Minnesota Sights and Views

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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Annual Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival

Saturday, August 8
Faribault’s biggest block party is back!  12 hours of live music, food vendors, beer garden, BBQ contest, home-brew contest, washers tournament, pull tabs, recycled art sale, craft vendors and more. Visit Minnesota’s newest micro-brewery, F-Town, featuring IPA, Nut Brown, American Ale to Oatmeal Stout and beyond. The Historic Hutchinson House B&B is a short 3 blocks to all the action. Reserve your room today!

Southern Minnesota's Biggest Block Party

Southern Minnesota’s Biggest Block Party

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Old-Fashioned 4th of July


Celebrate 4th of July with us!

Celebrate 4th of July with us!

Enjoy a relaxing evening on our wrap-around porch while watching the “sparks” fly on Saturday, July 4th. Local fireworks are visible right from the porch and we’ll have refreshments at the ready. (Overnight stay required.)

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Historic Faribault Pub Crawl

An Historic Pub Crawl Series will be held on Friday nights, June 19, July 3 and August 7, 2015, beginning at 7:00 pm, in Faribault. We’re bringing people who love history together with B&Bs (beer & bars) . . . it’s a new way to appreciate both. Join us on an enjoyable stroll through Faribault’s Original Town Neighborhood, featuring a variety of homes dating back to the 1860s. We’ll make several “stops” along the way including Grampa Al’s. One of the oldest bars in the State of Minnesota, Grampa Al’s retains its original liquor license issued after the repeal of the Volstead Act. We will also visit F-Town Brewing Co., one of Minnesota’s newest breweries. Our last stop will be The Signature Bar & Grill, located in one of Faribault’s oldest downtown buildings. Each venue we visit has a history and a story and we hope to highlight those stories over a few pints. Overnight stay required at the Historic Hutchinson House B&B. (Drinks not included.)



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Meet Rick & Kelly Dale from American Restoration!

The History Channel series, American Restoration hosts Rick and Kelly Dale, will be in Faribault, Minnesota on Thursday, June 18, at 3:00 pm, to celebrate the placement of a Tilt-A-Whirl car, which was restored this past August on the popular cable

American Restoration restores iconic tilt-a-whirl car.

American Restoration restores iconic tilt-a-whirl car.

show.  The car will be placed in the historic downtown as part of Faribault’s Heritage Days, which runs through the weekend. Enjoy an overnight stay at the Historic Hutchinson House B&B to hear about the experience of being on the show with owners Tami and Doug Schluter and be one of the first to get your picture taken in this iconic piece of Americana!

Background: Herbert Sellner invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926, at his Faribault, Minnesota, home.  Family legend states that Herbert experimented with a chair placed on the kitchen table. Herbert’s son, Art, sat in the chair while Herbert rocked the table back and forth.  Over the next year, the first 14 Tilt-A-Whirls were built in Herbert’s basement and yard. In 1927, Sellner Manufacturing opened its factory in Faribault and the ride debuted that year at the Minnesota State Fair.  Tilt-A-Whirl and other rides continued to be manufactured at the iconic Faribault facility until the company was sold in 2011.

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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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