Minnesota Sights and Views

Plan for Winter Activities in Duluth

Winter Activities in Duluth, MinnesotaThough many of us may spend these cold winter months dreaming of warm and sunny travel destinations, there are plenty of great reasons to spend some time in Duluth. Known as an outdoor mecca, it should come as no surprise that Duluth is packed with traditional, and even some not so traditional, winter activities.  There’s a little bit of something for everyone here, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or sledding, and even activities like dog sledding and ice fishing.  When it’s time to warm up, you’ll find plenty of great breweries, restaurants, and shops to explore as well.  Above all, you’ll enjoy relaxing in the luxurious accommodations at Minnesota’s #1 ranked Bed and Breakfast, the A.G. Thomson House.  Book your winter stay with us today! Read More »

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Your Holiday Season Guide to Duluth

Christmas in Duluth, MinnesotaNow that November is here, the busy holiday season is once again within our sights. Next week, people around the country will gather at their Thanksgiving tables, and before you know it the sights, sounds, and smells of another holiday season in Duluth will be upon us.  Whether you plan to visit family in the area, or just want to carve out a little time for a magical getaway this winter, there’s no better time than now to plan in some Christmas-themed fun.  Stay with us at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and experience for yourself the magical wonder of Christmas in Duluth. Read More »

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Bottoms Up at Duluth’s Top Breweries

Breweries in Duluth, MinnesotaOnce again, we’re deep into the crisp months of fall, the stunning display of fall color is over, and we find it hard to believe that winter is just around the corner.  It won’t be too much longer now before the cold winds, snow, and ice are upon us.  That being said, there’s still plenty of fun to experience in the exciting port town of Duluth in the coming months.  In fact, now that the summer and fall crowds are gone, now is a great time to experience the true spirit of this adventurous town.  With stunning natural beauty, some of Minnesota’s finest breweries and craft beer, excellent shopping and restaurants, and a never-ending array of outdoor activities, Duluth is a spectacular place to spend a few days, and we’d love to help you enjoy it.  Book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast today, and experience the luxury that can only be found in Duluth.   Read More »

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Hockey Season has started in Duluth

Scenic Fall Drives in Duluth, MinnesotaThese crisp, cool fall months represent one of our favorite times to be in the Duluth area.  Vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow, and green are painting the hills, providing a sharp contrast against the steady blue backdrop of Lake Superior. Fall is an exquisite time to visit Duluth; take a hike or go mountain biking through the colorful woods, drive along the scenic North Shore, or spend some time on beautiful Lake Superior before the winter freeze arrives.  Though winter is still a little ways off, Hockey season is already upon us for the year.  If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend an evening in Duluth, come out and cheer on the Univesity of Minnesota Duluth’s Hockey team, the Bulldogs.  No matter how you spend your time in Duluth, The A.G. Thomson House offers the perfect accommodations for your stay.  Come stay with us this fall, and experience the unbeatable fall splendor of our city.   Read More »

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10 Ways to Enjoy a Romantic Fall Getaway in Duluth

Romantic Fall Getaway in Duluth, MinnesotaThe sights and sounds of fall have officially arrived in Duluth.  Fall’s dramatic display of crimson, orange, and yellow is underway, and the excitement of another autumn season on Minnesota’s North Shore is buzzing through the air.  As the brisk, fall air descends upon us, we find ourselves looking forward to warming moments by the fire, snuggled up with those we love.  If you find yourself longing to take a romantic fall getaway, look no further than our romantic Inn, the A.G. Thomson House in Duluth, Minnesota. Stay with us this fall, and discover why we are both the top-rated Inn in Minnesota, and the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the entire U.S. Read More »

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Scenic Fall Drives in Duluth, Minnesota

Scenic Fall Drives in Duluth, MinnesotaSummertime in Duluth is a time filled with adventure and fun, with time spent mostly in the outdoors.  But fall is a season unto it itself, with a special place in the hearts of many.  Duluth’s lakeshore and forested hillsides begin their gorgeous change in color, speckled with bright hues of red, orange, and yellow.  Fall is a time to slow the pace of life back down, and to enjoy your uniquely beautiful surroundings.  You can do exactly that, when you stay at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth this fall.  We offer an elegant home base, from which you can enjoy a variety of fall activities, like scenic drives around the North Shore of Lake Superior. Nothing beats a colorful fall getaway. Book your room at our luxury Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today. Read More »

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Go Boating in Duluth This Summer

Boating in DuluthLabor Day is almost here, which means it’s time to plan your last great summer getaway.  Whether it’s adventure or relaxation you’re after, there’s no town in Minnesota better than Duluth. Before you know it, another winter will settle on us here in the North.  Enjoy these last days of summer boating on the water with a harbor cruise, charter fishing, sailing, kayaking or stand-up paddle board.  Afterwards, relax at our award-winning Bed and Breakfast, the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, which is ideally located minutes from downtown, Canal Park, and a wonderful variety of local restaurants and shops in beautiful Duluth. The elegance and warm hospitality of our Inn can’t be beat.  Book your room today, and experience firsthand why we are rated Trip Advisor’s #1 Bed and Breakfast in the country. Read More »

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Why Stay Any Where Else??

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There are some very nice hotels, but if you stay at a B and B you get so much more than a hotel.

Each B and B offers a unique experience including some great amenities and a great atmosphere. At the Maple Knoll Inn we offer the following:

The House – Built in 1914 and features original hardwood floors and wooden built-in china cabinets and book cases. We have worked hard to keep the look and feel of the period of the house, including push button light switches, tiled bathrooms, and antique furnishings through out the house. In our dinning room we serve our guests breakfast on fine china and use antique glassware and silverware. The house and grounds have a character all there own. Once the home of an area country doctor, the house is still known as the Doc Halpin House, to local residents.

