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What are the guests of the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City saying??


This was a great place to stay. Thank you so much for having us here. It was so much fun seeing it now as I spent so much time here with the Halpin boys growing up. It’s a great place. Kim and Marlene – North Carolina

Our paddle down the St. Croix yesterday was a perfect way to say goodbye to summer. This was a great reprise out of city life for Linda and I. Thanks for your kindness. Mark and Kinda – Minneapolis

You can’t know how “at home” I felt to be here among your legacy pieces and the small town feel of Rush City. Your ministry to travelers is assume not to mention the comfy beds, bottomless coffee pot and great breakfast and chat around your beautiful table. Kristin – Missouri

Thanks Ruth and Jeff for your hospitality. We loved the tour of your beautiful yard. It is so peaceful. We will be recommending your B&B to our friends who also come to Hay Days. Brenda & Jack – Canada

Thanks you, Jeff and Ruth, for a welcoming place to come for our honeymoon. We were so blessed to not only have a cozy room, friendly faces, and delicious breakfast but also your encouragement about our marriage. Britt & Andrew

What a beautiful home you have here. We’ll be back for sure. J. – Michigan

Thanks you for the lovely stay at your home. It gave me a great restful nite. It is a beautiful place to stay. Betty

These are just a few of the comments left by our guests in our in-room guest books. We desire to make every guests stay memorable. Fall colors are beginning, book your stay with us today!


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Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn and Enjoy Our Local Wineries


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 in Rush City and enjoy some of the great wineries located close to the Inn. Every Friday night 5 – 8 pm (now through Oct 31), enjoy Gourmet Pizza and free entertainment at the North Folk Winery located in Stark. Every Saturday from 3 – 6 pm enjoy live music at the Wild Mountain Winery.

On October 4th from 11 – 5 pm, enjoy the Upper St. Croix Wine and Art Krawl. Visit all three of the local wineries, North Folk in Stark, Wild Mountain in Almelund, and the newest winery JP Winery in Rush City!

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 Maple Knoll Inn in Rush City Minnesota.

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Afton Art in the Park (Save the date)

36th Annual Afton Art in the Park
Sept. 27 and 28, 2014

For Immediate Release: The Afton Area Business Association is pleased to present the 36th annual Afton Art in the Park, September 27 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and 28 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 20113. The event takes place in the Afton Town Square park, located in the charming St. Croix river town of Aton, MN.

Art in the Park began as a small art fair in 1979, hosted by the Riverfront Artisans group, a group of local artists. Over the years, it has grown into an event that attracts thousands of visitors and includes artists from across the country. With its quaint and picturesque river setting, Art in the Park is a favorite annual tradition for many area residents.

This 2-day, outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair includes over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more.

The event also features:
– A great selection of food including roasted sweet corn, gyros, stir fry, pulled pork sandwiches and more.
– A Children’s Art Pavilion, sponsored by New Horizon Academy, with free activities including the Franconia spin art wheel and fall foliage inspired crafts.
– A “Pets in the Park” rest area for our four-legged guests, provided by Pet Evolution of Woodbury.
– Complimentary bike parking, provided by Stillwater Medical Group, located at the event entrance. Guests are encouraged to “walk, run or roll” to the event.
– A small business fair located along the main street in town
– A Leinenkugel’s beer garden located in front of the Afton House, with live acoustic music, food and beverages
– Live folk/jazz music from the park band shell both days (Saturday – Patchouli from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and Amy and Adams from 1-4pm and Sunday — Patchouli from noon to 4 pm).
– Artists awards (vendors choice and people’s choice) announced Sunday at approximately 3:30 pm

Plus the town of Afton is home to many unique shops and restaurants, which are open for business during the event.

Sponsors of Afton Art in the Park include: Audi St. Paul, Pernod Ricard, New Horizon Academy, Xcel Energy, Kitchens of Stillwater, Renewal by Andersen, Health Partners Stillwater, Afton Care Senior Homes, Pet Evolution, Excel Lifeforce Martial Arts, BrightStar Care, My Pillow, Envy Skin Clinic, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest, Tetzlaff Yacht Sales, First State Bank and Trust, Freedom Value Centers, Village Wine and Spirits and Sam’s Club Woodbury.

