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WELCOME TO

Stillwater

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 Minneapolis/St. Paul 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 and lumber baron town. We welcome you to visit soon — you’ll love the new Loop Trail along the river and over the new bridge. 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. CONTENTS Browse through this guide to find out what’s new.

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

Enjoy your stay! Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention and Visitor Bureau

LODGING ............................................ 4-7 NIGHT LIFE ....................................... 8-9 DINING........................................... 10-14 THINGS TO DO ............................. 15-43

Cover Photo showing the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge and Historic Lift Bridge by: Greg Lundgren Photography

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Graphic Design by: Studio2 Design

WEDDINGS/HONEYMOONS ... 46-47

Publisher/Advertising: Christie Rosckes, Fresh Avenue Marketing 651.351.1717

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

©2018 Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB).

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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 (1/1/2018). Changes take place during the year and it is recommended that you reconfirm times, dates, or inclusions for final accuracy.

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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

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ST. CLOUD

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

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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 17.

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

Stillwater Trolley

Private or historic tours 651.430.0352

Airport supershuttle.com 800.258.3826

Total Luxury Limousine

Hill Valley Taxi

651.373.9941

TukTuk WooHoo

Stillwater Taxi

651.439.9999

You Drink, We Drive

651.770.5668

888.4.tuk.tuk (488.5885) 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 (see map in back ). 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 rental in town or rent a loft space downtown — new properties this year! *V  isit DiscoverStillwater.com/things-to-do/parks-camping for campgrounds nearby

Voted Best MIDWEST SMALL-TOWN GETAWAYS ~Midwest Living Magazine

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

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

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

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Aurora Staples Inn 303 N Fourth St, 651.351.1187 aurorastaplesinn.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 Inn 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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HISTORIC DOWNTOWN INNS Lowell Inn 102 N Second St 651.439.1100 lowellinn.com (See ad on back map)

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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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HOMES & LOFTS 210 Laurel 210 Laurel St. 612.414.8596 210Laurel.com

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Alesci on St. Croix 308 Chestnut St. E. 612.309.6338 vrbo.com/733290

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Art Andes 6337 Paris Ave. N. 651.236.0560 vrbo.com/856370

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Cottage House Stillwater 1008 West Oak St. vrbo.com/744558

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Cottage in The Alley 2023 Shulenberg Alley 651.485.9704 cottageinthealley.com Sleeps 7

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The Downtown 221 1/2 Chestnut St. E. 651.808.8016 vrbo.com/948550

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Excelsior Escape 120 N. Main St. 612.508.7474 excelsiorescapesuite.com

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Just For Me Spa Homes 110 S. Greeley Street 651.439.4662 justformespa.com Sleeps 4-8

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Lookout Haven 6396 Lookout Trail N. vrbo.com/877553

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Main Street Hideaway 520 N. Main St. vrbo.com/1163232

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So Hill Properties 15033 65th St. N. vrbo.com/685873

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St. Croix Riverview Home 1336 2nd. Ave. S. 651.283.6945 vrbo.com/587403

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NIGHT LIFE DISCOVER THE VIBRANT DOWNTOWN SCENE OF MANY RESTAURANTS & PUBS ALL WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.

Find entertainment in downtown Stillwater year-round. Check out the online events calendar for live music and special events.

Host a party in Stillwater! Gather for holidays or special occasions. Private spaces available for rent, too! Brick & Bourbon

215 Main St. S. 651.432.0777 brickandbourbon.com

Rooftop and sports TVs

Brine’s

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

Foosball, pool, jukebox, sports TV Live music Fri & Sat starting at 9pm, summer patio Sun afternoons Tap room & beer garden, bocce ball, giant Jenga, classic video games

Charlie's Irish Pub at 101 Water St. S. 651.439.6000 charliesrestaurant.us Water Street Inn Freight House Restaurant

305 Water St. S. 651.439.5718 thefreighthouse.com

Lift Bridge Brewery

1900 Tower Dr. W. 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, tap beers, sports TVs

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

Nacho Mama’s

312 Main St. S. 651.439.9544 nachomamasmn.com

Main street bar with alley patio

No Neck Tony's

231 Myrtle 651.342.1261 nonecktonys.com

Skee-ball, pull tabs, Bloody Marys

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

Pub 112

112 Main St. N. 651.342.0836 pub112.com

Seasonal live music & dancing Thurs Sat nights & Sunday afternoons. 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, pool, sports TVs

