651.342.0799 facebook.com/tinbins

Live music Fri & Sat nights

The Velveteen

123 N. 2nd St. thevelveteenspeakeasy.com

Speakeasy in JX Event Center open 4pm-2am Thurs – Sat

The Wedge & Wheel

308 E. Chestnut 651.342.1687 wedgeandwheel.com

Special events

Whitey’s

302 Main St. S. 651.439-9902 on facebook

Historic pub

Ziggy’s

132 Main St. S. 651.342.1773 ziggysmn.com

Live music every weekend

Foosball, pool, jukebox, sports TV

Schedules change, so check ahead to confirm details.

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DINING RESTAURANTS FEATURING FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

Breakfast/Brunch Lunch Dinner Bar / Alcohol Outdoor Dining Groups

Stillwater is a culinary traveler’s delight with 30 restaurants downtown featuring a variety of fare and atmospheres. Enjoy the river views or people watching with most restaurants offering outdoor patios or rooftops. American burgers to sushi to Italian to Mexican — you’ll find your favorites easily!

DOWNTOWN Brine’s Restaurant & Bar 219 S Main St 651.439.7556

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COFFEE, ICE CREAM & QUICK BITES Barbara Ann’s Fudge Shop

Charlie’s Restaurant & Irish Pub 101 Water St S 651.439.6000 X X X X X X

317 Main St S 651 430 2071

Dock Cafe 425 E Nelson St 651.430.3770

Candyland

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Domacin Wine Bar 102 S Second St 651.439.1352

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Freight House Restaurant 305 Water St S 651.439.5718

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Grand Pizza 301 Second St S 651.351.1262

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Green Room 215 S Main St 651.342.0215

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Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop 131 Main St S 651.351.3943

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Lion’s Tavern 324 Main St S 651-342-1900

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LOLO American Kitchen 233 Main St 651-342-2461

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Lowell Inn 102 N Second St 651.439.1100

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Mad Capper Saloon/Eatery 224 Main St S 651.430.3710

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Marx Fusion Bistro 241 Main St S 651.439.8333

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Main Cafe 108 S Main St 651.430.2319

Daily Grind Espresso Cafe

217 N Main St 651.430.3207

Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop

131 Main St S 651.351.3943 Mara Mi Cafe

201 N Main St 651.689.1730 920 Olive St W 651.430.1103

Revival Coffee & Deli

317 S Main St 651.342.1520

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Oasis Cafe 806 Main St 651.439.0928

Cherry Berry

125 N Main St 651.342.0128

Nelson’s Ice Cream

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Nacho Mama’s 312 Main St S 651.439.9544

212 Main St 651.430.8004

River Market Food Co-op

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221 N Main St 651.439.0366

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi 108 Main St N 651.342.0285

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PD Pappy’s 422 Mulberry St W 651.430.1147

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Portside 317 Main St S 651.342.1502

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Pub 112 112 N Main St 651.342.0836

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Quickfire Pizza 116 S Main 651.439.7009

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Reve Bistro & Bar 200 Chestnut St 651-342-1594

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Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ 423 S Main St 651.439.JERK

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The Wedge & Wheel 308 E Chestnut 651.342.1687

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Victoriano’s NY Style Pizza 402 Main St N 651.430.3700

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Whiteys Saloon 302 S Main St 651.439.9902

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Ziggy’s 132 Main St S 651.342.1773

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Tin Bins

413 Nelson St E 651.342.0799 Trembley’s Candy Shop

308 Main St 651.430.0087

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DINING DINING AROUND TOWN Acapulco

Joseph’s Family Restaurant

1240 W Frontage Rd 651.351.9462

14608 60th St N 651.439.3336

Brine’s Market & Deli

Meisters Bar & Grill

Carbone’s Pizzeria

Mongolian BBQ

Chilkoot Cafe & Cyclery

Phil’s Tara Hideaway

1790 Washington Ave 651.439.1862 5988 Osgood Ave N 651.439.0004 826 4th St S 651.342.0429

Cozzie’s Tavern & Grill

901 4th Street South 651.439.986

1490 W. Frontage Road 651.351.5048

15021 60th St N 651.439.9850 Patriot’s Tavern

11154 60th St N 651.342.0447

145 New England Pl 651.342.1472

Famous Dave’s

Sweet Taste of Italy

14200 60th St N 651.439.5200 Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter

8390 Lofton Ave 651.439.7128

1400 Frontage Rd W 651.342.1775

Thai Basil

1180 Frontage Rd W 651.439.4033

There are also many other restaurants, chains, pizza places, take-out, and fastfood options available nearby. We cannot be held responsible if a restaurant has not been listed.

HEY FOODIES… Can’t decide where to eat? Take a culinary walking tour of downtown restaurants, pubs or specialty shops with foodiesonfootmn.com! Dine on the water, literally. Take a scenic paddlewheel lunch or dinner cruise. StillwaterRiverBoats.com Love cooking or want to learn how? Take a culinary class or book a team-building experience for your group outing. Professional chefs lead interactive classes in gourmet kitchens at two locations in Stillwater: Cooks of Crocus Hill 324 S. Main 651.351.1144 CooksofCrocusHill.com Rivertown Inn 306 W. Olive St. 651.430.2955 RiverTownInn.com Enjoy a picnic in a park or in the garden of your B&B. Stop by the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in the summer for local produce or pop into the newly renovated River Market Co-op on Main Street for local organic goods and deli service. Pair your picnic with local wines, beers or artisan cheeses at Wedge & Wheel shop on Chestnut St.

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Award Winning

GERMAN CUISINE SINCE 1966 • Live Accordian Music Friday Evenings • Imported Munich Beer, Wines & Liquor • Located in a Stillwater Pine Forest on Beautiful Brown's Creek Bike Trail • Private Parties & Banquet Rooms (capacity 100) • Outdoor Dining • Open Wed–Fri at 11am, Sat/Sun at noon gasthausbavarianhunter.com

Call for Reservations: 651-439-7128

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THINGS TO DO COME FOR A VISIT ONCE AND YOU’LL REALIZE STILLWATER ISN’T JUST A DAY-TRIP. Explore the St. Croix River Valley to take it all in. Choose your vacation style to create a fun escape year-round.

HISTORIC TOURS & SIGHTSEEING St. Croix Scenic Byway – Drive on Highway 95, which brings you right through Stillwater’s Main Street, to view miles of historic river towns and heritage sites in a legendary natural and scenic valley. Running from Hastings past Hinckley, MN view rolling hills, gorgeous scenery, rugged rocks, cliffs, and woods. Don’t miss the stretch from Stillwater north 45 minutes to Taylor’s Falls. View maps at StCroixByWay.org. Historic Main Street – Several blocks of architecturally unique buildings downtown–home to boutique shops, restaurants, inns, and pubs. On the National Register of Historic Places. One block from the St. Croix River. Stroll through charming Main Street to imagine a bygone era. DiscoverStillwater.com/Shopping

HISTORIC TOURS & SIGHTSEEING........... 15-17 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE...............................18-20 WINTER WONDERLAND............................... 21-22 GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS.............................. 23-25 WINERIES & BREWERIES............................ 26-28 ROMANTIC ESCAPES.....................................29-30 SHOPPING..............................................................31-43 THE ARTS...............................................................38-41 FAMILY FUN.........................................................42-43

Historic Lift Bridge – The lift bridge spans the St. Croix river between Stillwater, MN and Houlton, WI. An icon of Stillwater, the bridge will soon be closed to vehicle traffic as a new modern bridge is under construction to handle the 18,000 plus cars per day that cross it. By 2018, the lift bridge will be enjoyed as a bike and pedestrian-only loop trail, with the lift remaining in operation for boat traffic. Historic Stillwater Library – The original 1901 design made possible by Andrew Carnegie. Renovated and expanded with stunning rooftop terrace, stained glass windows, and wrought iron shelving. 224 3rd St. N. StillwaterLibrary.org

Historic Walking Tours

See page 50 for a map and links to interactive tours.

