Minnesota Sights and Views

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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Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth

Duluth's Homegrown Music FestivalSpring is officially here, and we’re beginning to feel the thaw. The warmer weather has us feeling excited in Duluth for all of the possibilities the warmth brings with it. On the horizon is one of the most exciting events of the year in Duluth; the Homegrown Music Festival.  If you’re looking for something to do this spring and foster a love of live music, this event is for you.  What began as a simple birthday party in 1999 has morphed into a much-anticipated music event that features 200 musical acts, along with a few filmmakers and other artists.  While you’re in town for this spectacular event, there’s no better place to stay than the A.G. Thomson House–consistently rated as one of the top Bed and Breakfasts in the state.  Book your room with us today! Read More »

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Maple Knoll Inn one of Minnesota’s Little Know Inn’s

Rush City, Minnesota’s Maple Knoll Inn was mentioned as one of 11 little known Inns that offer an unforgettable overnight stay!  We have the top Trip Advisory rating of 5 out of 5. Check out our website at www.mapleknollinn.com.

11 Little Known Inns In Minnesota That Offer An Unforgettable Overnight Stay

 

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Craft Beer at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest

Craft Beer and Brewfest in Duluth, MinnesotaIf you’re from Minnesota, or have visited here a time or two, you probably realize that Minnesotan’s have a deep love of beer. Craft Breweries are growing increasingly popular in cities around the country.  In Duluth, it’s no different.   In fact, Duluth has proclaimed itself as the Craft Brewery Capital of Minnesota. You’ll find plenty of great breweries in Duluth, coupled with expansive, beautiful views along the North Shore of Lake Superior that can’t be found anywhere else.  April is a great time to come sample the finest craft beer in Duluth, as it is time again for the annual Gitchee Gumee Brewfest.  The stunning accommodations at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast are the perfect compliment to your trip.  You’ll need a comfortable place to sleep after a long night of beer drinking.  Book your room today, and discover the thriving craft brew culture in Minnesota. Read More »

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It’s Time to Tap the Trees!

Maple Syrup Workshop

As warmer days and cooler nights begin . . . the sap starts to run . . . which means it’s time to tap the trees! On Saturday, March 18, outdoor enthusiasts are welcome to learn in-depth and hands-on about the basics of maple syruping through this small-group, workshop-style experience. After a hearty breakfast at one of the Minnesota B&Bs known as the Inns of the Valley, enjoy an afternoon of nature and education!

Starting at 11:00 amWild River State Park will conduct a Maple Syrup Workshop. The park is located along 18 miles of the beautiful St. Croix River. The park attracts people who enjoy hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, interpretive programs, self-guided trails, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Day visitors can enjoy a leisurely paddle down the St. Croix River from the Sunrise river access to the southern park river access.

An all-season trail center is a great spot to relax after hiking or cross-country skiing on the 35-mile trail system. A visitor center with exhibits and environmental education programs is open year-round.

Registration required by calling 651-583-2125 x227. Limited to 35 participants per day.

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Duluth’s Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants in DuluthThere’s no doubt that Duluth is a fantastic destination for a variety of sports and outdoor recreation. There are nearly endless miles of wooded trails for hiking and biking and exploring.  Couple with the stunning shores of Lake Superior, Duluth has something for just about everyone.  However, there’s much more to this exciting destination than the great outdoors.  Underneath the rugged charm that Duluth is so famous for, you’ll find a cultural center that boasts an outstanding arts community, a vibrant history and culture to explore, and plenty of delicious restaurants just waiting to fuel you up for your next adventure.  Book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast today, and discover Duluth’s Best Restaurants this winter. Read More »

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SOAR with the Eagles

National Eagle Center - Soar with the Eagles

Soar with the Eagles

SOAR with the Eagles is happening all month long in March! The National Eagle Center has a wonderful lineup of presenters and exhibitors featuring some exciting new things and some old favorites including flying bird shows, live animals, arts & crafts, exotic birds, insects and more! Live eagle programs daily at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. There’s something for everyone, so bring your family and friends! Featured presenters are:

MARCH 4-5: EARTHQUEST
MARCH 11-12: WILD WORLD OF ANIMALS
MARCH 18-19: WINGS TO SOAR
MARCH 25-26: CINCINNATI ZOO

Wabasha, Minnesota offers a unique opportunity to see both of North America’s eagle species in the wild. You can learn more about eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and get great views of bald and golden eagles in the wild on a guided tour with our expert naturalists. Golden eagles do not breed in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but they are regular winter residents of the blufflands region of southeast Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa; the Driftless region.

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Grumpy Old Men Festival – Uniquely Minnesotan!

Wabasha, MN

Grumpy Old Men Festival

Since 1993, the Grumpy Old Men Festival is uniquely Minnesotan! Hot Dish Luncheon, Minnow Races, Grumpy Plunge, Chili Feed, Spaghetti Feed, Ice Shacks n’ Plaid Parade, Cribbage Tournament, Raffles and Ice Fishing Contest. One Day Only! Saturday, February 25th, Wabasha, Minnesota. Everyone is Welcome! Come on out and enjoy the fun activities all over town in Wabasha, Minnesota.

Get your #GrumpyOldMen festival apparel for February 24-25, 2017! Stop in at Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast and Adventure also home to Hoppy Girl Brewing aka Turning Waters Back Alley Brewing Co. and pick up your short sleeve shirts, limited supply of long sleeve, baseball and trappers hats (very warm and cozy).  Let’s paint #onlyinwabasha with festive grumpy gear!!! Call Brenda 651-564-1568 #OnlyinMN

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Fasching – a German Mardi Gras

Schell's Bock Fest

Fasching – German Mardi Gras

Fasching – a German Mardi Gras is an old carnival tradition that originated in the European Alps to chase away winter. Each year, strips of cloth are strung across downtown streets in the German peasant tradition, and the “Narren,” masked characters in colorful costumes, walk the streets inviting people to the party. New Ulm‘s version of Fasching will take place on Saturday, February 25. Sponsored by The Concord Singers since 2006, it has expanded to include “Capture the Mayor” and includes music, food, dancing, and costumes are encouraged!

August Schell Brewing CompanySchell’s Bock Fest takes place outdoors on the grounds of Schell’s brewery on Saturday, March 4. Enjoy an award-winning beer or root beer beside a big bonfire and a few thousand friends. The highlight of the day is the Bock Medallion Hunt, when participants use clues to find the “bocks” (a gruff and stubborn goat of winter), to win cash and merchandise prizes.

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