“A Winter Poem” by Lewis Carroll

Tucked under the eaves on the third floor of the Rivertown Inn is a cozy, warm and entertaining bedchamber named for Lewis Carroll, aka Charles Dodgson.  Lewis Carroll, the famed author of the Alice in Wonderland books, was a multifaceted man: photographer, mathematician, minister, writer and poet.  This excerpt from “Through the Looking Glass, and what Alice Found There” was first published in 1871 and is very appropriate for this month of winter:

A Winter Poem

I wonder if the snow loves the tree and fields, that it kisses them gently?  And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; perhaps it says “Go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again.”

We chose this author as our decorating inspiration because the room is quirky, with odd under-the-eaves roof lines, and a charm about it that just spoke the name, “Alice.”  This comfortable space – while the smallest bedchamber in the inn – has every amenity that the other guest rooms have for winter enjoyment: a warm fireplace, a beautiful hot tub, a pair of cozy robes and many interesting books by as well as about the author.

With im-proper scale, skeleton keys, a Cheshire cat, a mad hatter hat and  fantastic old books – as well as a photograph of Alice Liddell (the original Alice) herself – this is definitely a room to consider when staying at the Rivertown Inn.  Our current blog special is a complimentary bottle of wine with your room reservation in March or April.  Simply reserve on-line at www.rivertowninn.com and enter the word BLOG as the promotional code, or call us at (651) 430-2955.  This offer can not be combined with any other promotions or discounts.

We are looking forward to seeing you very soon.

NEW: Exclusive Dining at Domacin Wine Bar

Rivertown Inn is pleased to offer our guests an exclusive three-course meal for two, accompanied by wine pairings at Domacin Wine Bar in downtown Stillwater, MN. Domacin and Rivertown Inn carry on the same tradition of excellence in service and hospitality. Even the name Domacin comes from the Latin word domicile, meaning home. The traditional Serbian meaning is the host or patriarch of the home – a person responsible for creating a hospitable environment and making everyone feel welcome.

We desire for all guests to feel content and well-cared for and at Domacin emphasis is placed on consistency in excellence of wine, food, and service.

Domacin Wine Bar was recently chosen as Minnesota Monthly’s “Best of Wine Bar” and has been voted Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” for 2009 and 2010.

This package can be ordered online through the Rivertown Inn website or by phone. Please e-mail rivertown@rivertowninn.com or call (651)430-2955 with your preferred reservation time. Upon arrival at Rivertown Inn, you will receive a certificate entitling you to this exclusive dining experience. $100 per couple.

Chef Ray’s Recipe of the Month: Fresh Mango Salad

This is a great summer salad and the perfect side for grilled fish and meats. The flavor profiles are that of Thailand with the combination of sweet and spicy. It is incredibly easy and fun to make!

Fresh Mango Salad

For 4 People


1 large, ripe mango, peeled and sliced or diced

½ small red onion, very thinly sliced

½ Cup washed and roughly chopped cilantro leaves

1 small red Thai chili very finely chopped (de-seed if you like for less spice)

¼ Cup roughly chopped mint

1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar

2 Green onions thinly sliced

Juice  ¼ of a fresh lime

Salt and pepper to taste


Simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and serve!

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Activities This Weekend in Stillwater, MN

Stillwater, Minnesota (along with the surrounding area)  is a fun and lively place to visit! There are events happening every week including concerts, art shows, theater, festivals and much more! And this weekend is no exception! Scroll down to take a look at the events happening in Stillwater this weekend.

**Be sure to check our Area Activities page for more information on local restaurants, wineries, shops, etc. Take a look at our Current Events page to see what is happening throughout the month of May!

Friday, May 14th 6:00-9:30pm

Rivertown Inn’s Italian Wine Tasting

A casual, yet elegant event that allows you to sample six wonderful wines from Italy, served with tasty and carefully-paired small bites, all whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings of Rivertown Inn. $30 per person. Advance reservations required.

For More Information, Please Visit www.rivertowninn.comor Call (651)430-2955.

Friday, May 14th, 6:00-9:00pm

Morel Fest

The 2010 morel season is once again upon us! Trees have begun to bud and the springtime morel craze inspires unbelievable food. This culinary gem has been glorified by Chef Jim in his many years creating menus and recipes for his award-winning morel dinners at The Bayport Cookery. Rarely did Chef Kyndberg create the same dish twice, and tonight he will once again treat us to a menu featuring his favorite ingredient – the morel. Five beautiful courses will be created and paired exquisitely with wine. This is not a class to be missed! As a bonus, morels can be purchased this evening – call ahead to reserve.

For More Information, Please Visit The Chef’s Gallery

Friday, May 14th, 8:00-9:00pm

Patty and the Buttons Swing at Belle

Swing dance mayhem at Belle on the night of May 14! Stacia and Jason host a swing lesson from 8-9pm followed by three hours of live (yes live!) swing music provided by Patty and the Buttons. Stillwater native, Patrick Harison, leads this four piece trad jazz group, which has become a favorite of Twin Cities swing dancers. Come listen, watch or DANCE! $10 cover. Belle Ballet and Ballroom, 129 1/2 S. Main St., Stillwater. Enter next to Leo’s Malt Shop.

For More Information, Please E-mail cheribelleballet@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 15th, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Fly Day Open House

Visit the Lake Elmo Airport for free adult orientation rides, static displays, aviation exhibits and free hot dogs in honor of International Learn to Fly Day. Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 54.

For More Information, Visit www.eaa54.org

Saturday, May 15th – Sunday, May 16th

Rivertown Art Festival

The 30th annual Rivertown Art Festival is held in Lowell Park on the banks of the beautiful St. Croix River adjacent to the Historic Lift Bridge in downtown Stillwater. This festival features some of the finest artists from around the country in a variety of categories, including: Ceramics, Clothes, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Painting, Paper, Photography, Wood, Mixed and others. Come enjoy the fantastic art, along with great food, a large kid’s area and more. It is considered to be the first major event of the outdoor season here in Stillwater, MN.

For More Information, Please Visit www.rivertownartfestival.com