USA TODAY Highlights Stillwater as One of Yelp’s ‘Hidden Gems’

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Kelley Knight Brenner recently captured this image of the St. Croix Boat and Packet’s paddle boats traveling below the Stillwater Lift Bridge at the same time. (Photo by Kelley Knight Brenner via Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group)

Several Stillwater businesses were featured Thursday in a USA TODAY post of Yelp’s Hidden Gems.

Yelp recently ran a “unique query of millions of user-generated records” looking for American destinations that travelers may not be familiar with, but had independent businesses with stellar rankings from readers that would appeal to tourists.

With that information, USA TODAY asked Yelp to name the “highest-rated non-chain, local businesses in each category (food, nightlife, shopping, etc.),” that would give visitors day trip guide.

Here’s a look at USA TODAY’s post.

Stillwater was the first in a USA TODAY series of “hidden gems” in states across the nation.

Here are the businesses featured in USA TODAY’s photo gallery of spots to hit on a day trip to our beloved river town:

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