What Our Guests Are Saying About The Maple Knoll Inn

We so love to hear from our guests. We get some great comments from guests on Trip Adviser. We also have guest books in each guest room and often our guests will post something about their stay. Here are a few entries from our guest books about their recent guest stays:

Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality. The food was out of this world. This was our first time staying here and it won’t be our last. So relaxing and felt like we were at home. Brought back so many childhood memories. Everything about this place is truly a blessing. You both are the best hosts ever!! Can’t wait to see you both again. Thanks for our amazing stay. God Bless you – Carol and Dan.

Thanks for a fantastic stay! – Melinda

Thank you for your kindness. This is a beautiful place Jeff and Ruth! – Maureen – Homewood, Il

What a great experience!! We really enjoyed the wonderful time here for 2 days. You made our stay very enjoyable & your courtesy & kindness will always be cherished. We couldn’t ask for a better services company. We will always remember your kindness & conversation. Keep up the great works. We will always think of you. God bless. – Frank & Faye & Jeremy

Dear Jeff & Ruth, Thank you for giving us the opportunity of visiting your home/ B&B during this season of life. Thank you for sharing the warm bedroom we enjoyed along with the following mornings breakfast. Enhanced with your prayer & conversation. We appreciate sharing this time with you & while we endure this life remember. – Moreau & Dawn

You have a beautiful home. Loved all the antiques – especially the furniture. Thank you for the “little” touches – bottled water, bath robes. We loved it! – Paul & Barbra – Miles, Il.

Your home is beautiful. We took the time to look at all of the antiques of products throughout the upstairs! You thought of everything to make us feel at home. – Shawn & Robins – Wittenburg, WI

A lovely place to stay while in town celebration a wedding. – Emily – Lakeville, MN

Ruth and Jeff We had the most wonderful stay at your Bed and Breakfast. The Inn is so beautiful, the food unbelievably delicious, and we so enjoyed chatting with you – you are both such gracious hosts! It was a perfect stay. – Neil & Aimee

Most guests tell us about how great our food is, how wonderfully comfortable our beds are, how nicely appointed the house is and how clean we are.

Stay with us and we will help you make a wonderful memory.

Great Days Start at the Maple Knoll Inn!!

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 day 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 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).

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 Inn. When can we expect to see you???

Great Wine Tasting Close to the Inn


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 within a short drive of the Inn. 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 Inn.

The Perfect Mothers Day Gift

Hey guys, Mothers Day is just around the corner! This year it is Sunday, May 14th!!

Some of you guys may be panicking on what to get the mother of your children and love of your life, but fear not! What women wouldn’t love to spend a romantic weekend at a fabulous Inn? Weekends can be busy and with Mothers Day so close, you might not be able to get a weekend get away put together by May 14th, 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 Inn, 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 Inn and we can help you pick one that is sure to make your stay complete.

Remember how often your squeeze has 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!

Duluth Air Show

Duluth is just a short 90 minute drive from the Inn. The Duluth area has many things to offer, great biking, hiking, sight seeing and history. Visit some of the great restaurants and shops in the Old Fitgers Brewery or along the waterfront. Have lunch at Grandma’s and watch the oar boats enter and leave the harbor. Visit the fantastic Glensheen Mansion or enjoy the view along skyline drive. I love to stop at the rest area on I35 just before you decent into the Duluth valley. The panoramic view of Duluth is breath taking.

This year Duluth is featuring a great air show June 3rd and 4th. The show features the Blue Angles, Canadian Snow birds, a fly over by a B52 and much, much more! Visit their website for tickets and other details – http://duluthairshow.com/

Minnesota has so much to offer and the Inn is located right in the heart of all the activities. Whether you love air planes, wine tasting, outdoor sports, antiquing, or just enjoy a relaxing place to get away from the “rat race”, the Maple Knoll Inn is the place to be.

Book your stay with us and take advantage of all the area has to offer!

Up North Starts Here!


The Rush City saying is “Up North Starts Here”. The saying really describes the Rush City area. It is where great outdoor activities, often associated with “up North”, are abundant. The area offers prime summer outdoor activities like snowmobiling, snow skiing, snow shoeing, fishing, biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, boating, cycling, sight seeing, and many other recreational items.

Fishing – Year Round. Great fishing year-round
Rush Lake (east is 1,359 acres and west 1,464 acres) features great northern pike, walleye, large mouth bass, crappie, perch, sunfish and muskies. Fish Lake features many of the same fish found in Rush Lake and is 314 acres. The DNR is managing Fish Lake primarily to improve the walleye and northern pike populations. Goose Lake is 754 acres and is known for walleyes, norther pikes and large mouth bass. Close by are Horseshoe Lake, Sunrise Lake as well as the Sunrise river and St. Croix rivers. If you love fishing you’ll love the Rush City area lakes. Make a reservation at the Inn and use us as a jumping off point for your fishing adventure. Our spacious three acres will allow you the room to park your boat on site for free.

Many state parks are close by that offer tons of activities. Wild Mountain State Park offers great year round hiking trails. Interstate Park has great hiking including a two mile hike to the top of the bluffs overlooking the scenic river. They also rent canoes that you can take downriver to Osceola. The rental includes picking you and your party up and bringing you back to your vehicle. We are close by the 24 mile Sunrise Prairie Trail which offers great hiking, biking, and in-line skating. Wild Mountain\Taylors Falls offer canoe and kayak rental, water slides, and scenic boat trips. Taylors Falls also offers a fun mini-golf course and a great ice cream parlor. Beside fishing and swimming, Rush City has a great local golf course, the Bulrush Golf course, offering year-round all weather golfing. A nice 18 hole outdoor course and great new state of the art indoor golf simulators, for those rainy days. We also have a great bowling alley and a great launch for your St. Croix river boating and kayaking.

Wine Tasting and Thrift Store/Antiquing
If wine tasting is you “out door – up north sport” we have many local wineries to visit and sample their various wines. We also have many thrift stores and antique malls in the area.

If you love outdoor recreation, the Inn is centrally located and serves as a great place to offer the rest and relaxation you will need after a active day. Now is the time to make your plans and reserve your room.

There is ALWAYS something going on close to the Inn.

Rush City Area is Rich with History


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 on 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.