Minnesota Sights and Views

Grand Old Days

GrandOldDayFor over 40 years Grand Old Days has been the first event of the summer, and the largest 1-day festival in the Midwest USA.  This year, the festival expands to a full weekend event featuring two distinct days with very different activities.

Saturday, June 4, Grand Old Days will have a completely different feel than the traditional Sunday event. This is a day to celebrate the businesses on Grand Avenue and give people the opportunity to shop the businesses. On this day many merchants will have special Grand Old Days sales and promotions . . . drive right up to the local business you would like to visit . . . the streets will be open for all events and festivities. Kids Adventure Zone at Ramsey Middle School with Carnival Ride will be open from 12 noon-8:00 pm Saturday and again during Grand Old Days Sunday. Individual stores may have music, but there are no big stage performances. Crews will be getting ready for the traditional Sunday Event.

The Sunday, June 5 event is recognized as one of the best Minnesota festivals for people of all ages and interests, Grand Old Days features four distinct areas of fun along Grand Avenue – the Family Fun District, the Home & Garden District, the Sporting District, and the Entertainment District, and new this year, the Arts & Culture District, which will include a vibrant array of artist and craftspeople, with a mix of street performers, ethnic foods and music.  Don’t forget the Grand Old Days Parade that passes through all the areas!

Grand Old Days is FREE to attend! If you’d like to spend time in the Festival Gardens in the Entertainment District, you’ll need to prove that you’re at least 21 and buy a wristband for $6 online in advance* or $8 the day of the event. Then, you’ll have access to all of our Festival Gardens!

Listening to live music and entertainment on seven unique stages is the best way to ring in summer in the Twin Cities! Dozens of local favorite bands perform throughout the afternoon.

Each year Grand Old Days draws in over 275,000 people from the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, regionally and from neighboring states. The parade is the 2nd largest in the area with over 180,000 in attendance. The Parade will kick-off promptly at 9:30 am. The route begins at Dale and Grand then proceeds west along Grand to Fairview. Grand Avenue and all side streets are closed after 8:00 am.

Be sure to check out the many METRO area B&Bs, including 4 in St. Paul.

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What Happened to the Summer of 2016?


I hate to “rain” on you, but you only have about 12 weekends of summer. 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.

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.

Don’t let this summer leave you wondering, “What happened to the summer of 2016?” Book a room at the 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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New Wedding Barn Opening in Rush City



There is a new place to host weddings, reunions, and other large gatherings in Rush City. The Creekside Farm Wedding Event Center. The owners have built a wonder facility, a brand new barn. You can view pictures and information about the facility at: http://www.creeksidefarmweddingsevents.com/

I understand that the facility already has multiple bookings for this fall. If you book with them and are looking for a place for guests or family to stay, we hope we can help. There are a limited number of rooms in the area and the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City,  provides a great place for wedding guests or family members to stay.  Visit us  at: www.Mapleknollinn.com

If you are looking for a great place to host your wedding and reception, check out the Creekside Farm Wedding Event Center.

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Great Weekday Special – Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City


Doing things on the weekend can be a real hassle. Golf courses are packed, lakes are busy, everything you like to do is always crowded with lots of people.

Why not take a few vacation days and take advantage of our great weekday get-away special we are offering at the Inn. Book a two night stay in one of our lovely rooms (Sunday through Wednesday night). Sleep in late and wake up to a great continental breakfast both mornings. Stay both nights and get these two great breakfasts all for only $189. You save $31!

We can also help you book a tee time at our local golf course, direct you to one of our many fishing lakes, or help you find a romantic activity for you and that special someone.

This deal won’t last long!

Give us a call and we can help you make your stay memorable!

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Wine Tasting near the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City


Many people enjoy wine tasting. It allows folks to check out the wide variety of wines without having to buy an entire bottle. We have many fine wineries located with in a short drive of the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City, MN. Book a night at the Inn and we can help you explore these great local wineries.

http://www.jamesperryvineyards.com/ – Rush City

http://www.north-ridgewinery.com/ – North Branch

http://www.northfolkwinery.com/ – Harris

http://wildmountainwinery.com/index.html – Taylors Falls

http://www.winehaven.com/ – Chisago Lakes

http://northernhollowwinery.com/ – Grasston (Just West of Pine City)

http://www.dancingdragonflywinery.com/ – St. Croix Falls, WI

http://www.chateaustcroix.com/ – St. Croix Falls, WI

There is always something happening around the Maple Knoll Inn -www.mapleknollinn.com.

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Do Something Romantic – Renew Your Vows at the Maple Knoll Inn!

When staying at the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City, we offer a super romantic service most B&B’s don’t offer. The ability for you as a married couple to renew your vows!

Some time ago I set up a surprise vow renewal for my spouse and I. After the ceremony my spouse told me that it was one of the most romantic thing I have done. Do something romantic that your spouse will remember forever, renew your marriage vows while staying with us at the Inn!

