Minnesota Sights and Views

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:


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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Best Places for Ice Fishing in Duluth

Ice Fishing in DuluthWhether you’ve been ice fishing for generations, or have always wanted to venture out onto the thick, frozen expanses of Minnesota lakes and rivers, Duluth is a great place to be this winter.  For some, the thought of sitting on a frozen lake or river for hours on end is nothing short of miserable.  For others, though, it’s a tradition ripe with memories of fun and adventure.  Ice Fishing can be a placid and tranquil way to spend a day.  Even if you don’t want to get in on the action yourself, in cities like Duluth, ice fishing has become a spectator sport.  Drive along scenic route 61, and you’ll be witness to a variety of approaches to this time-honored Minnesota tradition. Book your room at the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast this winter, and come see what Ice fishing is all about. Read More »

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Gull Lake Frozen Fore

Gull Lake Frozen Fore

The 12th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!  The World’s Largest Golf & Snowmobile Charity Event! Friday, February 24 thru Sunday, February 26, 2017

This three-day celebration of all things winter, brings together a weekend of activities and fun for adults. From snow golfing to dancing on a frozen lake, this winter weekend is unlike any other.

Friday night begins with the annual Frozen Flop, our version of the polar plunge, which raises money for local charities. Not only does the Frozen Flop occur in the middle of Hole-in-the-Day bay, but also under a heated tent. Unlike any other flop, spectators stay warm, and floppers keep out of the wind making it a truly unique event. Following the flop, is our heated Tent Party! Showcasing an ice bar, food and live music performed by SOLO and  Chase & Ovation (Prince Tribute).

Saturday morning begins with a Pancake Feed on the ice to get you ready for the day. Saturday’s “Happy 10th Birthday” event begins where you can jump on FREE shuttles or drive your snowmobiles or vehicles and play nine holes of winter golf at 9 different locations around Gull Lake. A Digital Scavenger Hunt will also take place during this same time. The Tent Party kicks off at 6 pm with an ice bar, food and live music from Ynott & Groove Hawks to follow at 9 pm.

Finishing the Frozen Fore weekend is Sunday’s Food Fest. This cook-off features a variety of local restaurants showcasing their flavors in a taste competition for the best flavors in the area. Enter the heated tent at Hole-in-the-day Bay and take in the aromas of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s finest restaurants. Vote for your favorite after you’ve sampled them all and get ready for to hear the judges announce the winner.

Proceeds of the weekend event are donated to Confidence Learning Center and Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area.

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38th Annual Eel Pout Festival

Minnesotan’s embrace winter. That’s why thousands will be heading North to fish and party at the 38th Annual Eel Pout Festival in Walker. In addition to fishing for one of the ugliest fish, “eel pout”, there are lots of winter activities to keep you entertained.  The traditional Friday fish fry will be featuring eel pout nuggets. As Minnesotans would say, “they are not too bad”.  There will be a bull riding competition, live music, vendors to help you with your winter wardrobe and fishing supplies, and a kids “perch-pull” competition.  More details can be found at www.eelpoutfestival.com.

Don’t stay inside this winter, come up North and celebrate!
Dates:  February 23-26, 2017
Location:  Walker, MN

Walker, MN Annual Eel Pout Festival

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