Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stillwater, MN

Oh yes...we got away to one of our favorite holiday stops -- arriving just after breakfast and getting home well after supper.  To start my little story -- here is the best -- my sweet finds, the ones that will live with me.  I am so easily smitten, when this little mottled Japan made rabbit peaked out at me from the case at the first Antique Mall we visited, I hurried to the man with the keys and said, "let her out".  Combined with vintage tinsel garland and a yellowed with age glass star mold found on my day of gathering-- my twinkle has been tickled.

Now...with the bunny out of the bag,
Let me share our day.

Stillwater, Minnesota is a sweet vintage town set along the St. Croix River on the border of Wisconsin.  It is but an hour & a half drive from our home.  The downtown can be easily walked - even on that cold Friday (but must be said, Dave moved our car every now & again for easy loading of our treasures).  We always start our day at Midtown Antique Mall -- as the three floors require our full attention.  This is where my rabbit found me.  From here we traveled to American Gothic Antiques -- two floors, finding a few treasures, and enjoying the welcomed cup of coffee.  Next in line was Country Charm Antiques -- where I met a dealer with a booth I always enjoy (discovered she visits me in Hixton too)...adopted vintage garlands from her.  The final stop before lunch was at Rose Mille -- sweet sweet little gift shop -- which, to my amazement was moving & had a 30% off storewide sale -- quickly adopted the latest Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors book.  Then on the 5th stop, we at Leo's Grill & Malt Shop.  (For the sake of the story -- let's pretend that is Dave & I standing out is not - just two willing participants in our little story.)

Here we found the best onion rings, kitchen made kettle chips & malts around...
trust us, we tried them all.

Rebooted, we traveled down Main Street, ending our day
at the Staples Mill Antiques.  (Shops are generally open from 10-6 on weekends)...
so we stayed until almost the end, always respectful to check out well before the clock tolls closing.

And as we left town, who was on the corner?
As we drove by, of course I had to open my window to
greet Mr. Claus.....not to mention driving around the block
to greet him again.
(Dave is a good sport)

What a wonderful day -- highly recommended to boot your holiday mojo.
Fun shops, nice folks, pleasant way to spend a day...
on our list every year!

What holiday jaunts are on your to do list?


Barb said...

Sounds like you had an early Christmas present!! Glad you had such a lovely day.

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

So...I should share a little about the pictures I didn't post. As I moved on shopping after lunch, Dave was in charge of taking pictures of the diner...I assumed it would be just a picture or two of the outside (as posted). Well, let's just say I have pictures of even the cooks(certain Dave was trying to get pictures of their secret ways with malts & onion rings). You just never know in our house, Dave takes his photography quite seriously (smile).

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Oh kari, sounds like a great time... Always looking for another palce to visit while on our "bags" trip in the fall... I will have to see how far from LaCrosse this is! We did change our date of our trip to visit your sale tooo!!!! OLM

Diane said...

We try to get to Stillwater a couple of times each year. Word to the wise... avoid Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day weekends. Traffic is backed up for miles in and out of the city. Seems we never go home without some new treasures. It it sad that parts of the city are being bought up and turned into condo's. Already what was once a large antiques mall on the north end of the street is down to a little shop and for all I know may already be out of business.

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I LOVE Stillwater. It was, in fact, right after a fall Barn Sale that I visited there for the first time in 30 years. Now I'm hooked. I had the best Eggs Benedict ever at Whitey's Pub.

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