East of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis - St. Paul) lies the township of Stillwater. The small community was once a prominent city in the state of Minnesota. The historic downtown area is one of the main tourist perks of Stillwater. The town is, however, also surrounded by lakes and woodlands which makes for a great outdoors holiday.
About 31% of all households in Minnesota own one dog or more. After five years of raising funds, the people of Stillwater finally received their own off-leash dog park. A blessing for the dog owners in town. While the dog park is basic, it does offer a place for dogs to run around unfettered as it is fully fenced.
Stillwater, Minnesota, is one of the end destinations of the Gateway Segment of the Willard Munger Trail. This 18.3-mile pathway starts in St. Paul and runs through parks, prairie lands, wetlands, and lakes up to the Pine Point County Park. There is a 10-mile equestrian track next to the pathway that also ends at the Pine Point Park.
Travelers with dogs can book a stay at the Super 8 Stillwater/St Paul. This hotel in town allows pets but do expect an additional fee.
North Stillwater has two great places to explore with your pup. The first is Pine Point Regional Park. The park is very large, with more than five miles of trails winding in and out of it. Your dog has to remain on leash unless they’re enjoying a dip in a pond in warm weather. There’s plenty to see, do, and smell in Pine Point. If your dog just can’t get enough of trails, Pine Point also contains the parking area for the Gateway Area of the Willard Munger Trail. This is a rail line turned multi-use trail with lots of room to roam on-leash.
City Center in Stillwater is the place all the cool, sophisticated dogs go to relax. The neighborhood is home to three restaurants featuring patio space for dogs. Order at the window at Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop, or enjoy pub classics at the historic Freight House, established in 1883. Luna Rossa Trattoria rounds out the trio with Italian food and water bowls on the deck. If you’re looking for more of an event, Northern Vineyards Winery allows dogs on the deck and in the tasting room, so there’s no reason not to visit!
Lake Elmo Park Reserve is a 25 minute drive from Stillwater, MN. This state park has everything you need to keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated. The park area covers more than 2,100 acres. It has hills, valleys, water features, camping grounds, and equestrian trails. Leashed dogs are allowed on any paved path and some of the beaches (some holidays excluded.) When you’re ready for an all day excursion that will blow your dog’s mind, take a walk into nature at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.