Minnesota Sights and Views

Participate in a murder at the Maple Knoll Inn


The year is 1923 and you have been subpoenaed by the Rush City Police to the Maple Knoll Inn Bed and Breakfast. You, your significant other, and up to two other couples are suspects in a murder. You will need to solve the murder by asking questions and sharing information. <strong>Remember</strong><em>, <em>you may be the murderer.</em>

The mystery requires four people but we have roles for up to six people! Four makes a great mystery, but six makes it even more fun! So pick a weekend and invite another couple(s), the Inn has three rooms, who would have a great time at a murder mystery. Book your rooms and let us know you want to participate in our murder mystery package.

In advance of the stay, each participant will receive a packet with information about their character as well as details only they will know. Each participant needs to be checked in by 8 pm. Round 1 will take place in the dining room at 8 pm sharp. During that time you ask questions and share details you know. After the first round is over, you will be given additional information for round 2. During the rest of the evening, enjoy our accommodations.

In the morning, all participants will meet at the same time for breakfast in the dining room. While eating breakfast you will participate in round 2. At the end of breakfast you will be asked to to solve the murder.

This event is great way to have fun with your friends! Contact us today for availability and rates!

Can’t stay the entire weekend? No problem, we can modify the event. Contact us and we can make the event fit your timing.

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Stay at the Inn and Visit Bentleyville

Have you ever visited the magical town of Bentleyville, Minnesota? It is truly a wonderful town worth the visit, but you can only see the magic at night.

Like the play, Brigadoon, which only existed for 1 day every 100 years, Duluth features a magical Christmas City that only exists for a short time each winter. This town is located along the Duluth water-front and exists from November 21 through December 27. You can only view the colorful light show from 5 pm until 9 pm each night during that time. The admission to the town is free. If you park on-site there is a small per car parking fee.

The Maple Knoll Inn is located just over an hour from Duluth as is a great place to stay during your visit to Bentleyville. Plan your stay at the Inn and take to short drive to Duluth to take in this wonderful magic city.

Check out the detail on their website – http://www.bentleyvilleusa.org/

Make your reservation today!

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Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn, Enjoy the Fall Colors and Do Some Wine Tasting

Fall is a great time to enjoy the colors and to spend a little time sipping some local wines.

Book a room at the Maple Knoll Inn and enjoy some of the great wineries located close by. We have many wineries in the area! Visit North Folk, Wild Mountain, James Perry, North Ridge, Winehaven, the Dancing Dragon Fly, or the Chateau. All located close to the Inn.

The fall colors have begun in the Rush City area and will soon be in full color! Book your room and plan a great get away. Enjoy wine tasting, a boat ride on the St. Croix River out of Taylors Falls, a bike ride, or kayaking. Use the Inn as your home base to enjoy the fall colors. Rooms have been filling, so make your reservation, today.

There is always something going on close to the Inn.

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Wine and Cheeze Lunch Cruise on the St. Croix


Wine and Cheese Lunch Cruise: Thursday, September 24th: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Delight all of your senses as you cruise the beautiful St. Croix River on the elegant Taylors Falls Princess paddle boat. You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch, great Winehaven wines, and some of the best local cheeses while experiencing the breathtaking rock formations that were left behind as the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago.

This relaxing two-hour cruise includes a narrated scenic tour of the river, wine sampling and light lunch.  Reservations are required.  This cruise embarks from Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Book a stay at the Maple Knoll Inn Bed and Breakfast, Rush City, and enjoy this wonderful cruise!


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Hinckley’s Smokin” Ribfest

What a great event! Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn Bed and Breakfast in Rush City, Mn and drive the short distance to this fun event.. Enjoy everything the Inn has to offer and then enjoy the day at the ribfest.

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With the 4th over – What Is Left To Do This Summer??


Are you kidding me??? There is always lots of things going on around the Maple Knoll Inn in beautify Rush City!!

