Stillwater Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Stillwater Trip Guide

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.

Waterfront. Photo courtesy of Stillwater CVB.

What to do

Franconia Sculpture Park A rotating collection of modern sculptures dots the 43-acre park 25 miles north of Stillwater. (651) 257-6688;

Kathe Wohlfahrt of America Superior old-world craftsmanship goes into each creation, whether it's a music box or a hand-carved nutcracker. (651) 275-1236;

Midtown Antique Mall Stillwater’s 30,000-square-foot mall includes vintage toys and sporting goods. (651) 430-0808; 

Where to eat

Freight House A former railway warehouse from the 1880s churns out beer-brined steaks and elk burgers. (651) 439-5718;

Phil’s Tara Hideaway Bar and Restaurant Join locals for walleye, pastas or Greek dishes. Located off of State-36. (651) 439-9850; 

Where to stay

Ann Bean Mansion Enjoy a romantic stay with a gourmet breakfast just a few blocks from Main Street. (877) 837-4400;

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. (651) 439-9747;

Rivertown Inn Guests sip wine in the evenings before retiring to rooms named for Victorian novelists. (651) 430-2955;

Water Street Inn Each room in this historical inn has period furniture and a whirlpool tub; all but five have a gas fireplace. (651) 439-6000;

For information: Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention and Visitors Bureau (651) 351-1717;

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