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Kramer Does Dog-Friendly Stillwater

Summer — it’s way too short in our dog-friendly state. To help you take advantage of these precious days, my friends, let me make a close-to-home recommendation: a road trip to Stillwater, Minnesota.

Stillwater is just 35 minutes outside of Minneapolis, which makes it a convenient getaway for tail-waggers like you. While some visit this charming city as a day trip, I’m barking to encourage an overnight because of everything there is to sniff, eat, and explore.

Here’s why I give Stillwater, the birthplace of Minnesota located on the waglicious St. Croix, two paws up and a basenji-tail wag:

LODGING

Don’t overlook the Super 8 for your dog-friendly lodging needs. It’s located just up the hill from the main tail of Stillwater and is exactly what you need it to be: clean, cozy, comfortable, canine-friendly – and of course – run by courteous staff. It’s accessible to everything, and humans will enjoy the morning breakfast and coffee and reasonable rates. Canines enjoy the comforts of home right at our paw tips, a good night sleep, and the spacious grassy area on the side of the hotel (if you know what I’m sayin’).

Noble beast arrives in town. (Photo: K. Lessard)

Noble beast arrives in town.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

Don't disturb Kramer's beauty rest. (Photo: K. Lessard)

Don’t disturb Kramer’s beauty rest.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

This is what we're talking about. (Photo: K. Lessard)

This is what we’re talking about.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

Other Dog-Friendly Stillwater Hotels: Crossings by Grandstay Inn & Suites, America’s Best Value Inn, The Lexington Inn and Suites

DINING

In my humble hound opinion, Stillwater offers a triple threat of dog-friendly patio treateries — and I think you should hit up all three in one night! First, I recommend that your humans bring you to Luna Rossa to enjoy mighty fine wine and appetizers.

He wouldn't hate it if you shared... (Photo: K. Lessard)

He wouldn’t hate it if you shared…
(Photo: K. Lessard)

From there, cross the street and head to the very friendly Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque – pirate admiration is a bonus, but not required of canine visitors. Smalley’s has amazing, punch-packing grub for humans and the crispest, coldest water for you! Bonus? You can ask your human caretakers to  snap a photo of you near the Smalley’s pirate himself!

Arrr, matey!  (Photo: K. Lessard)

It’s the pirate’s life for Kramer!
(Photo: K. Lessard)

Finally, find your ride and head to Nelson’s Ice Cream where humans will be dog-lighted to see the gigantic child-sized portions (and odds are good they’ll let you lick a bit of vanilla).

Nelson's is a great place to be a dog. (Photo: K. Lessard)

Nelson’s is a great place to be a dog.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

SHOPPING

At Valley Bookseller, you’ll be offered a treat almost immediately upon arrival and if you’re thirsty, there’s a big water bowl on the deck out back. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the canine-themed books for the intellectual in you.

Kramer's got a very impressive 12th-grade reading level. (Photo: K. Lessard)

Kramer’s got a very impressive 12th-grade reading level.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

At Stillwater Farm Store, there are two water bowls outside and two treat containers (yep, counted ‘em). Inside you’ll meet the friendly resident dog “Cash” and his mom Rebecca, who owns the store.

Slurping is my favorite. (Photo: K. Lessard)

Slurping’s my favorite.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

A visit to Stillwater wouldn’t be complete without stopping by Betty June’s, a pawsitively delightful store with a water bowl out front and the special “Fido’s Closet” in back – where you’ll be happy you were born a dog.

(Photo: K. Lessard)

Fido’s closet is great for visiting canines
(Photo: K. Lessard)

Make sure you swing by Alfresco Casual Living too, where the dog beds are enough to make you want to sit, stay, and lie down.

Just try to resist the urge to curl up and nap. (Photo: K. Lessard)

Just try to resist the urge to curl up and nap.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

ADVENTURING

You can’t visit Stillwater without walking and sniffing all over creation – saunter around the famous Lift Bridge, along the trails, and through the town. Humans: allow extra time for this mutt-nificent sensory overload.

Kramer surveys his sunny kingdom -- everything the light touches. (Photo: K. Lessard)

Kramer surveys his sunny kingdom — everything the light touches.
(Photo: K. Lessard)

If you’re a well-behaved pooch who loves other dogs, expand your social circle with a trip to the Stillwater Dog Park. Make sure to check the website first for vaccine, permit, and behavior rules – and as you courteous canines are already aware, make sure your humans clean up after you and bring water along.

The Stillwater Dog Park is equal parts new and fur-bulous (Photo: K. Lessard)

The Stillwater Dog Park is equal parts new and fur-bulous
(Photo: K. Lessard)

There’s a reason Stillwater is regularly named a favorite Midwestern town. Check it out for yourself, if you haven’t already, and tell them your pal Kramer Canine, Investigative Reporter, sent ya!

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4 Responses to Kramer Does Dog-Friendly Stillwater

  1. Liz says:

    There is a VERY good chance our dogs are related. They look exactly alike….its spooky! Email me for a photo (I’m not sure how to post one on this).

  2. Pet food is also important and ought to be offered together with water
    during stops.

  3. Jay says:

    Hello,

    Last time I was in Stillwater I didn’t see any dogs around downtown (granted it was a very hot week). Do you have a list of all the dog friendly stores in downtown or are the ones listed here the only dog friendly stores?

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