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Welcome to Osceola 5 St. Croix River & Cascade Falls 8 ABC’s of Osceola 13 Rustic Roads 14 Biking Trails 15 Hiking Trails 17 Birdwatching
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Osceola Area Chamber and Main Street Program PO Box 251 • Osceola, WI 54020 715-755-3300 EDITORS: Sally Klevgard, Germaine Ross CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHY: TellaStory Photography, John Schletty CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Germaine Ross ADVERTISING: Germaine Ross, Sally Klevgard PaperWorx 131 Birch Street E. Amery, WI, 715-268-5800 No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission from Osceola Chamber/PaperWorx. Every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information but times and events are subject to change. The Publisher will not be liable for errors or omissions.
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There has never been a better time for getting away from it all
The unspoiled beauty of the St. Croix River is more accessible than ever. The sights, sounds and peacefulness of a pristine river with lush, forested banks, eagles and ospreys creates a quiet get-away. 4 W W W. V I S I T O S C E O L AW I . C O M
ST. CROIX RIVER & CASCADE FALLS
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EXPLORE. RECREATE. ENJOY. EXPERIENCE.
Let’s Take It Outside!
PLENTY OF WIDE OPEN SPACES...
Escape the Crowds Stay Safe Still Have Fun
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Camping Boating Fishing Hiking Biking Picnicking Birdwatching Road Tripping Star Gazing Nature Photography Geo-Caching 4-Wheeling Golfing
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Canoed down the St. Croix, stopped for a picnic on sandbar. Came back tired – found burgers, great fries and craft beer.at PYs. Got to see the beautiful Falls lit up at night. Franconia tomorrow?? Guys went to WI Interstate Park – awesome views of the gorge. Girls went shopping - lots of cute stores. Pedi’s at Studio A. Met later and headed out to Chateau Winery and then over to Dragonfly Winery to sip and watch the sun go down. Headed to Trollhaugen to Adventure Park. Phew- that was exhilarating! Back to town, hiked Falls Bluff Loop - got splashed under the falls. Spectacular views of the valley. We ended up at the Watershed Café deck for early dinner and drinks. YUM! Tasty lunch at Tippy Canoe’s and stopped at Fish Hatchery on our way up to Fawn Doe Rosa. Take out from Cascade Grill— then Osceola Landing to watch the sunset. We headed home feeling refreshed and renewed.
Osceola was a cool little town to visit for a slower pace and without all the crowds- we’ll be back again.
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n u F y l i Fam FROM A TO Z
ABCs of Osceola
Vacation Where You Live!
ART IS EVERYWHERE AT THE ARTBARN The non-profit theater and art gallery is housed in an early 20th century barn. The St. Croix ArtBarn fosters artists, actors, writers, musicians, and dancers of all ages. See a show or participant in a class.
BRAVES BASEBALL For only $2 per person or $5 for the whole family, you can experience a semi-pro baseball game. Enjoy ballpark favorites such as salted peanuts, fresh popcorn, hot dogs, brats, beer and more—making it easy to have an unforgettable day of baseball without paying stadium prices.
CAMPING IS COOL
Wisconsin’s oldest state park is a few minutes north of Osceola. WI Interstate Park offers camping and world class hiking, rugged wilderness, a swimming beach, and the Ice Age Interpretive Center.
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DEPART AT THE DEPOT
When you board a train on the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, you’re stepping back in time. Visitors can ride in historic passenger cars powered by vintage locomotive engines while traveling along the St. Croix River. Don’t forget to explore the fully-restored 1916 Soo Line Depot and pick up a souvenir.
FISH FOR TROUT
Fish at the Mill Pond Park and the Osceola Creek in the heart of downtown Osceola - both stocked annually with trout. Star Prairie Trout Farm is also a few miles east of Osceola and is for beginning anglers and young children.
ENTER A SCULPTURE PARK Just ten minutes across the river, you’ll find Franconia Sculpture Park displaying 120 large outdoor sculptures on 43 acres of land. On weekends, enjoy music and meet artists working on their sculptures.
HIGH TAIL IT TO THE HATCHERY
GOLF AT KROOKED KREEK GOLF COURSE
The Osceola State Fish Hatchery is home to over 300,000 rainbow trout that are housed for 17 months before finding new homes across Wisconsin lakes and rivers due to a state-wide stocking program. Call ahead to schedule your free, self-guided tour.
