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Nisswa Fall Festival Fun Begins Saturday!


Nisswa 44th Annual Fall Festival

Nisswa ushers in fall with the 44th anual Nisswa Fall Festival on Saturday, September 16th.  The 12th annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge is also part of this annual fall tradition.  Start your day with a pancake breakfast.  Participate in the medallion hunt and compete in the bean bag tournament.  Kids congregate at KidZone near the Nisswa turtle track parking lot for activities that include bounce houses, games and much more! The tantalizing smell of barbecued ribs wafts through town as teams compete in the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge.  After ribs are judged, the public gets its chance to taste the creations. Live music throughout the day continues into the night with a live outdoor concert.

10:00am-8:00pm Enjoy our great downtown restaurants, brewery, coffee shops, candy/ice cream shops, KD Kettle Korn, Jamie’s Chuck Wagon Grille, Brent Rocks, Northwoods Food Factory
10:00am-Scavenger Hunt – Search for the Fall Medallion! Winner gets $100 CASH!
1st Clue Posted: 10am at Minnesota Surf Co.
2nd Clue Posted: 12Noon at CoCo & Co.
3rd Clue Posted: 2pm at Woodland Meadow
10:00am-4:00pm Paint Your Own Pottery by Kevin Matthews Pottery – Gazebo; Live Music on Outdoor Stage – The Lisa Wenger Band – Bean Bag Tournament (14 & older) – Pickle Factory Parking Lot – Cash Payout!
Noon-8:00pm Beer Garden/Outdoor Whiskey Bar – Pickle Factory Parking Lot; Live Music on Outdoor Stage – Vintage Raggs
1:00pm-5:30pm Pre-Sales for BBQ Eats! – City Hall Street at the Chamber Tent – Tickets go on sale for the VIP tent & General Eating for the BBQ

Nearby bed & breakfasts include: The Oliver Acreage Barn Lodge (Pequot Lakes), Carmel Apple Orchard Inn (Staples), Park Street Inn (Nevis) and The Lady Slipper Inn (Osage)

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Scenic Fall Drives on Minnesota’s North Shore

Scenic Fall Drives in Duluth, MinnesotaAs we officially say goodbye to summer and welcome fall, it’s time to start looking towards another spectacular fall in Duluth, Minnesota.  The excitement is palpable, and the dramatic colors of fall have already begun their beautiful annual display. Fall foliage is already showing hints of its colorful hues in the surrounding hillsides.  As the air begins to cool, we’ll soon be surrounded by fall’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. Situated on the north shores of Lake Superior, there is no better place to see the vibrant colors of sugar maple, aspen, paper birch, ash, and silver maple than along the scenic roadways of Duluth.  If you have yet to see the spectacular fall color change here, don’t miss your chance this year.  Book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast today, and come enjoy beautifully scenic fall drives along Minnesota’s North Shore. Read More »

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Plan For a Fall Birding Adventure in Duluth

Fall Birding at Hawk Ridge Observatory in DuluthIt’s official.  Summer is coming to a rapid close, and it’s time to start planning out your fall adventures.  Though many of us aren’t quite yet ready to admit it, we assure you that the excitement for fall and all of the colorful changes it brings to Minnesota is building. Not only is it beautiful in Duluth at this time of year, the cooler weather sets the perfect stage for getting outside and exploring this ruggedly charming city. One of our favorite places to send guests during the months of September and October is the Hawk Ridge Observatory.  The fall bird migration is the perfect time to go birding, whether you’re new to the sport or a long-time birding enthusiast.  Book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast today, and come help us celebrate another exciting start to fall in 2017.
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Soak Up the Last Days of Summer in Duluth

Summer Getaway in Duluth, MinnesotaIt’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about the last days of summer.  Soon enough, will be talking about all of the incredible opportunities there are in Duluth each fall.  Before we get to that point, though, let’s talk about soaking up these last incredible days of summer in the amazing city of Duluth. Right now, in celebration of our 10-year anniversary of Innkeepers at the incredible A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, we’d like to offer guests staying with us in August, 2017 a Midweek “Dinner on Us” Special.  We’re doing our part to get you here; now you just need to book your room at our luxury Inn, and start creating the itinerary of a lifetime. Duluth is waiting! Read More »

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Keep Cool This Summer; The Best Swimming Spots in Duluth

