Minnesota Sights and Views

Go Boating in Duluth This Summer

Boating in DuluthLabor Day is almost here, which means it’s time to plan your last great summer getaway.  Whether it’s adventure or relaxation you’re after, there’s no town in Minnesota better than Duluth. Before you know it, another winter will settle on us here in the North.  Enjoy these last days of summer boating on the water with a harbor cruise, charter fishing, sailing, kayaking or stand-up paddle board.  Afterwards, relax at our award-winning Bed and Breakfast, the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, which is ideally located minutes from downtown, Canal Park, and a wonderful variety of local restaurants and shops in beautiful Duluth. The elegance and warm hospitality of our Inn can’t be beat.  Book your room today, and experience firsthand why we are rated Trip Advisor’s #1 Bed and Breakfast in the country. Read More »

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Why Stay Any Where Else??

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There are some very nice hotels, but if you stay at a B and B you get so much more than a hotel.

Each B and B offers a unique experience including some great amenities and a great atmosphere. At the Maple Knoll Inn we offer the following:

The House – Built in 1914 and features original hardwood floors and wooden built-in china cabinets and book cases. We have worked hard to keep the look and feel of the period of the house, including push button light switches, tiled bathrooms, and antique furnishings through out the house. In our dinning room we serve our guests breakfast on fine china and use antique glassware and silverware. The house and grounds have a character all there own. Once the home of an area country doctor, the house is still known as the Doc Halpin House, to local residents.

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 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 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. We offer a wonderful continental breakfast during the week. The continental breakfast is served in our dining, no standing in line to get at table or food. You eat off real china with real antique silverware. On the weekends we offer a full breakfast. Consisting of one of our great signature dished.

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 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. Visit out website at – Mapleknollinn.com or call us at 320-358-6280

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Minnesota’s 8 National Park Sites

Did you know Minnesota has 8 National Park Sites? The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. Why not stay in a local engaging B&B community and take part in the celebration! Top to bottom, Minnesota’s National Park sites touch every region in the state.

Voyageurs National Park is a wMinnesota's National Park Sitesater-based park featuring some of the oldest exposed rock in the world (2.8 billion years old!) Glaciers, more than a mile high, scoured out the lake and river beds here and set the stage for vast forests. This area, where the southern boreal forest meets and mixes with the northern hardwood forest, is widely known for its wildlife viewing opportunities. Voyageurs is one of only two national parks in the continental United States with an indigenous population of the Eastern timber wolf.

Grand Portage National Monument, located on the north shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, preserves a vital center of fur trade activity and Anishinaabeg Ojibwe heritage. The Grand Portage is an 8.5-mile footpath that bypasses a set of waterfalls and rapids on the last 20 miles of the Pigeon River, which is part of the historic trade route of the French-Canadian voyageurs. Nearby B&Bs are Pincushion Trails Inn and Poplar Creek Guesthouse.

North Country National Scenic Trail stretches approximately 4,600 miles from eastern New York to central North Dakota. While only a few have attempted to thru-hike the whole trail in one shot, thousands find their way onto a section of the Minnesota portion each year. Spring, summer, fall or winter, the trail offers something for everyone. Snowshoeing, long-distance trail running, a saunter through quiet spring meadows or vineyards, crossing salmon-filled rivers, a weekend with the grandkids…. you can find what you’re looking for on the North Country Trail, and right nearby! Leech Lake B&B and Park Street Inn are in communities where the trail is located.

Traveling to the Chippewa National Forest means traveling “up north”. The Forest, located in the heart of northern Minnesota, is a celebration of seasons, culture, and environment where you get to choose your own adventure! Visit the Green Heron B&B in nearby Grand Rapids.

Grab your paddle and your longing for adventure and head to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offering over 200 miles of clean water that glides and rushes through a forested landscape. Paddle, boat, fish, and camp among this wild and scenic beauty. Hiking and historic towns also beckon featuring a wide array of B&Bs including the Afton House Inn, Aurora Staples Inn, Cover Park Manor, Maple Knoll InnThe Outing Lodge, Summit Inn Bed & Breakfast and the Water Street Inn.

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area protects a 54,000-acre corridor along the Mississippi River from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey to just downstream of Hastings. In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72-mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing.  Other spots are excellent for bird-watching, bicycling and hiking. If you are interested in the Mississippi River, this is a great place to start your exploration. Metro St. Paul B&Bs include Cathedral Hill B&B, Como Lake B&B, Corban Manor Inn, and Hotel 340.

The Circle Trail is a paved, 3/4 mile, walking trail that leads to several points of interest at Pipestone National Monument. The pipestone quarries are a significant site for many American Indian cultures because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe’s smoke carries one’s prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.

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See a Summer Concert in Duluth

Duluth Summer Concert Music FestivalsSummer concerts in the Duluth area range from small community celebrations to huge, multi-day celebrations. Visiting a summer concert is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon/evening.  It’s an even better way to get a firsthand glimpse into Duluth’s exciting local culture.  Many of Duluth’s summer concerts are held in Bayfront Festival Park.  Bayfront Festival Park is easily accessible to guests staying at the AG Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, as it is only 3 short miles away from our historic Inn.  Book your room with us today, so you can celebrate the sounds of summer with us this August! Read More »

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Quality Matters!


Aren’t all bed and breakfast’s the same?

Most B and B’s are unique and each offers a different experience. Some, like the Maple Knoll Inn, are in historic homes, some are in unique structures like a light house or rail car. Not all Bed and Breakfasts’s are members of the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association. The Association sets high standards and inspects members to insure those standards are met.

