What’s Better Than Seeing Minnesota’s Fall Colors? Enjoying Them From A Boat
The train that I'm on is a hundred boxcars long
So I don't sleep through to the morning
That's some chilly wind in this gondola I'm in
I wish I had a glass of beer - Gordon Lightfoot on Borderstone
Fall has arrived in Minnesota, and with its return, we've got the leaves on the trees changing colors, with warm sunshine casting long shadows during the day, and then longer, cooler, nights that are often staccato'd with the sounds of cheers and whistles of the officials. It's a pretty great time to be in a state that reflects all 4 seasons. So why not enjoy some of what mother nature has to offer, but do it from a completely different point of view. From the water, on a gondola, in one of Minnesota's first towns, Stillwater.
I only thought gondola's existed in Venice, Italy and Las Vegas, but it turns out there is a company in Minnesota that operates along the St. Croix River in Stillwater that has authentic gondola's that you can hire to take you along the river, enjoying the sights and sounds of fall on a true flowing treasure.
The company, Gondola Romantica, describes their rides as "the romance of Venice blended with the beauty of the St. Croix River and the charm of Stillwater." People that rent the services are able to book either a day cruise or a night cruise. I would think if you wanted to take in the fall colors along the Saint Croix you'd book a day cruise, but maybe you've got really good eyes and want to go at night.
But if you want to go, you can't really hesitate as the gondola season runs only through October 'weather permitting' according to the company's website. Other questions that you might have about their services can be found here.
If you aren't into the Venician ballads that are typically sung along with gondola rides, I suggest downloading our app, that way you've truly got the best of both worlds, or buy your own gondola with the $10k you could win entering in those 10 codes a day!