Minnesota Sights and Views

Duluth’s Must-do Summer Attractions

Summer Attractions in DuluthSchool’s out, summer has officially begun, and the 4th of the July is just around the corner.  Are you looking for an adventure, and seeking the best summer attractions in Minnesota?  As the temperatures rise, it’s time to escape to Duluth; Minnesota’s mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Though it may seem as though you have an endless summer stretching out ahead of you, it’s always shocking at the end of the season how fast time has actually gone by.  Don’t let summer pass you up!  Make plans for a getaway to Duluth, and explore all of the wonderful things we have to offer. From the simple to the extreme, there are a variety of summer attractions that will keep you moving in Duluth.  Once you’ve decided what you’re going to do, book a room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast.  There are no finer accommodations in all of Minnesota than the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast.   Read More »

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The Maple Knoll Inn Rush City

The Maple Knoll Inn in Rush City, Minnesota, located about half way between MPLS/St. Paul and Duluth along I 35 is a great place to stay. Don’t just take our word about it, read what some of our guests have to say about us on Trip Adviser.


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The Summer of 2017 Has Begun!!

Schools out and the temps are in the 90’s so summer has begun. Have you decides what you will be doing to enjoy it?

I hate to “rain” on you, but you only have about 12 weekends of summer. That’s right! Just 12 weekends! They will go by so fast!! Don’t miss it! You will get the most out of summer by laying out plans for your weekends.

The Maple Knoll Inn is conveniently located on I-35 just an hour north of the Twin Cities in the quiet community of Rush City. Our location gives you great easy access to just about any summer activity you want to do. Located close to great water activities like: fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing. We are also located close to festivals and fairs, wineries, flea markets, golf, scenic boat rides down the St. Croix River, hiking and biking. Explore history by visiting the The Northwest Fur Post or the Hinckley Fire Museum. Close by visit several award winning small town restaurants like the Kaffe Stuga – Harris or the Brass Rail – Grandy (voted Minnesota’s BEST Broasted Chicken) There is so much to do in the area!

Maybe you just want a place to relax and unwind. The Inn has a large second story deck and huge screened porch you can enjoy. Stroll our 3 acres and enjoy the flowers and large assortment of colorful birds.

Whatever you enjoy about summer, the Inn is located close to it.

What are you waiting for??? Don’t let this summer leave you wondering, “What happened to the summer of 2017?” Book a room at the Maple Knoll Inn and begin a memorable week or weekend exploring everything the area has to offer.

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

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The 41st Annual Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth

Grandma's Marathon in DuluthIt seems like there is always something fun and interesting going on during the summer months in Duluth.  Whether it’s picking a new trail and exploring it, heading up to the mountains for their summer Adventure Parks and glorious views, making the rounds at Duluth’s latest breweries of favorite staples, or hitting the beach to soak up some sun, there’s no shortage of things to do in Duluth.  This June, it gets even better with the 41st annual running of the Grandma’s Marathon, and the subsequent weekend of fun that follows.  When you’re looking for a place to rest those tired legs after the races, look no further than the luxurious A.G. Thomson House bed and breakfast.  We are the best choice for lodging in all of Duluth.  Book your stay with us today. Read More »

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Come See the Duluth Air Show in June

2017 Duluth Air ShowThere are really no shortage of reasons to visit Duluth during the summer.  First, it’s a spectacularly beautiful city, located on the sandy and rocky shores of Lake Superior.  Second, it’s one of the top-rated destinations for outdoor enthusiasts in the entire country, and has been named the “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine.  One look around Duluth during the summer, and you’ll immediately know why, too.  There are endless boating, kayaking, and paddling options on Lake Superior, you can hike for days on end in the rugged forests and trails surrounding Duluth, there are a wide-variety of mountain biking trails in the region, plenty of cliffs for rock-climbers to tackle, and a variety of other activities not mentioned here.  But, finally, there is also always something fun happening in Duluth during the summer.  This June, join us at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast for the exciting Air Show.  Reservations are going fast, so book your room today! Read More »

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What Are You Waiting For??

Take Advantage of the 12 Weekend of Summer!

Most Minnesota schools are out the first part of June and summer officially begins. Schools start up the first park of September so that means summer is just 12 weekends long , that’s right, twelve weekends! Wow!