Reve Bistro & Bar

200 Chestnut St. 651.342.1594 revebistroandbar.com

Live music Thurs – Sun

Smalley's Caribbean 423 Main St. S. 651.439.JERK BBQ & Pirate Bar smalleyscaribbeanbbq.com

Live Music, karaoke, dancing

Stillwater Legion

103 3rd St. S. 651.439.1435 on facebook

Pull tabs

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 Sat nights

The Velveteen

123 N. 2nd St. thevelveteenspeakeasy.com

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

The Wedge & Wheel 308 E. Chestnut 651.342.1687 wedgeandwheel.com

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Whitey’s Saloon

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

Schedules change, so check ahead to confirm details.

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DINING RESTAURANTS SERVING 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 Brick & Bourbon 215 S Main St 651.432.0777

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Brine’s Restaurant & Bar 219 S Main St 651.439.7556

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Barbara Ann’s Fudge Shop

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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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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 Lowell Inn 102 N Second St 651.439.1100

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Marx Fusion Bistro 241 Main St S 651.439.8333

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212 Main St 651.430.8004 Cherry Berry

125 N Main St 651.342.0128 Daily Grind Espresso Cafe

217 N Main St 651.430.3207

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

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Oasis Cafe 806 Main St 651.439.0928

Candyland

Nelson’s Ice Cream

Mad Capper Saloon/Eatery 224 Main St S 651.430.3710

Nacho Mama’s 312 Main St S 651.439.9544

317 Main St S 651 430 2071

Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop

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Main Cafe 108 S Main St 651.430.2319

COFFEE, ICE CREAM & QUICK BITES

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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413 Nelson St E 651.342.0799

Portside 317 Main St S 651.342.1502

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Trembley’s Candy Shop

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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DINING DINING AROUND TOWN Acapulco

Meisters Bar & Grill

Brine’s Market & Deli

Mongolian BBQ

Carbone’s Pizzeria

Phil’s Tara Hideaway

1240 W Frontage Rd 651.351.9462

1790 Washington Ave 651.439.1862 5988 Osgood Ave N 651.439.0004 Chilkoot Cafe & Cyclery

901 4th Street South 651.439.986

1490 W. Frontage Road 651.351.5048

15021 60th St N 651.439.9850 Patriot’s Tavern

826 4th St S 651.342.0429

145 New England Pl 651.342.1472

Cozzie’s Tavern & Grill

Sweet Taste of Italy

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter

Thai Basil

11154 60th St N 651.342.0447 8390 Lofton Ave 651.439.7128

1400 Frontage Rd W 651.342.1775

1180 Frontage Rd W 651.439.4033

Joseph’s Family Restaurant

There are also many other restaurants, chains, pizza places, take-out, and fastfood options available nearby.

14608 60th St N 651.439.3336

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 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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Lively, eclectic food 241 Main St S

• Unique blend of Caribbean, Asian & Italian American cuisines • Nightly seafood specials • Ample wine selection • Fusion cocktails

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Happy Hour Daiyl Specials Weekend Entertainment

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THINGS TO DO 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 Lift Bridge – The lift bridge spans the St. Croix river between Stillwater, MN and Houlton, WI. An icon of Stillwater, the bridge is currently closed for renovation (with the lift remaining in operation for boat traffic). By 2019, the lift bridge will be enjoyed as a bike and pedestrian-only loop trail.

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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

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Historic Homes – Named one of “America’s Prettiest Painted Places,” Stillwater is home to many beautifully restored historic lumber baron mansions. Stroll the streets on a self-guided tour (pg. 50) 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, fireplaces, stained glass windows, and beautiful gardens.

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GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS...................... 23-25 BREWERIES & WINERIES.................... 26-28

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Historic Walking Tours See pg. 50 or 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.

