Minnesota Sights and Views

Minnesota is like living in a state park.

Minnesota Fabulous Fall Flavors

Minnesota Fall Weekend Getaways

“Minnesota is like living in a state park,” was a statement shared by a guest that was born and raised on the East Coast. After college he immediately moved to Minnesota. For someone who has lived life in the North Star State, it was a welcomed observation. It offered the opportunity to slow down and take an unfiltered look at community and the beauty of the state of Minnesota. One of the most beautiful areas with the lakes, bluffs, rivers, waterfall, fields and hills alike, various trees and fantastic fall colors is a small piece of paradise in the back yard that guests of Summit Inn Bed and Breakfast, as well as other Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association’s metro region community friends get to enjoy daily.

Now that it is fall our landscape truly puts on a show for visitors. Orchards, Vineyards and Gardens OH MY! Although you would not find any wizards in the Chisago Lakes Community, you very well could be a part of some fun and fabulous fall festivities. Try to say that 5 times fast. Ha! The cooler temperatures lend themselves to bonfires, apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and fall colors. Want a bit of spooky? Check out the Dead End Hayride at Pinehaven Farm. On your way stop at Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch for the best family fun photo ops out there! Don’t forget about the Shafer Corn Maze for more unique fall and Halloween fun!

Looking for a bit more earthy fall experiences? We recommend you check out Panola Valley Gardens that will take your breath away. Another great organic fall experience is to visit any of the regions amazing Vineyards! There is a great tour book called “A Toast to the Valley”  that can be found at many regional B&Bs. It is a detailed listing of the many vineyards in the metro area including a map to find your way around!

Last but not least, is a visit to the Pleasant Valley Orchard where you can not only pick off the tree several different types of apples, but visit the gift shop for yummy treats. All the deliciousness without the mess in your kitchen. Not to mention that they also have hayrides, brat feeds, a bake-off, etc. It is a must-see if you’re in town! They have a listing of their fall activities on their website or you can just click HERE!

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Pumpkin regatta on the St. Croix River!

Harvest Fest & Giant Pumpkin Weigh-OffStillwater’s Harvest Fest celebrates the beautiful fall weather with Minnesota’s only pumpkin regatta on the St. Croix River! Growers from the region bring pumpkins weighing 1500 pounds and up to compete in the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Amidst the fall colors, locals celebrate with pumpkin baking and decorating, chili cook off, micro brew beer and wine tasting. Other activities include live music, kids costume parade, seasonal food vendors, kids tractor pull, face painting, pie eating contest and more!  10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 in Lowell Park, next to the Historic Lift Bridge, in Stillwater.
Admission to the event is FREE!

Plan your getaway weekend at one of Stillwater’s beautiful bed & breakfasts . . . many within walking distance to the festival!


10:00-11:00AM – The Assumptions
11:30 – 2:00PM – Scrapegoat Skin & Bones
2:30 – 5:00PM – Jacuzzi Puma

10:00-11:00AM – 40 Below
11:30-1:00PM – Sweet Mash
1:30-5:00PM – Les Izmoore

Smalley’s Caribbean BBQ & Pirate Bar -DEFENDING CHAMPION!!
Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop
Water Street Inn
Patriot’s Tavern
The Meet Market

  • In 2010 we had a World Record pumpkin.
  • In 2015 we were the heaviest giant pumpkin weigh-off in the WORLD!!
  • In 2015 we had new MN & WI state record pumpkins!
  • In 2015 we briefly held the North American record with a pumpkin weighing 2,185 pounds!

The Stillwater Harvest Fest is an entirely volunteer run community event. This year we are committed to donating to community organizations.

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Get Haunted in Duluth This Fall

Haunted Ship in Duluth, MinnesotaSo far, it’s been an extraordinary fall in the colorful city of Duluth. All around the shores of Lake Superior and up into the hills, the colorful autumnal hues of fall are on full display.  It’s a wonderful time to be outside, with one adventure after another calling you to this adventurous city.  But, there’s more to Duluth than pretty fall colors and great outdoor adventures. Do you believe in ghosts? There’s a spooky side to Duluth’s history, and this fall is a wonderful time to go on a haunted adventure. Book your room at the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth today. Read More »

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Bring a friend to hold on to . . .


The Carinval in Central Minnesota

Hidden Hollow

Bring a friend to hold on to . . . when you plan a weekend getaway in Central Minnesota to freak out on the region’s largest haunted attraction; Hidden Hollows will scare the “Yell out of You”! This experience is for adults and includes a haunted corn maze, haunted house, tractor ride, reassuring fire pits and concessions. Calm your shattered nerves at one of the regions soothing bed and breakfasts. Weekends in October 13/14, 20/21 and 27/28. For complete information visit Paul Bunyan Land or Facebook: Hidden Hollows.

Paul Bunyan Land has been in the Brainerd Lakes Area almost 60 years.  In 2003, Paul Bunyan Amusement Center was relocated and moved 6 miles East of Brainerd (12 miles West of Garrison) on State Highway 18 due to technology, innovation and plain old industrial growth.  Similar the story of Paul & Babe v. Steam Locomotive & Chainsaw, it was time for Paul and his trusted sidekick to move on. With a new name and much larger location (23 Acres), Paul Bunyan Land coupled with an existing attraction, This Old Farm Pioneer Village, to widen the appeal to all ages.   The Pioneer Village is the largest one man collection of antiques from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s in Minnesota.