Don’t miss out of booking a romantic get away for you and your squeeze! Talk to your parents and ask them to watch the kids, look for an open weekend and book a stay at the Maple Knoll Inn. The Maple Knoll Inn is located in Rush City on interstate 35, about half way between the Cities and Duluth. We are the perfect location to use as a “jumping-off-point” for many events happening in the area.

Within 30 minutes of the Inn you will find fun river boat rides, great hiking and biking, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, golf, festivals, visit one of the many wineries in our area, and a host of other things to do or see (check out our our website for details and ideas – www.mapleknollinn.com).

Whatever you like to do, you’ll find it close to the Inn.  Don’t let this summer slip away. Book your stay, today!

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Olde Depot JUNKtion

This Memorial Day Weekend be sure to visit the Olde Depot JUNKtion, a two-day vintage, repurposed, antique sale held rain or shine at the historic Northern Pacific Event Center in Brainerd Minnesota. Saturday and Sunday only, antique vendors from across the Nation will be making a stop with a huge selection of treasured vintage finds at the natural stone depot built in the early 1900’s. Everything you could dream of finding will be displayed for this incredible event!

Whether your style is rustic, shabby, farmhouse, chic, industrial or you are just looking for junk gems . . .
you won’t want to miss this TRAIN!

The Northern Pacific Event Center

Memorial Day Weekend

Doors open at 10:00 am Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. General admission at door, $8.00 per day.  Cash and/or check. Children under 11 get in free.
NO Pets!

Catch the Early Train!

Want to be the first to secure that one-of-a-kind item? Early Train admission tickets ($20) allow you 2-hours on Saturday from 8:00-10:00 am to shop for those fabulous finds before the general public. Your early train ticket is good for free admission Sunday too!

Nearby, local area bed and breakfasts Oliver Acreage Barn Lodge (Pequot Lakes); Park Street Inn (Nevis); Lady Slipper Inn (Osage) and Leech Lake B&B (Walker) invite you to enjoy their hospitality while visiting the area!

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Chase Waterfalls on the North Shore

High Falls, Waterfalls near Duluth, MinnesotaSpring weekends are wonderful for exploring all the Minnesota’s North Shore has to offer.  The scenic shores of Lake Superior are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. This spring, as the snow begins to melt, head to the North Shore and bear witness to the immense and beautiful waterfalls that form.  Trails can be muddy and slippery this time of year, but standing near the raging waters as they spill over rocks and ledges will make all of the effort worthwhile. Duluth is the perfect place to stay during your North Shore adventure, and there’s one Bed and Breakfast that stands out amongst all the rest. Book your stay at the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast this spring, and come chase waterfalls with us. Read More »

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Tour Duluth’s Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse in DuluthThere are quite a few “must-see” attractions along Minnesota’s beautiful North Shore. The incredible shoreline along Lake Superior is one of them, with its sparkling blue waters, rocky shorelines and cliffs, and rugged hardwood forests rising steeply from the shores.  There’s more to the Duluth area than incredible scenery, though.  There are a variety of interesting things to see and do.  One thing we’d put firmly on the “must-see” list of attractions for anyone visiting Duluth is the Split Rock Lighthouse, located about an hour up the shore. Come stay with us at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and let us help you plan an incredible getaway while you’re here. Read More »

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100-Mile Garage Sale

Mississippi Valley Partners

The 100-Mile Garage Sale extends from Winona, north to Red Wing, on the Minnesota side of the River and Fountain City, north to Prescott, on the Wisconsin side of the River. Fifteen historic river towns and two states clean out their attics, garages and basements to create the most spectacular garage sale around! Bargain hunters can start anywhere along the river road – Minnesota or Wisconsin – rain or shine.  Thousands of individuals and businesses participate with their own garage sales, many of these sales often include whole neighborhoods. Plenty of signage with pink balloons and/or ribbon make it very easy to find the deals.

This epic sale begins Thursday, May 4 and extends all the way through Sunday, May 7! Many people who visit the region for the garage sale weekend start on Thursday and stay until Sunday morning. They often comment that they can only attend half of the sales that they saw. So why not spend as much time in the region as possible? Make your room reservation now at one of the 6 Minnesota Bed & Breakfast locations along the route. Don’t miss it!!!

Mississippi Valley Partners sponsors the 100-mile Garage Sale.

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