A Better Way to Stay

Enjoy a Better Way to Stay!  This is a great ad that was put out by The Better Way to Stay campain. The Better Way To Stay is a grassroots campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. Brought to you by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (to which the Rivertown Inn Innkeepers belong) along with hundreds of B&B associations, directories, vendors and innkeepers, the Better Way To Stay campaign seeks to bust myths and build confidence in the B&B brand. While hotels and motels are one option, inns and B&Bs add amenities like complimentary breakfasts, free parking, afternoon or evening refreshments, free wi-fi and much more. Find a better way to stay at a bed and breakfast!

Upcoming Events and Area Activities!

There are quite a few events and activities available in Stillwater in the next two weeks, just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you have yet to make romantic plans for the holiday, take a look at the list below. To see more upcoming events, visit our Current Events page!

Friday, February 5th & Saturday, February 6th

“The Mystery of the Purple Puma” at Luna Rossa

We are proud to announce “The Mystery of the Purple Puma” will be performed this January and February at the Luna Rossa!  Duck Soup Players are returning to our Joseph Wolf Brewery Caves for this performance, in the style of the Pink Panther, the “Mystery of the Purple Puma” won’t disappoint with mystery, comedy and intrigue! The performance is Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., the weekend of February 5 & 6 in time for an early Valentine’s celebration! Individual and Dinner packages available starting at $12 – $34 per person.

Call Luna Rossa Trattoria & Wine Bar directly to make your reservations for the package at 651-430-0560 or if guests want to purchase only the tickets to the show, they can call the Duck Soup Players directly at 651-433-4039.

Friday, February 5th, 7:30pm

Cantus: Elemental

Church of St. Michael, 611 3rd St. S, Stillwater
Come experience the energy of the elements as Cantus explores how we connect to the Earth. The critically-acclaimed voices of Cantus will blossom in the wonderful acoustic of The Church of St. Michael.

Saturday, February 6th, 11:00am – 7:00pm

Open House at Brick Alley Studio of Massage & Bodywork

Brick Alley Studio would like to invite you to join them for their Open House: Brick Alley Studio, Saturday, February 6, 11 – 7 p.m.  We will have free massages, samples of products, drinks, appetizers, coupons, and drawings for great prizes. Come see our studio, meet our staff, bring your friends, and relax!

For More Information, Please contact orlando@brickalleystudio.com

Monday, February 8th, 6:00-9:00pm

Movie Night Monday with River Market

Watch the movie “Fresh” by Ana Sophia Joanes, a Swiss-born documentary filmmaker whose work addresses pressing social issues through character-driven narratives. For more information about the film, visit freshthemovie.com. Popcorn and snacks provided by River Market. The screening will be followed by a discussion. Please preregister at River Market. Free!

The classes are held at the Loft, unless otherwise specified. The Loft is located at 218 North Main Street, on the second floor above Images of the Past and Present, directly across Main St. from River Market.

Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00-8:00pm

Wine 101 with Northern Vineyards

Come to the Northern Vineyards store and learn the basics of their wine making process. Cassie McLemore, the store manager, will explain the general wine and food pairings and will give you a tour of the winery. Wine samples will be offered with cheese and crackers from River Market. Please pre-register at River Market. The class will be held at Northern Vineyards, 223 Main Street North, Stillwater, MN. The class fee is $20 for River Market members, $25 for non-members. Call 651-430-1032 for directions. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Please pre-register in-store at River Market, phone (651) 439-0366 or email Ola at education@rivermarket.coop. Payment due at registration.

Friday, February 12th- Sunday, February 14th

Valentine’s Weekend with Luna Rossa

Friday, February 12, 7 – 10 p.m. swing dancing in the cave – hosted by Belle Ballet
$5 per person or $10 per couple. Live Italian music performed by Pietro Saturday and Sunday Evenings. In addition to their regular menu, their Chef’s will be preparing a special three course and five course menu.

Also featuring – Joseph Wolf Brewery Cave Tours Friday, Febuary 12,  1 – 6 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 1 – 9 p.m., and Sunday, February 14, 1 – 8 p.m. for $5/guest

Friday, February 12th – Sunday, February 20th

Photography of Ann Meyers: Show & Reception

ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater
Exhibit of photography by regional artist Ann Myers in the St. Croix Galleries of ArtReach St. Croix. Join together for a reception Friday, Feb. 12 from 5-7 pm.

Saturday, February 13th, 6:00-10:00pm

Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner at Rivertown Inn

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart at Rivertown Inn. Featuring a five-course dinner with wine paired to each course. Room/dinner packages available.

For More Information, Please Call (651)430-2955.

Saturday, February 13th, 6:30pm

“Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” Film Screening

Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater
Musicians and artists of the St. Croix Valley are invited to view and discuss the film “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” as part of Trinity Lutheran’s St. Croix Valley Compassion Film Series. The film is hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church.

Contact Jody for more info @ 651-439-7400, ext. 119 or jthone@trinitylc.org. Thanks for bringing music to the St. Croix Valley!

Room Highlight: Alfred, Lord Tennyson Suite


Our Tennyson Suite has under gone some changes and re-arranging since this photo was taken. A grand 1870’s hand carved walnut bed has since been added to the room. The bed is adorned with winged cherubs and an entire fishing scene including the sea, volcanoes, cherubs and fishing nets all carved along the foot board. It is truly the centerpiece of this luxurious two-room suite.

The hand-screen trellis wallpaper is covered in green foliage and provides a beautiful garden conservatory-like backdrop for the drapery-enclosed whirlpool tub. The femininity of the wallpaper and the draperies is balanced out by the dark wood furnishings that have been added to the room just recently. An elaborately carved desk now sits in the corner of the room with a Tiffany-style lamp perched upon it and an  inviting antique couch is situated in front of the fireplace.

This lovely suite also features a sunny adjoining sitting parlor that is the ideal place to cozy up on a comfy chair with a glass of wine and a good book. The large needlepoint floor cushions allow you to languish in front of the second fireplace which is surrounded by hand-painted floral tiles. The parlor is also unique in that it features walls upholstered in raspberry Toile fabric. The Alfred, Lord Tennyson Suite is the ultimate in luxury and comfort.

Chef Ray’s Recipe of the Month: Coconut Rice Pudding


Coconut Rice Pudding

This fantastic recipe makes a perfectly sweet dessert and is incredibly simple to make. It has just the right amount of coconut, honey, and maple syrup to make it fun and interesting without being too different. This recipe is also a great dessert for vegans. Try not to judge it by its looks, (it can turn out looking a bit gray) the taste is out of this world delicious!

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2 Cups of Water

1 Cup of Rice

1 and 1/2 Cups of Coconut Milk

1/3 Cup of Raisins

1/3 Cup of Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 tsp of Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut

Lime Zest (optional)


Bring the water to a boil, then add rice and cook for about 30 minutes or until rice has lost moisture towards the bottom.  Add the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and seasonings and continue cooking and stirring until the rice is super thick and creamy. Add the raisins and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Mix in the shredded coconut.