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Allure Of The Woods Rustic Retreat

· Carlton, Minnesota
40 acres
1 site
1 Lodging
When we purchased the parcels over twenty years ago from a family member it had been vacant for over 60 years. The first time we walked the acreage was on snowshoes and we spotted a porcupine snacking on a poplar tree. I thought, what a great name, Porcupine Trail. I knew then we were meant to share this with others. Over the years many friends and family have walked these woods saying the same, that we need to share this great spot. Once the City of Thomson, our little community is now Carlton and known as “The Gateway to Jay Cooke State Park”. We just call it home and look forward to sharing it with you. Learn more about this land: John Muir said everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. Allure of the Woods Rustic Retreat invites you into the possibilities of experiencing this kind of rest and play. We are located just 20 miles south of Duluth MN nestled between Jay Cooke State Park and the Willard Munger State Trail. Close yet private, this 12x14 wall tent for two is perfect for those who appreciate privacy with the assurance that we're close by just in case. Your tent doors will open to a covered porch and forty acres of mixed woods. The off grid tent is something between glamping and roughing it. The site includes a cart to transport your gear and supplies, privy, personal fire ring, picnic table, brick rocket stove and first bundle of firewood. You can bring your own MDA or USDA certified firewood or extra firewood is available for a reasonable cash purchase. Bundle includes wood, kindling and fire-starter. Or gather it on the forest floor for free. Inside your wall tent you'll find simple furnishings; a full size futon with linens, (you may prefer to bring your own pillow) rocker, table, chairs, a few basics for cooking over a campfire or your own camp stove and a wood stove for heat in cooler/cold seasons. There is no electricity or running water so come prepared. Artesian well water is tested every three months and provided for drinking and cooking. This is a ready to hit the woods or stay put campsite for adventurous or contemplative souls. Although welcome and open to anyone, this may not be for everyone. Keep in mind you'll be sharing the woods with a wide variety of wildlife and insects, including ticks and mosquitoes, so bring appropriate repellent. Our northern MN woods weather can vary from one day to the next. It’s a good idea to check the forecast and bring appropriate gear. Attractions Close By: A few minutes walk will put you on The Willard Munger State Trail. A short walk to an access trail or drive down the road will put you in Jay Cooke State Park. There you may enjoy 50 miles of historical and recreational trails of all kinds during all seasons. Some are designated for specific activities. An entrance fee applies if driving in. A few minutes drive in the opposite direction you'll see Swiftwater Adventures. Check out their website for offerings and online booking. Or, bring your own kayak, canoe or paddle board and a brief drive brings you to UMD's Kayak and Canoe Center Outpost. A short uphill portage to the access point and you'll be on the 339 acre Thomson Reservoir. A mile and a half away, downtown Carlton has The Street Car Kitchen and Pub, Red Dog drive thru coffee, Magnolia Cafe, Third Base Sports Bar, Carlton Meats and Grocery and a gas station with an ATM. Come and immerse yourself in what the north woods has to offer! A beautiful night sky, bird songs, coyote yips, and even the rumbling sounds and horn of a distant train that says Welcome to Carlton "The Gateway to Jay Cooke State Park". We just call it home and we’ll be happy to see you!
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Carlton, Minnesota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Denise C.Joined in February 2020
9 ratings · 9 reviews
Stephanie W.recommends
October 3, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
A Beautiful and Cozy Stay!
We loved our stay in the Chasah Tent! It rained both nights we were there, and we enjoyed the cozy rain noises while warm and dry. Coffee and the sunlight through the trees on the porch in the morning was idyllic. Denise was a wonderful and accommodating host, and left us prepared with everything we could have wanted. Her site was a delightful balance of comfort and proximity to nature. Jay Cooke park is beautiful and only a hike away. If you stop into town, the Magnolia Café had delicious lavender and honey lattes. A fabulous place to stay, and one we would be thrilled to visit again!
Samantha M.recommends
September 14, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
Most beautiful place, saw a deer walk past our tent one morning. Very secluded and the perfect little weekend getaway!
Bill M.recommends
August 23, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
A detailed luxurious serene escape.
Glamping at its finest. Denise’s attention to detail, organization, communication and respect for privacy is unparalleled as a host. On arrival a fresh bouquet of wild flowers set the setting on the picnic table. The safari tent nestled in the woods was clean well thought out on a raised surface with camp chairs and lovely sitting area to enjoy morning coffee and afternoon cocktails with sounds of birds. Every afternoon a hummingbird came and drank from the feeder positioned at the top of porch. Enjoyed great meals over the fire and even foraged mushrooms from near by. We biked the Edward Munger trail, Kayaked the Thomson Reservoir and hiked in Jay Cooked State park. All super close. Duluth is real close as well. We wanted local fish for dinner so Denise steered us to Whole Foods Natural Co-Op and picked up Lake Superior Rogotzke salmon. Denise supplies generous dry bundles of firewood for 6 dollars. If you haven’t tried a flash burner made out of blocks she provides wood pieces for that. Jay Cooke was so close we used our State Park annual pass to shower in the State Park. Great new clean shower rooms. Very appreciative to have stayed here. Delightful Experience. Thank You Denise.
Amanda G.recommends
August 14, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
We loved camping on Denise's land! It sits right next to Jay Cooke State Park and it felt very private in the woods yet still close to a residential neighborhood. This location is perfect and so close to Duluth. You can tell Denise really put a lot of thought into this spot and we really loved all the little details. It even rained on us the first night and we stayed completely dry - the photos honestly don't do it justice!
Lucas W.recommends
July 27, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
I loved the nature around the tent, denise was such a great host!
Lisa K.recommends
June 12, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
I thoroughly enjoyed staying here for a weekend! You really feel like you’re getting away and can relax in the peacefulness of the woods. The tent was cozy in the rain and warm at night. It was fun to see the deer go on by and watch the hummingbirds at the feeder on the porch. Highly recommend!
Danielle L.recommends
June 5, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
Was an amazing experience!! Perfect place to get away and chill! Right on the state park line with amazing trails! Hostess was thoughtfully and has great communication! Everything was ready when we got there!
Linda P.recommends
May 11, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
A Brand New Hidden Jewel
The Chasah Tent is an absolutely amazing new hipcamp gem! Not only is it located literally just feet from Jay Cooke State Park, the north edge of the property borders the Willard Munger State Trail. To the west (a few minutes walk) is the St Louis River where world-class kayaking and rafting takes place. You really don’t need to go any further than “Allure of the Woods” to find everything you need for an adventure filled get-way. Or not! Maybe you want to just sit out on the front deck like I did and s t a r g a z e and listen to distant coyotes. The sound of the river was incredible due to the spring thaw and recent heavy rain. Even the whistle of the train was mesmerizing. The tent was comfortable and had everything I needed for a great stay. Denise was so kind and accommodating. I can’t recommend this place enough! Five stars in my book!
Suzanne F.recommends
May 11, 2022
Chasah Tent ("to seek refuge")
Iconic, Beautiful and Cozy!
Denise’s place is absolutely spectacular! We had such an amazing time! The tent is lovely and sturdy and is surrounded by huge, gorgeous trees - literally just steps from the trails of Jay Cooke State Park, which is also spectacular! The wood stove kept us warm over the chilly night, the bed is super comfy and all the little touches Denise thought of made everything so cozy. The “Loo” is adorable, private and short walk from the tent. We sat by the fire and listened to the frogs and the river and it was an iconic Northern Minnesota experience. I would give Denise’s place the highest of recommendations!
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