As someone who’s spent a decade or so living in Stillwater, Minnesota, I was constantly amazed, every time I made my way down the hill to the historic downtown area, at how lucky I was to live in such a beautiful little city – and I’m excited to share it with you. For a relatively small community, it’s rich with history, culture, natural beauty, and nightlife. I promise: You will not have any trouble finding things to do in Stillwater.

Tucked into the stunning St. Croix River valley, Stillwater was established as a logging center in 1843 and incorporated as a city in 1854. This makes it one of the oldest and most historic cities in Minnesota. It is often considered the “Birthplace of Minnesota,” because the convention to begin the process of establishing the state occurred at the corner of Myrtle and Main Streets in 1848.

Its well-preserved, handsome, and walkable historic center has made Stillwater a destination for shoppers (especially those who love antiquing), day trippers, and folks looking for a Small Town Getaway – whether for adventure, romance, or both. So, join us for a weekend in the charming town of Stillwater, Minnesota – you’re certain to remember it for a long time to come!

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Is Stillwater Worth Visiting?

How To Get To Stillwater

Getting Around Stillwater

Best Time To Visit Stillwater

There always seems to be something happening in Stillwater, and visiting any time of year can be wonderful. It really depends on what you like. Late winter and early spring are the least busy times, which makes it easier to get around and enjoy the city without crowds of other visitors. That said, there are plenty of reasons why so many folks enjoy visiting Stillwater during summer, fall, and around the holidays.

Where To Stay In Stillwater

Most folks visiting Stillwater concentrate their activities in the downtown and historic areas, so we recommend reserving accommodations in this part of town to make getting around a little easier. Fortunately, in addition to many local vacation rentals – including some gorgeous historic homes – you’ll find several hotels and inns right in the heart of downtown Stillwater. Because the number of rooms in downtown Stillwater is relatively limited, though, the rates tend to fluctuate quite a bit from season to season and weekday to weekend. At any of the following properties, you may find a weekday rate in March or April hovering around $100 and a summer or fall weekend rate above $300 – for the same room. Compare prices and book well in advance of your visit. If you can’t find a reasonable accommodation downtown, consider staying at a property up the hill, where you may find a better price, but you may not be within walking distance of Main Street.

Day 1 Itinerary

On your first day in Stillwater, we’re going to keep you close to the river that gave birth to the city and point you toward some of our favorite places to eat and drink while we’re at it.

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Day 2 Itinerary

For your second day, we’re going to explore a little more of Stillwater and its history. We’ll get you up the hill a little bit, but you’ll finish the day along the river where you should be.

I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring one of my adopted hometowns and discovering all the fantastic things to do in Stillwater, Minnesota. If you’ve never visited, I encourage you to make the trip – you won’t be disappointed! And if you have, we look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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