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Explore 17 historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places and 18 homes with a self-guided walking tour of Stillwater. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources. Official 2017 Visitors Guide

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THINGS TO DO Historic Homes – Named one of “America’s Prettiest Painted Places,” Stillwater is home to many beautifully restored historic lumber baron mansions. Stroll the streets or stay in one of the B&Bs to admire the stunning detail, craftsmanship, and architectural styles of these 1800s homes. Many feature intricate woodwork, multiple fireplaces, stained and beveled glass windows, and beautiful gardens. Historic Stillwater Stairs – Much like San Francisco, Stillwater is built on steep hills. Climb the five sets of historic stairs built as early as 1871 for great exercise and views from the top! Explore Pioneer Park, Main Street, Triangle Park, and South Hill. See locations on back cover map. Veteran’s War Memorial – Built to honor Stillwater local veterans, the wall of honor lists names of residents who lost their lives while on active duty during the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War up to present. Located across from Historic Courthouse. Corner of 3rd and Pine St. StillwaterVeteransMemorial.org St. Croix Boom Site – River site of the log boom from 1856 –1914 where timber from up river was sorted and stored before going to downstream sawmills. Located N. of Downtown on Hwy. 95

TOUR OPTIONS Stillwater Trolley – 45 minute narrated trolley tours through historic districts. Learn all the local folklore that made the Birthplace of Minnesota famous and ride through the residential hills of beautiful historic neighborhoods. (See ad on back cover) 400 E. Nelson St. 651.430.0352 StillwaterTrolley.com St. Croix Boat & Packet – 1880’s era authentic paddlewheel cruises on the scenic St. Croix River. Daily lunch or dinner cruises. Best way to see natural beauty of Stillwater. Seasonal. (See ad on map foldout) 525 S. Main St. 651.430.1234 StillwaterRiverBoats.com Segway Tours – Choose from multiple tour options. Training, helmets, and guides provided for safety. Seasonal. 507.206.0988 AllAmericanSegway.com

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THINGS TO DO Biercycle Adventures – Pedal the riverfront and streets of downtown on a motorized cycle holding 10 pedalers and three riders. Tours, transfers, and group rentals at the Pedestrian Plaza on Water St. (See ad on pg. 49) 651.300.2202 BiercycleAdventures.com Gondola Romantica – Cruise the river in an authentic Venetian gondola for two. Ticket booth on Nelson St. 651.439.1783 gondolaromantica.com Hot Air Balloon Rides – Get the best view of the St. Croix Valley. Year-round, yet weather dependent. Aamodts’s Hot Air Balloons 651.351.0101 aamodtsballoons.com OR Stillwater Balloons 651.439.1800 StillwaterBalloons.com Historic Courthouse & Old Jail – Minnesota’s oldest standing courthouse offering guided tours April – September. Self-guided tours year-round. Italianate style courthouse built in 1870 high on a bluff overlooking downtown and river. (See ad on pg. 49) 101 W. Pine St. 651.275.7075 www.co.washington.mn.us Warden’s House Museum – 1853 home of Minnesota’s first territorial prison warden decorated and furnished with period pieces and historic artifacts. See remnants of original prison. Thurs-Sunday tours May-October with group tours available by appointment year-round. 602 N. Main St. 651.439.5956 wchsmn.org/museums/wardens-house-museum

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THINGS TO DO OUTDOOR ADVENTURE BOATING & FISHING

Cruise the St. Croix River on your own yacht or rent a boat. Several nearby marinas offer slip rental, docks, and boat launches. Find great information on fish species and tips for fishing at www.dnr.state.mn.us — search ‘St. Croix’. Note: Check the Historic Lift Bridge Schedule 651.234.7110 before you leave the dock.

St. Croix Boomsite

DNR Boat Launch – just north of 96 on hwy 95 Boom Site Marina 651.275.0229 Wolf Marine 651.439.2341

Ole Sawmill Marina

Ole Sawmill Marina 651.231.2025 Stillwater Marina Services 651.439.5658

Lift Bridge

Stillwater Boat Rentals 651.439.9000 Stillwater FREE Public Docks 651.430.1234

(14 slips, 4 for overnight-3 night max)

Swimming Beach Lakeside Port in Bayside

Sunnyside Marina 651.439.2118

KAYAKS & STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS Just north of downtown Stillwater, the St. Croix River is a calm national scenic riverway, and the St. Croix Islands recreation area perfect for exploring. Nearby Lake Elmo, Square Lake or Big Marine are also popular spots. Bring your own gear or rent nearby. 45 Degrees (kayaks, paddleboards) 229 S Main St. 651.430.3609 45-degrees.com Brown Dog Paddleboard Co. (rental & instruction) 651.399.5066 BrownDogPaddleBoard.com St. Croix Stand Up Paddleboard Co. (rental & pick-up/ drop-off service) 651.271.1643 stcroixsupco.com

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THINGS TO DO BIKING & HIKING TRAILS

Ride your bike from downtown Stillwater to downtown St. Paul (25 miles) on the Brown’s Creek/Gateway State Trail. Trailhead is by the old Zephyr rail line on the north side of Main St. Great for all skill levels as it is a paved, mostly level trail winding through beautiful countryside. GatewayBrownsCreekTrail.org William O’Brien State Park (just 14 miles north) and Lake Elmo Park Reserve 651.433.0500 (just 12 miles southwest) have great hiking and biking trails as well. Bring a group on an adventure and leave the planning to the experts. Call Wahoo Adventures for a guided biking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle board, hiking, or geocaching tour of the Stillwater area. Lessons, gear, transfers, and fun included! 651.280.7299 MyWahooadventures.com

Voted #1 BIKE TRAIL. GATEWAY TRAIL ~ Minnesota Monthly

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PUBLIC GOLF COURSES Applewood Golf Course 651.439.7276

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Logger’s Trail 651.439.7862 LoggersTrail.com

Just a few miles from downtown Stillwater are both private and public golf courses offering championship greens, fairways, friendly club houses, restaurants, and tournaments.

Oak Glen Golf Course 651.439.6981

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Stillwater Oaks Golf Course 651.439.0212

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StoneRidge Golf Club 651.436.GOLF

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PARKS Make Stillwater your base as you explore nature in the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Visit Minnesota or Wisconsin State Parks, Washington County Parks, or Stillwater and Oak Park Heights City Parks to play in the Midwest landscape. Hike, bike, swim, horseback ride or cross-country ski — the trails are calling you! MN DNR hotline: 888.646.6367 Oak Park Heights City Parks: 5 parks, trails, disc golf, playgrounds. cityofoakparkheights.com

- 11177 McKusick Rd N, Stillwater Downtown Stillwater: Lowell Park, Pioneer Park, Teddy Bear Park, St. Croix Boom Site (see back cover map) Lake Elmo Park Reserve:

1515 Keats Ave N. Lake Elmo, MN (trails, beach, playground, camping) co.washington.mn.us 651.430.8368 William O’Brien State Park:

16821 O’Brien Trail N Marine on St. Croix, MN (trails, canoeing, campground) 651.433.0500

Square Lake Park:

1545 Square Lake Trail N. Stillwater, MN (boat launch, beach, scuba diving) 651.430.8200

651.439.0212

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Afton State Park:

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WINTER WONDERLAND Come into the warmth of the Main Street shops filled with treasures. Fill your soul with comfort food, a local brew, or a facial treatment at a spa. Nightlife and events are still thriving in the winter, so come stay and play. Snuggle by the fireplace of a historic mansion or read a book soaking in a hot whirlpool tub. Plan your winter retreat!