An18-hole, par-72 course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level. Krooked Kreek Golf Course will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque background to your golf game. Fairways, water hazards, sand traps and a crooked creek winds through the course. You will find a practice facility, pro shop, outdoor patio and a bar & grill.
KAYAK, PADDLEBOARD OR CANOE
JUMPING FOR JAM Jam is only one of many different handcrafted artisan food items for sale at the Osceola Farmer’s Market or may be sold in one of our quaint shops.
One of the best paddling rivers in the nation, the scenic St. Croix River offers a beautiful setting for your leisurely float. Rent a canoe and spend a few quiet hours on the river. A popular trip, from Interstate Park to Osceola Landing, takes you through basalt formations, flood plains, natural shorelines, sandstone and limestone bluffs and more.
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IS FOR ICE CREAM!
From soft-serve to slowchurned, you can get your cold craving with a frozen treat from Dairy Queen, an old-fashioned hand scooped ice cream from The Looking Glass or a frozen treat from Thiel’s American Pie.
You can easily spend a whole day or more at one of our many area lakes and rivers. Bring your own boat or rent a pontoon at the Big Lake Store. 9
Come early Fall, Monarch butterflies return to Osceola on their trip up from Mexico. You can see a kaleidoscope of Monarchs fluttering around town near the flower beds by Bill’s Ace, Kumlien Chiropractic and in front and behind the old Library.
Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy has 1,800 acres of preserved land along the St. Croix River. The diverse ecosystems that converge there make it ideal for hiking, birdwatching, and plant identification. Trails along Tewksberry provide panoramic views of the river valley.
Just ten minutes across the river from Osceola, Pleasant Valley Orchard offers a fun fall experience for the whole family! You will nejoy the charm of their apple shed and vintage barn. Farm animals, kids corn box, nature trail, picnic area and hayrides are fun too.
PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE
Osceola’s Mainstreet buildings date from the 1880’s when steamboats lined the river and fur traders, lumberjacks and early settlers built the core of downtown shopping, taverns and eateries. Seventeen original buildings can be found on the Historic Village Walk. See if you can spot the oldest building in the district (1874).
QUIET SPACES PLENTIFUL FOR PICNICS
Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a lunch surrounded by nature? Osceola has so many amazing picnic spots to choose from...on the river, on the bluffs overlooking the valley or by a quiet stream just steps from downtown.
ROCK THE RIVERWAY
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The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway includes 252 miles of protected river and adjacent lands. The stretch through Osceola has tall limestone bluffs overlooking the river and wild forest embankments below. The views are equally stunning from a boat, canoe, or plane on the cool, clean water enclosed by cliffs and towering trees.
Thanks to ancient glaciers, Osceola has several of nature’s swimming pools located along the beach at the Osceola Landing on the St. Croix River and the beach at WI Interstate Park. Or, try one of six nearby lakes, including Dwight Lake or Sand Lake. For a more controlled water experience, the Osceola High School Aquatic Center or the pool at River Valley Inn offer open swimming for a reasonable fee.
TREASURE TROVE OF TRAILS
At Demulling Farm, playing in the dirt is encouraged! When you pick your own strawberries, you not only create lasting family memories, but you get more bang for your buck—U-pick strawberries are typically much cheaper than supermarket prices and are, oh, so tasty!
VEGGIES FOR ALL
Discover waterfalls, springs, forestland, prairies, bluffs, a covered bridge, and wildlife on the more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails in the Osceola area. The St. Croix Valley is a mecca for mountain bikers with its diverse terrain and scenic beauty along groomed and natural bike trails. Bird lovers love our birding trails, too.
Local farmers come to the Farmers Market at Mill Pond Park every Friday afternoon in season to share their fresh-from-the field produce.
WALK TO THE LIBRARY
This brand new library, in the Discovery Center is not a shush-y place. You still can find rows of books and some really cool reading spaces. It has evolved into a multimedia resource center, a vibrant and dynamic community gathering space.
YOUR VERY OWN SHOW IN THE SKY Stargazing is a fantastic activity. After dark, spread a blanket and discover the constellations. There’s nothing like a perfect starry night to make you feel part of the greater cosmos.
ZIP ON OVER TO TROLLHAUGEN Thrill-seeking families will love an aerial tour of the woodlands just outside of Osceola. Trollhaugen’s Zip Line and Adventure Park is one of the largest in the Midwest including six different zips and over 3,000 feet of line with a peak height of 50 feet in the air! Fun for the whole family and reservations are recommended.
