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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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Historic Hutchinson House #20 Coolest in MN

Winter Wonderland

#20 Coolest in MN

HighwayHighlights.com blogger, Seth Hardmeyer, writes about roadside oddities and attractions found in his home state of Minnesota.  Updated weekly, posts include stories about roadside oddities, unique features and places, geographical landmarks, architecture and other Minnesota musings. In his December 29 post, Seth names The Top 50 Coolest Houses in Minnesota, which features the Historic Hutchinson House B&B as #20 Coolest in MN.

It’s 1892. Reportedly, the “American frontier” no longer exists, the so-called Gilded Age is waning, and Queen Victoria’s reign is near its end. The robber barons – American capitalism personified – are asserting power and prestige throughout the U.S. as the Morgans, Rockefellers, and Carnegie’s accumulate wealth and capital. How better to show off their wealth but to build a home with all the trappings – high ceilings, running water, quaint parlors, and even electricity.

There on the edge of the Big Woods in Minnesota, the town of Faribault has already tapped into the abundance of lumber and farmland that keeps its mills turning out a seemingly endless stream of lumber and flour. As in the East, the power and wealth of Faribault has settled with a relatively few influential business men – the town’s “Captains of Industry” as dubbed later by the Faribault Journal in 1903. One man in particular, John Hutchinson, Jr., a Civil War veteran and partner in both the Faribault Furniture Company and the Faribault Roller Mills, has the “strong business sense and untiring industry” to leave his father’s farm near Dundas, MN. Like his peers throughout the U.S., his financial success and acumen provide the means to have a grand Queen Anne Victorian home built for his growing family on the corner of 2nd and Maple, a mere three blocks west of bustling downtown Faribault.

And what a home! Lovely restored and converted into a bed and breakfast by its current owners, Tami & Doug Schluter, the house is situated on a high lot among many of Faribault’s oldest and most prestigious homes, the three-story octagonal turret is impossible to miss as guests approach. The day’s news or perhaps a little gossip is exchanged between friends and neighbors on the huge wrap-around front porch. Or, in the parlor and living room, with the wood-burning fireplace and ornate trim work, visitors enjoy the Victorian furnishings and displays. Are those the “Captains” in the spacious dining room sipping brandy and debating politics?

Join those who have come before to enjoy this beautiful home and gracious hosts . . . the past and present wrapped together in an encounter worth experiencing!

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A.G. Thomson House #1 B&B in the USA

A.G. Thomson House B&B #1 in the USA

A.G. Thomson House B&B #1 in the USA

The Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association congratulates the A.G. Thomson House B&B #1 in the USA, as Tripadvisor’s 2016 Travelers Choice Winner! http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cInnsBB-g191

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Why should you stay at the Maple Knoll Inn


Why stay at the Maple Knoll 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 with a shower. Whenever 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. In warm weather, use our screen porch or large second floor deck.

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 weekend, 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 a 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. We look forward to seeing you.


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Valentines Day is 4 weeks away! What do I get my spouse? Clothing? Risky! You buy something too big and, well you know. How about a household appliance? If you have done this before it is likely you learned your lesson.

What does a women really want? Something romantic. She wants to spend some romantic time with you!
A trip to Mexico might be romantic, but expensive and what do you do with the kids?

How about a romantic weekend get away? We can help you plan the weekend, just give us a call. Start with a romantic stay at the The Maple Knoll Inn, farm the kids out, and then go do the things she likes to do! Relax, go skiing, snow shoeing, wine tasting, antiquing, bowling, or indoor golfing, just to name a few suggestions. We have a huge list of local events and activities that are sure to be a hit with your spouse. Give us a call and let us help!

Visit our web site – http://www.mapleknollinn.com for ideas or call is at 320-358-6280.

Take advantage of our Valentine rate and book today before we fill up!

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What are our guests saying about the Maple Knoll Inn?


This year has been a wonderfully busy year at the Inn. We have had guests from all over the globe! From Florida, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, New Jersey, the Ukraine, Germany, and many other areas around the world. We have hosted pastors, retired pastors, a comedian, a pro-moto-cross racer, businessmen/women, and a host of other folks.