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THINGS TO DO 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). 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 – Daily 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. May-Oct. Private rental also available. (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. May-Oct. Private charters as well. (See ad on map foldout) 525 S. Main St. 651.430.1234 stillwaterriverboats.com

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THINGS TO DO Segway Tours – Training, helmets, and guides provided for safety. Seasonal. (See ad on pg. 25) 507.206.0988 allamericansegway.com 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. Reservations required. (See ad on pg. 49) 651.300.2202 biercycleadventures.com Gondola Romantica– Cruise the river in an authentic Venetian gondola for two. (See ad on back cover). 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 on a bluff overlooking downtown and river. (See ad on pg. 47) 101 W. Pine St. 651.275.7075 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-Sun tours May– Oct. Group tours available year-round. 602 N. Main St. 651.439.5956 wchsmn.org/museums/wardens-house-museum

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 online at dnr.state.mn.us — search ‘St. Croix’. Note: Check the Historic Lift Bridge Schedule 651.234.7110 before you leave the dock.

DNR Boat Launch Boomsite Marina 9369 St. Croix Trail N. 651.275.0229 Wolf Marina St. Croix Boomsite 514 Alder St. E. 651.439.2341 Ole Sawmill Marina 2009 Lake St. 651.231.2025 Boat Rentals Stillwater Marina 422 Mulberry St. E. 651.439.5658 Lift Bridge Stillwater FREE Public Docks 325 S. Main St.. 651.430.1234 Swimming Beach Lakeside Port Sunnyside Marina in Bayside 6413 St. Croix Trail 651.430.2119

KAYAKS AND 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. DiscoverStillwater.com/thingstodo/onthewater

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THINGS TO DO

NEW BRIDGE OPEN! ENJOY THE VIEW & PEDESTRIAN TRAILS

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 end of Main St. Great for all skill levels as it is a paved, mostly level trail winding through beautiful countryside. gatewaybrownscreektrail.org

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1968 marked the passage of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway was among the original rivers designated, and the first to be named a national park. The Riverway continues to offer clean water, breathtaking beauty, and abundant recreational activities. The St. Croix River Association, National Park Service, and other partners are planning big festivities throughout 2018 and 2019.

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STATE BIKE TRAILS

WI Downtown

ST. CROIX RIVER CROSSING LOOP TRL.

Voted #1 BIKE TRAIL. GATEWAY TRAIL ~ Minnesota Monthly

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GOLF

PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

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

Applewood Golf Course 651.439.7276

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Logger’s Trail 651.439.7862 LoggersTrail.com Oak Glen Golf Course and family foot golf, too!

PARKS

651.439.6981 oakglengolf.com

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.

Stillwater Oaks Golf Course 651.439.0212

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StoneRidge Golf Club 651.436.GOLF stoneridgegc.com

MN DNR hotline: 888.646.6367

AREA PARKS Afton State Park: 6959 Pellar Ave S. Hastings, MN

(trails, beach, campground) dnr.state.mn.us

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, lighted cross-country ski trails, camping) co.washington.mn.us 651.430.8368

Pine Point Regional Park: 11900 Norell Ave N,

Stillwater, MN (Gateway Bike Trail, cross-country skiing) co.washington.mn.us

Oak Park Heights City Parks: 5 parks, mountain bike

trails, disc golf, playgrounds. cityofoakparkheights.com

Square Lake Park: 1545 Square Lake Trail N. Stillwater, MN (boat launch, beach, scuba diving) 651.430.8200 co.washington.mn.us William O’Brien State Park: 16821 O’Brien Trail N

Marine on St. Croix, MN (trails, canoeing, campground, cross-country ski) 651.433.0500 dnr.state.mn.us

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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! Stillwater’s proximity to the Twin Cities and three ski areas makes it

A GREAT MINNESOTA SKI GETAWAY. 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

SNOW TUBING/SNOWMOBILING • Green Acres Recreation Area – Just off Hwy 36 & Hwy. 13 651.770.6060 GreenAcresRec.com • Snowmobile Trails – Visit 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

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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, salt cave, new lashes or 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 and fuse glass. Or create personalized jewelry or wood home décor with power tools 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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Minnesota's Original DIY Studio

324 S. Main Street Stillwater $5 off with code: DISCOVERSTILLWATER

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THINGS TO DO BREWERIES & WINERIES Stillwater 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 Joseph Wolf Brewery - 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. josephwolfbrewing.com Lift Bridge Brewing Company - 1900 Tower Drive 888.430.BEER Local tap room, tours, events, growlers and merchandise. Sample Getaway Pilsner, Farm Girl Saison, Hop Dish IPA or a seasonal specialty. liftbridgebrewery.com Maple Island Brewing - 225 Main St. N. 651.430.0044 Located downtown, outdoor seating, beer flights. Wheat, Bock, Stouts and more. mapleislandbrewing.com St. Croix Brewing Co. - Coming in 2018! 114 Chestnut St. E. 651.387.0708 stcroixbeer.com

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THINGS TO DO WINERIES 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. Awardwinning 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 Thor's Hard Cider - 6428 Manning Ave. 651.439.3127 thorshardcider.com Try at the tasting room of Aamodt's Apple Farm.

