Stillwater, Minnesota, a picturesque town on the west bank of the St. Croix River, is located just 25 miles from the Twin Cities. Many movies have been filmed here, including “”Grumpy Old Men”” and “”Grumpier Old Men.”” Stillwater’s friendly, small-town vibe typically erases any tendencies toward grumpiness, as do tee times at Stillwater’s golf courses. Highlights from the multitude of courses in the area include Loggers Trail, which has a mix of links-style and traditional tree-lined holes and rates as one of the finest courses in all of Minnesota; Oak Glen, a 27-hole facility featuring the Championship Course and the Exec Course that is ideal for beginners and families; Applewood Hills, a sporty par-62 executive course that rambles through a fragrant apple orchard; and Stoneridge Golf Club, a links-style Bobby Weed design that has been rated the best public course in the Twin Cities by GolfWeek magazine. Your best bets for Hot Deal tee times are Loggers Trail and the highly regarded but very challenging St. Croix National Golf Course across the Mississippi River in Wisconsin.
Stillwater is especially beautiful during fall foliage season, but thanks to the river, the stunning bluffs, and historic architecture, this small city is a choice tourist destination all year round. The Saint Croix National Scenic River Waterway is Stillwater’s chief attraction and favorite recreation spot. River cruises as well as Venetian-style gondola rides are popular here. Keep an eye out for the Historic Lift Bridge, one of the few such structures still operating in the U.S. Stillwater was once a lumber boom town, and it is filled with historic buildings, houses and landmarks. Trolley tours as well as various walking tours will give you a better appreciation of the city, but be prepared—Stillwater was built on five hills. Downtown Historic Main Street is a delight for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Stillwater is a stop on Minnesota’s oldest wine trail and it is also a highly touted beer town. Here’s a toast to Stillwater and its golf courses.