Explore the Scenic St. Croix Valley
The Scenic St. Croix River Valley invites you to escape from the world for a while – explore the hiking trails, go fishing or boating, head to the beach… visit historic river towns - explore the galleries, shops and enjoy fine dining, theater and music. In the St. Croix Valley you will find those wonderful secret places that provide a lifetime of memories.
The St. Croix River Valley is just 30 minutes from downtown St. Paul and 45 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Once you’ve been here, we know we’ll have the pleasure of seeing you again. The St. Croix Valley is a destination you will never forget. Enjoy!
Chisago Lakes Area - How ‘Swede’ It Is
Välkommen history lovers! Swedish history is all around the Chisago Lakes Area so come learn about the great emigration from Sweden and just maybe you will discover your inner Swede. Swedish author, Vilhelm Moberg visited this area and brought the history of the first immigration alive in his novel series ‘The Emigrants’ with fictitious characters, Karl Oskar Nilsson & wife Kristina. Visit the Vilhelm Moberg Sculpture, located in Chisago City. The 1880’s homestead used as a basis for his characters’ home has been restored and stands lakeside in Ki Chi Saga Park. Don’t miss the giant Swedish coffee pot on Hwy 8! Stop by the Chamber & Visitors Center and pick up a Lindstrom Historical Walking Tour. Cuisine from local eateries is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Visit Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City, filled with Swedish history and featured in the movie ‘Grumpy Old Men’. The Swedes loved this area and so will you. Beautiful scenery and little bit of Sweden. Tack så mycket
May 15-16 – Woodville, WI. – Syttende Mai Celebration
Don’t miss this annual community celebration of Norway’s independence. Enjoy the parade, carnival, delicious food, live music and nightly tent dancing.
May 17 – Hastings, MN. – Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center’s Apple Blossom Race
Celebrate Spring at the Apple Blossom Races. 5K & 10K follow nature center’s trail system overlooking the St. Croix River. Hilly ½ marathon follows some local roadways near the Nature Center, passing by local orchards. Walkers welcome in 5K only.
May 21 - Afton, MN - Ultimate Girl's Night Out - Stroll the town of Afton and take advantage of discounts, demos and free gifts.
May 25 - Bayport, MN - Memorial Day Parade - A wonderful community event for the family!