Sweat it out on the RCU Sport Court at Wild River Fitness. The outdoor, fenced-in court is lit in the evenings and outfitted for basketball, tennis, pickle ball, badminton, volleyball, and shuffleboard. The court is free to use and equipment can be borrowed inside the fitness center.
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Your Small Town Base Camp for Outdoor Adventures
Relax, rejuvenate, and restore in Osceola, your easy “go to” for exploring the scenic and peaceful St. Croix River Valley. Surrounded by four State Parks, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, five different wineries, several waterfalls and more than 1000 miles of trails.
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Sunday Fun Day TAKE A CRUISE
These rustic country roads provide a serene, peaceful excuse to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the valley. Don’t forget your camera and picnic lunch!
Rustic Road Drive
Lightly traveled Polk County Road S forms a loop off WI-35 between Osceola and St. Croix Falls. A 4.3 mile long paved road features oak, cedar and pine trees, a trout stream, rock outcroppings and a variety of wildlife as it parallels the St. Croix River. If you would like to take a hike, the Ridgeview Trailheads are adjacent to the roads.
Rustic Road Drive
Head onto Ridge Road for 8 miles. This winding route through farm country leads to the historic Somerset Landing which features a boat launch to the river and picnic area. Sandstone bluff outcroppings, tree canopies, prairie and farmland add to the views. In spring, many woodland wildflowers are blooming.
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Two Wheelin’ Getting out on trails is the perfect way to savor even more of the surrounding natural splendor. Using Osceola as a base, road cyclists, mountain bikers, recreational riders and hikers will find miles of trails.Wide roads to rough terrain and challenging climbs are all accessible within minutes of downtown Osceola.
Regional Bike Trails
Local Bike Trail
BROOKSIDE TRAIL Start at the ArtBarn on the north side of town and loop around the Schillberg Campground for a relaxing easy 2 mile bike ride across streams and woods.
Road Routes DRESSER LOOP 30 mile rural road route heads around lakes, fields and wooded areas. FARMINGTON LOOP 22 mile loop on rural roads passing by farmland, restored prairie and Standing Cedars. LAKES LOOP 26 mile bike ride on rural roads passing by 8 different beautiful lakes.
GANDY DANCER TRAIL 7 miles north of Osceola, you will find over 96 miles of biking. A flat and fast limestone surface gives a smooth, enjoyable ride - expect to see a lot of scenic water, wildlife and wildflowers. STOWER SEVEN LAKES TRAIL 6 miles west of Osceola on Cty. Rd. M, you will find 14 miles of trails made from converted railroad tracks. WOOLLY MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS Over 6 miles of some of the best trails with a great variety of terrain that every rider will enjoy. St. Croix Falls is just 11 miles north of Osceola.
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Take a Hike
In Town Trails
RIDGEVIEW TRAIL OSCEOLA LOOP Hike through wooded areas, crossing streams and winding down toward the St. Croix River. Excellent wildlife and bird viewing, as well as flora and fauna. RIDGEVIEW TRAIL CHISAGO LOOP Hike or snowshoe up a short incline for fabulous view of the St. Croix River. An easy ascent for birding and photography. JEFF MEYER PUBLIC FITNESS TRAIL This 8’ wide paved loop provides leisurely strolls, fast-paced walks and jogging. The 6 exercise stations provide fitness and is handicap accessible. STANDING CEDARS TEWKSBURY TRAIL Hike or snowshoe to find great views of the St. Croix River and through prairie areas and quarries. Excellent photography, birding and wildlife. STANDING CEDARS ENGLEWOOD TRAIL 3 separate routes to hike or crosscountry ski on groomed trails through prairie and wooded areas.
FALLS BLUFF LOOP TRAIL Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the St. Croix River valley, rivers edge and Cascade Falls. HISTORIC VILLAGE WALK Start at the historic depot, stroll north on Cascade Street and take in building architecture of buildings made from old limestone quarries. The trail uses sidewalks and is handicap accessible. STANDING CEDARS - BROWN TRAIL An easy to moderate groomed trail loops through forest, wetlands and open fields. BROOKSIDE TRAIL Hike the loop on a groomed trail over streams and woods.