DISTILLERY

Forge and Foundry Distillery - Coming in 2018! 124 2nd St. S. forgeandfoundrydistillery.com

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

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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, 5 hotels, and home rentals — you’ll find a special retreat for two. Stillwater is home to many award-winning bed & breakfasts.

Step 2:

Dine Together. Select an intimate table for two at one of many fine restaurants downtown with river views, outdoor dining, fireplaces, cozy booths, live music, wine/cocktail lists, and even a speakeasy. Browse the dining section or DiscoverStillwater.com for 30+ locations.

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Gondola Romantica

(See ad on back cover)

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 from a downtown jeweler.

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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 39. 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 pg. 41) Tamarack Art Gallery 112 Main St. 651.439.9393 (See ad on pg. 40) Stillwater Art Guild Gallery 402 N. Main St. 651.689.0149 (See ad on pg. 40)

CREATE YOUR OWN ART

Discover your hidden talents by working with beads, yarn, fabric, paints, and wood. Alchemy Arts Studio – glass fusing and metal clay jewelry 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 Paint.Sip.Nosh. – artist-led painting at various locations. artful-indulgence.com 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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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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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 downtown in 2019! Studio classes available now. stillwaterzephyrtheater.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 and 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

Walk Main Street, historic stairs and Riverwalk

Kari’s Create & Paint Studio

Shop at toy stores or indoor play at Kid’s Oasis

Segway tours (min age 13)

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

Bike trails

Winter skiing or snow tubing

Ice cream or candy store stop

Snap photos to enter in the annual Discover Stillwater Photo Contest

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SELFIES & SCENES OF STILLWATER PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS Congratulations to the 2017 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 - Kelley Brenner (the new and historic bridges of Stillwater)

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2ND PLACE - Jessica Rother (kind messages & smiles on main street’s historic steps)

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2017 PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

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3RD PLACE - Ron Brenner (final ride over the Historic Lift Bridge)

POPULAR VOTE - Abby Dean

HONORABLE MENTION Ray Kreps

HONORABLE MENTION - Dale Peterson

HNRBL. MENTION - Charles Packard & Maureen Lee

HONORABLE MENTION Sharon Humpreys

HONORABLE MENTION - Sandra Allweiler-Ebert

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.

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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 »

GROUP TRAVEL PLANNERS… TAKE NOTE

Water Street Inn 101 Water St. S. 651.439.6000

WaterStreetInn.us (max capacity: 300)

Lowell Inn 102 N. 2nd St. 651.439.1100

LowellInn.com (max capacity: 300)

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.

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

VOTED Best Small Convention & Visitor Bureau IN MINNESOTA ~ MN Meetings & Events, 2015 & 2016

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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.

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Walk through a time tunnel — see what your location looks like in the past! Geolocation services detect your spot.

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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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2018 FESTIVALS CALENDAR Check out our online calendar at DiscoverStillwater.com/Events and ‘What’s New’ website for updates and other events! Cooking classes, live music, tours, art exhibits, and more! Event dates and details subject to change, so please check websites to verify accuracy. Live Events Calendar

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JANUARY 13-14 20

STICKS IN STILLWATER • Outdoor mite hockey tournament and festival — sticksinstillwater.com 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 4-9pm, Fri 4-10:30pm, Sat noon-10:30pm, Sun noon-8pm (closed Tues). Lowell All Month* Park Must see winter wonderland – ice archways, tunnels, towers and twinkling lights. — icecastles.com/stillwater

FEBRUARY 14 17

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

Main. 651-439-7556 — brines-stillwater.com

ICE CASTLES • Mon/Wed/Thur 4-9pm, Fri 4-10:30pm, Sat noon-10:30pm, Sun noon-8pm (closed Tues). Lowell All Month* Park Must see winter wonderland – ice archways, tunnels, towers and twinkling lights. — icecastles.com/stillwater