CROSS COUNTRY, NORDIC SKIING & SNOWSHOEING* • Gateway-Brown’s Creek State Trail Pine Point Park GatewayBrownsCreekTrail.org • Lake Elmo Park Reserve (lighted trails) 1515 Keats Ave. N. Lake Elmo, MN co.washington.mn.us • William O’Brien State Park – 14 miles north on hwy 95 651.433.0500 dnr.state.mn.us • Afton State Park – 16 miles south on hwy 95 651.436.5391 dnr.state.mn.us * Rent  XC Skis & Snowshoes at 45 Degrees on Main Street 651.430.3609

DOWNHILL SKIING & SNOWBOARDING • Afton Alps of Vail Resorts – Hastings, 16 miles south 651.436.5245 AftonAlps.com • Wild Mountain – Taylors Falls, 36 miles north 651.465.6365 WildMountain.com • Trollhaugen Recreation – Dresser, WI, 28 miles northeast 651.433.5141 Trollhaugen.com

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SNOW TUBING/SNOWMOBILING • Green Acres Recreation Area – Just off Hwy 36, Exit south Hwy. 13 651.770.6060 GreenAcresRec.com • Snowmobile Trails – Check out StarTrail.org for info.

ICE SKATING/ICE FISHING • St. Croix Valley Recreation Center (indoor & outdoor rinks) 1675 Market Drive 651.430.2601 StCroixRecCenter.com • Lowell Park – downtown by the River at Mulberry point – bring your skates! • Welcome anglers to the St. Croix River. StCroixRiverFishing.org

WINTER EVENTS • Hometown for the Holidays – month long celebration from Black Friday through New Year’s • Ice Castles – Family-friendly outdoor exploration on the riverfront, January-March • Valentine’s Day – FREE horse-drawn carriage rides downtown • Winter Ice Cream Social – historic tradition in January with bonfire, ice skating, and period costumes • Romantic Getaways – cozy lodging, great dining, live music, cooking classes, warm spas, and boutiques

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HAVE A BLAST WITH FRIENDS IN STILLWATER! Hit the spa, take a fun class together, enjoy the river, discover the nightlife, and maybe even get your palm or Tarot Cards read by JoAnne’s Psychic Shop at 111 Main St. S. Walk-ins or by appointment 612.559.0782. Start planning by booking a great place to stay!

GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS What’s a vacation without a little pampering? Take in a massage, facial, body wrap, pedicure, manicure, or new hairstyle. Or what about your mind-body connection? Take a hot yoga class at several studios, sign up for aerial silks and pole fitness at The Pole Barn Studio, or take an hour-long walk together to hit all of the historic steps. Do something new and fun together – Stillwater has many creative DIY workshops popping up, so sign up to cook, knit, paint, fuse glass, and mosaic. Or create personalized jewelry or home décor together! For the outdoor adventure crew there’s the bike trail, Segway tours, SUP boards, or Biercycle. Later on, let loose at your choice of wineries, breweries, and pubs. Of course, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without boutique browsing and a wardrobe upgrade during time spent on Main Street exploring our 50+ shops.

Complete list of spas, salons, and fitness studios

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Experience Something Special Private Events & Open Studio Re-purposed Vintage & Heirloom Jewelry Personalized Mementos & Keepsakes Take-home Creative Kits

110 E.Myrtle St.,

Downtown Stillwater Schedule a get-together online today! hello@MarquessStudios.com

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BREWERIES & WINERIES Stillwater, located on a Minnesota Wine Trail, produces award-winning wines and is home to one of the oldest wineries in the state. Microbreweries are a staple as well. Get an authentic travel experience with a tour of local brews and grapes.

MICROBREWERIES

Lift Bridge Brewing Company - 1900 Tower Drive 888.430.BEER LiftBridgeBrewery.com Local tap room, tours, events, growlers and merchandise. Sample Getaway Pilsner, Farm Girl Saison, Hop Dish IPA or a seasonal specialty. Maple Island Brewing - 225 Main St. N. 651.430.0044 MapleIslandBrewing.com Located downtown, outdoor seating, beer flights. Wheat, Bock, Stouts and more. Joseph Wolf Brewery - JosephWolfBrewing.com Original 1868 local Stillwater beer ended production during prohibition. Today, Joseph Wolf’s great-grand daughters have re-launched the family brewery legacy. Ask for their beer at select Stillwater saloons & eateries.

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Saint Croix Vineyards - 6428 Manning Ave N. 651.430.3310 scvwines.com Stroll the vineyards just a few minutes from downtown. Grape-stomping competitions and live music outdoor events. Northern Vineyards - 223 Main St. N. 651.430.3310 northernvineyards.com Located right on Main Street and open daily year-round. Award-winning wines. Back terrace overlooks the river. One of the oldest Minnesota Wineries and first wine co-ops in the country. Three Rivers Wine Trail - 3RiversWineTrail.com Minnesota’s first wine trail partnering five wineries from Cannon Falls, to Red Wing, to Stillwater to Chisago City. Domacin Wine Bar & Shop - 102 S. 2nd St. 651.439.1352 Featured in Travel+Leisure Magazine: America’s 25 Best Wine Bars

DOWNTOWN LIQUOR STORE City Sliquors - 118 Chestnut St. E. 651.439.7595

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THINGS TO DO ROMANTIC ESCAPE SURPRISE SOMEONE YOU

Love

You’ll feel the romance the moment you enter this riverfront village. Here are a few keys to experiencing romance in Stillwater:

Step 1:

Select the perfect place to stay. Riverfront balcony, rainfall shower, secret lookout tower, king-sized bed chamber, garden patio, fireplace, hot tub, privacy, contemporary style or breakfast in bed. With 8 B&Bs, 2 Historic Inns, and 5 hotels — you’ll find a special retreat for two. Stillwater is home to many award-winning bed & breakfasts.

Gondola Romantica (See ad on back cover)

Step 2:

Make Dinner Reservations. Select an intimate table for two at one of many fine restaurants downtown with river views, outdoor dining/rooftops, fireplaces, cozy booths, live music, wine/cocktail lists, and stellar service. Browse the dining section or DiscoverStillwater.com for 30+ locations.

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Step 3: Impress with fun Things to Do Ideas. Are you foodies, nature lovers, fitness buffs, boutique browsers, art fanatics, live music enthusiasts, DIY crafters, cyclists, winery/brewery explorers, or history hounds? Explore this guide and our website for great ideas.

One unique treasure we must point out is that Stillwater is home to an authentic Venetian Gondola. Pack a picnic, wine or order a special package and set sail for a private view of Stillwater. What a great way to tell someone you love them or celebrate an anniversary! Celebrate Valentine’s Day downtown with free horse-drawn carriage rides. Walk the streets hand-in-hand to take in the various landscape views — climb the steps, cross the lift bridge, or walk up the new Brown’s Creek state trail on the north end of Main Street. Relax together with a couples massage...

Step 4: Give a sweet gift — A bouquet

of fresh flowers from Camrose Hill Flowers, a bottle of wine from Northern Vineyards or Saint Croix Vineyards, homemade chocolates from local chocolatiers on Main Street, or jewelry hand selected by you at a number of downtown jewelers.

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ChristmasFromGermany.com 651-275-1236 / 1-800-227-3515 129 South Main St, Stillwater, MN 55082 DiscoverStillwater.com

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THINGS TO DO – SHOPPING BOUTIQUES & ANTIQUES SHOPPING IN HISTORIC MAIN STREET BOUTIQUE DISTRICT

Take your time…meander through downtown side streets. Delight in the architecture and the diversity of our unique shops and restaurants. Discover over 50 owner-operated shops who welcome you. Full list at DiscoverStillwater.com/Shopping.