STOWER SEVEN LAKES TRAIL 6 miles west of Osceola on County Rd. M 14 mile trail. Groomed in winter for snowshoe and cross country skiing. ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL 7 miles north of Osceola is a 1,000 mile footpath featuring glacial remnants of years ago, with beautiful natural areas. WI INTERSTATE PARK 7 miles north of Osceola is 12 short trails with scenic views of the gorgeDalles of the St. Croix. WILLIAM O’BRIEN STATE PARK 11 miles across the river from Osceola on Highway 95 - 16 miles of a variety of trails.
GANDY DANCER TRAIL 7 miles north on Hwy. 35 is a 98-mile trail with a limestone surface.
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The most spectacular birding is during ice breakup when bald eagles and waterfowl are migrating.
: One-hundred and sixty species are known to nest the riverway area and early morning paddles are filled with the sounds of birds.
Watch for kettles (flocks of circling, often rising birds) of migrating hawks and eagles along the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Trumpeter swans flock together in fields and rivers.
Trumpeter swans and bald eagles are present near open water. The leaf-less riverine habitats are great places to see resident woodpeckers and songbirds.
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Calendar of Events Valley 21 AUG IN 20 OU Y SEE
Brew 15 Fest
02 2 JUNE IN U Oat YFest Rhubarb E E Pond Park SMill
has sidewalk sales, patio bands, and good times. Don’t miss Duckathalon and the Rhubarb Baking Competition.
MAY Osceola JUNE JULY
Enjoy one or more of these Braves home games at Oakey Park!
Taste over 60 craft beers & ciders from 30+ local breweries! Enjoy live music, food trucks and an evening of fun.
JUNE 20-23 JULY 11-20 AUG 9-18 SEPT 12-15 OCT 24-27
• OSCEOLA FARMERS MARKET Every Friday in season Methodist Church parking lot 2-6 pm
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Disney’s Little Mermaid Ole & Lena’s Wedding Blithe Spirit 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Our 2020 Fall Apple Orchard Season will begin Labor Day Weekend.
Osceola St. Croix Valley
INFORMATION: 715-755-3570 Trains run Sat at 11am and 2:30pm Sunday at noon and Saturday at 1:15pm Pizza, Brunch & Dinner Trains. Reservations available for your special events.
Special Train Trips
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The Fair weekend offers community and family fun. Enjoy the midway, truck/tractor pulls, live bands, petting zoo and Royalty Coronation.
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For your safety, some of these events have been cancelled, but please check the website for current updates.
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action-packed radar run!
7 Osceola Hot cocoa & S’mores by the fire, hot dogs, petting zoo, caroling, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves for photos, scavenger hunt, wagon rides, crafts, and lighting of the Holiday tree.
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Artisans and crafters come together in the beautiful Mill Pond Park to celebrate creativity with an extensive sampling. Live music, demos, food trucks, wine and beer garden.
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FIREFIGHTER’S BALL Every year the Friends of the Osceola Fire Dept. and Osceola Lions Club host a Firefighters Ball to benefit the department.
BIG LAKE ICE FISHING CONTEST
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Spring Be sure to put your chair out early on Sunday for prime viewing for the 1pm parade.
20-21 Doe on the Go
Art Tour A self-guided tour of various studios, galleries and artists. Pottery, jewelry, welded art, paintings, photography, and more can be seen.
Hunt for your own treasures! Our charming shops and boutiques are open Friday night with extended hours, specials, fun classes and refreshments. Play goofy games, enter drawings and make a full day and evening of adventure!
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1-Caribou Coffee • 2-Cascade Deli at BP 3-Dairy Queen • 4-Dick’s Fresh Market Deli • 5-Looking Glass Ice Cream Parlor • 6-Lucky Panda • 7-Pizza Cellar • 8-Osceola Lanes • 9-PY’s Saloon & Grill • 10-Cascade Bar & Grill 11-Subway • 12-Thiel’s American Pie • 13-Tippy Canoe’s Sport Bar & Grill • 14-Watershed Cafe 36-Cascade Nutrition •
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20-Inn on the St. Croix River 21-River Valley Inn & Suites
Falls Bluff 17 Loop Trail
Pleasant Valley B & B
15-Discovery Center • Library/Senior Center • Village Hall/Police 16-Emily Olson House Museum 17-Osceola Depot & Train Rides 18-Riverwood Canoe & Kayak 19-St. Croix ArtBarn
20-Beauty Escape 22-Kim’s Nails 23-Osceola Lanes 24-Studio A Salon Spa 25-Style Escape 26-Total Image 30-Salon 204
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Simenstad Airport 1.1 mi. Osceola Aerosports 2.1 mi. Krooked Kreek Golf Course 2.3 mi. Crystal Ball Dairy 2.5 mi. Osceola Fish Hatchery 2.6 mi. Trollhaugen Ski & Aerial Adventure Park 5.8 mi. Franconia Sculpture Park 6.2 mi. Neumann Farms 7.2 mi. Eric’s Canoe & Kayak Rental 7.7 mi. Fawn Doe Rosa Wildlife Farm11 mi.