Swimming Spots in DuluthWe’re about halfway through summer, and it’s certainly heating up out there.  It just so happens that summers and swimming go hand in hand.  So, whether you’re working up a sweat mountain biking and hiking, or are just looking for a fun way to cool off during the hottest parts of the day, we’ve compiled a few of the best swimming spots in the Duluth area.  Of course, if you’d rather not get your feet wet, you can always head downtown and hit up one of Duluth’s wonderful breweries for a cold pint of our best beer.  Whatever it is you plan to do, make sure you book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and come enjoy these last warm days of summer with us!  Fall will be here before you know it. Read More »

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Upcoming Summer Festivals in Duluth

Duluth Summer FestivalsSummer is a fun time of year to be in Duluth.  There is so much to do here!  Choose between shopping, dining, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scenic drives, relaxing at the beach, and so much more.  There’s nothing we like more than helping our guests make the most out of their time in Duluth, and that includes staying up to date on fun events and festivals happening in the city. There is still a lot of time left to get to Duluth this summer.  If you’re still looking for excuses to getaway to this outdoorsy city on Lake Superior, perhaps these exciting summer festivals are what you’re looking for?  Don’t let time run out; book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth today. Read More »

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Great Events Happening Around Rush City

There are still some great events coming to the Rush City area. If you plan to stay in the area, make your reservation, today. Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn in Rush City and enjoy these events.  Weekend are filling and rooms are limited!

Every Weekend Wedding at the Creek-side Wedding Barn – Rush City

July 8 – Grand Country Music – Grand Casino Hinckley

July 15 – KISS – Grand Casino Hinckley

July 20 – 23 – Chicago County Fair

Aug 2 – 8 – Pine County Fair

Aug 5 – 6 – Cambridge Antique Fair

Aug 8 – Rascal Flats – Grand Casino Hinckley

Aug 9 – Kid Rock – Grand Casino Hinckley

August 19 – Rush City Music and Arts Fest

August 11 – 13 – Threshing Days – Almelund

September 2 -3 – Pine City Rodeo

September 8 -9 – Rock Tember – Grand Casino Hinckley

September 9 – 10 – Anderson Rock Creek Relics Threshing & Sawing Show –

September 9 – 10 – Hay Days – 51st Annual

October 20 – Ronnie Milsap – Grand Casino Hinckley

Rooms throughout the area will fill up fast, so don’t be left out. Make your reservation, today. Enjoy everything the Maple Knoll Inn has to offer. Check us out on our website – www.mapleknollinn.com one of Minnesota’s best small B & B’s. Area features 6 local wineries, bike trails, great lakes and rivers, hiking, and we also have bikes for your use during your stay.

There is always something happening around the Inn.

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Summer Baseball with the Duluth Huskies

Summer Baseball with the Duluth HuskiesSummer may have just begun, but July 4th is just around the corner, and we find our calendar rapidly filling up. Its definitely one of our favorite times of the year.  During these warm summer months, there is so much happening in the rugged city of Duluth, and there are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy summer while it’s here. Duluth is the adventure capital of Minnesota–maybe even the entire Midwest. After all, it was named Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever” for a reason. It’s a destination sought out by outdoor enthusiasts from all across the country for a variety of reasons. The inviting and endless waters of Lake Superior sit ripe for exploration, and the beautiful woodland forests are just begging to be explored. Adventures really are limitless.  When you’re looking for a little downtime between adventures, why not catch a summer baseball game?  Book your room at the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and come join us for a little summer baseball with the Duluth Huskies! Read More »

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Duluth’s Must-do Summer Attractions

Summer Attractions in DuluthSchool’s out, summer has officially begun, and the 4th of the July is just around the corner.  Are you looking for an adventure, and seeking the best summer attractions in Minnesota?  As the temperatures rise, it’s time to escape to Duluth; Minnesota’s mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Though it may seem as though you have an endless summer stretching out ahead of you, it’s always shocking at the end of the season how fast time has actually gone by.  Don’t let summer pass you up!  Make plans for a getaway to Duluth, and explore all of the wonderful things we have to offer. From the simple to the extreme, there are a variety of summer attractions that will keep you moving in Duluth.  Once you’ve decided what you’re going to do, book a room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast.  There are no finer accommodations in all of Minnesota than the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast.   Read More »

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The Maple Knoll Inn Rush City

The Maple Knoll Inn in Rush City, Minnesota, located about half way between MPLS/St. Paul and Duluth along I 35 is a great place to stay. Don’t just take our word about it, read what some of our guests have to say about us on Trip Adviser.


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