Minnesota Sights and Views

What is your favorite summer activity?


Summer has arrived and everyone is thinking about what they want to do. I hate to “rain” on you, but you only have about 12 weekends before summer ends. 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, flee markets, golf, scenic boat rides down the St. Croix River, hiking and biking.

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 Maple Knoll Inn is located close to it.

Don’t let this summer leave you wondering, “What happened to the summer of 2015?” 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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Afton Strawberry Festival and Marketplace – June 27 & 28th

Afton Strawberry Festival And Marketplace
Saturday June 27 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday June 28 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Afton Town Square Park

Everyone knows that the charming town of Afton is a delightful destination in the summer. And this is especially true during Afton Strawberry Festival and Marketplace! Returning for its third year, this free, outdoor event features unique art and shopping, fun activities for kids and of course plenty of fresh, tasty strawberries. The event is proudly hosted by the Afton Area Business Association.

Afton Strawberry Festival and Marketplace will fill Town Square Park and wind through the business district. Over sixty vendor booths will showcase a blend of artwork, jewelry, vintage treasures, repurposed finds, home goods and more. Other event highlights include:

– Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest, Sat. at noon. Register at the activity tent. Great prizes!
– Afton Apple Strawberry Station – enjoy fresh strawberries by the pint and Afton Apple’s other popular strawberry treats such as fritters, shortcake and more!
– U of M Raptor Demonstration
– Demonstrations by Washington County K-9 and LSCV Fire Dept.
– Kids “Spin Art” Wheel provided by Franconia Sculpture Park
– Afton/Lakeland Student Artwork Display

And what outdoor festival is complete without live music? The park’s outdoor stage will welcome folk/bluegrass performers each day:

– Saturday, 10 am to 1:30 p.m. Mark Keating (folk/acoustic)
– Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Katy Vernon & Collins (folk/Americana)
– Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Amy & Adams (folk/bluegrass/jazz)

Sponsors for Afton Strawberry Festival include Renewal By Andersen, Xcel Energy, Hudson County Market, Afton Apple, Pioneer Press, Rivertown Printing and Woodbury Bulletin. Please support our loyal sponsors when you have the opportunity.


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What are people saying about the Maple Knoll Inn B & B?


We are so thrilled when our guests take the time to comment on their stay with us. Here are some recent comments:

Our first time in a B&B the experience was great. Thank you for sharing your home – Aron and Danna

What a pleasure to stay here! You’ve done a wonderful job with the house. You both were fun to talk with and so caring and considerate. We felt well pampered and cared for. Thank you so much and we hope to see you again – Mark and Trina

Jeff and Ruth thank you for being great hosts and for sharing your home with us! We had a lovely time and it was a pleasure to talk with you both and getting to know you. Have a great summer and we will be back again in the near future – Matt and Megan

What a lovely stay for our 13th anniversary. Beautiful host and hostess! Beautiful decor and atmosphere! Outstanding service and food to savor. Thank you Ruth and Jeff for the delight you bring. May God bless your home and may His joy shine down upon you – Bob and Belinda

A lovely, quiet reprise in a beautiful home. Thank you for the comfortable bed, hospitality, and a beautiful sun room to start the day. A great midweek break from a long cold winter – Terri

What a fun place to stay! Brings back a lot of memories from our great grandparents. You did a very great job fixing this old house up. The food was so good. Thanks for your great hospitality. Want to come back again! – Jeff and Betty

This was a wonderful place. Very inviting and great hospitality. Thanks you so much for the experience. The house and rooms are beautiful! Thanks you for everything! – Joseph and Angel

Just a few of our recent comments. We love making great memories for our guest.

When will you be staying with us so we can make a great memory for you?

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Great Wine Tasting Deal – Combine it with a stay at the Maple Knoll Inn


It is a great time to visit local wineries and the Minnesota Grape Growers have a great deal for you. For just $25 you can buy a passport that grants the holder tastings at 10 wineries! This is a great value!

The Maple Knoll Inn is located close to several of the wineries. Book your stay at the Inn, go to the Minnesota Grape Growers web site – http://mngrapegrowers.com – and start your wine tasting experience.

