Less than an hour from the Twin Cities, Marine is a bit of a secret that some folks would be just as happy to keep to themselves. But we think the village, with its Greek Revival buildings and scenic setting, is just too charming to overlook.
Like Stillwater, its bigger brother a bit farther down the St. Croix River, Marine traces its roots to the lumber boom of the 19th century.
Stroll the wooden floorboards of the Marine General Store while you shop for great deli food, local sweet corn or fresh herbs. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza in a building that once was the lumber mill office. Walk past the 1880s town hall on your way to the original mill site. Feel the moss underfoot as you scout the Mill Stream for trout, just before it runs under the Brookside Bar and Grill.
And don’t forget to scan the soaring pines overhead for the rumored eagle’s nest!
You might not notice if you just fly by on Hwy 95, but Marine offers fun shopping, great places to eat, a full-service garage, a Bed & Breakfast, and city parks (one with a settler’s log cabin and another with an adorable gazebo). William O’Brien State Park, with river access, camping and miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails, is nearby.
Although we haven’t been around as long as “The General” or the storied town hall, at St. Croix Chocolate Company we do craft our fine confections to stop time. Look for us on Parker Street, behind the Brookside bar. Or ask anyone you see in town and they’ll point you in the right direction. See you in Marine on St. Croix!
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