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8.9 mi. St. Croix Falls Cinema 9.4 mi. Dancing Dragonfly Winery 9.6 mi. Chateau St. Croix Winery
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Restrooms Water Fountain Walking Minutes to Downtown
Brookside Trails Cascade Falls-Wilke Glen Park Falls Bluff Loop Trail Geiger Falls Park Mill Pond Park Oakey Park St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Standing Cedars Trails Osceola Landing Osceola Bedrock Glades Stower Seven Lakes TraiL WI Interstate Park Gandy Dancer Trail Wooly Mountain Bike Trail MN Interstate Park WM-O’Brien State Park
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45-Dick’s Fresh Market Grocery 46-Heidi’s Paw Spa 47-Mr. Deals Groceries 48-Osceola Cleaners 49-Osceola Medical Center 50-Pitch Blue Studio 51-The Sun News 52-US Post Office 53-Valley Suds 54-Wildriver Fitness Center
27-Adoray’s Treasures of the Heart 28-Bill’s Ace Hardware 58-Chocolate Gnome 29-Coming Home 30-Croixland Leatherworks 31-Oak and Ivory 32-Federated Co-op 34-Karita’s Shoppe 35-Looking Glass 37-Motion Trophies 38-Treasure Alley 39-Redbird Music 40-Sodie’s Cigars 41-Sleepy Thicket 42-Uptown Osceola 43-Valley Spirits 44-Wildwood Flowers
Polk County Info Center . . . .7.7 mi.
May . . . . . . Earth Art’s Spring Art Tour May-Aug . . . . . . . Braves Home Games June. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhubarb Days Fridays in Season . . . . Farmer’s Market July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fireworks Train August. . . . . . . . . . . . . Valley Brew Fest September . . . . . . . . . Community Fair September . . . . . . . . . . Harvest Bazaar September . . . . . . . . . Wheels & Wings October . . . . . . . . . . . Pumpkin Express November. . . . . . . . . . . . Doe on the Go February . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cocoa Crawl April. . . . . . . . . . . . . Ladies Spring Fling
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Franconia Sculpture Park Friends of WI Interstate Park Krooked Kreek Golf Course Lily Springs Farm MN Transportation Museum, Inc. Music on the Overlook Neumann Farms Osceola Aerosport, LLC Osceola Braves Baseball Osceola Community Fair Riverwood Canoe & Kayak Standing Cedars Land Conservancy St. Croix ArtBarn St. Croix Festival Theater Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area Wheels & Wings Event
CONSTRUCTION & HOME BUILDING * Due North Homes * Lund Cabinetry & Construction * Set-In Stone Countertops, LLC FOOD & GROCERY * Dick’s Fresh Market HARDWARE * Bill’s Ace Hardware
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BANK and FINANCIAL SERVICES * Bank Five Nine * First National Community Bank * Edward Jones - Matt Fisk * Edward Jones - Tom Klugow * Hiawatha National Bank * MidWest One Bank * Primerica * The Rivergroup Financial Advisors * Royal Credit Union- Osceola
Hauge Dental Care Kumlien Chiropractic Osceola Family Eyecare Osceola Medical Center Schletty Steven B Dr Dentist Office Wild River Fitness
Welcome to Osceola!
Hope you are enjoying the Osceola Activity Guide 2020. It’s been quite a year. We hope locals use the magazine to rediscover all the outdoor fun things to do in our area. Home to both charming mom and pop shops, unique restaurants, international corporations and great attractions, Osceola provides a high quality of living for residents, entrepreneurs, employers and employees. We want visitors to feel welcome and safe while you find new spots to experience the small town vibe. You deserve to slow your pace and reconnect with what matters most in life; time spent with people you care about. Just load up your kayak, binoculars, fishing gear, bird book, bike, picnic blanket or hiking boots and point yourself towards OsceolaWisconsin’s Cool Little Rivertown .
