Stillwater named Minnesota's 'most picturesque' small town

Author:
Publish date:
Image placeholder title

It's name alone conjures up images of tranquil beauty, so it's not a surprise that Stillwater has been named Minnesota's most attractive town.

The city on the St. Croix featured in USA Today's "Idyllic America" list, that identified the "most picturesque" small town in each state.

The winner for each state was determined "through research and crowd-sourcing," the newspaper notes, with Stillwater running out on top in Minnesota.

It's not the first time the city has been featured in the national newspaper. In August, it was featured as part of a series on the "hidden gems" of America as picked by review website Yelp.

In that article, USA Today gave shout outs to Aamodt's Apple Farm, the Oasis Cafe, Lolo American Kitchen and Lift Bridge Brewing Company, among others, after asking Yelp for the highest-rated "non-chain, local businesses."

The Stillwater Current has been asking locals why their town featured so highly in the latest list.

Christie L. Rosckes, of the Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the newspaper that visitors often remarks on the beauty of the St. Croix River bluffs, the "colorful historic architecture" and a mixture of "small business ingenuity" and "artistic inspiration."

Features of the town, including its "brick church steeples, steamboat river cruises, trolley rides, and used book stores," Rosckes says, "evoke a sense of Americana not frequently found in one picturesque location."

Next Up

Related

Thousands trek to unlikely 9/11 memorial in small-town Minnesota

A 10-foot, 600-pound rusted steel beam from the World Trade Center sits at the center of a 9/11 memorial in Marshall, Minn., and in the year since it was established, it has become a quiet place of reflection, the Star Tribune reports. A prayer service is scheduled at the spot Tuesday to mark the 11-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., far from the town of 14,000.