MARCH 3

IRISH COFFEE STOUT RELEASE PARTY • Sat, 12-10pm. Lift Bridge Brewing Company, 1900 Tower Drive West. Live music, bagpipes, irish dancers. — liftbridgebrewery.com

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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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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 4-9pm, Fri 4-10:30pm, Sat noon-10:30pm, Sun noon-8pm (closed Tues). Lowell All Month* Park Must see winter wonderland – ice archways, tunnels, towers and twinkling lights. — icecastles.com/stillwater

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APRIL 28

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

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

MAY 6-7 10 11-13 26

THE ST. CROIX VALLEY ART OPENER STUDIO TOUR • Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm. 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 50+ potters, seven pottery studios. — minnesotapotters.com RUN STILLWATER HALF MARATHON • Sat. — runstillwater.com

JUNE Select Weds 18 16

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.

NORTH STAR BICYCLE FESTIVAL • Sun, 10am-4pm. State-wide Pro bike race ends on Stillwater’s steep

Chilkoot Hill. Award ceremony by Teddy Bear Park. — northstarbicyclefestival.com

FOOD TRUCK EXTRAVAGANZA • Sat, 11am-7pm. Stillwater Area High School. Over 30 food trucks, marketplace, business expo, military row, and kids activities. — foodtruckextravaganza.com

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JULY Every Sun

MUSIC ON THE RIVER CONCERT SERIES • Sundays, noon. Lowell Park Pedestrian Plaza Open Air

Select Wed

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.

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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!

Amphitheater. FREE — facebook.com/stillwatermusicontheriver

11, 18, 25

SUMMER TUESDAYS • 5pm Market, 6pm Music. Lowell Park, riverfront. Live dusk outdoor movies,

15-16

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

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bring blankets/chairs or view from your boat— summertuesdays.com FREE family event

ICE CREAM SOCIAL • 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

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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ST. CROIX CROSSING HALF-MARATHON • Sat. — runstillwater.com

AUGUST Every Sun

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

Every Sun

MUSIC ON THE RIVER CONCERT SERIES • Sundays, noon. Lowell Park Pedestrian Plaza Open Air

Select Wed

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

1, 8, 15, 22

SUMMER TUESDAYS • 5pm Market, 6pm Music. Lowell Park, riverfront. Live dusk outdoor movies, bring blankets/chairs or view from your boat— summertuesdays.com FREE family event

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

Amphitheater. FREE — facebook.com/stillwatermusicontheriver

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

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SEPTEMBER All Month

AAMODT’S APPLE FARM FEST • 6428 Manning Ave. Pick your own apples, hay wagon rides, John Deere tractor trikes, Thor’s hard cider tasting. — 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 BOOM SITE 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 6 6-7 7

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

STILLWATER HISTORIC HOMES TOUR • Sun, noon-5pm. Tour very distinct homes that span more than

half a century. — wchsmn.org

13-14

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. FREE two-day event.— harvestfeststillwater.com

27-28

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

NOVEMBER 8

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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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT THE COURTHOUSE • Gala Fundraiser: Sip, savor, shop and support local 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

17-18

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

17-30

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

HOMETOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS - EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS LIKE YOU REMEMBER

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BLACK/PLAID 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 downtown.

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DECEMBER 1-31

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, and more.

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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

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

651-439-1100 — lowellinn.com

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 • Santa Brunch at Water Street Inn. Bring the kids! 651-439-6000 — waterstreetinn.us

•Santa Lunch at the Dock Cafe 651-430-3770 — dockcafe.com

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First session only $19 Three Overnight Destination Homes Full-Service Spa & Salon Specializing in Large Group Venues New in 2018: Lip-Lash-Brow Bar "Glam Parties" & Ancient Healing Mineral Pool 651.439.4662

justformespa.com

110 S. Greeley St.


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 Inn

Carriage House Like a cottage in England’s Cotswolds, this historic stone inn rests on a secluded wooded lot in the center of historic Stillwater. From beginning to end, a private journey for you and your loved one.

