About the St. Croix River Valley Area
The St. Croix River Valley is dotted with historic river towns and spectacular scenery. Nestled in a picturesque valley, the St. Croix River flows along steep walls of sand and limestone, and eventually slows, becoming Lake St. Croix at Hudson. There are a large array of recreational opportunities and outdoor events to keep you busy in our beautiful area of Wisconsin. During your trip to St. Croix, the Phipps Inn offers close lodging to the beautiful river.
The area of the valley where our bed and breakfast is located, in Hudson, has long been proclaimed the getaway region of Wisconsin. We have a lovely view of the river valley, especially in Birkmose Park, and there are many ways to enjoy the scenic riverway in Hudson, including walking paths, sailing, fishing and scuba diving. Just up the river is the charming town of Stillwater, Minnesota.
Downtown Hudson is not to be missed. Many of the historic buildings have been refurbished and provide visitors with wonderful shopping and dining options. Culture and Theater are celebrated at the Phipps Center for the Arts, which offers year-round concerts, theater and art exhibitions. Other cultural points of interest include the historic Octagon House, which is so close to our Wisconsin bed and breakfast, you could walk there before your morning croissant cooled.
Wisconsin State Parks
The Phipps Inn is a St. Croix River inn, and provides close lodging to various areas of recreation. Just outside of Hudson you will find two of Wisconsin's most popular parks, the Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks.
Kinnickinnic offers panoramaic views of where the St Croix and Kinnicknnic Rivers converge. There is also great fishing in the Kinnickinnic River. Because of the combining of the cold water of the Kinnickinnic River and the warm water of the St. Croix, Kinnickinnic State Park is an excellent place to fish for both cold and warm-water game fish. The Kinni is a premier trout stream that is rated as one of the best in the Upper Midwest, with more than 6,000 brook trout per mile. Anglers can begin pursuing trout during a barbless hook catch-and-release season that begins the first Saturday in March. The regular season opens the first Saturday in May. In the winter there are 3.5 miles of cross country skiing and about that much for snowshoeing as well. You will undoubtedly see wildlife throughout the year.
Willow River State Park is just East of Hudson, about 7 miles away from our Hudson, Wisconsin bed and breakfast. The park has a nice picnic area and beach on Little Falls Lake, which is a great location for winter ice fishing for panfish, bass and northern pike. There are several overlooks of the waterfalls and Willow River gorge. These waterfalls continue to flow during the winter months and attract lots of wildlife. A flock of about 100 robins that winter over can often be seen at the waterfalls in winter. There are also 9 miles of hiking trails and 8 miles of cross country ski trails in the park.
Just a few miles up the St. Croix River is the charming town of Stillwater, Minnesota. Stillwater is called the "Birthplace of Minnesota" and is known for its used book stores, antique shops, and historic sites. The Stillwater Lift Bridge, for example, has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, and a trolley tour and a trip to the Joseph Wolf Brewery Caves lets you absorb more Minnesota history. There are always things to do in Stillwater. Summertime in Stillwater brings Lumberjack Days, a festival celebrating Stillwater's heritage with music, fireworks, and, of course, lumberjack shows. Art fairs occur year-round, and many galleries and studios look forward to visitors.