On the St. Croix River, Stillwater always has held a prominent place in Minnesota — first as a lumber town, and now as a favorite weekend destination.
What to do: Ride the Brown's Creek State Trail from downtown. Shop on Main Street, especially for antiques. Take a trolley tour. Have a picnic in Pioneer Park overlooking the river valley. Sample wine at Northern Vineyards and beer at Maple Island Brewing.
Events to catch: May 3-4, St. Croix Valley ArtOpener Studio Tour. May 10-12, Pottery Studio Tour.
Details: For more, see Excursion to Stillwater.