807 Harriet Street South, Stillwater 651.430.8008 jamesmulveyinn.com Lic. No. 2017-10

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


MAP – DIRECTORY OF ADVERTISERS LODGING 7 America’s Best Value Inn 4 AmericInn 6 Asteria Inn & Suites 85 Aurora Staples Inn 8 Comfort Inn & Suites 1 Cover Park Manor 5 GrandStay Hotel & Suites 74 Historic Lowell Inn 16 James Mulvey Inn Carriage House 19 Just for Me Spa Homes 21 Rivertown Inn 68 Water Street Inn BOUTIQUES, ANTIQUES & GALLERIES 49 45 Degrees 25 A Spacious Place 58 Art N Soul 43 Barbara Ann’s Fudge Shoppe 38 Pasta Perfetta 27 Betty June’s 82 Candyland 34 Cooks of Crocus Hill 23 Darn Knit Anyway 42 Designs of Sweden 63 Enchanté 76 Forget Me Not 37 Galeria Saro 66 Gammy & Gumpy’s + Kid’s Oasis 67 Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store 73 Lil Tulip’s 59 Mara-Mi Store, Studio & Cafe 60 Matt & Nate Men's Life Style 44 Midtown Antiques 33 Nina Marie Boutique 54 Pinch n’ Rub Spice & Tea Hub 62 SASH 28 Simply Chic 55 Stillwater Olive Oil Company 88 Staples Mill Antiques 87 Stillwater Art Guild Gallery 70 Tamarack Gallery 81 Valley Bookseller

Over 1800 Parking Spots! FREE and Paid On-street, lots & parking ramp. All lots FREE Nov.1-May 1

ATMs

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Historic Walking Tour Stop:

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Map is not to scale. All advertiser locations noted are approximate. For a complete listing, please visit us at DiscoverStillwater.com.

DINING/NIGHTLIFE 14 Brine’s Market & Deli 50 Brine’s Restaurant & Bar 69 Charlie’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 31 Dock Café 12 Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter 45 Grand Pizza 65 Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop 35 Lion’s Tavern 48 LOLO American Kitchen 75 Lowell Inn 51 Mad Capper Saloon & Eatery 47 Marx Fusion Bistro 77 Pub 112 39 Portside 61 Reve Bistro & Bar 24 Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ & Pirate Bar 36 The Tilted Tiki 41 Nacho Mama’s 29 Tin Bins 86 Victoriano’s Pizza 64 Ziggy’s THINGS TO DO 80 All American Segway 2 Afton Alps 57 A’Salonna Salon & Spa 79 Biercycle Adventures 26 Brick Alley Massage Studio 91 DIRO Outdoors 72 Foodies on Foot 30 Gondola Romantica 17 Historic Courthouse 78 Just Cuz Beauty 71 JJ Nail & Massage 20 Just for Me Spa 56 Kari’s Create & Paint Studio 15 Lift Bridge Brewery 13 Madeline Horseback Riding 84 Maple Island Brewing 83 Northern Vineyards 10 Saint Croix Vineyards 32 Sawdust Savvy 22 St. Croix Boat & Packet 3 Stillwater Balloons 89 Stillwater Boat Club & Rentals 40 Stillwater Trolley 18 Valley Tours 90 Wahoo Adventures WEDDINGS 46 Grand Banquet Hall 53 Johnson Jewelers 9 KC Hall 52 Our Shop Bridal 11 Trellis Wedding Ceremonies ©2018 Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitor Bureau.

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4th ST. S.

OLIVE ST. W.

(Alternate Route To Dowtown via Hwy. 96)

24 hr

17

73

FIRE DEPT.

OAK ST. W.

12

MANNING AVE. (Hwy. 15)

4th ST. S. 24 hr

4th ST. S. to CHURCHILL, Rt. on CHURCHILL, Rt. on HARRIET ST. S.

WALNUT ST. E.

10

4th ST. S.

TO MANNING AVE.

FOR ABOVE SEE MAP CALLOUT - B

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN

CHERRY ST. E.

MAP CALLOUT - A

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL

89

MARINE ON ST. CROIX TAYLORS FALLS 90 91

HWY. 96 CONNECTION ST. CROIX BOOMSITE PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH & MORE MARINAS WILLIAM O’BRIEN STATE PARK

2018 Stillwater Minnesota Visitor Guide  
2018 Stillwater Minnesota Visitor Guide  

Official tourism information publication for Stillwater and Oak Park Heights Minnesota located just minutes east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Co...

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