Boutiques: Clothing, fashion accessories, jewelry, home décor, furniture, toys, gifts, books, consignment, stationary, and more! Find gifts for anyone and a little something for yourself. Specialty Shops: Everything from spices, to teas, cookware, candy, yarn, beads, olive oils, and artisan cheese. Art Galleries: Many art galleries showcase original fine art in multiple mediums from paintings, to pottery, textiles, or sculpture. Add to your art collection or find a special piece for a gift. See list in The Arts section page 38. Antiques: Several antique shops and multi-level dealer malls offer vintage coins, clothing, jewelry, furniture, glassware, art, books, and light fixtures. From the 1800’s to retro 1960’s, industrial to midcentury, you’re sure to find it in Stillwater with seven antique dealers on Main Street. TOP 10 BEST ANTIQUING TOWNS ~ 2015 Fodor’s Travel

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THINGS TO DO THE ARTS Creatives seek the quaint vibe of a small town in natural surroundings yet near the culture of a metropolitan area. Stillwater is a proud home of a diverse and unique arts community. Find new and established artist works in galleries or open studio events year-round.

ART EVENTS IN STILLWATER ALL YEAR APRIL M AY JU S ENPET OCT

River City Sculpture Tour – year round display of public art throughout downtown RiverCitySculptures.com St. Croix Valley Studio Tour ArtOpener.com St. Croix Valley Potter’s Tour MinnesotaPotters.com Take Me to the River – festival of art fairs along the St. Croix ArtReachStCroix.org Rivertown Fall Art Festival RivertownFallArtFestival.com

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 RT GALLERIES A Stop by several art galleries in Stillwater! Original fine art in multiple mediums from paintings, to pottery, textiles, sculpture, or jewelry. Find more at antique shops, too! Art Reach St. Croix – non-profit connecting the St. Croix Valley community to visual, literacy and performing arts. Rotating gallery exhibit open to the public. 224 N. 4th St.. 651.439.1465 ArtReachStCroix.org Galeria Saro 324 S. Main St. 612.719.5184 (See ad on next pg.) Tamarack Art Gallery 112 Main St. 651.439.9393 (See ad on next pg.) Stillwater Art Guild Gallery 402 N. Main St. 651.689.0149 (See ad on next pg.)

CREATE YOUR OWN ART

Discover your hidden talents by working with beads, yarn, fabric, paints, and wood. Alchemy Arts Studio – glass fusing classes and gallery AlchemyArtStudio.com Art n’ Soul – see their huge inventory of beads and take a beaded jewelry class (See ad on pg. 37) Darn Knit Anyway – take classes on how to knit, crochet, sew, spin, or felt (See ad on fold-out map) Kari’s Create & Paint Studio – paint your own pottery or canvas, fun for all ages (See ad on pg. 43) Marquess Studios – repurposed vintage jewelry, gifts and studio for classes/events MarquessStudios.com (See ad on pg. 25) Paint.Sip.Nosh. – artist-led painting with on-site apps/drinks. Artful-Indulgence.com (See ad on pg. 25) Sawdust Savvy – wood crafting with power tools, paint and stain. SawdustSavvy.com (See ad on pg. 25) Stillwater Art Guild Gallery – classes in pottery, painting, or photography (See ad on pg. 40)

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THINGS TO DO THEATER & DANCE The St. Croix Ballet – annually features The Nutcracker in November and a spring ballet performance featuring students and semi-professionals. Stillwater High School Auditorium 5701 Stillwater Blvd. N. Tickets at StCroixBallet.com Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – interactive dinner theater experience at the Stillwater KC Hall. Tickets available year-round. 1910 S. Greeley 888.643.2583 GRImprov.com Stillwater Zephyr Theater – Professional theater coming in 2018! Studio classes available now. StillwaterZephyrTheater.org

MUSIC All year long you’ll find live music downtown Stillwater in pubs, restaurants, wineries, breweries, local parks and at outdoor festivals. Check out the night life section on page 9 and our events calendar on page 58 (also online). St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra — ­scvsymphony.org

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FAMILY FUN Kids love Stillwater. Set their imaginations free with a little historic river town exploration.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS • Summer: July 4th Fireworks, Summer Tuesdays movies in the park, Cruisin’ on the Croix car show, Lumberjack Days • Fall: Harvest Fest with Giant Pumpkins, Trick or Treating on Main Street, Apple Picking, Corn Mazes • Winter: Hometown for the Holidays with Santa, Reindeer, a Twinkle Party and Horse-drawn rides, Ice Cream Social, Ice Castles • Parks Galore: Visit one of our great parks — three right in the downtown area. Ci.Stillwater.mn.us CityofOakParkHeights.org 1. Teddy Bear Park: Located on the corner of 2nd St. and Nelson St. (just a block off Main St.). Exploratory playground ideal for kids up to age seven. Giant teddy bear, train, tree house slide, sand pit, and amphitheater for educational programming. Seasonal. 2. Pioneer Park: Huge playground structure, swings, and a perfect spot for a picnic with a view. 3. Lowell Park: Watch boats go by while on the Riverwalk, or see the Historic Lift Bridge raise for boaters.

FUN STUFF TO DO Riverboat Cruise

Swim at Bayport’s Lakeside Park Beach

Stillwater Trolley tour

Winter skiing or snow tubing

Kari’s Create & Paint Studio

Ice cream or candy store stop

Segway tours (min age 13)

Pick your own fruit — AamodtsAppleFarm.com or BlueberryFieldsofStillwater.com

Bike trails

Walk Main Street, historic stairs and Riverwalk

Shop at toy stores

Snap photos to enter in the annual Discover Stillwater Photo Contest

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2016 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS Congratulations to the 2016 Discover Stillwater photo contest winners! You can enter this annual summer contest featuring year-round images. Official rules & prizes posted on DiscoverStillwater.com/Gallery.

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1ST PLACE - Jeanette Moss McCurdy

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2016 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

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3RD PLACE - Michael Boege

POPULAR VOTE - Katie Linehan

HONORABLE MENTION - Nathan Lodermeier

HONORABLE MENTION - Subree Subramanian

HONORABLE MENTION - Tom Wieland

HONORABLE MENTION - Tom Wieland

Capture Your Visit! STILLWATER PHOTO CONTEST ENTER THE ANNUAL

Be your own artist with your camera, capturing the scenic beauty and historic architecture of Stillwater. Learn more and enter online:

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WEDDINGS/HONEYMOON

CREATE A DESTINATION WEDDING WITHOUT THE TRAVEL EXPENSES. Stillwater is just minutes from the Twin Cities on the Scenic St. Croix River providing stunning valley views and historic charm.

Over 20 Ceremony & Reception Venues — Romantic honeymoon suites and 400 guest rooms — — Beautiful Year-Round Weddings —

BEST Small Town Charm WEDDING DESTINATION ~ MN Bride Magazine

Grand Ballrooms. Hip Lofts. Rustic Retreats. Enchanting Gardens. Rooftop River views. Classic Elegance. Tux Rental. Bridal Shop. Salons and Spas. Florists. Videographers. Photographers. Trolley Rentals. Bridal Shower Ideas. Bachelorette Parties. Grooms Dinners. Event Planners. Caterers. DJs & Bands. Picturesque natural backdrops. Honeymoons. Minimoons. Anniversary Celebrations. Proposal Locations. Stillwater is a top Minnesota wedding destination and celebrates marriage equality. Book early and consider Friday/Sunday or winter weddings! View a complete list of venues and local wedding services at DiscoverStillwater.com/Weddings. Have a date in mind? Email info@discoverstillwater.com to request their FREE wedding referral service to see which venues have your date(s) available.

ONE OF THE TOP 10 Prettiest Small Towns IN AMERICA ~ Forbes

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GROUP TOURS & MEETINGS GROUP TOURS & MEETINGS The 1848 Birthplace of Minnesota welcomes: motor coach tours, company outings, club meetings, group travel clubs, executive retreats, association conferences — groups large & small. Inspire your attendees by choosing a destination town — ­ not just a venue. Stillwater is a fresh, dynamic setting without expensive travel as it is located only 30 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mall of America, the airport and is just north of Interstate 94 on the Wisconsin border. The riverfront district has distinct meeting spaces, from creative lofts to rich boardrooms, as well as lodging, exquisite local chefs, amusing one of kind experiences, and team building activities for all ages to try. Easy logistics — business and fun all within walking distance. Many of the restaurants (page 10) and lodging choices (page 5) offer event spaces for private rental, but for a complete list of all venues, visit DiscoverStillwater.com/meetings. All venues are Wi-Fi enabled.

