The Stuga (pronounced stoo-gah) is a Swedish word meaning cottage or small guest house. To us it has been a cozy 10x12 retreat for many folks over the years who have simply needed a place to stay. Some have come seeking solitude and rest. For others it has been an oasis for a weekend get-a-way. Whatever the need, the Stuga has warmly received an abundance of guests for many
The Stuga (pronounced stoo-gah) is a Swedish word meaning cottage or small guest house. To us it has been a cozy 10x12 retreat for many folks over the years who have simply needed a place to stay. Some have come seeking solitude and rest. For others it has been an oasis for a weekend get-a-way. Whatever the need, the Stuga has warmly received an abundance of guests for many years.
It's a cozy wooden cabin with a big picture window that looks out to the pond. Inside is a small table, an Amish rocker and a propane Dickinson heater that resembles a fireplace. The 5 foot 'kitchen' area has a small sink, a two burner gas stove, a fridge and a large stainless jug filled with drinking water. There are single bunk beds in addition to a 5x10 loft with a queen sized mattress. We do ask that guests bring their own sleeping bags or linens, especially in this time of Covid. The 'Stool Shed' is just up the lit trail, and there's also a small portapotty right behind the stuga.
Because Duluth is a 'cool' city, we've added an infrared "fireplace" heater that helps keep the cabin toasty.
The trails around the Stuga are absolutely beautiful with an incredibly enchanting forest to explore along winding paths and wooden bridges.
We do want to mention that there are four unique sites here at Balsam Ridge, each one having it's own woodsy personality. For more information on our other sites check out Balsam Ridge Retreat.
We're looking forward to a new season of camping and meeting some great folks!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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My wife and I had a excellent stay at Balsam Ridge / The Stuga. Chris and Linda greeted us upon arrival and showed us around the property, it was cool to see all the other rentable sites Balsam Ridge had to offer. I really liked Linda and Chris’s vision for their property, very creative. It was rainy and cool at times while we were staying, but the Stuga has two heaters and was more than warm enough at night. Chris came by and made sure our heater was full of fuel and lit because it was cold, his care was appreciated. We had a peaceful and relaxing two days in Duluth while staying at the Stuga, Linda and Chris were great hosts and people , and will be back again!
Balsam Ridge is such a peaceful and welcoming place and that is thanks to the hard work and talents of Linda and Chris. They bring a warmth and a love to this treasured property that they share with all who visit. The Stuga itself is wonderfully appointed, comfortable, and feels magical each and every time I visit. I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon Balsam Ridge Retreat and suspect that all who have done so feel the same. If you ever have the opportunity to stay in any of their accommodations, don't hesitate! You'll find yourself enchanted, I'm sure.
Linda and Chris were amazing hosts. They made our whole family feel welcomed. Our 7 and 10 year olds loved the outdoor adventures around the property. Tree swings were a big hit! We definitely will be back to visit again!
Oh, yeah- the stuga is perfect.
The Stuga is perfect. Point blank, it's just perfect.
The first thing that struck me was how perfectly quiet it is on Chris and Linda's property. I literally heard a crow's wings flap as it flew overhead.
Every morning I woke up in the super cozy loft bed, climbed down (oh, omg, be so careful if you sleep in the loft and have the ceiling fan on!) and flipped the radio on, which was perfectly tuned to NPR Classical. I'd make coffee in the Stuga percolator and then sit right out front of the house and have breakfast with the 5 wiley chimpunks that also live at the Stuga. Apologies to Chris and Linda for spoiling those rascals! Most of the October days were spent in a blanket sitting by the pond doing crosswords, or walking through the woods behind the sites (1000% recommend), or just sitting cozy in the house watching the chickadees at the bird feeder.
Linda and a very kind young man taught me how to start a fire, so in the evenings I enjoyed drinking and drawing next to a quiet fire around the pond.
I have a zillion more things to say about how magnificent and refreshing my stay was, how much I weirdly loved the little outdoor toilet behind the Stuga???, and how INCREDIBLY kind, thoughtful and accommodating Chris and Linda were. I felt like I was truly at home.
Heads up for folks that don't take a ton of vacations and tend to overpack (🙋♀️), despite how quiet and removed and rural this space felt, you're nice and close to grocery, resturants and the city if you decide to explore!
Also, the Stuga is stocked with some pots and pans, flatware, mugs, dishwashing tools and some cleaning supplies.
Anyway- the Stuga is perfect. Go in October and enjoy the drizzly foggy mornings, insane fall colors, damn forest hikes and cozy cabin vibes!
The stuga is the best!!!
Our stay at the Stuga was the perfect fall getaway. The atmosphere is quiet, serene, and completely peaceful. It had everything we needed for a family of 5 with kids aged (4,6,9). Perfect ages to cozy up inside at night. The space was all we needed since we were outdoors exploring during the days. The kids loved making fires, the swing, fishing, and exploring in the forest. We visited Gooseberry Falls, Betty's Pies, and did some mountain biking at a nearby nature center. Linda and Chris are wonderful hosts and we'll definitely be back again. Perfect glamping experience because you can just flip on the heater to get warm and has running water inside and a little stove top.
Perfect perfect perfect!
This was our second time staying at The Stuga and I thought it couldn’t get better than the first visit BUT it did! The small updates Chris and Linda have made around the property make this place a 10/10. Can’t wait to book another visit in the future!
Our favorite destination
We are four-time guests here and have loved every single moment. We’ve stayed here in the fall and winter, and summer’s next on the list! Linda and Chris are the best hosts—friendly, fun, helpful—and they’ve created a half dozen of the most charming and comfortable sites we’ve ever seen. There are fun things to do all over the grounds—but the best thing to do is discover them yourself. I can’t say enough good things about our time here.
We love this place!
We had a lovely stay at the Stuga. I chose it based on the photos, but my friends and I were blown away seeing it in person by the beauty of the not only the cabin, but the hosts, and the whole property. Linda and Chris were incredibly welcoming and the cabin was well stocked with everything we needed for our stay, including a picturesque fire pit on the edge of a pond. We hope to be back again soon!