15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes
St. Croix River, Wisconsin and Minnesota
One of the prettiest rivers in the Midwest, the St. Croix becomes downright gorgeous in winter, when the forested cliffs that form its banks are covered in fresh, white snow. In little towns like Stillwater, shoppers bustle on historic streets, while hardy hikers of all ages strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore Interstate State Park, which sprawls between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Special winter events in the area include a hot air balloon festival in early February and a "Chocolate March" tour of B&Bs and chocolate-tasting in March. Check the St. Croix Regional Tourism Alliance website for more information.