Disclosure: As an attendee of the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) North America conference, Explore Minnesota as well as a number of the organizations included in the post below hosted my visit to Stillwater. All opinions are my own.
Located on the banks of the St. Croix River just half an hour northeast of Minneapolis, Stillwater, Minnesota is a serene haven full of beautiful homes, incredible restaurants, and small town charm. As part of TBEX, attendees are offered a number of pre-conference tours. After carefully combing through the various day trips, I landed on Stillwater, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
As our bus wove through the hilly streets, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the charming lakeside towns in Michigan I grew up exploring and the beautiful architecture and views of Iowa bluff towns like Dubuque and Burlington. Today, the town of Stillwater has population of about 20,000, and has been named one of the best towns for fall colors by Travel and Leisure and one of America’s prettiest towns by Forbes. Wandering the streets it’s easy to see why.