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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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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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