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Chamber Members & Sponsors LIQUOR & BEVERAGE SALES
* Bernick’s * Valley Spirits
* Beauty Escape * Studio A Salon Spa Salon 204
LODGING * Pleasant Lake Bed & Breakfast * Arc The AFLC Retreat Center River Valley Inn & Suites MANUFACTURING & UTILITIES * Bending Branches LLC * Core Products International * KAPCO * Northwire, Inc * Polaris Industries LP * Polk Burnett Electric Cooperative * Xcel Energies ORGANIZATIONS & SERVICE GROUPS * * * * * * * *
Horst Rechelbacher Foundation Osceola Education Foundation Osceola Historical Society Osceola Lions Club Osceola Royalty Osceola School District St. Croix River Association Village of Osceola
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* Cutler Law Office * Carlson Highland & Co LLP * Christian Community Homes * Comfort by Design * Croix View Farm * Eagle Ridge Senior Housing * Grand Strand Funeral Home * J. Buberl Law, LLC * JLC Book Keeping Plus * LME Enterprises * Meraki Marketing Group * Noah Insurance Group * Osceola Cleaners * Osceola Veterinary Service * PaperWorx Printing & Design * Scott’s Tire Service * SF Insurance Group * Sign-Xpress * State Farm Insurance * Tellastory Photography * The Mainstreet Group * The Copy Shop * Turf Management Specialties SHOPPING
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Adoray’s Treasures from the Heart The Chocolate Gnome Coming Home Federated Co-Ops, Inc Karita’s Shoppe The Looking Glass Oak & Ivory Red Bird Music Store Sleepy Thicket, The Sodie’s Cigar Shop Style Escape Treasure Alley Uptown Osceola Wildwood Flowers
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Shop and Stroll
Charming and independent shops, lots of local handcrafted items, cozy restaurants, outdoor patios, plenty of free parking are all within walking distance. Osceola is a quaint, small town surrounded with waterfalls, bluffs, a creek and walking trails that are all accessible right from historic downtown. Because the people who own and work in our downtown are every bit as unique and interesting as what they sell, you’ll discover a small town adventure all of its own. In fact, many Osceola merchants and artisans personally create or source the handcrafted items and often have an interesting story to share or a tale to tell about the history of our town. From musical instruments to home décor’ , clothing, cigars, local art and gifts, take home something to remember your trip by from downtown and beyond.
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Coming Home The Looking Glass
Primitive, rusty, vintage, retro, mid-century and antique goodness. Hand picked merchandise to bring you the best finds. Old-fashioned ice cream served.
Specializing in new home décor, painted furniture, farmhouse accessories, locally crafted items & a little vintage.
Treasures to love & welcome into your home. Floral, jewelry, clothing, gifts and accessories. This is the place to Dilly Dally!
117 N Cascade Street 715.294.2886
206 N. Cascade Street @cominghomeosceola
407 S. Cascade Street 715.755.2040
Espresso Bar Gift Boutique
Bob’s Redbird Music
Wonderful vintage upcycled and restyled furniture, home decor, curated finds and specialty items. Lower level “Green Room” is our quality ladies consignment area.
New & used guitars & amps. Strings & Reeds. Harmonicas. Used CDs & Vinyl Records. Instruments repaired. Lessons.
210 Cascade Street N 651.442.7077
211 North Cascade Street 715.417.2074
Style Escape, LLC
The Sleepy Thicket
Full Service Hair Salon, Boutique, and Day Spa. Fine Retail Products, Sugaring Hair Removal, Ear Candling, Massage, Cupping, Pedicures
A woodland inspired baby boutique curated by a “mompreneur” of three under three.
207 Cascade Street 715. 294.3744
114 N. Cascade Street 651.245.1904
Lattes, smoothies, frappes as well as a wonderful array of gifts, clothing, jewelry and local items. 111 N Cascade Street 715.417.3222
Oak & Ivory
Oak and Ivory offers unique, handmade rustic and refined goods. We also offer gifts, furniture, apparel, home decor, jewelry and much more.