MEETING PLANNERS…TAKE NOTE

Two all-in-one hotel/restaurant/event centers with breakout space downtown: Water Street Inn 101 Water St. S. 651.439.6000 WaterStreetInn.us (max capacity: 220) Lowell Inn 102 N. 2nd St. 651.439.1100 LowellInn.com (max capacity: 300)

STILLWATER HAS Something Special FOR EVERYONE! ~ MN Meeting Professionals Int’l Member

GROUP TRAVEL PLANNERS…TAKE NOTE

Tour Guides — Valley Tours provides custom designed group itineraries, hop-on period costumed guides for motor coach tours or walking tours for small groups. Office in the Historic Courthouse. For a list of 50 group experience ideas visit DiscoverStillwater.com/Groups. Need planning help? The Stillwater/ OPH Visitor Bureau is here to assist you plan your successful Stillwater event. Call to talk over your options or join us on our annual familiarization tour to get acquainted with Stillwater. Contact us at 651.351.1717 or info@DiscoverStillwater.com.

VOTED Best Small Convention & Visitor Bureau IN MINNESOTA ~ MN Meetings & Events

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The DOWNTOWN and SOUTH HILL HISTORIC HOME tours bring together story and place, using new technology to offer self-guided audio/visual walking tours of Stillwater.

DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR (Use map on right with online videos)

This 14 stop tour explores the stories of Stillwater, from the lumberjack era to today. From Lowell Park to the Lumberman’s Exchange, you’ll get a rich view into the birthplace of Minnesota.

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HISTORIC WALKING TOUR

Explore STILLWATER’S PAST Stillwater, Minnesota, is a city filled with historic buildings and great stories. This tour takes you to some of its most interesting sites and introduces you to a few of the city’s most colorful characters. On this tour, you can . . . Trace the rise and fall of the lumber industry in, and follow the men and women who made it happen. Find out about the vaudeville act that turned the Lowell Inn into one of the Midwest’s great hotels. Learn about the old state prison and its most infamous inmates — the Younger gang.

THE STORY OF STILLWATER

In 1837 the United States entered into a treaty with several bands of Ojibwe and Dakota Indians. Under the terms, the Indians ceded the northern third of present-day Wisconsin and more than three million acres of land between the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers. Soon after, Joseph R. Brown, a colorful Indian trader and promoter, opened a small warehouse at the head of Lake St. Croix to supply his upriver fur trading operations. A new mill opened just south of Brown’s warehouse, and it soon became the preferred location for new arrivals looking for work. John Allen and his family were the first to settle in the new village of Stillwater. By 1846 the town had around ten families and twenty single men.

BIRTHPLACE OF MINNESOTA

Wisconsin became a state in 1848 with its western boundary set at the St. Croix River. This left the people who lived in Wisconsin Territory in the delta between the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers uncertain about their government. A convention met in Stillwater in August 1848 and elected Henry Hastings Sibley Stillwater in 1870 to take a petition to Congress to create a new territory, earning Stillwater its title as the birthplace of Minnesota. Sibley was successful and Minnesota became a territory on March 3, 1849. The first Minnesota Territorial Legislature named the city as the seat of Washington County. In 1851 Stillwater was awarded a political plum when it was chosen as the site of the territorial prison.

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The town was platted in 1848 with 600 residents “of whom nearly all of the men were lumbermen,” as one historian wrote. It was lumber that drove Stillwater’s economy in the nineteenth century taking advantage of the river that carried timber from the pine forests to the north down to a log-holding boom just upriver from Stillwater. Steam mills sprang up on the St. Croix in the 1850s, and wood finishing industries followed. Products included shingles, windows, doors, furniture and flooring. Excellent transportation helped the city prosper. The river carried goods between Stillwater and river ports to the south, and early stage roads connected the city to St. Paul and Point Douglas. Railroads arrived in the early 1870s, expanding markets for timber and manufactured goods.

The Lowell Inn, advertised as “The Mount Vernon of the West,” opened in 1927.

THE GOLDEN AGE

By the late nineteenth century, Stillwater had entered a golden age that produced one of the largest opera houses west of Chicago, the elegant mansions of the lumber barons, and many brick commercial buildings on Main Street. The first electric street railway in Minnesota began operation in Stillwater in June 1889. By 1900 the lumber was giving out and the mills closed. The last lumber raft leaving Lake St. Croix took place in 1914, the same year that the state prison moved to South Stillwater. As the jobs left, Stillwater’s population declined from a high of more than 13,000 in the 1880s to a low of around 7,000 in 1940.

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STILLWATER TODAY

However, the city began to recover after World War II when good roads and automobiles put residents in commuting range of the Twin Cities. Stillwater began to reinvent itself as a tourist destination, highlighting its outstanding historic buildings. In 1992 the downtown commercial district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Freight House, Washington County Courthouse, Warden’s House, and Staples Mill, all part of this tour, are also found in the National Register. Old mansions received new life as bed and breakfasts. Restaurants opened in the caves and the freight house, shops in old utility buildings, and a hotel in the Lumberman’s Exchange. In its third century, Stillwater is a bustling community boasting a variety of industry and business.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about Stillwater’s past, visit the Washington County Historical Society, 602 Main St. North, Stillwater www.wchsmn.org. Historic photographs are used with permission of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Washington County Historical Society. Stillwater Heritage Preservation Commission www.ci.stillwater.mn.us The activity that is the subject of this brochure has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior. This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. DiscoverStillwater.com

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Self-Guided HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN Reference map and interactive resources on page 50.

1 LOWELL PARK - Chestnut Street Inspired by the City Beautiful movement, and supported by a donation from businessman Elmore Lowell, the city worked to improve its riverfront in 1909, hiring landscape architect William Finklenburg to design a new park on the levee. A few years later, after the railroad turned over land on the north side of Chestnut Street, nationally known landscape architects Morell and Nichols created the plan for that section of the park. The pavilion was built in 1923. 2 LIFT BRIDGE - Chestnut Street Stillwater’s first bridge across the St. Croix opened in 1876. The lift bridge was completed in 1931, and is one of the three remaining vertical-lift highway bridges built in Minnesota and Wisconsin prior to World War II. This style of lift bridge is commonly known as a Waddell and Harrington vertical lift. The span is raised and lowered by steel cables passing over sheaths at the top of steel towers mounted on the span’s piers. 3 FREIGHT HOUSE - 233 Water Street From the date of its construction in 1883 until recently the commerce of Stillwater centered on the railroads. The Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad freight house and depot served virtually every commercial interest in the city. The builders used heavy mill timber for framing, laid two foot thick limestone walls as the foundation, and constructed eighteen inch exterior walls. Flooring four inches wide and one inch thick were milled from the maples found on the river islands nearby. Finally, the heavy ceiling trusses were placed, carrying the full weight of a slate roof. The depot was finished in January 1883, and during its heyday, handled as many as seventy rail cars a day while housing the area’s telegraph office. In 1970 the Milwaukee Road Railroad closed the agency and the building was sold. 4 COMMANDER MILL - 413 Nelson Street The Commander Elevator is one of the most visible buildings on Stillwater’s skyline. The elevator, built in 1898 by the Woodworth Elevator Company, was originally located at the corner of Main and Nelson Streets. Just six years later the elevator was moved to its present site, making way for a new flour mill, with both operated by the Minnesota Flour Mill Company until 1908.The mill passed through many hands over the next eleven years. The Commander Company purchased the elevator in 1919 and operated it until 1961 when G.T.A. bought out all Commander elevators. The name “Commander” stuck with the elevator, and the building is still known by that name. DiscoverStillwater.com

