Stillwater Travel Tips
Stillwater Vacation Rentals Offer a Step Back in Time
A vacation in Stillwater, MN is like stepping back to the gentler era of Victorian charm, with all the advantages of 21st-century amenities, of course. The beautiful St. Croix River Valley is like a forgotten jewel amidst unspoiled wooded hills and river valleys. The downtown district of Stillwater celebrates where Minnesota was born, where famous outlaws were imprisoned and fortunes were made by pioneering lumber workers. The town has some charming antique and gift shops, art galleries and restaurants on Main Street and the oldest surviving courthouse in the state.
Minnesota Vacation Rentals Make the Perfect Homes away from Home
Stillwater cottages and lake homes are the ideal places to spend time in the scenic countryside. Whether you have a group of two or 10, there is a vacation home to suit your needs. Vacation homes make the ideal bases for enjoying a leisurely breakfast before exploring the area each day. Return home each evening to a comfortable bed and warm fire on chilly evenings. The fully equipped kitchen and washer-dryer will be useful and both are big advantages over hotel room amenities. Preparing meals for the family is easy and will save money which can be splurged on extravagances such as a day at the spa or a balloon trip.
Things to Do from Stillwater Lake Houses
Books feature high on the list of things to do in Stillwater. It is one of a number of "book towns" across the world which specialize in second-hand book shops. Stillwater has a fascinating selection of antiquarian bookstores for browsing, along with art galleries and local shops. The area is known for its wineries and tours of the vineyard can be taken, finishing in the tasting room with samples of the wines.
The lakes provide great summer activities such as swimming, fishing, kayaking and boating. Walleye fishing is popular on the Big Lake Carnelian, one of the cleanest lakes in the state. Hiking, biking and horse riding along the traffic-free trails are great ways to commune with birds and nature. For the less energetic, take a balloon ride over the countryside or relax for a day at a local spa. There are also a number of golf courses in the area.
Getting to Stillwater Cottages by Road or Air
The nearest airport to Stillwater vacation rentals is the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, just 23 miles away. It is easy to pick up a rental car from the airport to use during your stay in this scenic area. Those who want to arrive by car should use I-35 from the north or south, or I-90 which runs east-west.
The Weather at Minnesota Vacation Rentals
Minnesota is rainy in the summer, having up to five inches of rainfall per month but it is dryer in the spring and fall. In the winter, Minnesota often has heavy snowfall of around 10 inches, making it ideal for winter sports. Summer temperature reach an average 85 F (29 C) and during the spring and fall, temperatures are a pleasant 55 to 70 F (12 to 21 C).
Places to Visit Around Your Stillwater Vacation Rentals
The St. Croix Valley is worthy of exploring on long walks, drives and cycle rides. It is hard to believe this natural paradise is just 30 minutes from the city of St. Paul. The river winds around pine-clad rocks before joining the huge Mississippi further south and provides for a great trip aboard a local paddle-wheel or chartered boat. The Wild River, Hasting's Afton State Park and William O'Brien State Park all offer a host of activities amidst beautiful scenery. Other river towns to visit include Hastings, with its old courthouse building and the Falls at Vermillion River.