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Duluths’ NorShore Theatre is Reopening

NorShor Theatre is Reopening in DuluthThere’s some exciting news brewing on Minnesota’s North Shore, and it’s something we can’t wait to share with our guests at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast!  Duluth’s historic NorShor Theatre is reopening!  It’s an exciting development for Duluth’s Arts and Theater District, which features a broad array of historic mainstays in the Duluth community.  Current residents in this district include the Fitger’s complex, Tycoons, Zeitgeist Arts, the Temple Opera building, Greysolon Plaza, the Technology Village building, Carmody Irish Pub, the Electric Fetus, the Sheraton, the Pickwick, the Wieland Block, the Duluth Trading Co., Coney Island and the Fannie Rose Building.  The fully resotred NorShor Theatre will be a great addition to the historic downtown core of Duluth, and will be a wonderful addition to our already-long list of attractions.  Book a room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast, and come share the reopening of the NorShor Theatre with us! Read More »

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Nisswa Fall Festival Fun Begins Saturday!


Nisswa 44th Annual Fall Festival

Nisswa ushers in fall with the 44th anual Nisswa Fall Festival on Saturday, September 16th.  The 12th annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge is also part of this annual fall tradition.  Start your day with a pancake breakfast.  Participate in the medallion hunt and compete in the bean bag tournament.  Kids congregate at KidZone near the Nisswa turtle track parking lot for activities that include bounce houses, games and much more! The tantalizing smell of barbecued ribs wafts through town as teams compete in the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge.  After ribs are judged, the public gets its chance to taste the creations. Live music throughout the day continues into the night with a live outdoor concert.

10:00am-8:00pm Enjoy our great downtown restaurants, brewery, coffee shops, candy/ice cream shops, KD Kettle Korn, Jamie’s Chuck Wagon Grille, Brent Rocks, Northwoods Food Factory
10:00am-Scavenger Hunt – Search for the Fall Medallion! Winner gets $100 CASH!
1st Clue Posted: 10am at Minnesota Surf Co.
2nd Clue Posted: 12Noon at CoCo & Co.
3rd Clue Posted: 2pm at Woodland Meadow
10:00am-4:00pm Paint Your Own Pottery by Kevin Matthews Pottery – Gazebo; Live Music on Outdoor Stage – The Lisa Wenger Band – Bean Bag Tournament (14 & older) – Pickle Factory Parking Lot – Cash Payout!
Noon-8:00pm Beer Garden/Outdoor Whiskey Bar – Pickle Factory Parking Lot; Live Music on Outdoor Stage – Vintage Raggs
1:00pm-5:30pm Pre-Sales for BBQ Eats! – City Hall Street at the Chamber Tent – Tickets go on sale for the VIP tent & General Eating for the BBQ

Nearby bed & breakfasts include: The Oliver Acreage Barn Lodge (Pequot Lakes), Carmel Apple Orchard Inn (Staples), Park Street Inn (Nevis) and The Lady Slipper Inn (Osage)

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Scenic Fall Drives on Minnesota’s North Shore

Scenic Fall Drives in Duluth, MinnesotaAs we officially say goodbye to summer and welcome fall, it’s time to start looking towards another spectacular fall in Duluth, Minnesota.  The excitement is palpable, and the dramatic colors of fall have already begun their beautiful annual display. Fall foliage is already showing hints of its colorful hues in the surrounding hillsides.  As the air begins to cool, we’ll soon be surrounded by fall’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. Situated on the north shores of Lake Superior, there is no better place to see the vibrant colors of sugar maple, aspen, paper birch, ash, and silver maple than along the scenic roadways of Duluth.  If you have yet to see the spectacular fall color change here, don’t miss your chance this year.  Book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast today, and come enjoy beautifully scenic fall drives along Minnesota’s North Shore. Read More »

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Plan For a Fall Birding Adventure in Duluth

Fall Birding at Hawk Ridge Observatory in DuluthIt’s official.  Summer is coming to a rapid close, and it’s time to start planning out your fall adventures.  Though many of us aren’t quite yet ready to admit it, we assure you that the excitement for fall and all of the colorful changes it brings to Minnesota is building. Not only is it beautiful in Duluth at this time of year, the cooler weather sets the perfect stage for getting outside and exploring this ruggedly charming city. One of our favorite places to send guests during the months of September and October is the Hawk Ridge Observatory.  The fall bird migration is the perfect time to go birding, whether you’re new to the sport or a long-time birding enthusiast.  Book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast today, and come help us celebrate another exciting start to fall in 2017.
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Soak Up the Last Days of Summer in Duluth

Summer Getaway in Duluth, MinnesotaIt’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about the last days of summer.  Soon enough, will be talking about all of the incredible opportunities there are in Duluth each fall.  Before we get to that point, though, let’s talk about soaking up these last incredible days of summer in the amazing city of Duluth. Right now, in celebration of our 10-year anniversary of Innkeepers at the incredible A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, we’d like to offer guests staying with us in August, 2017 a Midweek “Dinner on Us” Special.  We’re doing our part to get you here; now you just need to book your room at our luxury Inn, and start creating the itinerary of a lifetime. Duluth is waiting! Read More »

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Keep Cool This Summer; The Best Swimming Spots in Duluth

Swimming Spots in DuluthWe’re about halfway through summer, and it’s certainly heating up out there.  It just so happens that summers and swimming go hand in hand.  So, whether you’re working up a sweat mountain biking and hiking, or are just looking for a fun way to cool off during the hottest parts of the day, we’ve compiled a few of the best swimming spots in the Duluth area.  Of course, if you’d rather not get your feet wet, you can always head downtown and hit up one of Duluth’s wonderful breweries for a cold pint of our best beer.  Whatever it is you plan to do, make sure you book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and come enjoy these last warm days of summer with us!  Fall will be here before you know it. Read More »

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