Directions to Afton, MN: From St. Paul, travel 12 miles east on Highway 94. Take the St. Croix Trail exit and travel 4 miles south to the town of Afton, MN.

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Why Stay At The Maple Knoll Inn?


Why should you stay at the Inn and not some hotel? I can answer that in two words – Amenities and Atmosphere.

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 for two with dual shower heads. One of the bathroom features a wonderful claw footed tub. We have added a shower to this tub to allow you to soak or shower. The house was built in 1914 and features spacious guest sitting areas such as our large living room, dining room, and second floor sitting room we call our “Sun Room”. Enjoy our large screen porch and huge second floor deck. Great for viewing nature or the changing colors. Our grounds cover three acres and have many hundred year old maple trees. Rush Creek runs through our property.

Atmosphere – The Inn provides a great setting for romance, relaxation, or to renew your relationships. Sit on the deck, sun room, screen porch, or outside and enjoy a cool glass of lemonade or wine. 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 night or weekend out, 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, antiquing, biking, cycling, hiking, golf, indoor golf, 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 bread and breakfast, you don’t know what you are missing!

Make your reservation, today. We look forward to seeing you.


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Two Big Events – Rush City Music and Art Fest and Hay Days

Saturday, August 16 Rush City is hosting the Annual Music and Arts Festival at the Chisago County Fair Grounds. Live bands begin playing at 9 am. Enjoy music from the 50’s, 80’s country, gospel, blues and Elvis! There are many vendors, food, art, a car show, beer and music.

The event is FREE.


September 5-7 North Branch is hosting Hay Days.  This huge event has grass snowmobile races, a swap meet, and new part vendor.  Last year all rooms were sold out for many miles around. The Maple Knoll Inn B&B in Rush City, as of today, has one room available. If you want to attend this event and need a room, book yours today!





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Big Weekend in Rush City – Maple Knoll Inn


A big week coming for Rush City!

Thursday, July 17th – The Chisago County Fair Begins! Motocross is the event of the evening!

Friday, July 18th – The county fair continues with The NTPS Tractor Pull AND at Chuckers Bowl a fund raiser for the Namyaki Girls Secondary School Tanzania. Chucker’s is across the street from the fair grounds.

Saturday, July 19th – The fair continues with a demo derby AND The Maple Knoll Inn has it’s centennial celebration! Join us from noon to 2 pm for light refreshments and live music. Bring your lawn chair or blanket!. After the Inn activities, go to the parade which runs down main street and starts at 3 pm.

Sunday, July 20th – Kids day at the fair and a talent show!

Food, rides, demo derby, tractor pull, motocross, shows, entertainment, parade, and animals. What is not to like about next weekend in Rush


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Chisago County Fair – July 17 – 19 – Rush CIty

Wow! Come to Rush City and enjoy the Chisago County Fair! Just a few of the many activities are:

July 17 – Motocross Racing, July 18 NTPA Tractor and Truck Pull, July 19 Parade & Demo Derby

Every day features a carnival and many fair activities.   Every night the fair has live music.

Plan your get away, today! Stay at the Inn and enjoy all the activities the fair has to offer.  Check out all the fair activities at: http://www.chisagocountyfair.org/pdf-files/FairSchedule-2014.pdf

If you have already booked that weekend, the Pine County Fair, located just 10 mile north of the Inn, is  July 30th – August 3. Check out all of their great activities at: http://www.pinecountyfair.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=138&lang=en

There is ALWAYS something happening close to the Inn.




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Afton Strawberry Festival June 28 – 29th 2014

