Few things are as timeless as a Wisconsin supper club, though perhaps red velvet is one of them. The two come together at St. Croix Falls’ Dalles House Supper Club Restaurant and Lounge; co-owner Sonya Fry took over the restaurant on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border in fall 2005.
Of course lights twinkle inside the glacial archways and wintry towers, tunnels and foundations feature two ice slides—it’s an ice castle, after all, built using icicles instead of blocks to affect a towering, Gothic presence, brought to the St.
Here’s a clue as to why you should spend your Valentine’s Day at a St. Croix Valley bed-and-breakfast: Children are generally not allowed. “People come to a B&B to escape children!” Phipps Inn owner and innkeeper Mary Ellen Cox says with a laugh.
Filled with charm and curated vintage and country-style finds, Bluebell Mercantile and Co. opened last September in Marine on St. Croix, Minn., and is quickly becoming a favorite local shopping experience.
Spring break—for many of us in the Valley, it’s a week each year when we have to find alternative child care, or maybe it’s when you do everything in your power to avoid sunnier climes and the inevitable college crowd.
Valentine’s Wine Tasting at Chateau St. Croix: Savor a truffle-size chocolate and sample five ports in the French-style chateau tasting room, with a fireplace and Midcentury trimmings. $7. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
During this month of love, it’s important to know when to call it quits. Sometimes it’s clear when to “break up” with a tree; other times, it’s harder to tell. But when a tree falls ill, it goes from asset to liability.
Harsh winds have kept the balloons grounded the past two years, but this year, Hot Air Affair president Evy Nerbonne hopes for a relatively windless weekend, so the 30 to 35 hot air balloons—brought in from as far as Pennsylvania and