Nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery of the St. Croix River Valley, Chisago County Minnesota, and Polk County Wisconsin, transform into a winter wonderland during the colder months. With charming towns, picturesque natural attractions, and an abundance of winter activities, the Upper St. Croix River Valley is the perfect destination for a winter getaway. We have taken on the role of tourists to share with you some of the magic that we have found as favorite St. Croix River Valley Winter attractions.
Embrace the Enchanting Scenery of a St. Croix River Valley Winter
Winter casts a magical spell, draping the towns in a pristine blanket of snow. The majestic St. Croix River, usually teeming with life, freezes over, creating a mesmerizing winter spectacle. Take a leisurely stroll along the riverbank and marvel at the ice formations that adorn the rocks and trees. The border-straddling Interstate Park is the perfect spot to get up close to the river from either Wisconsin or Minnesota. Visit dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/interstate and dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/ for more info.
Indulge in Outdoor St. Croix River Valley Winter Adventures
The area is a haven for winter enthusiasts. Down-hill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking are popular activities, with well-maintained trails winding through the snow-covered forests. For a thrilling experience, try ice skating on the frozen river or snowmobiling through the picturesque countryside.
Discover Hidden Gems
Venture into the heart of the towns and discover charming main streets, adorned with twinkling lights and festive décor. Browse through unique shops, indulge in delicious treats at cozy cafes, and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider.
Unwind and Relax
After a day of exploring, retreat to LakePlace Bed & Breakfast. Curl up by a fireplace with a good book, take on the challenge of a jigsaw puzzle, try out some snowshoes on Poplar Lake, or indulge in a hearty dinner at a local restaurant.
St. Croix River Valley Winter Events and Festivals
St. Croix River Valley comes alive during the winter months with a variety of festive events and celebrations. The month of December features one of the largest light displays in the surrounding area at Miracle at Big Rock. Travel down to Stillwater for the World Snow Sculpting Championships in January. The magnificent Franconia Sculpture Park is open year-round for a special walk (or snowshoe) among the art.
The St. Croix River Valley is a winter paradise waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or a relaxing retreat, embrace the magic of winter and create unforgettable memories in these enchanting river towns.
Your home base for St. Croix River Valley winter fun is the LakePlace Bed and Breakfast on Poplar Lake. Join us for a relaxing winter getaway in Dresser, Wisconsin.