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Rush City – A Great Little Town along I35

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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 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.

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Summer is nearly here!

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). 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.

There is so much going on around the Inn. When can we expect to see you???

Summer is Coming and Will be on Us SOON!!

Minnesota summers are so short and this years may be shorter. 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???

Fall Is Breaking Out All Over!!

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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 area and will soon be in full color!

Book a room at the Inn 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 (you can use one of our retro looking bikes), or go kayaking. Use the Inn as your home base to enjoy the fall colors. Rooms have been filling, so make your reservation, today.

There is always something going on close to the Inn.

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Great Events Coming to Rush City Area!

We have several great events coming to the area –

Grand Casino Hinckley –
Oct 7 – 50 Shade of Summer Concert
Oct 20 – Ronnie Milsap
Nov 10 – Paul Anka
Nov 18 – Eddie Money

Other Area Activities
Pine City Rodeo – Rock Creek – Saturday – Sept 2-3
Anderson’s Rock Creek Threshing Show – Sept 9 – 10
Haydays – North Branch – NOTE: 2 day stay at the Inn required for this event – Sept 9-10
Almelund Apple Fest – Sept 17

Wine Tasting at one of our many area wineries
Paddle Boat Ride – Taylors Falls
Sight your deer rifle – Bulls Eye Shooting Range – Harris

Motorcycles and Rush City Go Together!

Rush City is located on Old Highway 61. Before I35 was built, 61 was the main artery between New Orleans and Thunder bay, Canada. Currently, each weekend, hundreds of motorcycles cruise highway 61 past the Inn.

If you cycle, the Inn is a great place to use as your “home-base”. Cruise to Rush City, enjoy a great nights stay, relax on our deck or on our front porch, get up refreshed and enjoy the rest of your scenic ride along Old Highway 61.

The really cool thing about Rush City is we are the home to one of the nations largest cycle, snowmobile and ATV after-market parts and accessories suppliers. Dennis Kirk has been the leader in power sports aftermarket parts and accessories since 1969, with over 150,000 unique items in stock. Dennis Kirk is located just a few short blocks from the Inn.

Stay at the Inn and wander down to Dennis Kirk’s showroom. You can review the latest catalog and save shipping by picking up that part or accessory. Check out Dennis Kirk on line at – https://www.denniskirk.com/.

There is so much going on around the Inn.

When will you stay with us?

Summer is Slipping Away!!

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There are only 6 weekend left before Labor Day and the official end of summer. Kids will be going back to school and fall will begin.

With only 6 weekends remaining, what are your plans for the rest of this summer?

Why not take a relaxing romantic weekend with your spouse at the Inn? Stay two nights and enjoy all the area has to offer; wineries, paddle boat rides, great patio dining, great concerts, fairs and festivals, cycling, and a host of other activities.

You still have time to make the Summer of 2017 a great summer, but your time is running out.

When can we expect you?

Contact us today to make your reservation! Weekends have been busy, but most weekends we still have rooms available.