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Balsam Ridge Retreat
488 reviews
· Duluth, Minnesota
5 acres
7 sites
7 Lodging
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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Duluth, Minnesota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Linda P.Joined in June 2018
584 ratings · 488 reviews
Nathan G.recommends
September 29, 2022
Danny's Tent
Highly recommend Danny’s tent
Danny’s tent was an incredible stay at our weekend in Duluth. It was so picturesque and the hosts were so gracious and kind. The tent stayed nice and warm with the wood fire stove. We will definitely be back.
Amy G.recommends
September 27, 2022
The Mini Coop
Cozy, well executed and rustic!
First - while I did see the Mini Coop, we had an upgrade due to a last minute cancellation so I'll do a little review of both! Mini Coop - While small (very small but oh so cute!) it has all you need to sleep and enjoy the outdoors too! Larger than a 2 person tent since there is room to set a bag or two and stand up, the beds (single bunks) take up most of the space. But - she still had tiny shelves with an electric kettle, french press and a tiny space heater to stay warm! We actually stayed in Gökotta - what a glorious tent!! Totally private (all of her offerings are super private from other campers there). Little sitting shed that is covered for eating, small fire pit, outdoor table for food prep, tiny rocket stove and even a bear box with a latch! And while there is a community outhouse with lights (yes - lights!) that is super clean, this tent has a private toilet in the woods near the tent. Not fancy - if you are a hotel person this won't be your style - but if you love nature, it's a throne in the middle of pines with real toilet paper that does the job just fine. VERY CLEAN. The inside of Gökotta is super cozy - twin bunks and a full size bed and all have mattress pad heaters for night! Electric outlets so you can plug in, little lamps, a wood stove to heat up the tent, and more, booties for your feet, potable water spigot and a hot water kettle!
Jade S.recommends
September 27, 2022
Danny's Tent
Serene weekend!
I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have been back at Balsam Ridge Retreat. My third time here, and with each trip I continue to be impressed with Linda and Chris' hospitality and kindness. This was my first stay in Danny's Tent and it was perfect! A bit of cool weather made no difference in our comfort, as it was stocked with heated mattress pads, a wood stove, a comfortable bed. The property was as beautiful as ever with the fall foliage. We even had the special treat of meeting other campers for some hot chocolate and music. I can't wait to be back!
Sami S.recommends
September 25, 2022
The Stuga
Linda and Chris were exceptional hosts with such hospitality. They truly want you to have the best stay and make you feel at home. The camping/grounds were so cute and cozy with Edison lights making the nights so warm and magical. Will definitely be returning!
Stuart F.recommends
September 25, 2022
Listening Point
Despite two days of rain and 50 degree weather, we were warm and dry in the poptop camper high atop listening point. My wife and I came North from Madison to visit our daugher who lives in Duluth. Linda and Chris warmly welcomed us and as they guided us around their piece of heaven. Too many small details to list here created a unique and memorable experience during our 3 day visit. This was capped by a magical piano performance and sign along with fellow guests on the communal back porch (stage). A visit is recommended. We know we will return. Thank you Linda and Chris
Amanda A.recommends
September 24, 2022
The Mini Coop
We actually upgraded to Gökotta. This entire property is just beautiful and so relaxing. We stayed for two nights and would have stayed 3 but they were all booked. The hosts are so friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere, the sites and accommodations, everything was absolutely just an amazing experience. You can choose to stay to your self or meet up with other campers in a community area. There is so many things for people of every age. Hard to believe that the Balsam Ridge is less than 2 minutes out of Duluth. The time and work Linda and Chris put in to this is absolutely breathtaking. I will for sure be back!!!
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