Friday, October 2, 2009

From Stillwater, With Love part II

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Jump on board the trolley down Main St. everyone for one last tour of Stillwater, Minnesota! Autumn has arrived and though the air is heavy with mist and the howling winds of winter are lurking around the corner, the warmth of summer discovery is still an experience to be shared. Stillwater indeed is a lovely town for all seasons, but let's go shopping one more time in the sweet summer air of our memory to see more of what this old fashioned corner of the midwest has to offer.

Among all the antique shops, Rose Mille is one of my favorite places to visit. Entrez, s'il vous plaît and relax...

The magic never stops at Rose Mille; with delightful and bright home furnishings and vintage trinkets, handmade jewelry and glittered goodies, this is most definitely one of our favorite stops.

Another fabulous find is Pulp Fashion, a little paper goods shop where the owner is fun, artistic and very familiar with many of YOU fantastic artists in blogland! She was very giddy when she met my husband, the brother of our lovely and talented Nancy from Fête et Fleur! I could have sworn she was going to ask him for HIS autograph!

The architecture in Stillwater varies from the American Victorian

to the rough-hewn European stone structures that evoke images of French villages

and remind me of the streets of Eze, France where the shop owners are elegantly dressed while sweeping their shop thresholds, wearing little white aprons, such as Cheriz from "This Love of Mine" jewelry shop.

Cheriz designs and crafts her own jewelry and has a darling little atelier tucked away in her real cave of a shop, situated in the town's rocky bluff area.

As we close the door of her shop behind us, our senses are tickled with much more "eye candy", but down the street, there are two old-fashioned candy shops where you can walk in

and taste the savory delights of childhood.

A great way to justify eating all those goodies is to promise yourself that you will climb all three Montemartre-like stairways

that will transport you to some of the quaintest neighborhoods that display humble cottages and also boast renovated Victorians that you can tour to see some of the most breathtaking views of the St. Croix.

And after all that walking, you can go to Cambrose Hill flower shop

and step inside to see all the romantic flower arrangements

or, you can amble your way around the side of the shop and go to the little fenced-in corral

and say "Bonjour" to Fünf the bunny and his friends.

By this time, the fairy dust begins to settle and the fog starts rolling in

to shut the eyes of summer in the sunset of fond memories past.

Have a beautiful, memorable autumn weekend, mes amies!


LiLi M. said...

Stillwater is gorgeous my dear! Especially when we have the royal treatment, that is having you as a guide. I am not surprised that you live here, it is divine. What an amazing tour to make on a quiet Saturday afternoon having a cup of tea and some delicious chocolate near me. Life sometimes is a bowl of cherries. Thanks for taking me along Anita. Hope you have a nice weekend, I am having a pink ribbon support give away at my place. Hope to see you there too, bisous LiLi.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful beautiful place Anita. It's no wonder that you love it there.

Have a beautiful Pink Saturday.


Presépio no Canal said...

I m breathless, my dear :)

What a lovely guide you are my dear, and what a relaxing place, amazing vieuw, beautiful and cute stores..

I let myself dreaming a little bit...with all these ...

You are so beautiful in the foto!! Fabulous!
I am a little fat now...I will need to buy a bike very soon :))

Have a very relaxing weekend!

I will see your fotos again...

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita...and thank you for the tour...What a lovely place...Dzintra♥x

Unknown said...

Stillwater looks very quaint. It's just the type of town I envision myself strolling in and around in.
Did you purchase anything?


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you Anita...white wine to this would be delicious!!! I will try that and raise my glass to you!!! Yes we had the dust here but not as bad as in dust on our windows and verandahs...raining now so hopefully will wash it away!!! Take Care and have a lovely Sunday...Dzintra♥x

LuLu Kellogg said...

Oh how wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing all this with us!


Jorgelina said...

Hi Anita!
What a beautiful place!
Fabulous! Fabulous!
Very relaxing weekend.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Bonjour Anita!
Thank you for the tour. I love posts like this, yours certainly was most charming. I would like to stop in any of the places shown and sit for a spell... and Eze? You know, that's my home away from home just like yours, sweet lady. So good to be back visiting again. Thank you for your always kind words on my blog. Happy fall weekend to you too. Oh, have you been to Montmartre? We were scheduled to go but went to the countryside instead (which was wonderful) but I wanted to view Père Lachaise Cemetery. I would love your thoughts, you know!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Anita....

Oh what deliciousness....I would love to spend a day strolling and dreaming around this lovely lucky girl!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Woolytales Miniatures said...

Dearest Anita.... wait! I am coming over! Oh my !!!! How I LOVE this little town ... what marvelous and cosy shops you have .. no wonder you and Ruben loves to spend some times walking and enjoying the views and the stores. (((Thank you, my dear)) so much for sharing with us. I see you went to a lot of places to get these wonderful pictures just to share with us... you are such a wonderful ( and BEAUTIFUL) lady!*grin*
I just HAVE to go back and read again... warm hugs on your way...Tita~

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hello Anita...Thank you for another enchanting tour of Stillwater! You are being quite creative with all your blog background changes! I feel the same way...I like a change more often than not. Keeps it interesting! Enjoy the remainder of the weekend my friend!~Hugs,Patti

Chemin des Muguets said...


