Fall Foliage St. Croix River Valley Day Trip 2018-05-01T14:31:37-05:00



  • 1.5 hour train ride through the magnificent scenery of the St. Croix Valley
  • Champagne with gourmet brunch aboard the train
  • Visit to Franconia Sculpture Park
  • Optional guided tour of Sculpture Park and free time to explore
  • Access and exploration of Interstate State Park
  • Guided naturalist hike through the Glacial Potholes at State Park
  • 90 minute private happy hour cruise aboard Taylors Falls’ Princess on the St. Croix River
  • Choice of local wine, beer, or soda on the cruise
  • Hearty BBQ dinner catered into local brewery with choice of craft beer
  • Snacks and refreshments throughout the days adventures
  • Free time to explore Stillwater, MN after dinner
  • Round-trip Transportation


Price does not include a 3% processing fee

TIME: 9:15 AM – 7:00 PM

note: please arrive 10-15 minutes early for check-in


The great state of Minnesota is beautiful during all seasons, but come Autumn, when the air is crisp and the trees begin to turn fiery colors of orange, yellow, and red, the Land of Lakes really shines.  For another year of our second installment of our ‘Fall Foliage’ event series, we’ll explore the pristine St. Croix River Valley.  Join us for a full day of fall fun as we take in the majesty of this region by bus, train, boat, and foot.

Our day will begin in Stillwater, MN, where your GetKnit Gurus will be waiting to greet you with a hot cup of joe and pastries. From there, a luxury coach bus will whisk us north, as we travel up river to the Minnesota Transportation Museum’s historic 1916 Soo Line depot located in Osceola, WI.  There we will board the Great Northern train for a 90 minute journey that follows the St. Croix River valley on top of the river bluffs, winds down to river level, crosses over historic bridges, and travels through lush state parks.  Along our journey we’ll enjoy a Champagne brunch, that features poached eggs benedict with house-made hollandaise, and is served with herbed American fries and a fresh fruit medley (vegetarian option available upon request).

We will then head to the iconic Franconia Sculpture Park which was recently named one of the “Top 10 parks in and around the Twin Cities“.  Here we will be greeted by one of the park’s resident artists who will give us a guided tour of the many giant sculptures set throughout the 43 acre park.  Or you’ll be able to explore the grounds at your own speed.

Next, we will continue our journey north to the beautiful Interstate State Park nestled on the coast of the pristine St. Croix River Valley.  Here we will be greeted by a naturalist, who will give a brief but informative overview of the many treasures that lie within this too often overlooked state park.  Afterwards we will have the opportunity to take a naturalist guided hike through the Glacial Potholes and the overall beauty found here on an optional hike, and with some free time to explore the beautiful river forests on our own.

Our adventures will continue as board Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tour‘s paddleboat, the Queen.  “She” will take us on an 90 minute private happy hour cruise of the river giving us a unique vantage point of the beautiful river valley and the fall colors erupting from its shores.  Aboard the paddleboat, we’ll be able to order up our choice of local wine from WineHaven Winery, beer, cocktails, or pop.

To round out this epic fall day, we’ll take a trip down river aboard our coach to Maple Island Brewing located in historic downtown Stillwater, MN.  Here we will order up a pint of our choice, and enjoy a delicious spread of brisket, pulled pork, and pulled chicken with an array of BBQ inspired sides catered into the brewery by, ZZQ Smokehouse (vegetarian option available upon request).  After we’ve eaten our fill, the evening is yours: head home, tired and happy, or keep exploring the many treasures downtown Stillwater has to offer.

We think you’ll agree that this day-trip will leave you with beautiful photos, wonderful memories, and a renewed appreciation for all that our diverse state has to offer.

This event is now sold out – thanks so much for your interest and please keep an eye out for other editions of our ‘Fall Foliage’ series.


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Maple Island Brewing Company
225 Main Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082


Must be 21+ to attend event | No cancellations or refunds | May transfer your ticket to another individual that is 21+ | Ticket is good for one individual | Event is rain or shine | GetKnit cannot guarantee fall colors |  Breakfast includes Hard-Poached Eggs Benedict with house-made hollandaise, served with herbed American Fries and a fresh fruit medley. Scrambled eggs are an alternative. To request scrambled eggs, gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian brunch please email GetKnit Events at getknitguru@getknitevents at least 1-week prior to the event.  To request a vegetarian dinner option of a smoked portabella mushroom please email GetKnit Events at getknitguru@getknitevents at least 1-week prior to the event.  For any other food allergies or special accommodations please email GetKnit Events at getknitguru@getknitevents.com