We will do a quaint personal service between you and your spouse. After the event celebrate with a complementary glass of champagne or sparking juice. We can also provide a certificate commemorating this celebration.

Contact us in advance for pricing and to book your room. P)320.358.6280 – Web: www.mapleknollinn.com

When will you be staying with us?

PS: As ordained ministers, we can also perform your wedding!

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Minnesota Waterfalls Road Trip

Minnesota Waterfall Trip

Minnesota Waterfall Trip

The Ultimate Minnesota Waterfalls Road Trip Is Right Here – And You’ll Want To Do It

If you’re up for an epic Minnesota adventure, you have to try this road trip! You get to see countless stunning Minnesota waterfalls in 7 northern locations, on top of experiencing one of the most famously beautiful drives along the North Shore! Starting from Duluth or Grand Portage, it only takes a little over 3 hours of driving to get to the other end – which leaves plenty of time for exploring the falls! You can spend the night at one end, or even camp halfway through to make it last. But, if you’re feeling up to it, it is possible to make it a round trip in one long day (but don’t try to one-day round trip it in the winter). Get the Google map here and don’t forget the camera!

Check our Travel Planner for more ideas! This article was penned by the folks at OnlyInYourState.com. Their website offers fascinating road trips in Minnesota too.


  1. Gooseberry Falls (State Park)
    The legendary Gooseberry Falls mark the first stop on the trip. The three levels of falls are all amazing in any weather – and they’re right down the path from the parking lot, making this stop one of the easiest for viewing!
  1. High Falls & Illgen Falls (Tettegouche State Park)
    Both of these waterfalls at Tettegouche are beautiful! The High Falls are definitely the fan-favorite, but both are within a short hiking distance.
  1. Falls at George H. Crosby Manitou State Park
    Next, we head a little bit inland to George H. Crosby Manitou State Park, a beautiful back-country park where you can find epic falls with just about a mile of hiking.
  1. Temperance River Falls
    The falls at Temperance River State Park head right under the highway and make a quick, stunning stop along the way to the next destination.
  1. Cascades (Cascade River State Park)
    Continuing North, the Cascades are one of the most amazing stops on the trip. This park alone has enough waterfalls for an entire day of marveling.
  1. The Devil’s Kettle & Upper Falls (Judge C.R. Magney State Park)
    The famed Devil’s Kettle and the gorgeous Upper Falls make Judge C.R. Magney one of the best stops on this trip. Enjoy the mystery of Devil’s Kettle, or better yet, try and solve it! Where does the water go?
  1. The High Falls (Pigeon River – Grand Portage State Park)
    The other end of the trip is at Grand Portage State Park. Seeing the High Falls on the US-Canada border is an unforgettable experience. They’re the highest falls in MN!

Minnesota’s North Shore has some of the most amazing waterfalls around – and this road trip is one of the most worthwhile you’ll ever spend seeing the MN sights.


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Winter Can Be Fun!

Snow shoeing

Winter can be fun snow shoeing

With new fallen snow in the Southern Region the past two weekends have been filled with guests who choose to embrace winter as only Minnesotans can do. Two couples in particular shared that they were “first-timers” to the B&B experience and we think they’re hooked now! Both complimented their stay with snowshoe outings.

One of the B&B couples had a fun-guided tour through the Big Woods State Park near Nerstrand, MN courtesy of The Gear Resource (@thegearresource). While celebrating Valentine’s Day, another couple snow-shoed the trails of River Bend Nature Center (@RBNC) in Faribault, MN. Snowshoes, cross-country skis, fat tire bikes and a variety of other outdoor gear are available to rent at both venues for healthy and invigorating winter outings.

It’s a great reminder that we don’t need to let the winter blues get us down. Yes indeed, winter can be fun! So before the snow turns to slop, consider a quick get-away weekend full of fun and relaxation. Enjoy everything that winter has to offer and then settle in at the nearest B&B for a quiet, warm and relaxing stay. Photo courtesy of #onlyinMN

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Valentine’s Day Package

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day – Stillwater-Style

The Water Street Inn Valentine’s Day package includes a bottle of champagne and two chocolate covered strawberries in your room when you arrive, followed by a 5-course dinner in Charlie’s Restaurant. Wake up the following morning and indulge in a deluxe breakfast including champagne or mimosas. (Sunday morning will be a champagne brunch in lieu of the deluxe breakfast)

$140 per couple + room rate + tax
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Looking for a fun filled weekend? March 19th is Murder Mystery Weekend at the Maple Knoll Inn in Rush City, Minnesota. Book a room and join us for a fun filled evening. Rooms will book fast so book today and we will send you information about your role.

The year is 1928. The place Chicago’s S.P. Keasy’s Place. Each Visitor is assigned a role. Each player gets a clue manual and information about their character. Help solve the crime but remember you may be the one who done it!

Remember – After all, as long as nobody’s gettin’ hurt, what is really wrong with a little crime now and then.

Visit our website: www.mapleknollinn.com or call us 320-358-6280

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