Minnesota Sights and Views

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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Let Duluth Experience Enhance your Trip

Tours with the Duluth ExperienceAt the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, a luxury Inn in Duluth, Minnesota, we pride ourselves on offering guests more than a place to stay.  Though our 7 unique guest rooms will set the stage for an incredible experience in Duluth, it’s the additional touches offered at our Inn that will make your stay exceptional.  From the moment you walk through our front door, you’ll be captivated by the Inn’s warmly sophisticated vibe. From here, how you explore Duluth is up to you. Relax on our beautifully landscaped property, watch ships coming and going in Duluth’s busy harbor, browse the shops in the Canal Park Neighborhood, or get adventurous with local tour company, the Duluth Experience.  Whatever it is you plan to do while here, let us help. Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast in Duluth today, and come experience life on the North Shore. Read More »

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Summer is Coming, Soon!!

Do you realize that most things you like to do on the weekend you can do on a weekday?? If you do it on a weekday you will avoid the traffic, crowds, and most things aren’t booked!

Take a few day off of work. Book a stay at the Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City and enjoy weekday events and things to do around the area. Stay at the Maple Knoll Inn (located along I 35 about half way to Duluth) on a weeknight, go out your first night for a great meal at one of our local restaurants. The Grumpy Minnow has great food, adult beverages, and a super outside patio with a wonderful view of Rush Lake. If it rains, stay inside and enjoy the view through one of their patio windows, Return to the Inn and hang out on our huge second floor deck. Relax, watch the many birds who visit out feeders, and enjoy your evening.

Wake up late the next morning and take the short drive to Taylors Falls. Take a boat ride on the St. Croix River, do some rock climbing and trail walking, have lunch at the Drive Inn and Ice Cream at  Schooney’s Ice Cream Shop.

The Drive Inn is a drive up, stay in your car, 50’s style drive in. It has great burgers and wonderful root beer. They have been featured in many magazines/papers and is “the place to visit”. They even have car hops to wait on you in your car. The car hops place a tray with your food on your car window! Schoony’s ice cream is located in downtown Taylors falls and has great hard ice cream in a host of flavors! For your evening meal take the short drive to Grandy and eat some of the best boasted chicken in Minnesota at the Brass Rail. The Brass Rail has been featured as one of the best boasted chicken restaurants in the state.

For a change of pace you could mix in a visit to one of our many local wineries, do some shooting at the Bulls Eye gun range, visit one of our museums like the Great Hinckley Fire Museum, visit Grand Casino Hinckley or play a round of golf at the Bull Rush Golf Course (if it rains, try out one of their state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators).

Weekdays are great days to stay at the Inn and venture out to make some great romantic memories with your squeeze. The weather has been great so don’t wait to put in for those days off and book a two night stay at the Inn. Give us a call today and let us make suggestions on how to make your stay super romantic and memorable.

There is so much going on around the Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City. When can we expect to see you???

Visit us at: www.mapleknollinn.com

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Here is a Great Mothers Day Gift Idea!

Hey guys, Mothers Day is just around the corner! This year it is Sunday, May 13th!!

Some of you guys may be panicking on what to get the mother of your children and love of your life for Mothers Day, but fear not! What women wouldn’t love to spend a romantic weekend at our fabulous Inn? Weekends can be busy and with Mothers Day so close, you might not be able to put together a day by May 13th, besides isn’t that opening fishing?

What to do??

FEAR NOT!! You can still give your squeeze a romantic get away! Simply contact us at the Maple Knoll Inn (320-358-6280) Rush City Minnesota, buy a gift certificate, put it in her Mothers Day card (don’t forget to buy her a card) and give it to her on Mothers Day! You can then find the right weekend that will work for both of you and escape to the Inn!

Don’t give her another bunch of cheap flowers or a box of chocolate that only last a few days, but give her time away with you. Book a weekend at the Inn and make memories that will last a lifetime. We can help you with booking other activities in the area that will make you stay special, like going wine tasting or a St. Croix Rive Boat cruise. There are lots of activities going on around the Maple Knoll Inn and we can help you pick one that is sure to make your stay complete. As a bonus, have the kids stay with grandma and grandpa!

How often has your squeeze said that they wanted to do something romantic? Let this be the year! Book a weekend or buy a gift certificate for a weekend stay at the Inn! Weekend dates are filling fast, so don’t miss out! Do it today!

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