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HISTORIC WALKING TOUR 5 JOSEPH WOLF BREWERY - 402 Main Street South In 1868 Martin Wolf established a brewery in Stillwater. Three years later, his brother, Joseph Wolf, along with Joseph Tanner, purchased the site. In 1873 they opened the first steam powered brewery in Minnesota. Wolf became the sole proprietor in 1876 with new name, the Empire Brewery. The caves were completed in 1880, and the brewery produced more than 5,000 barrels of beer that year. The name changed to the Joseph Wolf Brewing Company in 1896. For the next two decades, the company flourished, but with the advent of prohibition in 1919, Wolf’s production ceased and the company converted operations to bottled water, soda, and sparkling water. In 1921, at age 89, Joseph Wolf died suddenly and the family blamed Prohibition, claiming it had broken his heart. In 1925 the company shut down and the buildings were rented. 6 WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE - 101 Pine Street West The Washington County Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in Minnesota. It was designed in the Italianate style by Augustus Knight of St. Paul. When it opened in 1870, the lumber industry was booming in the county. The courthouse reflected the county’s wealth and overlooked the city from atop Zion’s Hill. When the county offices were moved to the new Washington County Government Center in 1975, efforts began to reuse the structure. The historic courthouse is still in operation and serves as a venue for community and private events. 7 NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY - 107 Chestnut Street The National Guard Armory was built in 1922. Stillwater has a long tradition with the National Guard, and after World War I, the city pressed for a new building. Oscar Lang, a well-known Minneapolis architect, designed the hall. It was used not just for military training, but also for public events, sports, and concerts. 8 BRUNSWICK HOUSE - 114 Chestnut Street East Known as the Brunswick House, this building was constructed by William C. Penny, a carpenter by trade, about 1848 — the same year in which Stillwater was platted as a town and the year the territorial convention took place. In 1849 the first meeting of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) in Minnesota took place in the upstairs of the house. The Pennys sold the house in 1863 to Julius Brunswick. Brunswick, from Switzerland, worked in the mercantile trade and was a well-respected citizen of the community. He and his wife, Margaret, raised a family with seven children here. Their daughters, Anna, Emily and Mollie, remained in the house until the last sister, Mollie, died in 1968. 9 POST OFFICE - 220 Myrtle Street Stillwater’s post office moved between several locations during the nineteenth century. Designed by James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department, and built with Bedford stone, it opened its doors in 1905. A newspaper editorial declared, “It is an ornament to the city.” It remained in use until 1967. DiscoverStillwater.com

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HISTORIC WALKING TOUR 10 LOWELL INN - 102 2nd Street N. The Lowell Inn, named for Stillwater entrepreneur Elmore Lowell, was built in 1927, designed by architect William Ingemann in the Colonial Revival style.. The inn was run for many years by Arthur and Nelle Palmer, former vaudevillians, who made the inn nationally famous for its unique furnishings and excellent food. When critic Duncan Hines reviewed the inn in 1938, he wrote, “Through it all could be seen the fine hand of a woman of extremely good taste.” A portrait of Nelle hangs in the George Washington Room. 11 STAPLES SAWMILL - 402 Main Street North This mill was built in 1853 by Seth Sawyer and Alvah Heaton. It was purchased in 1869 by Isaac Staples. He was a powerful lumber baron in the St. Croix River Valley during the logging boom of the late nineteenth century. Staples arrived in Stillwater, from Maine in 1853 as a representative of eastern investors. Hersey, Staples and Co. became the largest single owners of timberland in the St. Croix valley. Aside from his massive holdings and operations in timber, sawmills, and the St. Croix Boom Company, Staples was also the region’s most successful farmer and an important banker. 12 WARDEN’S HOUSE - 602 Main Street North The Minnesota Territorial Prison, later known as the Minnesota State Prison, operated from 1853 to 1914. Construction of the prison began in 1851, shortly after Minnesota became a territory. The first warden, Francis Delano, moved into this house, one of the oldest homes in the state, on April 4, 1853. The prison was well-known because it once housed the Younger Brothers (Cole, Bob, and Jim) following their failed attempt to rob the First National Bank in Northfield. The Warden’s House is now the home of the Washington County Historical Society. 13 TERRITORIAL CONVENTION SITE - Myrtle & Main Street When Wisconsin became a state in 1848, there was uncertainty about the legal status of the lands between the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. On August 26, 1848, a gathering was held at John McKusick’s store in Stillwater. This convention elected Henry Sibley to represent their interests in Congress with the goal being the establishment of the Minnesota Territory. The following year, Congress formally approved organization of the new territory, extending from the new state of Wisconsin on the east to the Missouri River on the west. 14 LUMBERMAN’S EXCHANGE - 101 Water Street South The Lumberman’s Exchange Building was constructed in 1890 during the boom years of logging on the St. Croix River. It was built as the first business block in the city and equipped with modern heating, plumbing, electricity, and even an elevator, one of the first in the state. Its early tenants included logging and lumbering firms. DiscoverStillwater.com

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2017 FESTIVALS CALENDAR YEAR-ROUND VARIETY & EVENTS DOWNTOWN.

Check out our online calendar at DiscoverStillwater.com/events and ‘What’s New’ website for updates and other events! Cooking classes, live music at pubs, and more! Event dates and details subject to change, so please check websites to verify accuracy.

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JANUARY 13-14 21 28 All Month

STICKS IN STILLWATER • World’s largest mite hockey tournament and festival, played on 8 outdoor rinks

— sticksinstillwater.com

HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA • Sat, beginning at 8am. Outdoor Rink at Lowell Park. All day televised celebration

of Hockey from Peewess to Pros. Sponsored by NHL Wild & Fox Sports North. — wild.com/hockeyday

ICE CREAM SOCIAL • Sat, Noon-4pm. Lowell Park. Celebrate Minnesota winter!

Bonfire & Music. Historic Tradition. FREE ice cream & coffee. — wchsmn.org

ICE CASTLES* • Mon/Wed/Thur 3-9pm, Fri 3-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-9pm (closed Tues). Lowell Park Must see winter wonderland – ice archways, tunnels, towers and twinkling lights. — icecastles.com/stillwater

FEBRUARY 11 18 All Month

PAINT THE TOWN RED FOR VALENTINE’S DAY • Bring on the romance with red hot shopping & dining deals all weekend downtown. FREE horse-drawn carriage rides along the river Sat, 4-7pm. BRINES FROZEN BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT • Sat, 10am-10pm. Brines Restaurant. 219 S Main.

651-439-7556 — brines-stillwater.com

ICE CASTLES* • Mon/Wed/Thur 3-9pm, Fri 3-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-9pm (closed Tues). Lowell Park Must see winter wonderland – ice archways, tunnels, towers and twinkling lights. — icecastles.com/stillwater

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MARCH 4 9 17 All Month

IRISH COFFEE STOUT RELEASE PARTY • Sat, 3-10pm. Lift Bridge Brewing Company, 1900 Tower

Drive West — liftbridgebrewery.com

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT • Thurs, 5-8:30pm. Main Street. Shopping specials, appetizers, specialty drinks, fashion tips, decorating ideas & prizes! — mainstreetstillwateriba.com ST. PATRICK’S DAY • Charlies Irish Pub, 101 Water Street & Pub 112, 112 Main St. N. Celebrate at two

Irish Pubs! Time for a Guinness! Irish music, prizes, and fun.

ICE CASTLES* • Mon/Wed/Thur 3-9pm, Fri 3-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-9pm (closed Tues). Lowell Park Must see winter wonderland – ice archways, tunnels, towers and twinkling lights. — icecastles.com/stillwater

APRIL 23

WARDEN’S HOUSE MUSEUM ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE • Sun, Noon-4pm. 602 N. Main St. Preview the newest exhibits of 1800s prison warden’s home. 651-439-5956 — wchsmn.org

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VICTORIAN TEA AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE • Sat, Noon-2pm, Historic Courthouse, 101 W. Pine St. Multi-course tea, charming table settings and entertaining, informative program. Tickets Required. — co.washington.mn.us/hc

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MN IRONMAN BICYCLE RIDE • Sun. Washington Co. Fairgrounds. Course routes available for all from

beginners to 100-mile Ironmen and women. — ironmanbikeride.org

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THE ST. CROIX VALLEY ART OPENER STUDIO TOUR • Sat, 9am-3pm. 321 S Main St.

