What Do Our Guests Have To Say?

We enjoy hearing from our guests. Here are just a few comments:

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely B&B with us. I especially enjoy having coffee in the sun room. – Michelle & Jim.

My husband and I had a wonderful time here especially talking with Ruth & Jeff. The room was comfortable, the breakfasts fabulous, and grounds beautiful. We suggest going to the fur post and hiking along the St. Croix in Wisconsin. The Bamboo in Pine City serves great food. John – Heide

Ruth is a literal life saver & I have never felt more gratitude for anyone. I am a 24 year old women going on her first solo bike trip. 2.5 miles from the Maple Knoll I got a flat tire and Ruth came & picked me and my bike from the side of the road. She and Jeff were so welcoming. This place is picturesque and I am so so grateful to have been able to spend such a lovely night here. Austin

Thank you so much for letting us stay in this wonderful house. We had such an enjoyable weekend. Your hospitality was over the top. We will surely recommend this B & B to anyone coming your way. Mike and Joy

We loved this gem tucked back on the maple knolls off old highway 61. I grew up in Rush City & was back in town for my 40th class reunion. We loved the peaceful setting and inspiring reminders of who we are. Thank you for blessing us and so many others with your hospitality and love. Jackie & Jon

We would love to help you make a wonderful memory. When can we expect you?

Best Four Days of Summer

Coming soon, the “Best 4 Days of Summer” the Chisago County Fair! July 18 – 21.

Great carnival, food, animals, vendors, demonstrations, displays, beer and entertainment!

Thursday July 18 – Listen to Kenny Krona from 3:30 to 6:30 and the Soup Bones from 9 to 1 am
Check out the Motocross races at the grand stand – 7 pm
Enjoy some of the great fair food!

Friday July 19 – Listen to the Neighberz from 3:30 to 6:60 and Farmers Daughter from 9 to 1 am
Check out the every popular Demo Derby – 7 pm

Saturday July 20 – Listen to the Time Bandit from 3:30 to 6:30 and The Farmers Daughter from 9 to 1 am
Second day of Demo Derby – 7 pm

On Saturday don’t miss the parade – 3 pm – Runs right down main street past the fair ground.

Remember: Everyday the fair has a great carnival, food, animals, vendors, demonstrations, displays, beer and entertainment!

So much to see and do! The Fair enjoy everything the fair has to offer!!

Can’t make the Chicago County Fair, Visit the Pine County Fair – July 31 – Aug 4 – Demo Derby’s Tractor Pull, live music, food, rides, and lot’s more.

Looking for something really unique to do?

Looking for something really unique to do? How about visiting Wings North for some great hunting? Tell your husband and his buddies that they can save tons of money by scheduling a hunt at Wings North and staying at the Maple Knoll Inn. Why spend hours driving to South Dakota, staying in cheep uncomfortable hotel, and walking miles without seeing a bird? Wings North offers many acres of hunting space with 12 different hunting areas for a unique and diverse hunting experience. Wings North is located in Pine City, just a few miles north if the Inn. No license is needed, they can provide guides and even dogs. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING to make your hunt special. Check Wings North out on their website: http://www.wingsnorth.org

If the girls don’t want or like to hunt, maybe they would like to stay behind at the Inn and enjoy “catching up” or maybe they would like to visit some of our local wineries.

Wings North is a great place to shoot clay targets! This place has everything!!

We would love to help you plan a great weekend with us. Contact us today!

Don’t Let This Summer Slip Away!!

Minnesota summers are so short. You try to do something on the weekend but everything is either booked or so crowded you don’t enjoy it. What is a person to do??

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 days off of work. Book a stay at the Maple Knoll Inn and enjoy weekday events and things to do around the area. Stay at the Inn 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 In and Ice Cream at Schoony’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 made fresh everyday, 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, 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). Visit one of many local fairs.

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.

If you just can’t get a weekday off, book a room with us on the weekend (weekends are filling up fast so don’t miss out, book today). Most all of the activities I shared are available on the weekend, too.

There is so much going on around the Inn. When can we expect to see you??? Don’t let this summer slip away!

