Minnesota Sights and Views

Fall is Just Around the Corner

We have been experiencing some great fall weather. Cooler temps and nice sunny days. Now is a great time to plan you fall leave viewing get away! The fall colors have begun in the Rush City, Minnesota area and will soon be in full color!

Book a room at the Maple Knoll Inn, Rush City,  and enjoy some of the great wineries located close to the Inn. Within a short distance we have the following wineries: North Folk, Wild Mountain, James Perry, North Ridge, Winehaven, the Dancing Dragon Fly, and the Chateau. Each winery offers a unique assortment of wines. Each of them also offer reasonably priced wine tasting so you can sample their wines and find one that is just right for you.

Visit our local apple orchard featuring Sweet Tango apples. Sweet Tango’s are a great sweet eating apple. Developed at the University of Minnesota for the harsh Minnesota climate.

Book your room with us and plan a great get away. Enjoy wine tasting, a paddle boat ride on the St. Croix River, go for a bike ride, or go kayaking. Use the Maple Knoll Inn as your home base to enjoy the fall colors. Rooms have been filling, so make your reservation, today.

The Maple Knoll Inn is located along I35 about 1 hour north of the Twin Cities in Rush City, Minnesota.

There is always something going on close to the Inn.

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Enjoy Art in the Park with Afton House Inn

Welcome to Afton Art in the Park 2018

This upper Midwest favorite art festival is hosted by the Afton Area Business Association and will bring 10,000+ guests through the St. Croix River Valley during the 2 day event. Be sure to get a great night’s sleep and delicious breakfast before heading to the park – book now at Historic Afton House Inn.

We invite you to visit the charming St. Croix River town of Afton, MN on September 22nd & 23rd, 2018 for Art in the Park.

The 40th Annual two day outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair takes place in Afton’s quaint, Town Square Park and features
over 90 plus vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food and 2 days of live music!

Live Music during Afton Art in the Park 2018
Sat. Sept 22 (11am – 1:30pm & 2pm – 4:30pm) & Sun. Sept 23 (11am – 1:30pm & 2pm – 4:00pm)

Wine & Beer Garden and Adirondack Chair Auction, in Town Square Park, is hosted by Afton Museum. All proceeds benefit Afton Historical Museum

The Business Expo is located on St. Croix Trail, along the boulevards.

Be sure to visit Afton’s unique shops and restaurants, open for business during the event.

Afton, MN is located 4.5 miles south of I-94 on St. Croix Trail (C.R. 18). Take Exit #258 off I94 and head south 4.5miles

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The Best Place to Enjoy Fall in Minnesota

Fall in Duluth, MinnesotaNow is the perfect time to start planning for the upcoming Autumn season in Duluth, Minnesota.  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 the season’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. Whether you want to enjoy these colors by foot or behind the wheel, you won’t have to go far to see the finest fall foliage Minnesota has to offer.  This is also the perfect time for birdwatchers to make a trip to Duluth. The annual fall bird migration at Hawk Ridge Observatory is underway. We recommend a midweek stay if possible, which will help you to avoid the inevitable fall crowds. Book your room at the luxury A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast in Duluth, and come enjoy these incredible fall months with us.   Read More »

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Duluth’s Art in Bayfront Park

Duluth Art in Bayfront ParkSummer is off to a great start already in Duluth, but there’s still plenty of time left to make your plans to get here and enjoy it with us.  There’s no better place to getaway this summer than Duluth, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. Duluth has a world-renowned reputation as a top outdoors destination, perfect for hikers, bikers, rock climbers, boaters, and more.  But more than that, Duluth is also a vibrant cultural hub, home to an incredible arts scene, a wide variety of breweries and restaurants, and plenty of interesting attractions to explore.  Art lovers won’t want to miss Duluth’s annual Art in Bayfront Park celebration, taking place this August.  It’s an annual celebration of art and community near the Sandy shores of Lake Superior, and is a spectacular weekend of fun.  Book your room at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast today. Read More »

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Summer is half over! What have you done to enjoy it?

Summer 2018 is about half over and will soon be winding down. Most of us don’t take enough time for ourselves, have you? Make plans to get away for the weekend and enjoy yourself. Relax and recharge at the Maple Knoll Inn located less than an hour north of the Cities in beautiful Rush City, Minnesota. Hang out in our screen porch, relax on our huge second floor deck or sit in our wonderful sun room and enjoy yourself. Watch the many birds that come into our feeders, take a stroll around our 3 acres property, make the short drive to one of our many local wineries, and enjoy our out door patio dining on Rush Lake.

Summer will be fading fast and summer 2018 will only be a memory. I hope your summer has been filled with great memories. If not come to the Maple Knoll Inn. We will help you make a memory that will last a lifetime.


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Enjoy Everything The Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City – Has To Offer!

We have something, at the Maple Knoll Inn, you can enjoy that you might never see in the Twin Cities – you can see the stars. Get out away from the city lights, noise and pollution. Our town, Rush City, has so much to offer. Clean air, it is quiet and has great viability of the night sky. If you just need a few days away to relax and recharge book a stay with us. Life and work can be stressful. Step back in time at the Maple Knoll Inn and enjoy a slower less stressful experience. Build in 1914 and filled with many antiques, you will feel like you have been transported back in time. Many of our guests tell us it feels like they are staying at grandma house. When can we expect you?

