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Close to Historic Downtown Stillwater on Bike Trail

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

500 sq. foot Studio with beautiful view.

Feel like you’re part of the treetops in this Scandinavian-styled studio of knotty pine and skylights — only a mile from Historic Downtown Stillwater. Bike/Hike the new trail just steps from your door. (Nordic ski in the winter.) Furnished with top-of-the-line king bed, wifi, and cable TV! Enjoy coffee as songbirds sing their morning serenades. Stay-in or stroll into Stillwater for its wide variety of restaurants. You’re surrounded by gardens here with indigenous plants carefully cultivated by the owner. Your own fire pit, too, so bring s’mores fixings for a quiet evening nestled in the beauty of the St. Croix River Valley. This upper level studio was originally a craftsman’s workshop for making harps. Ideal for writing retreats, cycling weekends or romantic getaways. The office is on the first level, so if you need work space while your honey is watching a movie, you can both have privacy.

City of Stillwater Short Term Home Rental Licence # 2018-01

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Liz Nelson
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, American Sign Language - although rusty
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Liz Nelson

In 1998, I almost purchased the small house across the street. I remember standing in the driveway, pointing at my current home, and saying to the realtor, 'That is the house I want.' Seven years later, I bought it. I think you will find the feeling of 'yesteryear' and see the remnants of the company town this neighborhood has to offer. There is a Bohemian feel with several artists living within walking distance. Several years ago, I remodeled with the desire to appeal to travelers. I am a traveler who enjoys a more provincial experience to a complete touristy experience. If you are similar, I think you will find this in Dutchtown. Additionally, I have been in Stillwater for 25 years (unbelievable!). I would love to serve as your personal consigliere.

Liz Nelson purchased this studio in 2005

Why Liz Nelson chose Stillwater

Natural light pours in from the six skylights featured in the studio. Being up there when it rains gives you the feeling of being in a birdhouse. Stillwater is the most visited place in Minnesota, second only to the Mall of America. BTW, the Mall of America could definitely be a day trip given it is only 32 miles from here. The one mile walk or bike to Historic Downtown Stillwater gives you the feeling of being a local. Wineries and brewies are popping up everywhere which could also make for a fun day trip. The little towns up and down the St. Croix River Valley could provide enough activity for a week and then some. Marine on St. Croix to the North boosts itself as being the Birth Place of Minnesota, although so does Stillwater:) Further north is Taylor's Falls and St. Croix Falls, both having individual charm and worth checking out. Down river is the quaint village of Afton were you could easily laze away a day. Further south you will find Prescott which is at the confluence of the St. Croix River and Minnesota river. Lunch and music at Muddy Water's Salon is always worth the drive. Of course, the twin cities is only about a 30 minute drive and has everything a large city has to offer. Fine dining, museums, and urban flair is abundant - yes, even in the winter!

What makes this studio unique

The charm of this architecturally designed home is it's setting. It is located on one of the steepest hills in Stillwater which adds to the allure. The large windows help bring the outside into the living space. I was raised on a hobby farm so I find that digging in the dirt is not only in my blood, but therapy. Slowly, I have introduced many native plants into my gardens. I'm amazed by how many pollinators; such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, I see around since making the transition to natives.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful place. Very well crafted. Everything you need for a romantic one night stay to a one week staycation. The owner, Liz, is a super nice owner and made sure our stay was fantastic!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Feb 2015
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Stillwater Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3/4 bathroom with unique large shower letting natural light enter. The bathroom has a skylight window.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The king size mattress is an iComfort by Serta. Most comfortable bed I have ever slept in by far! Gaze at the stars through the two skylights which are directly above the bed. Also fun to watch lightening during thunderstorms! This is a studio so the bed is open to the living space.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Close to Historic Downtown Stillwater on Bike Trail
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

This vacation rental could not be more perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about the rental from the location, ease of checking in and out, decor, and atmosphere. The bed and furniture were extremely comfortable, the bathroom was exquisite, the kitchen had everything we needed and the skylights were a fabulous treat. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden Gem in Stillwater!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment the property was booked, there was excellent communication from the owner Liz. She was there to greet us when we arrived and help us find some good restaurants to try. The space is very inviting and warm. My husband commented “it’s like we’re in a treehouse”. It is very quiet and off the beaten path and all you can see when you look out are beautiful mature trees. We had a squirrel and a cardinal right outside our window. The space has wonderful natural lighting from the skylights and we only had to use the lights after the sun was completely down. The bathroom even had a skylight and was very spa like. The bed was extremely comfortable, as was the sofa. We had never rented an area within a home shared by the owner. If you are nervous about this in this property, don’t be. The space is completely separate from the main part of the home and there are no “shared” spaces. The property even has a downstairs area with comfortable chairs and a desk you could set up to do some work.....but you probably will want to spend your time exploring this charming town and relaxing! We hope to return to this property again! Thank you, Liz!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It warmed my heart to read your review! Thank you so much! Your husband mentioned that the studio feels like you're in a treehouse. I almost named it "The Treehouse." Best regards and hope to see you again!
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Beautiful and welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and comfortable place to stay. Liz is welcoming and a great host. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, quaint property

  • 5 of 5

Very easy to find. Close to town. The house had everything that we needed, including outside space so we could sit back and relax. We definitely would book with Liz again.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The loft was big, comfy, and had everything we needed for our stay.

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time! The property is located right off of the walking/bike path and we were able to walk to downtown Stillwater in about 20mins. We enjoyed everything the property had offer and were very comfortable during our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully designed and decorated VRBO. Owner is a very gracious host!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in the beautiful VRBO. Hope to return in the fall. Well designed studio with tons of windows and natural lighting. The fresh air flows through and is so relaxing! Close to the bike trails and the center of town as well...Great place!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
MPS International
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Pub 112
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Oak Glen
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
HWY 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many on Main Street
Nearest Ski
22 Miles
Afton Alps or Trollhagen
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Boom Site on the St. Croix River
Car: recommended

Located in what locals call Dutchtown which is on the north side of Stillwater. Dutchtown was considered the wrong side of the tracks back in the day, only being annexed officially into Stillwater in 2005. This property is adjacent to Brown's Creek Bike Trail. Walk the track to downtown Stillwater or hop on your bike and see where you will end up.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

If you have unique needs or dates, please ask. We may be able to accommodate. Please ask for weekly and monthly rates. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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