Scenic boat rides in Taylors Falls, wine tasting, concerts, fishing, and golf. When was the last time you went mini golfing, bowling or played Frisbee golf? All these activities are just a short drive from the Inn.

Or how about fairs? The Chisago County fair in Rush city – parade, and grad stand events – July 16 – 19, Isanti County Fair – July 22 – 26, Pine County Fair – July 22 -26.

Looking for something different? How about a Jazz Festival at the Dancing Dragonfly Winery on July 11 & 12? Or maybe The World Championship Water Cross – July 17 -19 in Grantsburg?

There is still a lot of summer left and plenty of fun activities to enjoy!

Or maybe you just need to relax. Enjoy a weekend or a few quiet weekday with us. Sit on our second story deck or in our screened porch and just relax and unwind.

There is always something going on around the Maple Knoll Inn!!

Check us out on our website – mapleknollinn.com – What are you waiting for??



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Annual Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival

Saturday, August 8
Faribault’s biggest block party is back!  12 hours of live music, food vendors, beer garden, BBQ contest, home-brew contest, washers tournament, pull tabs, recycled art sale, craft vendors and more. Visit Minnesota’s newest micro-brewery, F-Town, featuring IPA, Nut Brown, American Ale to Oatmeal Stout and beyond. The Historic Hutchinson House B&B is a short 3 blocks to all the action. Reserve your room today!

Southern Minnesota's Biggest Block Party

Southern Minnesota’s Biggest Block Party

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Old-Fashioned 4th of July


Celebrate 4th of July with us!

Celebrate 4th of July with us!

Enjoy a relaxing evening on our wrap-around porch while watching the “sparks” fly on Saturday, July 4th. Local fireworks are visible right from the porch and we’ll have refreshments at the ready. (Overnight stay required.)

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Historic Faribault Pub Crawl

An Historic Pub Crawl Series will be held on Friday nights, June 19, July 3 and August 7, 2015, beginning at 7:00 pm, in Faribault. We’re bringing people who love history together with B&Bs (beer & bars) . . . it’s a new way to appreciate both. Join us on an enjoyable stroll through Faribault’s Original Town Neighborhood, featuring a variety of homes dating back to the 1860s. We’ll make several “stops” along the way including Grampa Al’s. One of the oldest bars in the State of Minnesota, Grampa Al’s retains its original liquor license issued after the repeal of the Volstead Act. We will also visit F-Town Brewing Co., one of Minnesota’s newest breweries. Our last stop will be The Signature Bar & Grill, located in one of Faribault’s oldest downtown buildings. Each venue we visit has a history and a story and we hope to highlight those stories over a few pints. Overnight stay required at the Historic Hutchinson House B&B. (Drinks not included.)



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Meet Rick & Kelly Dale from American Restoration!

The History Channel series, American Restoration hosts Rick and Kelly Dale, will be in Faribault, Minnesota on Thursday, June 18, at 3:00 pm, to celebrate the placement of a Tilt-A-Whirl car, which was restored this past August on the popular cable

American Restoration restores iconic tilt-a-whirl car.

American Restoration restores iconic tilt-a-whirl car.

show.  The car will be placed in the historic downtown as part of Faribault’s Heritage Days, which runs through the weekend. Enjoy an overnight stay at the Historic Hutchinson House B&B to hear about the experience of being on the show with owners Tami and Doug Schluter and be one of the first to get your picture taken in this iconic piece of Americana!

Background: Herbert Sellner invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926, at his Faribault, Minnesota, home.  Family legend states that Herbert experimented with a chair placed on the kitchen table. Herbert’s son, Art, sat in the chair while Herbert rocked the table back and forth.  Over the next year, the first 14 Tilt-A-Whirls were built in Herbert’s basement and yard. In 1927, Sellner Manufacturing opened its factory in Faribault and the ride debuted that year at the Minnesota State Fair.  Tilt-A-Whirl and other rides continued to be manufactured at the iconic Faribault facility until the company was sold in 2011.

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