Destination guide

Stillwater shines on the banks of St. Croix

Elegant riverboats drift down the bends of the St. Croix River, past Stillwater's old lumber ports and al fresco waterside wine bars. Locals sip crisp Minnesota craft brews in the terraces there, while Historic Main Street buzzes with independent boutiques and bookstores and bean roasting-caf_s Some Stillwater vacation rentals are charming Midwestern cottages with timber porches out front, while others spill down the Wisconsin banks of the St. Croix. Others are rustic country cabins or family boltholes that offer doorstep access to the pretty walks of the Brown's Creek State Trail.

Things to do

Life on the banks of Stillwater

Be sure to bag your Stillwater vacation rentals on the bends of the St. Croix River if you're looking to be in the heart of the action. This is certainly the main attraction in town, hosting the boating ports, Historic Main Street _ perfect for that retail therapy _ and oodles of the hottest summertime dining spots. From there, you should also be able to snap selfies with the handsome Stillwater Lift Bridge, and the turn-of-the-century river cruisers that still glide through the currents. Locals wineries also beckon, from Northern Vineyards in the town center to St. Croix Vineyards on the outskirts.

Activities

The water's not still in Stillwater

With everything from small fishing skiffs to rumbling riverboats from the early 1900s still purring their way up and down the water channels of the St. Croix, there's hardly a quiet moment on the meanders of Stillwater. Be sure to join the locals on a classic cruise to see the wooded banks and historic iron-frame bridges that pepper the courses of the river around town, and don't miss the lazy beaches that line the municipal shores. Brewery tours and excursions to Midwestern vineyards are also great for travelers without kids in tow.

Weather

Stillwater beckons in summer and fall

You might want to dodge the icy Midwestern winter months of December, January, and March if you're looking to find the forests and creeks of the St. Croix River Valley at their most hospitable. Hitting town after May and before September means getting the wooded hills in full bloom, and the town's Main Street in full swing. Meanwhile, fall _ from September to October _ is a top time to search for Stillwater vacation rentals if you want to join in with the grape harvest festivities _ there's plenty of wine about then, too.

Natural features

Stillwater is a stepping stone into Minnesota

You'll be able to taste the beauty of the Midwestern backcountry even from the heart of Downtown Stillwater. The winding St. Croix River sees to that, passing many a vacation rental and restaurant as it wiggles southwards to join the mighty Mississippi. The paths of the Brown's Creek State Trail should be easy to access from your doorstep, offering long walks that pass elm and basswood groves to meet the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Once you reach that, keep an eye out for river turtles and eagles, wild wolves and rare black bears in the forests.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Stillwater

The nearest airport is in St. Paul, MN (STP-St. Paul Downtown), located 15.3 mi (24.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis - St. Paul Intl.), which is 23.1 mi (37.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Stillwater?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 135 vacation rentals near Stillwater. From 81 Houses to 9 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Stillwater for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Stillwater?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Stillwater:

  • Northeast Minneapolis: 69 vacation rentals
  • Highland: 29 vacation rentals
  • Hiawatha: 16 vacation rentals
  • Powderhorn: 186 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 23 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Stillwater?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Stillwater. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saint Croix Vineyards: 360 vacation rentals
  • Brick Alley Studio of Massage and Bodywork: 223 vacation rentals
  • Stillwater Depot, Logging and Railroad Museum: 223 vacation rentals
  • Warden's House Museum: 224 vacation rentals
  • Xcel Energy Center: 915 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Stillwater listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Stillwater?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 81 Houses in Stillwater. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Stillwater include:

  • Cabins: 9 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Stillwater?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Stillwater. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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