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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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Wine and Cheeze Lunch Cruise on the St. Croix


Wine and Cheese Lunch Cruise: Thursday, September 24th: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Delight all of your senses as you cruise the beautiful St. Croix River on the elegant Taylors Falls Princess paddle boat. You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch, great Winehaven wines, and some of the best local cheeses while experiencing the breathtaking rock formations that were left behind as the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago.

This relaxing two-hour cruise includes a narrated scenic tour of the river, wine sampling and light lunch.  Reservations are required.  This cruise embarks from Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Book a stay at the Maple Knoll Inn Bed and Breakfast, Rush City, and enjoy this wonderful cruise!


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Hinckley’s Smokin” Ribfest

What a great event! Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn Bed and Breakfast in Rush City, Mn and drive the short distance to this fun event.. Enjoy everything the Inn has to offer and then enjoy the day at the ribfest.

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With the 4th over – What Is Left To Do This Summer??


Are you kidding me??? There is always lots of things going on around the Maple Knoll Inn in beautify Rush City!!

Scenic boat rides in Taylors Falls, wine tasting, concerts, fishing, and golf. When was the last time you went mini golfing, bowling or played Frisbee golf? All these activities are just a short drive from the Inn.

Or how about fairs? The Chisago County fair in Rush city – parade, and grad stand events – July 16 – 19, Isanti County Fair – July 22 – 26, Pine County Fair – July 22 -26.

Looking for something different? How about a Jazz Festival at the Dancing Dragonfly Winery on July 11 & 12? Or maybe The World Championship Water Cross – July 17 -19 in Grantsburg?

There is still a lot of summer left and plenty of fun activities to enjoy!

Or maybe you just need to relax. Enjoy a weekend or a few quiet weekday with us. Sit on our second story deck or in our screened porch and just relax and unwind.

There is always something going on around the Maple Knoll Inn!!

Check us out on our website – mapleknollinn.com – What are you waiting for??



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