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So Much Going On Around The Maple Knoll Inn

Rush City is located along I-35 about an hour north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is strategically located and close to many events and activities. Whether it is summer or winter there is something everyone will enjoy close to the Inn.

Stay at the Inn and visit one of the many local wineries, craft beer breweries, and Cidery. Were are on the East Central Craft Beverage Trail and you can find information about them on – http://www.eastcentralcraftbeveragetrail.com . Other wineries in the area include Wild Mountain Winery, Dancing Dragon Fly, Northfolk Winery, and Winehaven Winery.

Maybe you enjoy outdoor actives. Stay at the Inn and visit Wild Mountain ski area. Snow board, downhill ski or use their great snow tubing course. If you enjoy fishing, fish Rush Lake. It is one of the best fishing lakes located close to the Cities. It has northerns, crappies, sunfish, and muskies. If your into snowmobiling, Rush City is the jumping off point for hundreds of miles of trails. In the summer the area has miles of biking and hiking trails. Canoeing and kayaking on the St. Croix River are very popular. In the summer visit our local aquatic center. Book a private hunting event at Wings North.

If history is your thing, visit the Great Hinckley Fire Museum and the Snake River Fur Post. Visit the North Chisago County Historical Society located in downtown Rush City.

If entertainment is your thing, stay at the Inn and book a show at the Grand Casino Hinckley. They feature great concerts and events.

Other things to do in the area – Indoor golf at Bull Rush Golf Course. In the summer golf the outdoor course in the winter enjoy one of their state-of-the-art indoor simulators. Bowling at Chuckers Bowling Alley. They feature 16 state-of-the-art lanes. Bulls Eye indoor shooting range is a great place to sight in your rifle or bang off a few round with your handgun. They also have ammo and rental guns are available.

There is so much to do and see around Rush City. The Inn is a great “jumping off point” for visiting Duluth, just about an hour north of Rush City. Book your stay and take the drive to Duluth to view spectacular Bentleyville, visit Glensheen Mansion (All decked out for Christmas), or the Great Lakes Aquarium.

If sightseeing or activities are not your thing, that’s OK. Visit the Maple Knoll Inn to just relax and chill out. Take advantage of everything the Inn has to offer.

The Rush City Maple Knoll Inn is a wonderful 100 year old home located close to many things to do and see. We have your room waiting. When can we expect you?

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Coming September 22 and 23


Book a room at the Maple Knoll Inn and enjoy all the activities at the Dancing Dragonfly during their Stomp Festival!
Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2018
Time: Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Price: Free Admission, $5 parking fee
Food, Beverages, & Grape Stomping available for purchase

Join us for our biggest festival of the year and celebrate the natural beauty of the St. Croix Valley, at our annual Grape Stomp! Enjoy fantastic food, wine tasting, shopping at artisan booths, live music, wagon rides, and of course, grape stomping.

This is really a fun festival with great music and wine. The Dancing Dragonfly is only 30 minutes from the Inn.

Fall Is Coming Soon!


How do you plan to enjoy this fall? For a start, how about booking a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Maple Knoll Inn and then set out on an adventure. This time of year Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls are the place to visit. Take a paddle boat ride down the St. Croix River. Boat rides leave Taylors falls at 11, 1 and 3, daily. Rides are 80 minutes long and offer a very scenic look at the beauty of the river. If your more adventurist, stop at Interstate Part (MN) and rent a canoe or kayak for a 3 hour paddle down the river. At the end point they will pick you up and bring you back to your car. After that visit Schoony’s Malt Shop in downtown Taylors Falls. Great malts and hard ice cream. Drive over to St. Croix Falls and enjoy the quaint and fun shops. Make your way to the north end of town for a great view of the dam. Next, drive to the Dancing Dragonfly winery, just up the hill from St. Croix Falls, and enjoy some wine tasting. For dinner stop at the Dallas House and enjoy a great meal.

There is so much to do and close to the Inn. Contact us for available dates and we can help you plan you scenic adventure. Make a memory for you and your squeeze. Contact us today for a great get away!

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???

Patio Dining Near Rush City and The Maple Knoll Inn

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I keep hearing about the great patio dinning there is in the Cities. Some of the patios in the Cities are rather nice, but nothing compares to the wonderful patios around Rush City.

Two of our local restaurants have great patio views of Rush Lake. Not only do they have great views, they have great food as well. Our wonderful local patio restaurants include the Grumpy Minnow and Flickabirds. They might have funny names but they are worth the visit. For a patio without lake views, but still great patios, you can visit the Bull Rush Bar and Grill, and the Grant House.

So you can sit in the smog filled Cites paying for expensive meals, enjoying overpriced adult beverages and a view of….the Cities….from one of the Cities patio restaurants OR you can stay at the Inn and have a wonderful dinner at one of our great patio restaurants while enjoying the view of beautiful Rush Lake. No smog and meals/drinks are always very reasonably priced.

Great patio dinning is just one of the many reasons you should book a room with us and enjoy everything the Rush City area has to offer! When can we expect you?

Don’t forget the great patios at our local wineries!

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Stay at the Inn and Visit a Local Winery!

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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.

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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