Thursday's Child: Destination Stillwater, Minnesota

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Destination: Stillwater, Minnesota

When we visited:  July, 2013

Why to go:  A short twenty-minute drive from Saint Paul, or half an hour from downtown Minneapolis, it’s a wonderful way to enjoy a taste of rural Minnesota.

What to see


The river really is the centre of the town.  Our first stop here was lunch at a café overlooking the St. Croix River.  We loved watching the boat traffic pass by, including this paddlewheel riverboat.  The sidewalk that runs along the river is a beautiful way to explore the town.




The lift bridge is unique, with a middle section that raises and lowers to allow boat traffic through.  We couldn't get enough of this beautiful bridge, and walked across it to the state of Wisconsin. 




Although Stillwater is now a popular tourist destination, it keeps enough of its rural heritage to remain a charming town.  And I don’t normally love shopping, but who could resist the great kitchenware, stationery and book stores?  Andrew was equally thrilled to find an antique shop with an enormous selection of baseball cards.

Where to eat:  Don’t miss The Green Room if you’re in town for dinner.  I had the walleye, a local specialty, and it was incredible.  We also enjoyed lunch at the Dock Café, with a beautiful view of the river from our table on the patio.


Relaxing at our B & B.



26 comments:

Valerie said...

Beautiful photos, Beth! I've never been on one but I adore riverboats! It's a shame I don't travel more often to states that are so nearby...thanks for the always gentle reminder. :D

P.S. Now I'm craving walleye for dinner!

Claire Davis said...

What a cool trip, the riverboat looks like so much fun! I have never been to Minnesota but the St. Croix looks so pretty.

Paula Montenegro said...

So many places to visit Beth, so little time!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like fun. A trip on the riverboat sounds like it'd be cool too.

Mary Anne MacCrone said...

I should always remember to check your blog when we pick a destination. You have been everywhere Beth - and probably have a long list of vacation spots left! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by, Mary Anne. I know your brother is off to Minnesota today, but I'm not sure their whirlwind trip will leave them time for any of my suggestions! Take care, and hope to see you soon.

Bonnie said...

Beth, I always enjoy reading your travel posts. Minnesota is a state I have never visited. Sounds quant and charming. Thanks for taking us along. Hugs, Bonnie

Catherine said...

Dear Beth, This looks so beautiful! and you look so happy. I am glad that you are enjoying. blessings dear. Catherine xo

Caroline Taylor said...

Sounds like a great place to visit, glad you enjoyed it!

Patty Price said...

Fun trip- really cute photos! Looks like such a good time, I wish I could follow in your footsteps ;)

Liz Berg said...

This reminds me of our time in Wisconsin. I always order walleye when we're out to dinner...so, so good. And such a darling photo of you!

Julie said...

We love Stillwater! I think that's where we ate. What a great picture of you! :)

Monet said...

Oh how beautiful. Aren't rivers the best? And I just loved that last photograph. Beautiful.

Sue said...

The riverboat looks like a lot of fun, and that's a cool bridge. Lastly, that's a cute photo of you, Beth:)

yummychunklet said...

Lovely photos, as always!

Jess said...

What an adorable town/area! I've always wanted to take a trip on a steamboat :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Beautiful! Steamboats have such amazing personalities! :)

Adriana said...

I used to travel to the Twin Cities for work, and in one of conferences I got to try out the walleye (with wild rice on the side, of course). It was very tasty! I really enjoyed your pictures, especially the riverboat ones.

I Wilkerson said...

My husband and I did a riverboat tour out of Lacrosse WI while taking our youngest to science camp. The river is truly a treasure!

grace said...

i have a good friend from minnesota and have only been once for work (and that was in the middle of nowhere), but i'd love to see more of it!

Joanne said...

Gorgeous!! I've never been to Minnesota but maybe now it should be moved up on my agenda!!

Sarah said...

Ugh, I can't wait to get to the states one day!

Belinda said...

It's a beautiful part of the country, but would never have thought to journey up there! Clearly, it's worth it!

Angie Schneider said...

Hopefully one day I get to visit the states!

nancy at good food matters said...

I love the steam paddle boats on the river--I haven't been on one in many years.

Chris Scheuer said...

How fun Beth, I've always wanted to go on a boat like that!

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