See where art happens. — artopener.com

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT • Thurs, 5-8:30pm. Main Street. Shopping specials, appetizers, specialty drinks,

fashion tips, decorating ideas & prizes! — mainstreetstillwateriba.com

THE ST. CROIX VALLEY ANNUAL POTTERY STUDIO TOUR AND SALE • Fri & Sat 10-6pm, Sun

10-5pm. Self-drive 57 potters, seven pottery studios. — minnesotapotters.com

WINEMAKER’S BARREL TASTING • Memorial Weekend Sat & Sun Noon-5pm. Saint Croix Vineyards.

Tastings, Tours, Live Music. — 3riverswinetrail.com

RUN STILLWATER HALF MARATHON • Sat. — runstillwater.com

* Weather dependent

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JUNE Select Wed 3

CRUISIN’ ON THE CROIX - HOT ROD & VINTAGE CAR SHOW • 3-8pm. Lowell Park. Admire the

vintage cars and retro rides. Vendors, festivities, live 50’s music. FREE. Check online for dates.

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE 150TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION • Sat on Explore Your Parks Day.

co.washington.mn.us/hc

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NORTH STAR BICYCLE FESTIVAL • Sun, 10:00am-4pm. State-wide Pro bike race ends on Stillwater’s steep Chilkoot Hill. Award ceremony by Teddy Bear Park. — northstarbicyclefestival.com

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FOOD TRUCK EXTRAVAGANZA • Sat, 11:00am-6pm. Stillwater Area High School. Over 20 food trucks, marketplace, business expo and kids activities. GreaterStillwaterChamber.com

JULY Select Wed 4

CRUISIN’ ON THE CROIX - HOT ROD & VINTAGE CAR SHOW • 3-8pm. Lowell Park. Admire the vintage cars and retro rides. Vendors, festivities, live 50’s music. No show July 12th. FREE. Check online for dates. FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS! • Spend the day in Lowell Park. Fabulous Fireworks set to music at the river front at 10pm. Jazz Orchestra 7-9pm and great views up at Pioneer Park, too!

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SUMMER TUESDAYS • 5pm Market, 6pm Music. Lowell Park. Market vendors, live music, outdoor movies at dusk. — summertuesdays.com FREE family event.

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WINE MEETS ART FESTIVAL • 11-6pm. St. Croix Vineyards

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL & TALENT SHOW • Thur, 4:30-dusk. Historic Courthouse 101 W. Pine. Old-fashioned ice cream social. Family fun. Amateur talent show. 651-275-7075 — co.washington.mn.us/hc

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STILLWATER LUMBERJACK DAYS • Fri, Sat, Sun, Event times vary. Lowell Park. Stillwater’s Summer Festival for family fun. Parade, live music, vendors, contests, kids activities, Down Hill Derby and more! — lumberjackdays.org

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VINTAGE BASEBALL EXHIBITION • Sat, 10am. Old Athletic field. FREE.

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LIFT BRIDGE ROAD RACE • Sat. 10 mile, 5K — runstillwater.com

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AUGUST Every Sun

MUSIC IN THE MEADOW • 3-6pm. Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter 8390 Lofton Ave N. Live music on

Select Wed

CRUISIN’ ON THE CROIX - HOT ROD & VINTAGE CAR SHOW • 3-8pm. Lowell Park. Admire the

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SUMMER TUESDAYS • 5pm Market, 6pm Music. Lowell Park. Market vendors, live music, outdoor movies at dusk. — summertuesdays.com FREE family event.

Sundays. (651) 439-7128 — gasthausbavarianhunter.com FREE.

vintage cars and retro rides. Vendors, festivities, live 50’s music. FREE. Check online for dates.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR • Lake Elmo Fair Grounds. Old fashioned fair with animal barns, Midway, rides, games, fair food, competitions and family fun. — washingtoncountyfair.org

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SQUARE LAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL • Sat, 2pm–12:15am. Outdoor Indie film & music.— squarelakefestival.com

SEPTEMBER All Month

AAMODT’S APPLE FARM FEST • 6428 Manning Ave. Pick your own apples, hay wagon rides, John Deere Tractor Trikes, Hay Bale Maze. 651-439-3127 — aamodtsapplefarm.com

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WALDFEST • Noon - 6pm, Labor Day. Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter 8390 Lofton Ave N. Music, brats & beer. — gasthausbavarianhunter.com FREE admission.

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PICKIN’ AND GRINNIN’ • Sat, Noon-1pm. Lift Bridge Brewery. Hop picking festival.— liftbridgebrewery.com

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GRAPE STOMP FESTIVAL • Sat-Sun, St. Croix Vineyards 6428 Manning Competition, prizes, live music. FREE tours. 651-430-3310 — scvwines.com

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER • Sat-Sun. A dozen St. Croix river towns will host over 50 arts events. Powered

by ArtReach St. Croix. — TakeMeToTheRiver.info

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT • Thurs, 5-8:30pm. Main Street. Shopping specials, appetizers, specialty drinks,

fashion tips, decorating ideas & prizes! — mainstreetstillwateriba.com

OKTOBERFEST AT THE GASTHAUS • Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter 8390 Lofton Ave N. Six day huge tent festival, German food, beer, dancing and Oompa music. Sundays are family day. — gasthausbavarianhunter.com STILLWATER LOG RUN • 10 mile or 5k — runstillwater.com NORTHERN GRAPE STOMP • Sat, Noon-6pm. Northern Vineyards Winery. 21+ only. Enjoy our harvest

with a traditional grape stomp.

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OCTOBER All Month 1 7-8

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AAMODT’S APPLE FARM FEST • 6428 Manning Ave. Pick your own apples (until supplies last), hay wagon rides, John Deere Tractor Trikes, Hay Bale Maze. 651-439-3127 — aamodtsapplefarm.com NOOKS & CRANNIES TOUR OF HISTORIC COURTHOUSE • Sun, 11am-3pm. Historic Courthouse

101 W. Pine St. — co.washington.mn.us/hc

RIVERTOWN FALL ART FESTIVAL • Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Art fair and live music festival. —

RivertownFallArtFestival.com

HARVEST FEST & GIANT PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF • Sat-Sun. Lowell Park. Record-breaking giant

pumpkins, chili cook-off, pumpkin carvers, kid games, bluegrass music, a pumpkin drop and a pumpkin regatta on the river. — harvestfeststillwater.com FREE two day event.

TRICK OR TREAT FOR KIDS ON MAIN STREET • Sat-Sun, Noon-4pm.

NOVEMBER 9

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT • Thurs, 5-8:30pm. Main Street. Shopping specials, appetizers, specialty drinks, fashion tips, decorating ideas & prizes! — mainstreetstillwateriba.com

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COMMANDER BARLEY WINE RELEASE PARTY • Sat, 1pm-10pm. Lift Bridge Brewery. Party with contests, prizes, live music and great food. All ages welcome until 7pm— liftbridgebrewery.com VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE COURTHOUSE • Gala Fundraiser: Sip, savor, shop and support local

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history. Fri 6:30-9pm, Holiday Bazaar Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 11am-3pm. Historic Courthouse 101 W. Pine St. Vendors dressed in period costume, tea room, live music, decorations, Santa photos, jail tours, food/drink, door prizes. For tickets call 651-275-7075 — co.washington.mn.us/hc

18-19

CHEESE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND • Sat-Sun, Noon-5pm. — 3RiversWineTrail.com

18-30

All along Main Street enjoy the decorations, dazzling lights, shopping specials, Victorian carolers, Santa sightings and FREE horse-drawn wagonette rides, Victorian teas, B&B tours, and more.

