Stillwater Minnesota, a lovely small town on the St. Croix river is a jewel of this valley. With numerous restaurants, hotels and B&Cs, bars, a wonderful library, designer shops, book stores, jewelers, all along a narrow Main Street and its side streets along the river, it is worth a weekend discovery visit.
My favorites in downtown are the metal statues and murals. the statues are distributed all over town (with price tags) and change every once in a while when one has been purchased by art lovers or other cities. The murals are found in side streets and back alleys, along main street, several of them depicting Stillwater’s Lumberjack days of glory in the mid 19th century.
Do I have favorite places to go to? Of course I have. If you want to try the best BLT in town, in my opinion it is the one at Leo’s on the corner of Main Street and the street that leads to the old, now closed Stillwater Bridge.
Every since the new St. Croix Crossing bridge was opened and this old bridge closed to the main traffick, Stillwater’s Main Street is not jammed with cars anymore. The area around the old bridge is walkeable, believe it or not!
Stillwater is worth a visit, it sure is. Stay tuned for photography and some more information.
The Minnesota Twin cities are an exciting part of our country. Apart from the fact that I am very bias towards my state of Minnesota, I believe that the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and their surrounding cities like Stillwater and the St. Croix Valley are worth a report.
Stay tuned for more words and photography.
The Texas Hill Country is a fascinating part of Texas. In 2016 we took our RV and journeyed into this pittoresque area that looks and feels so much different from what we knew or thought we knew about Texas: wide prairies, cattle ranches, oil production, flat and hm … boring countryside, and big cities like Dallas, Houston and the gulf coast and its beaches.
The hill country is different. Wine orchards, fertile fields and small towns west of Austin and San Antonio are embedded into a hilly countryside with oak trees, cacti or blooming meadows.
Here, a wave of immigrants from the 1848 Germany or the area around Germany built their new homesteads, doggedly withstanding heat, drought, Indian hostility, floods and other natural disasters to found towns like Fredericksburg, Comfort and others of these quaint (now) tourist towns. Fredericksburg is probably the one that shows its German heritage the most. Everything seems to be German, bakeries, restaurants, hotels, museums … you name it, it has a German name (although the bakery and the restaurant may well be run by a family from South America or Mexico.)