Afton Strawberry Festival June 22nd-23rd 2013
Afton, Minnesota – Steamboat Park and along St. Croix Trail
Artists, Great Food, Business Vendors and Second-hand Flea Market
Be sure to visit the local Afton businesses for special Afton
Strawberry Festival promotions, prizes, activities and sales!
Saturday, June 22, 2013 10am to 5pm
10am to 5pm: Afton Historical Society Museum –
Activities, treats and raffle
10:30am to 1:30pm: Gazebo Music Stage
sponsored by Xcel Energy – Performance by BZ
GIRLS – Light rock and pop
11am to Noon: Activity Tent in the Park – Award
Ceremony for student art contest winners; guest
emcee, Randy Meier – Channel 9 News Anchor;
and Postal and City Officials from St. Croix Valley
to participate.
11am to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park – Afton-
Lakeland 6th grade art exhibit. FREE Strawberry
Festival postcards and Afton Post Office Pictorial
Postmark designed by local students. Postcards
stamps will be available for purchase.
Noon to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park Arts and Crafts
for children (led by local Girl Scout troops)
Noon to 1pm: Activity Tent in the Park:
Proclamation Presentation by Afton Mayor
Pat Snyder. Meet and Greet with Assorted
Government Officials from St. Mary’s Point, Lake
St. Croix Beach, Lakeland Shores, Lakeland,
Afton, Washington County and State of MN.
Noon to 4pm: Baglios – Pony Rides for children
by Fantasy Corral
1pm to 2pm: Activity Tent in the Park –
Strawberry Shortcake Eating Competition,
sponsored by Hudson County Market
2pm to 5pm: Gazebo Music Stage sponsored by
Xcel Energy – Performance by Bob Damon Jazz
3pm to 4pm: Activity Tent in the Park: “Make
It and Take It” painted wine glass for adults –
provided by Old School Art Studio
3pm to 7pm Strawberry Festival dinner, bake
sale and children’s activities at Memorial Lutheran
Church – a block from downtown. For advanced
tickets call 651-436-1138.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 11am to 4pm
11am to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park Afton Lakeland
6th grade student’s Afton Strawberry Festival art
11am to 4pm: Afton Historical Society Museum –
Activities, treats and raffle
Noon to 4pm: Pavilion in the Park Arts and
Crafts for children (led by local Girl Scout troops)
Noon to 4pm: Gazebo Music Stage sponsored
by Xcel Energy – Performance by Patchouli – New
American Folk music
Noon to 4pm: Baglios – Pony Rides for children
by Fantasy Corral
Noon to 1pm: Activity Tent in the Park –
Lower St. Croix Valley Community Foundation
announcing grant recipients
1pm to 2pm – Activity Tent in the Park –
University of Minnesota Raptor Center – Bald Eagle
and other birds.
2:30pm to 4pm: Activity Tent in the Park
Cutting Edge Mobile Pet Grooming – educational
demonstrations. Check out the mobile grooming
van. Dogs welcomed.
Annual Strawberry Festival Dinner at Memorial Lutheran Church,
Saturday, June 22.
Includes all-you-can-eat, locally grown, fresh Strawberries! An Afton Tradition since 1883!
For Dinner Tickets, call Memorial Lutheran Church at 651-436-1138
www.aftonstrawberryfestival.com • aftonstrawberryfestival@gmail.com
Sponsored by the Afton Area Business Association
Proud Supporters of the Afton Strawberry Festival!

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Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City – Turns 100!

Come join us for the 100th birthday celebration! Our house was built in 1914 and we are celebration this milestone.

Join us for light refreshments and live music.  Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the fun July 19 from 12:30 to 2:00. After that go uptown and enjoy the parade and Chisago County Fair, all in one day!

Hope to see you!100 year


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4th of July in Afton

Take a trip to Afton this 4th of July week! Enjoy a day in beautiful downtown Afton. Stay the night at the Historic Afton House Inn where you can enjoy a beautiful Jacuzzi Suite with a patio or walkout balcony. Looking for a romantic dinner? You can dine at the Inn’s Wheel Room for Fine Dining or if it is casual fair you are looking for the CURRENT Restaurant and Bar has a fantastic menu. Enjoy Patio dining at CURRENT Restaurant or the Swirl Wine Bar. (Free Wine Tasting on Fridays 6:00-8:30.

St Croix River Cruises are beautiful and you can enjoy a luncheon cruise, dinner cruise to see the Fireworks or the Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise. Midweek try out the Fajita and Margarita Cruise on Wednesdays and Thursdays. www.StCroixRiverCruises.com

Afton’s 4th of July Parade starts at 12:00 Noon. Come early to get a great spot at the Swirl Wine Bar Patio on main street to watch the parade. – Great Music in the park and also at the Swirl Wine Bar.
For more details and reservations call 651-436-8883


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