Many of these wineries feature Minnesota developed and grown grapes like the Frontenac, Saint Croix, Marquette, and LaCresecent. Minnesota wineries produce some of the best wines in the country and many of the wineries have won many national awards. There are four wineries close to the Inn. Our favorite is Wild Mountain Winery!

Spring and summer weekends are beginning to book so now is the time to book your weekend get away at the Maple Knoll Inn.

Whether your weekend get away is to tour wineries, a girls weekend, or to just relax, the Maple Knoll Inn has everything you could every want for an enjoyable stay. The Inn has nicely period appointed guest rooms. Each room has push comfortable beds with high quality linens and has a private bath. The house has a massive screen in porch, 2nd story deck, sun room, large living room offering a comfy home feeling. You will feel more like family than guests.

Book you weekend stay today!

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Do Something Super Romantic!!


When staying at the Maple Knoll Inn we offer a super romantic service most B and 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.

When will you be staying with us?

Check us out on www.mapleknollinn.com

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What Guests Are Saying About the Maple Knoll Inn


Thank you for helping make our first anniversary a special one! We enjoyed being able to relax, enjoy down time, and enjoy your wonderful company! Maple Knoll will be highly recommended by us! Shelly and Seth

Our first time staying at a B and B and it was great. We reserved the whole house so we could be in town for our sons wedding. It was perfect to be able to come and go, and sit and relax when time allowed. We enjoyed every minute. Bob and Deb

Thanks you so much for your wonderful hospitality! What a great get away for Ron and I for our 12th anniversary. It was made special with your beautify accommodations. Ron and Dawn

How wonderful it was to be in your lovely home. You are great hosts. Hope to come back and visit again. Kathy and Larry

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You are wonderful hosts and made Carla and I feel right at home! Your home is gorgeous and beautifully decorated for a B and B! We look forward to staying again next year! Carla and Sandra

What a wonderful way to start the Christmas Holiday season. We came up to deer hunt
and it was amazing to stay here. Thanks you so much!! Dawn and John

Great Place to stay! Loved the sun room in the morning as we had our coffee. The two shower heads in the bathroom was a special treat. The bed was very comfortable and I was able to read on my kindle fire as you have wi-fi. I love flowers so the landscaping was enjoyable to look at. Breakfast was great! Jim and Cathy

Amy Grant sings the song “House of Love”. That’s the feeling I get when I stay here. This trip, I would ass another word…gratitude. Donnette

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 and B to our friends who also come to Hay Days. Brenda & Jack – Canada

Thank you, Jeff & 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. When will you be staying with us at the Maple Knoll Inn?

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Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City – featured in MPLS Trib. travel section

The Maple Knoll Inn B&B, Rush City, Minnesota is honored have been selected my the Minneapolis Tribune in the Sunday, January 25th Travel Section (Page G3) as the Deal of the Week. New York Times writer Catherine Preus included the Maple Knoll Inn B&B in her “When romance hits a long weekend” article. She states, “For more affordable romances, the Maple Knoll Inn B&B in Rush City, Minn. is offering a Valentines package, too”. Check out our website and the article for more details!



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Wedding and Beauty Expo

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Looking for something to do??

Rush City is featuring a great winter event – the Wedding and Beauty Expo – 10 to 3 on Saturday, January 17. Stop by the event for food samples, a bridal show, door prizes, music and give away’s.

Admission is FREE!!

Stop by the Maple Knoll Inn booth and visit with us! We would love to see you! Visit us at our website – www.mapleknollinn.com

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Why Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn and not a hotel/motel?


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 bathrooms features a wonderful claw footed tub. We have added a shower to this tub to allow you to soak or shower. When ever possible, we feature organic food and coffee.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”. 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. Relax in our living room or sun room. 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, biking, cycling, hiking, golf, indoor golf, skiing, snow boarding, snowmobiling, antiquing, thrift store/outlet store shopping, 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 bed and breakfast, you don’t know what you are missing!

Make your reservation, today.  Find us at – www.mapleknollinn.com or phone – 320.358.6280. We look forward to seeing you.



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2014 MBBA Annual Conference

MBBA/WBBA first joint annual conference was held

November 9-11, 2014, in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

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  • Mark Philips begins the auction to benefit WBBA. Each table bids on the dessert it wants.

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