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Come See the 2018 Duluth Air Show!

Duluth Air show 2018If you’re looking for a great place to getaway this summer, look no further. Duluth is waiting! Duluth is a wonderful getaway city, and offers something for every traveler. It’s the perfect city for avid outdoor enthusiasts, with miles of trails to hike, bike, paddle, and explore, and it also offers an incredible range of arts, culture, and community amenities to enjoy as well. Moreover, our luxury Bed and Breakfast is a relaxing retreat ideally located in the heart of it all. This July, join us for the incredible Duluth Air Show & Expo. Book your room at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, and come embrace life on the North Shore with us at our luxury Minnesota Inn. Read More »

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Women’s Air Race Classic comes to Faribault!


Women's Air Race Comes to Faribault

Air Race Classic 2018

Women’s Air Race Classic comes to Faribault, MN! Started in 1929 as the Women’s Air Derby, the current Air Race Classic, Ltd. (ARC) stepped in to continue the tradition of transcontinental speed competition for women pilots in 1977.  The race routes are approximately 2,400 statute miles in length, and the contestants are given four days, flying VFR (visual flight rules) in daylight hours, to reach the terminus. This year’s race begins in Sweetwater, TX, on June 19 with terminus activities in Fryeburg, ME, taking place from June 22 to June 24. Each airplane is assigned a handicap speed – and the goal is to have the actual ground speed be as far over the handicap speed as possible. The pilots are thus given the leeway to play the elements, holding out for better weather, winds, etc. The objective is to fly the “perfect” cross-country trip. In this type of race, the official standings cannot be released until the final entrant has crossed the finish line. Actually, the last arrival can be the winner.

Faribault is the fourth of ten scheduled stops in this year’s race. Why is that significant? Race organizers wanted to honor the life of WASP Liz Wall Strohfus by including her hometown of Faribault, which renamed their airport after the great lady during its 70th anniversary celebration in 2017 . . . welcome to Liz Wall Strohfus Field. Flying fast and strong today, the Air Race Classic is attracting world-wide success and remains a venue for competitive flying. Louise Thaden is quoted as saying, “… added skills are developed, self-confidence is increased and enduring friendships are made”.  And Blanche Noyes added, “Flying is ageless.”

Additional reasons for the Faribault stop include Redman Aviation Restoration Enterprises – RARE Aircraft Ltd – an award-winning, family-run company nationally-recognized for its restoration of antique aircraft. If you’ve got a vintage project in a hangar or on your wish list, you might want to stop in and talk with the Redmans. Faribault is one of the oldest settlements and predates Minnesota’s inclusion as a U.S. Territory, touting several interesting stories in history that affected the nation! To learn more about that history an overnight stay at the Historic Hutchinson House B&B is highly recommended.  Owners Tami and Doug Schluter share these stories in great detail and give you a step-by-step guide of where you can learn more first-hand as you move about Faribault’s Historic Downtown. For example . . . the Faribault Woolen Mills have been in operation over 150 years; supplying wool blankets to the troops of two World Wars. Have you ever taken a ride on a Tilt-A-Whirl at an amusement park or the state fair? The ride was invented by Faribault native Herbert Sellner and debuted at the Minnesota State Fair in 1926. Several restored “tubs” adorn the downtown for a fun, photo op! These are just 2 examples of the incredible history of this small, midwestern town . . . located just 45-minutes from the major population centers of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mankato and Rochester.

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Afton Strawberry Festival

Welcome to the Afton Strawberry Festival!
The Afton Strawberry Festival will be celebrated in the historic village of Afton, MN, which is located along the scenic St. Croix River. The 2018 Afton Strawberry Festival will take place on Saturday, June 23th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, June 24th from 11am to 4pm. (Click here for more information.)

Book your reservation at Afton House Inn for the fun!

This unique community festival honors the long, rich heritage of strawberry crops grown in the area since the 1800’s. This free, two-day outdoor festival will feature a blend of 60+ artist vendors showcasing and selling their goods, vintage and 2nd-hand vendors selling repurposed or vintage treasures and a business expo. Great food, live music and fun activities for the entire family in Afton Town Square Park.

Saturday, June 23
10 am – 5 pm

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Book Now for Duluth’s Summer Music festivals and Concerts

Summer Concerts and Festivals in DuluthThere are few things better than relaxing in the warm summer sun, listening to bands new and old, and enjoying the simple pace of summer. These outdoor concerts and music festivals are one of our favorite parts about summer in Duluth. Each year, Duluth hosts a variety of outdoor summer concerts and festivals, which add a fun local flavor to just about any getaway.  This year’s summer lineup certainly doesn’t disappoint. From the Chester Creek Concert series to bigger events like Hairball and the Bayfront Blues Festival, this summer promises to be another good one for music lovers in Duluth.  Once you’ve seen the lineup for 2018’s summer concerts, we know you’ll want to join us.  Book your room at our luxurious Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today. Read More »

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