209 Cascade Street
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Beauty Escape Day Spa Specializing in Spa, Natural Nail, Lash, & Salon Services
Open to the Public 305 River Street • Osceola, WI 715.338.9630
A N A VEDA C ONCEPT S ALON www.studioasalonspa.com
• OUR SERVICES • HAIR CUTTING/STYLING • COLOR SERVICES • PERMANENT WAVES HAIR & EYELASH EXTENSIONS • COSMETIC APPLICATIONS FACIALS & WAXING • MANICURES & PEDICURES • BODY MASSAGE
213 - 1st Avenue • P.O. Box 566 • Osceola, WI 54020 • 715-294-4650
“With Tom’s experience in construction, his knowledge of NW Wisconsin, and his commitment to clients, he’s the perfect choice for your local real estate agent.”
Tom Hartmann, Realtor® 715.222.1752 715.268.7125
2391 State Road 35/PO Box 397, Osceola, WI 54020 • Toll Free: 866-986-2731 • Fax: 715-706-1132 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Patio & Picnic Seekers Outdoor dining and places to enjoy a picnic couldn’t be better in Osceola! Surrounded by the beauty of nature, the Watershed Café and PY’s back patios are two of the best in the Valley. Tippy Canoe’s patio and Osceola Lanes Little Lambeau patio offer unique and fun experiences for sipping or eating outdoors.
With over 10 gorgeous spots to choose from for picnics- Osceola Landing, Wilke Glen by Cascade Falls and three lovely in town Parks- Mill Pond Park, Geiger Park and Oakey Park, waterfalls, gurgling streams and limestone bluffs create a unique ambiance to enjoy a treat from our many take out places. Caribou Coffee Cascade Bar and Grill Cascade BP Deli Cascade Nutrition Chocolate Gnome Dick’s Fresh Market Deli Cascade Nutrition Dairy Queen Looking Glass Ice Cream Parlor Lucky Panda Osceola Lanes Pizza Cellar PY’s Saloon & Grill Subway Thiel’s American Pie Tippy Canoes Uptown Osceola Watershed Cafe
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“Happiness is great food and great company”
Sustainably sourced, intentionally prepared for you!
Looking Glass Ice Cream Palor
Tippy Canoes Pub & Grub
99 N Cascade Street 715.294.2638
117 N Cascade Street 715.294.2886
1020 N Cascade Street 715.294.4777
Cascade Deli at BP Made To Order Subs
A great place for all to come and enjoy great food and beverages in a historic downtown bar.
Gourmet candy and home of Coffeebark!
99 N Cascade St 715.294.2638
110 N Cascade Street 715.417.3636
201 3rd Ave E, Lower Level 651.335.0189
Cascade Bar & Grill
Thiel’s American Pie
The Pizza Cellar
Specialty Burgers, Soups & Salads
The Chocolate Gnome
PY’s Saloon & Grill
Appetizers, Shakes, Pizza, Burger Baskets
Pizza, Wings, Brick oven sandwiches, appetizers, Beer and Wine
Known for our burgers, fresh cut fries and our beautiful patio in back.
444 N Cascade Street 715.294.3996
102 2nd Avenue 715.417.3194
109 Cascade Street N 715.294.3314
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y r a n i l u C s t h g i l e D Tour
From fruit wines and ciders to artisan-crafted cheeses and chocolates, the St Croix River Valley provides a myriad of culinary delights. With Osceola as your base, head to one or more of these handpicked destinations to suit your taste buds. Enjoy a full day tour but have a driver!
Here are our picks for your Culinary Delights Tour:
• The Chocolate Gnome • Chateau St. Croix Winery • Crystal Ball Dairy Farm • Dancing Dragonfly Winery • Winehaven Winery • Deer Lake Winery • Wild Mountain Winery • St. Croix Chocolates
Pleasant Lake Bed and Breakfast 2238 60th Avenue, Osceola pleasantlake.com River Valley Inn & Suites 1030 N. Cascade Street, Osceola www.osceolarivervalleyinn.com
RIVER VALLEY Inn & Suites
Chateau St. Croix Winery
RIVER VALLEY INN & SUITES
1030 N. Cascade Street • Osceola, WI 54020 (715)294-4060 • (888)791-0022 • email@example.com
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g n i p m a C & RV PARKS
POPLAR POINT RV PARK
ARC - ASSOCIATION RETREAT CENTER
17 full hook up sites Nightly, weekly, monthly, seasonal
Year-round, full service camp and retreat center with meeting rooms, full-service kitchen, swimming lake, recreation and lodging up to 600 guests.
2121 120th Ave, Dresser
ST. CROIX NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAY
2372 30th Avenue, Osceola www.arc-aflc.org
LILY SPRINGS FARM
An eco-friendly working farm. Rent a campsite and pitch your tent on the lakeshore of Mud Lake!
