"Just when I’m wondering where our living is to come from, now it’s spring."
Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek


Green grass underfoot and the fragrance of lilacs in the air, it’s springtime at the inn. Cozy rocking chairs are back on the porch and guests are enjoying all of the beautiful outdoor spaces. A special kind of living happens during May and June, and we’d love to have you join us for a night or a long, relaxing weekend. Downtown Stillwater is full of outdoor dining options, many with views of the river. Our own chef Maggie Wescott is preparing breakfasts and monthly dinners with fresh local produce, we’re offering innovate cooking classes and a trip to the local farmer’s market. The Gateway State Trail extends from Stillwater to St. Paul with some great stops along the way. Only minutes from the Inn, it’s yet another wonderful reason to head to Stillwater this spring.

To thank you for subscribing to our newsletter we’ve partnered with a new local photographer for a special portrait offer while you’re in Stillwater. What a beautiful way to capture a treasured moment together. Please see below for all the details.

We look forward to seeing you this spring at the Rivertown Inn.



$75 per person plus tax • Call (651) 430-2955 to reserve a space.  

All classes feature hands-on instruction, plentiful food and wine samplings and take home recipes. All dietary restrictions are welcome with advanced notice. Class size is limited to 6 participants, and fill quickly. Call (651) 430-2955 today to reserve your space. $75 per person plus tax. Advanced reservation required. For more information, and to see all of our classes for 2018, please visit our Cooking Classes page HERE.

Saturday, June 2 & 16

Learn to use the freshest produce of the season to make salads to get you eating healthy and delicious all summer long! On the menu: Shaved Asparagus with Parmesan and Lemon, Niçoise Salad, Chicken and Grape Pasta Salad, and Berry Salad with Basil and Pepper.

Saturday, July 7 & 21, 11am-2pm
Meet Chef Maggie at the Stillwater Farmers Market  - just minutes from the Inn - to pick out fresh produce together. Back at the Inn you’ll create a 3-course meal featuring the local, organic produce from the market. Maggie will be thinking on her feet for this class as the menu will be based on what you find.



RENOVATIONS AT THE INN are simply a matter of course in an 1880's home. We’re always restoring and refinishing, and the very latest project is now ready to share. The Arthur Conan Doyle Suite features an exquisite steam shower, luxury linens, a private balcony overlooking the gardens and elements of 19th-century life that Doyle would surely have appreciated.  Contemporary yet true to the era, this carriage house addition features every amenity and comfort you’ve come to expect at the Rivertown Inn, in addition to a full-size steam shower and a vanity-style dressing room. Call today to reserve this beautiful Grand Suite.

FIRST FRIDAY DINNERS - Chef Maggie continues her culinary trip around the world with in-house dinners on the First Friday of each month at 6:30pm. June 1 will feature Thailand, and Indian cuisine will be featured July 6. Consider joining us for a delectable four-course dinner complete with wine or non-alcoholic beverage pairings right here at the Inn. $75/person + tax (gratuity not included). Seating is limited. Call 651-430-2955 to save your place at the table!

HOLD YOUR EVENT AT THE INN - Small weddings or a special bridal shower, book clubs or corporate development days, Rivertown Inn is an incomparable venue with beautiful spaces complete with the latest technology, large screens if needed, and a chef who customizes healthy, delicious menus for your small or large gathering. Our staff will work with you to create an event you and your guests will long remember.  



Bike trails and book stores, a walk along the St. Croix, a restoration-in-progress of the historic lift bridge, and spectacular views of the new St. Croix River bridge all just a short walk away when you join us at the Rivertown Inn. Because summer near the river deserves to be appreciated, we’re highlighting some of the best alfresco options available in town:

LOLO'S NEW ROOFTOP PATIO - Cool locale with an open kitchen spotlighting seasonal New American small plates & craft cocktails.

DOMACIN PATIO - Featured in Travel and Leisure Magazine as America’s 25 Best Wine Bars, the name Domacin comes from the Latin word domicile, meaning home. You’ll feel the contemporary yet warm vibe at this local gem featuring an innovative menu and over 650 wine offerings.  Really.

REVÉ PATIO - Featuring contemporary American fare in Historic downtown Stillwater, Chef Mike Willenbring has created a from-scratch seasonal menu using only the highest quality fresh ingredients.

NACHO MAMAS - located on the main street of Stillwater, this restaurant is a little side street hideaway like an old Mexican town that is bursting with bold flavors and excitement. Featuring traditional and modern Mexican entrées with a hint of the Caribbean with fresh, delicious, and large portions.

DOCK CAFE PATIO - On the shore of the St. Croix, the Dock Cafe looks upriver to the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge and downriver to the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge.  Classic American fare with a twist. Enjoy dinner or cocktails with some of the best views anywhere.

BRICKS AND BOURBON - The former Green Room on Main Street offers great food, craft cocktails, beer and wine in a newly designed, contemporary space. The rooftop offers spectacular views.

And for dessert...

NELSON'S - This old-fashioned ice cream parlor almost always has a line that circles the building for the best ice cream in the Valley.  Warning: portions are gargantuan … Ice cream servings bigger than your head. Get the child size and share it … you won’t be sorry. Also, little known fact: you can split the order into two different kinds of ice cream. Order “child-size split.”  You are welcome.

(Photos: St. Croix River Crossing from greatlakesscuttlebutt; Nelson's Ice Cream from Pioneer Press file.)


Camrose Hill Garden Party • Saturday, June 2, 11am-2pm - Join award winning Stillwater florist Cindie Sinclair, Pioneer Press food writer Eleanor Ostman and Soile Anderson of Deco Catering for an inspired Garden Party. Cooking demonstrations and tastings, wine and creative floral design all in the exquisite setting of Camrose Hill Farm. $50 per person, call 651.351.9631. Visit for more information.

Stillwater Chamber’s Food Truck Extravaganza • Saturday, June 16, 11am-7pm - The very popular Food Truck Extravaganza community event takes another bite out of Stillwater when it returns on June 16, 2018. This outdoor entertaining event will include over 30 food trucks, an expanded Marketplace, and Business Avenue, Live Music, and Kid's Activities. Visit for more information.

From Seqway Tours to River Cruises to T’ai Chi and Painting classes, Stillwater has so much to offer.  The Events Calendar at the Chamber website is a great resource: HERE.



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Drew Anderson is a new face in the local photography world with a bright, sunny studio on Main Street in Stillwater. He specializes in portraiture, aiming to capture moments and images differently. For guests of the Inn during May or June, 2018, he’s extending a fabulous offer: on the grounds of Rivertown Inn or at his studio in town, Drew will spend 45 minutes with you and yours for a portrait you’ll long treasure. You’ll receive 5 professionally edited images that you’ll own, so that you can print or post as you wish, all for just for $95. I know! We’ve worked out quite a deal with this guy! Check out his work at

Valued at $400, this limited time offer is available only to registered guests of the Rivertown Inn during the months of May and June, 2018. Please contact Rivertown Inn at (651) 430-2955 to reserve your time. Advance scheduling is required. What a great opportunity … you’ll love working with this guy!



Give the gift of elegance and luxury. Our gift certificates are available in any denomination. Use the link below, or call us at (651) 430-2955 for personal service.