24-26

HOMETOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS - EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS LIKE YOU REMEMBER

NUTCRACKER BALLET • Fri, Sat, Sun. Stillwater HS 5701 Stillwater Blvd N. Classic Christmas ballet by

St. Croix Ballet. 651 439-2820 — stcroixballet.com

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BLACK FRIDAY • Sleepyhead deals on Main Street starting at 9am. — mainstreetstillwateriba.com

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SHOP SMALL SATURDAY • National day to shop our 100+ locally-owned independent businesses.

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HOMETOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS - EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS LIKE YOU REMEMBER

All along Main Street enjoy the decorations, dazzling lights, shopping specials, Victorian Carolers, Santa sightings and FREE horse-drawn wagonette rides, Victorian Teas, B&B tours, and more.

HOLIDAY TEAS AT THE HISTORIC LOWELL INN • Sat, 2-4 pm. 102 N. Second St. Enjoy a leisurely tea time at the historic Lowell Inn. 651-439-1100 — lowellinn.com BIERCYCLE CAROLING TOURS • Main Street. Sing & pedal during Caroling Tours in decked out Biercycle. Private tours also available. 651-300-2202 — Biercycleadventures.com FUN WITH SANTA • Bring the kids! •Santa Brunch at Water Street Inn 651-439-6000 — waterstreetinn.us •Santa Lunch at the Dock Cafe 651-430-3770 — dockcafe.com

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STILLWATER TWINKLE PARTY • Sat, 4-5:30pm. Lowell Park. Official tree lighting, Teddy Bear Band and fireworks. Wear light up fun and dress warm.

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WARDEN’S HOUSE MUSEUM HOLIDAY EVENT • Sat, Noon-4pm. 602 N Main St. First prison Warden’s 1800s home. Open House. Holiday music, decorations, local book sale. 651-439-5956 — wchsmn.org

24-25

CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY BUFFET DINNER AT THE LOWELL INN • 5-7pm. Reservations only.

651-439-1100 — lowellinn.com

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Authentic Jerk • Two Patios • 200+ Varieties of Rum 651.439.JERK • smalleyscaribbeanBBQ.com

Featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives!

Yarn, Crafts & Classes 651.342.1386 • darnknitanyway.com

Best massage in town. Relax, restore and rejuvenate. 651.430.8166 • brickalleymassage.com

Embrace fashion as expression. Find looks you can't wait to put on! 651.351.7051 • simplychicstillwater.boutiquewindow.com

Fun fashion accessories & gifts…always something special! 651.351.3194 • bettyjunes558@gmail.com

BRICK ALLEY BUILDING • 421– 423 South Main Street • TheBrickAlley.com


EXPERIENCE

I N D O W N T O W N S T I L LWAT E R

102 N. 2nd Street

651-439-1100, info@lowellinn.com lowellinn.com Classic Inn built in 1927 located downtown with 35 hotel rooms, stately dining rooms (accommodating 6–225 guests) and banquet center. Indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies offered on site.

301 S. 2nd Street

651-430-1235 | info@stillwaterriverboats.com grandbanquethall.com Celebrate in style at The Grand! Our banquet hall is perfect for any event from 75 –380 guests. Ballroom features stained glass décor, dance floor and antique bar.

525 S. Main Street

651-430-1234 | info@stillwaterriverboats.com stillwaterriverboats.com Cruise on the St. Croix in a beautiful riverboat! Private charters from groups of 25–500. Public excursions daily May–October. Book online: stillwaterriverboats.com


Aurora Staples Inn Bed and Breakfast

In any season, find romance in the Victorian era. Sip a glass of wine, relax in a whirlpool tub, sleep in Victorian Splendor and wake to an incredible breakfast. You’ll be back again and again.

303 North 4th Street, Stillwater 651.351.1187 aurorastaplesinn.com

James Mulvey’s

Englishman’s Carriage House Like a cottage in England’s Cotswolds, this historic stone inn rests on a wooded acre in the center of historic Stillwater. Luxury rooms and amenities, of course, but from beginning to end, a private journey for you and your loved one.

807 Harriet Street South, Stillwater 612.816.2540 jamesmulveyinn.com

Rivertown Inn

A boutique-style bed and breakfast Now available for private events. Voted Best Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Minnesota

306 West Olive Street, Stillwater 651.430.2955 rivertowninn.com


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ST. CROIX BOOMSITE PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH & MORE MARINAS WILLIAM O’BRIEN STATE PARK


MAP – DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS LODGING 9 America’s Best Value Inn 5 AmericInn 6 GrandStay Hotel & Suites 8 Comfort Inn & Suites 7 Super 8 68 Historic Lowell Inn 63 Water Street Inn 73 Aurora Staples Inn 13 Cover Park Manor 17 James Mulvey Carriage House 23 Rivertown Inn 22 Just for Me Spa Homes 1st list: Hotel locations, 2nd list: Bed & Breakfast locations.

BOUTIQUES, ANTIQUES & GALLERIES 42 45 Degrees 34 Alfresco Casual Living 27 Stillwater Olive Oil Company 54 Art N Soul 37 Barbara Ann’s Fudge Shoppe 87 Bentley’s Pet Stuff 28 Betty June’s 69 Candyland 20 Cooks of Crocus Hill 25 Darn Knit Anyway 38 Designs of Sweden 56 Enchanté 65 Forget Me Not 80 Galeria Saro 51 Gammy & Gumpy’s + Kid’s Oasis 61 Kathe Wohlfahrt 77 Lil Tulip’s 47 Mara-Mi 48 Matt & Nate Men's Life Style 43 My Sister’s Cottage 81 Nina Marie Boutique 58 SASH 35 Simply Chic 44 Spice & Tea Co 75 Staples Mill Antiques 74 Stillwater Art Guild Gallery 49 Tamarack Gallery 70 Valley Bookseller Over 1800 Parking Spots! FREE and Paid On-street, lots & parking ramp. All lots FREE Nov.1-May 1

ATMs

Bike Racks

Historic Stairs 100+ steps each

? Info Kiosk

Pharmacy

Cemetery

Public Restrooms Churches

Historic Walking Tour Stop:

Downtown

South Hill Historic Homes

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DINING/NIGHTLIFE 12 Brine’s Market & Deli 45 Brine’s Restaurant & Bar 63 Charlie’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 24 Dock Café 2 Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter 82 Grand Pizza 53 Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop 21 Lion’s Tavern 41 LOLO American Kitchen 68 Lowell Inn 40 Marx Fusion Bistro 67 Pub 112 36 Portside 59 Reve Bistro & Bar 26 Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ & Pirate Bar 33 The Freight House 46 The Green Room 30 Tin Bins 78 Victoriano’s Pizza 52 Ziggy’s THINGS TO DO 84 Afton Alps 55 A’Salonna Salon & Spa 66 Biercycle Adventures 29 Brick Alley Massage Studio 64 Foodies on Foot 31 Gondola Romantica 18 Historic Courthouse 62 JJ Nail & Massage 22 Just for Me Spa 57 Kari’s Create & Paint Studio 10 Lift Bridge Brewery 72 Maple Island Brewing 79 Marquess Studios 71 Northern Vineyards 15 Paint.Sip.Nosh 86 PHD Salon 50 Purefex Salon 1 Saint Croix Vineyards 85 Sawdust Savvy 16 St. Croix Boat & Packet 14 Stillwater Balloons 76 Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals 60 Stillwater Chamber of Commerce 4 Stillwater Oaks Golf Course 32 Stillwater Trolley 19 Valley Tours WEDDINGS 39 Grand Banquet Hall 83 KC Hall 11 Party On Stillwater 3 Trellis Wedding Ceremonies Map is not to scale. All advertiser locations noted are approximate. For a complete listing, please visit us at DiscoverStillwater.com. 64

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