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Balsam Ridge Retreat

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· Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota
5 acres hosted by Linda P.
6 lodging sites
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Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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Best in Minnesota: 1st place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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Many folks that have visited our place refer to it as 'country living in the city'.  We are so blessed to live in this little piece of serenity just inside the city limits of Duluth.  It was once an abandoned house that sat for years, until a friend mentioned to us that it might be going up for sale.  We loved the location and rolled up our sleeves. Twenty years later we still marvel at the beauty around us and can hardly believe that we LIVE here!  Just down the road is a trout stream and just beyond that was a popular farm that attracted many folks to this neighborhood for hay rides and sleigh rides. The farm has since retired it's horses and closed it's doors to make room for new homes,  but memories live on in the beauty of the open fields. I often imagine the sound of horses and sleigh bells and people singing carols and then warming up around a toasty fire sipping hot cocoa. Some of those memories live on right here at Balsam Ridge (minus the horses). Over the years many groups of folks have enjoyed a sense of community in these back woods no matter the season. Campfires, kids catching frogs, neighborhood campouts, snow picnics, hair-raising toboggan runs, family campouts, spiritual silent retreats, a take-your-breath-away giant swing, and some tales too daring to mention are all part of the fun.  This is why we do what we do. We've been given much, and love to give back. It just wouldn't seem right to keep all this good to ourselves.   
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Cameron R.recommends
May 22, 2024
The Stuga
Great Stay for a Family!
This was our first time using Hip Camp and I was a little nervous since we have young kids. We are a family of 4 with a 3.5 and 1 year old. But there was absolutely no need to worry!! The second we got there we were greeted by the guests. They helped us bring our stuff to the Stuga, showed us around the property, and answered any questions we had! My 3 year olds favorite parts were the "Lego House" and his "fort". They have Tiny house that they've filled with toys, a table, chairs, books, games! Our son loved going up there to grab a toy and bring it with him wherever he went! The bunk beds in the Stuga have "curtains" that you can open and close by sliding. Linda showed them right away to my toddler and he was sooo thrilled to have his own little area that gave him some space from us. They also have a few swings on the property that our oldest (& us) loved!! It was such a relaxing stay! We loved feeling like there was enough to do at the property that we were able to slow down and enjoy ourselves. We loved being so close to Duluth. It felt like we got the best of both worlds! We absolutely loved our stay at the Stuga and are already looking at weekends in the winter that we could come back!!
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Nathan G.recommends
May 13, 2024
The Roost
This was our third time staying at Balsam ridge and it is always a wonderful stay. Linda and Chris are great hosts, who are so kind and welcoming. It is always a magical time at Balsam Ridge, we were able to watch the northern lights sitting in front of our little cabin, it was an amazing experience. Balsam Ridge is Duluth's best kept secret. Only about a mile from the UMD campus so it is close to the action. But when you are at your campsite, it feels like you far away from the city. It is so quaint and beautiful, we look forward to returning again and again.
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Madison L.recommends
May 5, 2024
The Stuga
Staying in the Stuga was the perfect getaway for my birthday. We loved sitting out at the bonfire at night and exploring the gorgeous property during the day. The Stuga had everything we needed and enjoyed our stay thoroughly. Chris and Linda were such gracious hosts. We cannot wait to come back!
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Geri V.recommends
May 4, 2024
Gökotta (Swedish for "dawn picnic")
Amazing Hosts!
Loved everything about the place. Especially the hosts. Such nice folks! 10/10 experience in every way.
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Elizabeth H.recommends
April 21, 2024
Gökotta (Swedish for "dawn picnic")
Thank you for a blissful, relaxing weekend. We’ll definitely be returning.
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Nate G.recommends
April 14, 2024
The Stuga
We had a great time staying in the Stuga! There was plenty of trails to explore and would highly recommend going on a few hikes. The hosts were very welcoming when we arrived but also let us have our privacy. The communal area is also pretty neat.
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Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Linda P.Joined in June 2018
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