Here are just a few of the recent comment our guests left behind in our guest books –

We had a lovely time getting to know the two of you. It was a blessing to be able to experience staying in a B&B for the first time. Thanks you for making it wonderful! Many blessings to you and your home. See you next year – Don and Charlotte – Florida

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. How special that my first B&B experience as at a friends B&B – Sheryl

Lovely home, delicious breakfast, fabulous inn keepers – Tim and Deanna

What can we say but “thank you” for sharing yourselves, your lovely home, blessed conversation…a most memorable & enjoyable stay – Stan & Janice

In town for a business meeting. Quiet and restful night – Walter

We had a lovely weekend at a wedding (in a barn) home and in a beautiful 100 year old B&B and seeing God…best painting of autumn. Thanks – Richard and Ronda

Thank you for a wonderful stay! We had a great night! Breakfast was fantastic! I hope you make it to Arrowrock, MO someday. – Comedian Scott and Gina – Lakewood Ranch, Fl

Thank you for quiet and comfy place to stay! The house is very beautiful and well maintained. It’s a good experience to include in my traveling adventure. Thanks for having me! – Adhee, New York

Thank you so much for the wonderful weekend. It was lovely and relaxing. Your company was wonderful. You have opened us up to a wonderful new world of B&B! Samoutha & Natalie

Check out the Inn at – www.mapleknollinn.com

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Participate in a murder at the Maple Knoll Inn


The year is 1923 and you have been subpoenaed by the Rush City Police to the Maple Knoll Inn Bed and Breakfast. You, your significant other, and up to two other couples are suspects in a murder. You will need to solve the murder by asking questions and sharing information. <strong>Remember</strong><em>, <em>you may be the murderer.</em>

The mystery requires four people but we have roles for up to six people! Four makes a great mystery, but six makes it even more fun! So pick a weekend and invite another couple(s), the Inn has three rooms, who would have a great time at a murder mystery. Book your rooms and let us know you want to participate in our murder mystery package.

In advance of the stay, each participant will receive a packet with information about their character as well as details only they will know. Each participant needs to be checked in by 8 pm. Round 1 will take place in the dining room at 8 pm sharp. During that time you ask questions and share details you know. After the first round is over, you will be given additional information for round 2. During the rest of the evening, enjoy our accommodations.

In the morning, all participants will meet at the same time for breakfast in the dining room. While eating breakfast you will participate in round 2. At the end of breakfast you will be asked to to solve the murder.

This event is great way to have fun with your friends! Contact us today for availability and rates!

Can’t stay the entire weekend? No problem, we can modify the event. Contact us and we can make the event fit your timing.

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Stay at the Inn and Visit Bentleyville

Have you ever visited the magical town of Bentleyville, Minnesota? It is truly a wonderful town worth the visit, but you can only see the magic at night.

Like the play, Brigadoon, which only existed for 1 day every 100 years, Duluth features a magical Christmas City that only exists for a short time each winter. This town is located along the Duluth water-front and exists from November 21 through December 27. You can only view the colorful light show from 5 pm until 9 pm each night during that time. The admission to the town is free. If you park on-site there is a small per car parking fee.

The Maple Knoll Inn is located just over an hour from Duluth as is a great place to stay during your visit to Bentleyville. Plan your stay at the Inn and take to short drive to Duluth to take in this wonderful magic city.

Check out the detail on their website – http://www.bentleyvilleusa.org/

Make your reservation today!

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Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn, Enjoy the Fall Colors and Do Some Wine Tasting

Fall is a great time to enjoy the colors and to spend a little time sipping some local wines.

Book a room at the Maple Knoll Inn and enjoy some of the great wineries located close by. We have many wineries in the area! Visit North Folk, Wild Mountain, James Perry, North Ridge, Winehaven, the Dancing Dragon Fly, or the Chateau. All located close to the Inn.

The fall colors have begun in the Rush City area and will soon be in full color! Book your room and plan a great get away. Enjoy wine tasting, a boat ride on the St. Croix River out of Taylors Falls, a bike ride, or kayaking. Use the Inn as your home base to enjoy the fall colors. Rooms have been filling, so make your reservation, today.

There is always something going on close to the Inn.

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