Amenities – We have three beautifully appointed rooms each with their own personal style. Each room has a queen size bed. We use only high quality linens. We supply plush robes you can use during your stay. Each bedroom has it’s own private bathroom with wonderful soft plush towels. Two of the bathrooms feature large tiled over-sized showers with dual shower heads. One of the bathrooms features a wonderful claw footed tub with a shower. Whenever possible, we feature organic food and coffee. The house features spacious guest sitting areas such as our large living room, dining room, and second floor sitting room we call our “Sun Room”. Our grounds cover three acres and have many hundred year old maple trees. Rush Creek runs through our property. In warm weather, use our screen porch or large second floor deck. We offer a wonderful continental breakfast during the week. The continental breakfast is served in our dining, no standing in line to get at table or food. You eat off real china with real antique silverware. On the weekends we offer a full breakfast. Consisting of one of our great signature dished.

Atmosphere – The Inn provides a great setting for romance, relaxation, or to renew your relationships. Relax in our living room or sun room. After dark, enjoy what you can’t see in the city – the stars. The sky is beautiful away from the city lights. The Inn is great for a girls weekend, a team building event, or themed weekend, such as our Murder Mystery event or scrap-booking/quilting weekend. Play a game (we have many to choose from) watch a movie, read a book or search the web on our free WiFi. The Inn is a great place to use as a “jumping off point” to explore and enjoy the many things to do and see in the area – fishing, boating, kayaking, wine tasting, biking, cycling, hiking, golf, indoor golf, skiing, snow boarding, snowmobiling, antiquing, thrift store/outlet store shopping, sight-seeing or enjoying one of the many festivals and fairs in the area. Before leaving each morning treat yourself to one of our sensational breakfasts.

The Inn has so much more to offer than a hotel or motel. Comfortable and spacious it is more like home than a overnight travel stop. If you have never stayed at a bed and breakfast, you don’t know what you are missing!

Make your reservation, today. We look forward to seeing you. Visit out website at – Mapleknollinn.com or call us at 320-358-6280

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Minnesota’s 8 National Park Sites

Did you know Minnesota has 8 National Park Sites? The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. Why not stay in a local engaging B&B community and take part in the celebration! Top to bottom, Minnesota’s National Park sites touch every region in the state.

Voyageurs National Park is a wMinnesota's National Park Sitesater-based park featuring some of the oldest exposed rock in the world (2.8 billion years old!) Glaciers, more than a mile high, scoured out the lake and river beds here and set the stage for vast forests. This area, where the southern boreal forest meets and mixes with the northern hardwood forest, is widely known for its wildlife viewing opportunities. Voyageurs is one of only two national parks in the continental United States with an indigenous population of the Eastern timber wolf.

Grand Portage National Monument, located on the north shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, preserves a vital center of fur trade activity and Anishinaabeg Ojibwe heritage. The Grand Portage is an 8.5-mile footpath that bypasses a set of waterfalls and rapids on the last 20 miles of the Pigeon River, which is part of the historic trade route of the French-Canadian voyageurs. Nearby B&Bs are Pincushion Trails Inn and Poplar Creek Guesthouse.

North Country National Scenic Trail stretches approximately 4,600 miles from eastern New York to central North Dakota. While only a few have attempted to thru-hike the whole trail in one shot, thousands find their way onto a section of the Minnesota portion each year. Spring, summer, fall or winter, the trail offers something for everyone. Snowshoeing, long-distance trail running, a saunter through quiet spring meadows or vineyards, crossing salmon-filled rivers, a weekend with the grandkids…. you can find what you’re looking for on the North Country Trail, and right nearby! Leech Lake B&B and Park Street Inn are in communities where the trail is located.

Traveling to the Chippewa National Forest means traveling “up north”. The Forest, located in the heart of northern Minnesota, is a celebration of seasons, culture, and environment where you get to choose your own adventure! Visit the Green Heron B&B in nearby Grand Rapids.

Grab your paddle and your longing for adventure and head to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offering over 200 miles of clean water that glides and rushes through a forested landscape. Paddle, boat, fish, and camp among this wild and scenic beauty. Hiking and historic towns also beckon featuring a wide array of B&Bs including the Afton House Inn, Aurora Staples Inn, Cover Park Manor, Maple Knoll InnThe Outing Lodge, Summit Inn Bed & Breakfast and the Water Street Inn.

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area protects a 54,000-acre corridor along the Mississippi River from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey to just downstream of Hastings. In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72-mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing.  Other spots are excellent for bird-watching, bicycling and hiking. If you are interested in the Mississippi River, this is a great place to start your exploration. Metro St. Paul B&Bs include Cathedral Hill B&B, Como Lake B&B, Corban Manor Inn, and Hotel 340.

The Circle Trail is a paved, 3/4 mile, walking trail that leads to several points of interest at Pipestone National Monument. The pipestone quarries are a significant site for many American Indian cultures because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe’s smoke carries one’s prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.

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See a Summer Concert in Duluth

Duluth Summer Concert Music FestivalsSummer concerts in the Duluth area range from small community celebrations to huge, multi-day celebrations. Visiting a summer concert is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon/evening.  It’s an even better way to get a firsthand glimpse into Duluth’s exciting local culture.  Many of Duluth’s summer concerts are held in Bayfront Festival Park.  Bayfront Festival Park is easily accessible to guests staying at the AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, as it is only 3 short miles away from our historic Inn.  Book your room with us today, so you can celebrate the sounds of summer with us this August! Read More »

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