This riverway has over 100 primitive shoreline campsites available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Most sites are only accessible by river.
WI INTERSTATE PARK
This beautiful park has 82 family campsites and two primitive, large group campsites that can accommodate 60 people. Hiking trails, spectacular views, glacial formations, beach, picnic tables, fireplaces and grills. RV/camper sites with fire rings, restrooms and showers. 1275 State Highway 35 www.dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/interstate/
1930 60th Avenue, Osceola lilyspringsfarm.com
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Music On The Overlook
oix Falls, wI Summer 2020 • free concerts ays in July & August • Downtown 6:00 pm #1 ST CROIX SUMMER look memorial park VALLEY • 200 north washington street CONCERT SERIES THRU AUG 28
COV19 Safety plan
1, Be Safe 2. Spread Out SPREAD OUTback 3. Sit BE SAFE 4. Have Fun
ARE ASKED TO USE MMON SENSE & OW BASIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT COMMENDATIONS
. SOCIAL DISTANCE ASKS ARE AVAILABLE ANITIZER IS AVAILABLE STAY HOME IF SICK YOUR NEIGHBOR IF YOU TOO CLOSE - THANKS!
MUSIC ON THE Masks available OVERLOOK & Bring
AVE FUN FRIDAYS 6 PM
a Lawn ST Chair CROIX FALLS JULY 24 MUSICONTHEOVERLOOK.COM
Bring your own food
August 14 e Swongos August 14
August 28 #1 Tribute to The Rolling Stones
plus Nici Peper
Elvis Night “Steve Marcio” August 7
inning Award W si De gn
PaperWorx PRINTING & DESIGN
Chris Kroeze Solo Show www.paperworx.net July 31SALLY KLEVGARD 715.268.5800
Bluegrass Roe Family Singers
specialty beers • ﬁne wine • discount liquors
plus Thea Ennen
209 Chieftain Street • 715-294-4240
Wouldabeen Days Weekend with
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ATM Machine Plus Solid Rock Quartet & Food at BP Driver Rewards The Senior Center
Deli & Fresh Baked Goods Fresh Perks Card Fuel Points Open until 10:00 p.m. Daily ORTHODONTICS
FALLS MARINE & AUTO
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Camper Supplies Pool Supplies • Fishing License Propane • Coolers • Grilling
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202 Chieftain St. • Osceola, WI • 715-294-3301
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 am - 6:30pm; Sat: 8 am - 5 pm; Sun: 9 am - 2 pm
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304 Cascade St. • Osceola, WI 715.294.2183 Equal Housing Lender
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102 CASCADE ST PO BOX 699 OSCEOLA, WI 54020
715-294-2510 877-571-9315 FAX 877-662-4329
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n St. Croix River
n Rustic Roads
n Kayak and Canoe
n Cascade Falls
n Wheels & Wings
n Chief Osceola
n St. Croix Railway
n WI Interstate Park
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The Saint Croix River Valley’s place to meet your friends for great food, drink, events, music, and fun!
1020 N Cascade Street • Osceola WI
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Proud to be Serving Osceola Hudson
New Richmond St. Croix Falls 715-246-2001
Forest Lake 651-982-2005
AUTO · HOME · LIFE · HEALTH · BUSINESS EMPLOYEE BENEFITS · MEDICARE 304 N Cascade St • Osceola, WI 54020
AMANDA SIMENSTAD, CISR Premier Agent P: 715-294-5991 F: 715-755-3228
CHRIS MCKENZIE, CIC Sr. Premier Agent P: 715-294-5903 F: 715-755-3228
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Join us for a scenic and memorable trip through the St. Croix Valley. Come for the romance of the 1920’s-1950’s passenger rail experience and the inspiring scenery and fall colors in the St. Croix River Valley. Due to the pandemic, we plan to operate an abbreviated season but still an amazing experience. Procedures for keeping everyone healthy will be in place. Individual, family and group tickets are available. All trains board at the historic Soo Line Depot in Osceola, WI and travel to Marine on St. Croix, MN or Dresser, WI. For a current schedule and to make reservations, check our website at www.trainride.org. When in the Saint Paul, be sure to visit the Minnesota Transportation Museum on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. Explore the history of railroading, climb inside historic rail equipment, simulate being a railroad engineer, and join us for Tots for Trains on Wednesday’s or caboose rides on Saturdays.