The Inn is a proud member of the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association. We work hard to insure that we meet and exceed the Association’s high standards.

It is our desire to make sure EVERY guest’s stay is one that will be memorable. We have hosted guests from around the area, around the country, and around the world. Read our guest responses on Trip Advisor or our Facebook page. They all comment about how clean, comfortable and nicely appointed our home is. They love our friendliness and how helpful we are.

Book a stay with us and let us have the opportunity to turn your stay into a really great experience.

We can’t wait for you to stay with us!

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Wine Tasting Around the Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City


Many people enjoy wine tasting. It allows folks to check out the wide variety of wines without having to buy an entire bottle. We have many fine wineries located with in a short drive of the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City. Book a night at the Inn and we can help you explore these great local wineries.

http://www.jamesperryvineyards.com/ – Rush City

http://www.north-ridgewinery.com/ – North Branch

http://www.northfolkwinery.com/ – Harris

http://wildmountainwinery.com/index.html – Taylors Falls

http://www.winehaven.com/ – Chisago Lakes

http://northernhollowwinery.com/ – Grasston (Just West of Pine City)

http://www.dancingdragonflywinery.com/ – St. Croix Falls, WI

http://www.chateaustcroix.com/ – St. Croix Falls, WI

There is always something happening around the Maple Knoll Inn.

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Lakes Jam – Brainerd Lakes Area

Lakes JamLakesjam unites rock and country music fans from all walks of life and brings them together in the Brainerd Lakes area on June 23-25! Located on the grounds of Brainerd International Raceway, the area boasts beautiful scenery and weekend fun, including a car show, water-cross and bean bag contest. Rain or shine, the show goes on! Avoid the crowds . . . stay at one of the many Minnesota B&Bs in the area. Be sure to ask MBBA members about special transportation to and from the venue.

Granger Smith – June 23 – 10 pm
Toby Keith – June 24 – 10 pm
Styx – June 25 – 10 pm

Other headliners includes: 38 Special, Chase Bryant, LOCASH, Survivor, High Valley, Chris Hawkey, Whiskey Myers and ThundHERstruck

Purchase a VIP Weekend Concert Package:

  • Exclusive VIP Seating during the Main Stage Performances
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday Music
  • Free Tap Beer, Soda and Water in the VIP Tent
  • 3 Complimentary Meals in the VIP Tent (1 each night)
  • VIP Eating Area with Tables and Chairs
  • Souvenir VIP Mug & Lanyard
  • VIP only Bathrooms
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Grand Old Days

GrandOldDayFor over 40 years Grand Old Days has been the first event of the summer, and the largest 1-day festival in the Midwest USA.  This year, the festival expands to a full weekend event featuring two distinct days with very different activities.

Saturday, June 4, Grand Old Days will have a completely different feel than the traditional Sunday event. This is a day to celebrate the businesses on Grand Avenue and give people the opportunity to shop the businesses. On this day many merchants will have special Grand Old Days sales and promotions . . . drive right up to the local business you would like to visit . . . the streets will be open for all events and festivities. Kids Adventure Zone at Ramsey Middle School with Carnival Ride will be open from 12 noon-8:00 pm Saturday and again during Grand Old Days Sunday. Individual stores may have music, but there are no big stage performances. Crews will be getting ready for the traditional Sunday Event.

The Sunday, June 5 event is recognized as one of the best Minnesota festivals for people of all ages and interests, Grand Old Days features four distinct areas of fun along Grand Avenue – the Family Fun District, the Home & Garden District, the Sporting District, and the Entertainment District, and new this year, the Arts & Culture District, which will include a vibrant array of artist and craftspeople, with a mix of street performers, ethnic foods and music.  Don’t forget the Grand Old Days Parade that passes through all the areas!

Grand Old Days is FREE to attend! If you’d like to spend time in the Festival Gardens in the Entertainment District, you’ll need to prove that you’re at least 21 and buy a wristband for $6 online in advance* or $8 the day of the event. Then, you’ll have access to all of our Festival Gardens!

Listening to live music and entertainment on seven unique stages is the best way to ring in summer in the Twin Cities! Dozens of local favorite bands perform throughout the afternoon.

Each year Grand Old Days draws in over 275,000 people from the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, regionally and from neighboring states. The parade is the 2nd largest in the area with over 180,000 in attendance. The Parade will kick-off promptly at 9:30 am. The route begins at Dale and Grand then proceeds west along Grand to Fairview. Grand Avenue and all side streets are closed after 8:00 am.

Be sure to check out the many METRO area B&Bs, including 4 in St. Paul.

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What Happened to the Summer of 2016?


I hate to “rain” on you, but you only have about 12 weekends of summer. 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, flea markets, golf, scenic boat rides down the St. Croix River, hiking and biking. Explore history by visiting the The Northwest Fur Post or the Hinckley Fire Museum.

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 Inn is located close to it.

Don’t let this summer leave you wondering, “What happened to the summer of 2016?” 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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New Wedding Barn Opening in Rush City



There is a new place to host weddings, reunions, and other large gatherings in Rush City. The Creekside Farm Wedding Event Center. The owners have built a wonder facility, a brand new barn. You can view pictures and information about the facility at: http://www.creeksidefarmweddingsevents.com/

I understand that the facility already has multiple bookings for this fall. If you book with them and are looking for a place for guests or family to stay, we hope we can help. There are a limited number of rooms in the area and the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City,  provides a great place for wedding guests or family members to stay.  Visit us  at: www.Mapleknollinn.com

If you are looking for a great place to host your wedding and reception, check out the Creekside Farm Wedding Event Center.

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