I had never heard of Stillwater before. The local tourism board should hire you. I am certain the town will see some business after this lovely tour.

Merci as always,


KeKe said...

Oh my...the town looks great!! I could defintiely get lost in time there...I especially love the stone cave building!!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You have the gift of transporting someone away. This was a beautiful post to see and I will probably look at it many times to see the details of such a lovely place! I want you to take a moment tomorrow to cherish yourself and revitalize for your work. You are touching lives with your teaching. Never forget. You are a gift. Blessings and so many wishes for less stress and more smiles. I am thinking of you.

Bonnie said...

...the dust begins to settle and the fog starts rolling in. For some reason, I was reminded of Brigadoon! One day every 100 years. I would love to visit Stillwater!

Hi Anita, how are you? I've been busy with my brother and sister in law overnighting with me. Lots to do.

Enjoyed my visit to Nowhere. Have a great Sunday ~ Bonnie

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

What a charming place!
And a bunny!!

Grace said...

Beautiful! It looks like a wonderful place to spend days and days...and very risky on the pocketbook :)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

My dear Anita...the chicken has been marinating all day...white wine is ready...And here's cheers to you...Dzintra♥x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Anita...over here it is 11.47pm Monday evening...just received your email...the dinner was absolutely delightful...all lemony and tender as...thank you for the hint of marinating in the oil and wine...!!!

Wow a killer good turkey...sounds fantastic...will have to try this one day...thank you...and here's Cheers to you...Dzintra♥x

savvycityfarmer said...

I would NEVER want to come home from a place such as this...your heart must be pounding out of your chest!

let's plan another trip!

missn ya

Fete et Fleur said...

How beautiful! This post has made me realize just how much I need a vacation. What a glorious place to have so near you.

Hugs to you my dearest,

The Victorian Parlor said...

Gorgeous! The shops look like so much fun and the candy shops would be a must stop:). I'll take the Queen Anne Victorian that you pictured too!



Rosemary said...

Wow Anita!
It is just like a fairytale!!
I would love it there I'm sure.
It's so funny because I was just reading about Rose Mille in the new Somerset Life.
I had no idea that delightful place was near you. Tell your husband I want his autograh too!!
Thanks for the visit!!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you Dear One!!!Look forward to your new blog...we will be able to swap recipes...I have one also where I am journaling my course and recipes as well
Happy Cooking Dear Anita...Dzintra♥x

Unknown said...

I'm with you all the way. Between entering the cave, and the door to the flower shop...I wanted to get on the plane to Stillwater today. I miss you Anita...I'll be back on Saturday night. Leaving Montana for Seattle today and going to visit The Enchanted Village and a couple days with my husband...I can hardly wait to see him. The big grizzly bears and moose frighten me around here and even wild buffalo. Gretta would be a wreck in Montana and I don't think The Tea Rat would like dodging buffalo either. I love you.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you so much Dear Anita...I am so looking forward to your first post...Cheers to you, Dzintra♥x

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Such a beautiful and fascinating place. I love the shops too!!!!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Good evening sweet girl.... :-) I had to pop over and show my darling daughter your adorable little town. She's busy drooling...

Huggies and lovies,

Barbara Jacksier said...

You are the BEST tour guide. I feel like I've been there -- and what a lovely there it is!

lemonade kitty said...

Thank's for sharing such wonderful picture's with us all Mr bunny sure is a handsome chap! Rosse Mille... I could spend all day in a shop like that and still not see everything Lucey x

Kirsten Steen said...

Oh my Goodness!! What a perfectly lovely tour! You have quite a way with the photos and the words! Thank you so much for this tour and that little cave shop DOES look just like Eze! How charming!
You've made my day.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE Main St... looks like a FAB place to shop and I'm sure there must be a quaint little cafe, oui?
Thanks for sharing!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What an inspiring wonderful place in this wide world of ours! Loved seeing all the shops, the scenery, and the streets of Stillwater! All just lovely!

Anonymous said...

Good morning anita, What a beautiful town. The shops are so pretty. I could spend hours there. I just love the old buildings. I have such an attraction for them. I almost feel like I was there. Thank you so much. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ♥

deb famularo said...

Hello my friend,
I was looking at all your pics and I thought 'How Quaint," exactly as you said. Ugh, I have been on overdrive these past couple of weeks getting our home ready- thank you fo ryour sweet thoughts. Hopefully we will get a buyer soon. I am praying for that. Stay well, I'll try to peek in when I can! love deb

deb famularo said...

OMG, I think we just blogged each other at the same time- we must be on the same wavelength! Great minds eh!!! lots of love! xoxox

Tristan Robin said...

What a fantastic tour! I feel as if I had been there. What wonderful photos and commentary! I can't believe such a luscious European style city is in Minnesota! I really hope to make a journey there some day ... looks just like my kind of town!