There is nothing like a Gondola ride on the St. Criox at sunset! My husband and I decided that a quick Stillwater getaway would be the best way to celebrate our 5th anniversary (and our first night away from the kids). We booked (and highly recommend) the Mid-Week Venetian Cruise which includes dinner overlooking the river at the Dock Cafe and a 45 minute cruise on the St. Croix for $159. We arrived at the busy restaurant at 7:00, and although there was a wait, we were brought our table immediately. They gave us a special menu, outlining our courses (appetizer, entree, and wine selections), There were 4 choices of entrees (Salmon, Shitake Chicken, Chicken & Vegetable Ziti, and another which I have forgotten). Service was good, and the food was better! After finishing our meal, we walked down the riverbank to the docks where we met our gondolier, John, in traditional garb. Just seeing the boat - authentic and straight from Venice - we knew this would be a magical night. John helped us into the Gondola, and quietly began to navigate the river. As we watched the sunset and listened to quiet music, my husband and I were mesmerized by the slow motion of the boat and the sounds of the water. John was the perfect guide, and was a wealth of knowledge about the rich history of Venice and Gondolas. As we headed back to the dock, the moon reflected on the water, it was something out of a movie!
Pros: Romantic, original, ambiance