Ice Castles

Events, Parks & Geology

If you are looking for more outdoor winter activities……look no further than the Ice Castles in Stillwater! Opened on January 5th, the castle is located in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park along the riverfront. Follow the glacial blue hues of the icicles and wind the crushed ice walk ways to find an incredible winter wonderland!The […]

January 10, 2018

Chilkoot Café & Cyclery

Food & Drink

The next stop on the #mnbucketlist is a savory little place tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Stillwater.  Off Churchill Street is the Chilkoot Café & Cyclery, an eatery and full-service bike shop. Yep, both. Come for the house roasted coffee and Biker Burrito (or Brioche Benedict, if you’re like me), after shopping for […]

August 15, 2017

Nelson’s Ice Cream

Food & Drink

Well hello, hot weather staple! Ice cream is my go-to in the sometimes unforgiving Minnesota heat. And there is no better place to kick it off than Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater. Started in 1923 as the Seven Corners grocery store, owned by John Lustig, it was the place for top-heavy, cold ice cream. After […]

June 13, 2017

Lion’s Tavern

Food & Drink

Whenever I plan to be in Stillwater, I make sure to meet with with my friends, Emily and Mike. Em is the best Stillwaterian (no, not a real word, but it works) tour guide, knowing all the best places to try to get the full experience. On this particular trip, she suggested Lion’s Tavern, located […]

February 26, 2017


Food & Drink, Retail

Voted “Best Boutique in the St.Croix Valley,” Enchante in Stillwater is next on the #mnbucketlist. bringing modern fashion to Stillwater, Enchante is an upscale specialty-shop that features a thoughtfully curated collection of the unique and trendy. Denim, jewelry, dresses, adorable sweaters, you name it – you can find something to fit your style here. Founded […]

February 24, 2017

Nacho Mama’s

Food & Drink

Located on the corner of Main Street and Nelson in downtown Stillwater is Nacho Mama’s, a popular Mexican restaurant that’ll make you feel like you’ve escaped to Cabo San Lucas for a few hours. Hardwood floors, popping colors, walls covered with baubles and with a mantra like, “Love, Peace and Taco Grease,” you already know […]

February 13, 2017

Grand Garage

Antiques, Buildings & Architecture

Stillwater’s historic Grand Garage was built in 1882 and later renovated in 1924. The beautiful, historic building ushers you into downtown Stillwater. Diagonally from the Stillwater Trolley Co. and Tin Bins, and a few feet from Stillwater’s Historic Staircase. It was originally The Chicago House, then occupied by Stillwater Motor Company and converted to its […]

January 25, 2017

Whitey’s Bar

Food & Drink

If you have ever walked Main Street in downtown Stillwater, especially at night, you know Whitey’s. Great beer selection and cocktails in a casual atmosphere, absolutely. A total dive bar if there ever was one, Whitey’s Bar comes with standard pub flair and friendly Bartenders but the real secret is that they have a bigger […]

January 23, 2017

Minnesota Made Apparel Launch Party

Events, Food & Drink

Two of my favorite things happened this weekend. I got to see a friend who loves Minnesota as much as I do and I got to cross off a place from the #mnbucketlist. My friend Sarah’s company, Minnesota Made launched its new website. To celebrate, she had shindig at Maple Island Brewing in Stillwater. Hailing […]

April 20, 2016

Lowell Inn

Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

One of my favorite things to do is explore places in Stillwater with my friend, Emily. A resident expert in her own right, Em helps me navigate all the best food, local lore, around-the-bend hidden spots and has a pulse about town, which is nice for someone like me. Since I’m a Minnesota history fiend, it […]

April 19, 2016

CLOSED: St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers


St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers, or simply, St. Croix Books. You might know it as Goodman Gary Bookseller, too. Or hey maybe The Goodman Theatre, or Loome Booksellers… Well, they are all connected but I just want to talk about one. St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers had been owned by Gary Goodman (who is really nice, by […]

March 2, 2016

Acapulco Restaurante

Food & Drink

Since it was just National Margarita Day, I thought I would give you a place to go that makes a pretty good one. Oh! Fun fact: this #mnbucketlist stop is also a favorite hangout for my Dad.  Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano, although sounds like a chain, isn’t. Owned by the Leon family, Jesus and Maria Leon […]

February 23, 2016

Oasis Café

Food & Drink

This past weekend a bunch of us stopped for breakfast at the Oasis Café in Stillwater before our hike to the Soo Line High Bridge, also known as the Arcola High Bridge. Opened in 1957, the Oasis Café is located in an enclave just outside of historic Main Street Stillwater. Like a page out of […]

January 8, 2016

The Daily Grind

Food & Drink

If you’re out this small business Saturday, don’t forget to also make sure that you’re stopping at local places for your for food and drink, too. This next mnbucketlist-er is the perfect coffee-grab if you’re spending the day in Stillwater and need a break from all those dressing rooms, wish lists and present-wrappers. Just behind […]

November 28, 2015

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

Food & Drink

Located in Stillwater, ‘Minnesota’s birthplace’, Lift Bridge Brewing Co just so happens to be up next on the #mnbucketlist. The first time I visited Lift Bridge was during the World Instagram Day. They were so helpful and accommodating, especially for our big crowd. The second time was this past Saturday after the Harvest Fest (also […]

October 13, 2015

CLOSED: Shanghai Bistro

Food & Drink

So this #mnbucketlist-er was recommended by Emily and Mike. And, I’m so glad we went! The Shanghai Bistro is comprised of three restaurants, two in Wisconsin (Eau Claire and Hudson) and one in Minnesota (Stillwater). Originally called Giapponese in Woodbury, they were named “Best Sushi in the Twin Cities” by the City Pages. After some […]

October 12, 2015

Tin Bins

Food & Drink

Tin Bins, located in the historic, newly renovated, Commander building, was recommended by Emily as a favorite in Stillwater. I am a huge fan of anything Stillwater and let me tell you, it was a hit. Located just off the St. Croix River, it has a beautiful deck / patio, an in house bakery, gourmet […]

August 28, 2015

The Valley Bookseller


Up next on the #mnbucketlist is The Valley Bookseller right off Main Street in Stillwater. I was a little busy this past Saturday BUT I didn’t forget that it was Indie Bookstore Day! And in reality, every day has the potential to be Independent Bookstore Day. There were lots of special events throughout the almost […]

May 4, 2015