St. Croix Valley has so much to offer. From scenic outlooks to parks waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder the Valley is a perfect place to vacation. Locals and adventurers alike can travel north to Taylors Falls, which offers panoramic views of the St. Croix River and several scenic hikes. Enjoy a picnic on the bluffs or head to Schoony’s Malt Shop and Pizzeria to satisfy that sweet tooth. Continue your journey in Stillwater where first-time visitors are encouraged to take a walk down Main Street. Pick up a one-of-a-kind item from the Midtown Antique Mall and experience a bit of tropical paradise at the Tilted Tiki Tropical Bar and Restaurant, which features a variety of unique cocktails and appetizers. Keep the adventure going with a drive along the winding county roads to Lake Pepin!
With a seemingly never-ending list of things to do, see and explore, we suggest you plan to spend the night or even an entire weekend at a quaint Airbnb or a cozy bed and breakfast in the area. We’ve spotlighted a few local gems to get your weekend travel plans started …
Spending a night in jail only makes sense if you’re visiting the Old Jail Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Taylors Falls, Minn. This B&B is perfect for groups looking to stay in unique, nontraditional apartment-style suites while being only a short walk away from local restaurants, shops and Interstate Park. Co-owner Taylor Long says her family’s favorite local place to go is “Fawn-Doe-Rosa because you can pet deer and skunks, and it’s a really cool experience … Our kids love it.”
Old Jail Bed and Breakfast
349 W Government St., Taylors Falls, Minn.
If you’re looking for a place to stay that combines comfort and luxury, look no further—Hotel Crosby is a place to relax in style. It has beautiful rooms that are created to give guests a welcome retreat from daily life. With various amenities like a rooftop hot tub, fitness center and an onsite spa and salon, you’ll feel right at home and may never want to leave.
232 N. Main St., Stillwater, Minn.
Miss Myrtle Airbnb
Located just outside downtown Stillwater, Miss Myrtle’s Airbnb is a lovely vacation rental. Co-owners Emily and Ryan Bretzel, “carefully curated [this home] to be a warm and inviting atmosphere” that is available to rent and has enough space for seven guests. This is the perfect place to host wedding parties, a girls’ getaway, birthday parties and more. While there are a variety of unique features like a series of original watercolors that display famous women named Myrtle in the parlor, Emily’s personal favorite is the coral room because, “It has this really fun, warm, tropical vibe.”
Miss Myrtle Airbnb
301 Myrtle Street W., Stillwater, Minn.
Phipps Inn Bed & Breakfast
Travel back in time to the elegance of the Victorian Period by staying at the luxurious Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast. Each room is unique in its own way, but all include a whirlpool tub and a cozy fireplace. Phipps is happy to cater to your every need—not only do they provide a delectable breakfast each morning, but the website says they also “specialize in the three Rs: romance, relax and refresh.” You’ll be just moments away from local antique shops, fine dining and the scenic St. Croix River. So you can enjoy a busy day of exploration and later return to the comfort of the Phipps Inn.
Phipps Inn Bed and Breakfast
1005 Third St., Hudson, Wis.
Maiden Rock Inn
The Maiden Rock Inn has comfort written all over it. Perfect for a couple’s getaway, wine tasting groups and everything in between, you can find this inn nestled into a bluff that is located a hop, skip and jump away from the shore of Lake Pepin. Originally built to be a school house, this now full-service bed and breakfast should provide the relaxing getaway you’re craving.
Maiden Rock Inn
N531 County Road S., Maiden Rock, Wis.
While owners and staff take guests’ health and safety very seriously through specific cleaning and sanitation regimens, you could consider bringing your own hand sanitizer and alcohol-based wipes.