Beautiful Area Close to the Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City

The Maple Knoll Inn is located close to the St, Croix River Valley. The Valley has so much to offer. Everything from hiking, to wine tasting, sight seeing, and taking a boat ride on the river. Why not book a stay at the Inn?

Check out this link for ideas:

50 “Things to Do” this summer in The St. Croix Valley

We look forward to seeing you!

Great History Around Rush City and the Maple Knoll Inn


Historic Highway 61 runs through Rush City but we also have another historic road that runs through our community. The road was built in 1855 and is known as Government or Military Road.

The Point Douglas to Superior Military Road, also known as Government or Military Road, was a road that ran between Point Douglas at the outlet of the Lower St. Croix Lake near Hastings and to the falls of the St. Louis River near Thomson, Minnesota. It was later extended to the mouth of the St. Louis River in Superior, Wisconsin. From Douglas Point immediately east of Hastings the route connected Stillwater, Taylors Falls, Sunrise, Rush City, Pine City, and Hinckley to Thomson near Duluth. Several discontinuous sections of this road are still in use including a long stretch that parallels historic highway 61 in Chisago county, just east of Rush City and the Inn.

In 1855 the federal government began building the Point Douglas to Superior Military Road. Although intended as a highway for troop movement, this route from Hastings, Minnesota on the Mississippi River to Superior, Wisconsin on Lake Superior, was one of the first roads in the Minnesota Territory and attracted a flood of civilian and commercial traffic. When Minnesota achieved statehood in 1858, responsibility for the road went to the state, which did not have the funds to finish the project. Although very rough and in places incomplete, the road was still the best route north until railroads were built in 1870. The railroad was an alternative to the Military Road that ushered in the decline in use of the road. In 1895 when William Henry Grant built a railroad spur of the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad to run to Sandstone, Minnesota. The spur was later extended to St. Paul through Rush City.

Rush City has many historic sites, including the remnants of a fire tower build just after the Great Hinckley Fire. That base is located on the Maple Knoll Inn property and can be viewed on your visit.

Visit Rush City, stay at the Inn and explore all the history the area has to offer.

Maple Knoll Inn – Rush City – On I-35

We moved to Rush City and opened our Bed and Breakfast about 7 years ago. Time has gone by so fast and we have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. When we opened our B and B we had no idea of what to expect but soon discovered Rush City is a great location. We are in the center of many fairs, festivals, historic sites, lakes, great outdoor activities, and events.

Within a short drive we have wineries, a micro-brewery, county fairs, some great wedding venues (Including Rush City’s Creekside Wedding Barn – we have had several brides and grooms spend their wedding nights with us), river boat rides, and water parks. Because of the St. Croix River and multiple lakes, the area hosts great summer outdoor activities like canoeing, kayaking, tubing, biking, hiking, and fishing. The area has great indoor and outdoor golf, a indoor shooting range, and a private outdoor hunting preserve (bring up some of your friends and hunt year round). The area features a wonderful outdoor concert venues with country, rock and roll and blue grass music. We have the Hinckley casino which has concerts and a wide assortment of gambling. Pine City hosts free Friday concerts in the park featuring everything from jazz to blue grass to rock and roll.

Our local restaurants have great food and some have great views of Rush Lake. One restaurant in the area was selected as one of Minnesota’s best for broasted chicken.

Like a bit of history? Visit the Northwest Fur post (a working 1800’s fur post), the Great Hinckley Fire museum which tells the story of the tragic fire that swept through the area. Drive some of the Superior-Port Douglas Military Road, the first road built to connect the cities with Duluth.

Some people come to visit us to just get away and unwind. Rush City is a quiet friendly town. The Inn features 3 acres of land with Rush Creek flowing through it. It is not uncommon to see wildlife like deer or a river otter playing in Rush Creek. We have beautiful flower gardens and our bird feeders attract many colorful varieties of birds.

To sum it all up, the Maple Knoll Inn is a great place to stay, regardless of what you enjoy. The area has something for everyone.

Summer weekends fill fast, so make your reservation, today. We would love to help you make a wonderful lasting memory.