Well, it's not our little secret any more. Fodor's Travel, the online travel guide, says Stillwater, Minnesota is one of the 10 best antiquing towns in the country.
Main Street in Stillwater, just east of the Twin Cities metro area along the St. Croix River, is lined with antique stores and antique malls that draw visitors from throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Fodor's review said this:
"A town filled with bed and breakfasts and historic inns, antiques play a large role in the community’s commerce and culture. Start on Main Street at American Gothic Antiques,where two floors of independent dealers showcase their goods with a special focus on Civil War era memorabilia. Head across the street to the Midtown Antique Mall, where historic furniture and rare collectibles are on display before continuing on to Let There Be Light Antiques, where over 500 rare and vintage light fixtures are certain to brighten your hunt."
The folks in Stillwater are pretty pleased about the mention. Christie Rosckes of the Stillwater Convention and Visitors Bureau told the St. Paul Pioneer Press it's a great boost for the area's tourism industry.
"This is very valuable for antique dealers, our restaurants and historic inns -- to be sought after as a destination for antique hunters," she said, according to the Pioneer Press.
Here's a guide to antique stores in Stillwater.
And here's a guide to antique stores throughout Minnesota (be warned, there are 584 listed!).
The other towns that made Fodor's Top 10 are Millerton, N.Y.; Adamstown, Penn.; Wicasset, Maine; Buchanan, Va.; Galena, Ill.; Walnut, Iowa; Hazel, Ky.; Clinton, Tenn., and Charleston, S.C.