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Laid-back shopping and dining, along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

February 21, 2012

On the St. Croix River, just across from Wisconsin, the small town of Stillwater is exactly the kind of place its name evokes. Originally tied to the lumber industry for its abundance of white pine trees, the community, which dates back to 1848, still honors its heritage but also offers lots of modern activities. Antiques, books, ice cream, and quaint shops combine to make a mellow getaway.

Lowell Inn

An institution since 1927, the inn is an over-the-top trip in time, with giant crystal chandeliers, wall murals, and parlor spots for sitting and sipping an old-fashioned.

Leo's Grill & Malt Shop

The mom-and-pop restaurant serves the town's best burgers, fries, and malteds.

St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers

You'll find owner Gary Goodman at his desk at the front of the store, where he dispenses encyclopedic knowledge of his 40,000-volume out-of-print book collection.

Staples Mill Antiques

This co-op of 35 dealers housed in a 50-year-old stone sawmill, is stocked with everything from stacks of Life magazines to cases of Depression glass and costume jewelry.

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