What is the Difference Between the Inn and a Motel/Hotel?

There are some very nice motel/hotels, but if you stay at a B and B you get so much more than a motel/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 “real” silverware. The house and grounds have a character all there own. Located on 3 nicely landscaped acres filled with mature oak and maple trees, it is a wonderful location. The home was once the home of an area 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”. 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 dishes.

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, 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. No noisy kids running up and down the halls! 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!

Weekend dates are filling fast so make your reservation, today. We look forward to seeing you.


Rush City – A Great Place to Stay


We moved to Rush City and opened our Bed and Breakfast about 5 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 a host of fairs, festivals, historic sites, lakes, and events.

Withing 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.

Our local restaurants have great food and some have great views of Rush Lake. One restaurant in the area was selected as one of the 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.<a

Guest Comments

We love to get feedback from out guests. We leave a book in each guest room for guests to leave comments. Here are some of the recent comments.

Dear Jeff and Ruth – Thank you for your warmth and hospitality to us! We only got to stay one night, but it was worth it. When we arrived last eve, the lights were on, the Christmas decor on the porch, it was so inviting. Enjoyed talking with you. James and Becky

This was our 1st B and B experience. Very nice! The bed was comfy. The breakfast was fantastic, and we enjoyed the conversations. Thank you for opening up your home to us. We will be back again – Davi and Chor

Thank you for the time to relax, to enjoy a night away from chaos of everyday life! You were both so gracious upon my arrival, I immediately felt comfort here. You will see me again, soon! – Wendy

What an absolutely peaceful weekend! You made Dave’s 59th birthday so special. We are thrilled to have found a hidden treasure in your B and B. David and Kelly

Thank you for being such gracious hosts. We appreciated staying here. Very nice and relaxing so we could sneak away for a night away from the kiddos. Scott and Stacy

Thank you so much for the awesome hospitality, the Inn, the food, and the conversation were all the best and we were very blessed. Keith and Debbie

Love all the many little homey touches. The claw foot tub, the bathrobes, the quaint sitting areas – lovely – lovely – lovely – Van and Rick

Thank you for the beautiful stay and delicious breakfast. We really enjoyed our stay. Perfect place for after the wedding – Rachael and Sam

These are just a few of our guest comments. Book your stay and let us make a great memory with you!

Valentines Day is just around the corner!

Winter is a Great Time to Stay at the Inn!!

Many people want to know what they can do in the Rush City Area this time of the year. My response is – LOTS!!
Book a romantic stay at the Inn and participate in any number of activities located close to the Inn. Here is a sample:
How about golfing? The Bull Rush Golf Course offers state-of-the-art golf on in-door golf simulators.
How about wine tasting? Multiple wineries are located throughout the area featuring Minnesota grapes.
How about fishing or hunting? The area has many lakes and public hunting lands.
How about winter hiking? Our area parks and trails offer great scenic landscapes.
How about shooting? Take advantage of the areas indoor gun range.
How about a murder mystery? Participate in a murder Mystery at the Inn.
How about down hill skiing and snow tubing? Visit Wild Mountain ski and tubing resort Taylor’s Falls.
How about bowling? Try bowling at Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge in Rush City.
How about snowmobiling? Bring your snowmobile to the Inn and connect to hundreds of miles of trails within a few hundred miles of the Inn.
How about seeing a concert? Visit Grand Casino Hinckley for a Chris Hawkey Band or Tony Orlando concert.

There are many things to do surrounding the Inn.

One of the greatest things to do is Relax! The Inn is a great place to relax and enjoy renewing relationships. Host a girls weekend, participate in a Murder Mystery, or take advantage of our spacious home to catch up on your scrap booking.

No matter what the time of year or what the weather, there is always something to do around the Inn

Great Winter Activity Near the Inn!!


I have heard folks tell me, “I don’t like snowmobiling or skiing. What else can I do in the snow?”

If you have a need for speed and fun, try snow tubing. Wild Mountain, located close to the Inn, offers “Wild Chutes Snow Tubing”. For a nominal fee, get a tube, get a lift to the top of the slope, and enjoy hours of snow tubing fun!

Check out Wild Mountains Snow Tubing web site – http://www.wildmountain.com/snow-tubing

Snow tubing is open Sat 11 am to 9 pm and Sun noon to pm. Book a room with us, drive the short distance to Wild Mountain, snow tube, return and enjoy a relaxing night at the Inn.

Snow tubing not your thing? how about one of these activities?

Book a romantic stay at the Inn and participate in any number of activities located close to the Inn. Here is a sample:
How about golfing? The Bull Rush Golf Course offers state-of-the-art golf on in-door golf simulators.
How about wine tasting? Multiple wineries are located throughout the area featuring Minnesota grapes.
How about snow shoeing or cross country skiing? Our area parks and trails offer great scenic landscapes.
How about shooting? Take advantage of the areas indoor gun range.
How about a murder mystery? Participate in a murder Mystery at the Inn.

There is ALWAYS something going on around the Inn!

Breath taking! The Magical City!

Have you ever visited the magical town of Bentleyville, Minnesota? It is truly a wonderful town worth the visit, but you can only see the magic at night.

Like the town of Brigadoon, (the town of Brigadoon only existed for 1 day every 100 years), Duluth’s town of Bentleyville is a magical Christmas City that only exists for a short time each winter. This town is located along the Duluth water-front and exists from November 18 through December 26. You can only view the colorful light show from 5 pm until 9 pm each night during that time. The admission to the town is free. If you park on-site there is a small per car parking fee.

The shores of Lake Superior are transformed into America’s largest free walk through light show! One of the main attractions that brightly shines in the crisp evening sky is the animated 12-story (128 ft) steel Christmas tree and ball which is covered with over 150,000 sparkling LED lights! The tree rises to more than twice the height of New York City’s famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This spectacular giant is not to be missed! Check out the details on their website – http://www.bentleyvilleusa.org/

The Maple Knoll Inn is located just over an hour from Duluth and is a great place to stay during your visit to Bentleyville. Plan your stay at the Inn and take the short drive to Duluth to take in this wonderful magic city.

Make your reservation today!

Do Something SUPER Romantic


When staying at the Maple Knoll Inn we offer a super romantic service most B and B’s don’t offer. The ability for you, as a married couple, to renew your vows!

Some time ago I set up a surprise vow renewal for my spouse and I. After the ceremony my spouse told me that it was one of the most romantic thing I have done. Do something romantic that your spouse will remember forever, renew your marriage vows while staying with us at the Inn!

We will do a quaint personal service between you and your spouse. After the event celebrate with a complementary glass of champagne or sparking juice. We also provide a certificate commemorating this celebration.

Contact us in advance for pricing and to book your room.

When will you be staying with us?