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Rush City – A Great Little Town along I35


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.


2016 The Best Summer Ever?


The summer of 2016 has been the best summer ever. Warm sunny days, cool summer nights. A great summer to check out everything Minnesota and the Inn has to offer.

The Maple Knoll Inn is located about half way to Duluth along I-35 (Exit 159) in beautiful Rush City. The area around the Inn has so much to offer. If you love outdoor activities enjoy our golf courses, lakes, creeks and rivers. Go fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, or rock climbing. If you love festivals enjoy the county fairs in Pine City and Rush City or enjoy one of our many local festivals like Hay Days or the Rush City Music and Arts Festival. We have several area threshing show and a great rodeo over the Labor Day weekend. Like wine tasting? The area has over 6 local wineries just waiting for your visit. Do you like to explore? Explore the local historical sites like the Hinckley Fire Museum and the North West Company Fur Post. Take advantage of one of the great summer concerts at the Hinckley Casino with headliners like Alabama, Dolly Parton, Air Supply, Three Doors Down , or Alan Jackson. Maybe you just want to relax. Take a leisurely cruise on paddle boat on the St. Croix River or stay at the Inn and lounge on our front porch or upper desk.

Whatever you like to do, you will find it close to the Inn.

Take advantage of this great summer, don’t let it slip away. Book at stay with us and we will help you make a wonderful memory.

What is your favorite summer activity?


Summer has arrived and everyone is thinking about what they want to do. I hate to “rain” on you, but you only have about 12 weekends before summer ends. Don’t miss it! You will get the most out of summer by laying out plans for your weekends.

The Maple Knoll Inn is conveniently located on I-35 just an hour north of the Twin Cities in the quiet community of Rush City. Our location gives you great easy access to just about any summer activity you want to do. Located close to great water activities like: fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing. We are also located close to festivals and fairs, wineries, flee markets, golf, scenic boat rides down the St. Croix River, hiking and biking.

Maybe you just want a place to relax and unwind. The Inn has a large second story deck and huge screened porch you can enjoy. Stroll our 3 acres and enjoy the flowers and large assortment of colorful birds.

Whatever you enjoy about summer, the Inn is located close to it.

Don’t let this summer leave you wondering, “What happened to the summer of 2015?” Book a room at the Inn and begin a memorable week or weekend exploring everything the area has to offer.

There is always something going on around the Inn.

Up North Starts Here!


The Rush City 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, 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. In the spring, our spacious three acres will allow you the room to park your boat on site for free.

Wild Mountain Ski Resort offers great down hill skiing, snow boarding and snow tubing. Many state parks are close by that offer tons of activities. Wild Mountain State Park offers great year round hiking trails and snow shoeing. In the summer, 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. Rush City offers a great local golf course, the Bulrush Golf course offering year-round all weather golfing. Nice 18 hole outdoor course and great new state of the art indoor golf simulators, for those rainy days.

If you love outdoor recreation (winter and summer), the Inn is centrally located and would work 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.

Great Weekend Around the Inn!

“This weekend, according to the DNR, our area will be at peak. The weather “guessers” say cool temps, but great sun shine. This should provide great color viewing in the areas.

Looking for things to do while viewing our great colors? Check out Andersons Corn Maze in Rock Creek, located just a few miles north of Rush City and the Inn. Check out their website – I especially like the areal view of the maze – at, http://www.andersonsrockcreekrelics.com/corn-maze.html

Another activity in the area is the local Wine and Art Krawl – 11 to 5. Visit any number of local wineries in Rush City, Taylors Falls or Harris. For more details check out the story at – http://ecmpostreview.com/2014/09/18/local-wineries-unite-for-wine-art-krawl/

Wild Mountain State Park, Taylors Falls, has some excellent trails you can walk to enjoy fall or take a St. Croix River boat ride out of Taylors Fall.

There are so many things to do to enjoy the great fall colors around the Inn.

Looking for outdoor activities?

There are many great out door activities going on close to the Inn. Use the Inn as your “home-base” for your next adventure. Here are just a few ideas of things to do in the area –

Golf in Rush City at the Bullrush golf course. This 9 and 18 hole course is close and affordable – $21 for 9 holes or $28 for 18 holes. There lots of promotional rates! Check them out on their website – http://bulrushgolfclub.com/
If you want to golf multiple courses, North Branch and Pine City have additional courses.

Disc Golf
There are two nine hole courses within 20 minutes of the Inn. Check them out on the DG Disc Course Review – http://www.dgcoursereview.com/browse.php?private=1&paytoplay=1&zip_distance=25&cname=&state=&country=1&zipcode=55069

Canoeing and Kayaking
The Snake River beckons to canoeists and kayakers. Bring your own or rent one from Snake River Outfitters (snakeriveroutfittersmn.com). The company offers five shuttle points along the river, giving you a chance to paddle for two hours, four hours or all day. Box lunches are available with advance notice. Watch for bald eagles, loons, bears and deer as you paddle down the river. Another canoeing option starts at the public landing east of Cross Lake, where you can paddle down the Snake River to the St. Croix River, a trip that takes up to six hours.

Cycling, hiking, walking and many other great activities start at the Inn.

Contact us so we can help you plan your get away.