Along the wild and scenic St. Croix River and 28 miles northeast of the Twin Cities, Stillwater (population: 18,226) combines a historic downtown with contemporary dining, shopping and lodging.
Waterfront. Photo courtesy of Stillwater CVB.
Photo courtesy of Stillwater CVB.
Bridge at night. Photo courtesy of Stillwater CVB.
Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Stillwater CVB.
Downtown. Photo courtesy of Stillwater CVB.
What to do
Franconia Sculpture Park Visitors take in a delightful 20-acre park with a rotating colection of contemporary sculpture 25 miles north of Stillwater. Free. See reviews and ratings. (651) 257-6688; franconia.org
Midtown Antique Mall Stillwater’s 30,000-square-foot mall includes vintage toys and sporting goods. (651) 430-0808; midtownantiques.com 
Where to eat
The Bikery This local bike-themed coffeehouse happens to be a vintage shop, too. Separate areas make it easy to find a nook to enjoy a fresh-baked treat. See reviews and ratings. (651) 439-3834; thebikeryshop.com
Phil’s Tara Hideaway Bar and Restaurant Join the locals for walleye, pastas or Greek dishes. Located off of State-36. (651) 439-9850; tarahideaway.com 
The Outing Lodge at Pine Point The 1858 Georgian premises in the heart of 300-acre Pine Point County Park is known for sumptuous theme dinners. See reviews and ratings. (651) 439-9747; outinglodge.com