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Balsam Ridge Retreat

· Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota
5 acres hosted by Linda P.
6 lodging sites
Best in Minnesota: 1st place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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97% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
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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863 ratings · 728 reviews
Kay K.recommends
July 21, 2024
The Canvas Cottage
Perfect stay with above & beyond ca
The hospitality was like nothing I've ever experienced before. Linda & Chris did everything to go above & beyond to make sure you have everything you need and that your stay is perfect! Each site is strategically placed so that there is a sense if privacy for everyone. The trails and sights are lined with lights so you can see at night (site lights go off via a timer.) There are extra amenities in/on each sight to make sure you're comfortable. There is nothing but good to say about balsam ridge retreat!!
Lauren K.recommends
July 21, 2024
The Stuga
Stay here! You won’t regret it. Dreamy setting. Warm and kind hosts. Great location. Cozy cabin. Thanks so much Linda!!
Meredith M.recommends
July 19, 2024
Gökotta (Swedish for "dawn picnic")
We loved staying in the Gokotta tent! It was cozy and comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised to find the tent had electrical outlets and several small lamps. The Balsam Ridge property was so adorable and had many fun amenities - a pond equipped with small boat, float pad and fishing gear, a trail with a treasure map, outdoor living area with board games, piano, and carpetball table. My boys ESPECIALLY loved the tree swings. Chris and Linda were wonderful, welcoming hosts!
Gina K.recommends
July 18, 2024
The Stuga
Peaceful Family Fun!
We love staying at Balsam Ridge Retreat! The Stuga is charming and just perfect for a quick getaway! The swings and fishing pond always make us feel welcome in the great outdoors. Linda and Chris (the hosts) are wonderful people and have a talent for showing hospitality and we treasure how much work and effort that has gone into this sweet slice of Heaven!
Kara L.recommends
July 15, 2024
Gökotta (Swedish for "dawn picnic")
Most hospitable hosts in the world!
From the time we drove in, Linda and Chris were there to make us feel welcome. They showed us around the property, took the time to get to know us, and were promptly there if we needed anything. Linda and Chris have done a phenomenal job with this campsite and have thought of everything to make it a great stay! The highlight for us was spending quality time outdoors in a beautiful corner of Duluth, and also getting to know the hosts. My partner and I absolutely loved our time staying at this campsite and we can't recommend it enough.
Nathan H.recommends
July 15, 2024
The Mini Coop
Balsam Ridge was so incredibly pleasant & peaceful. The chicken coop was really cool - perfect for my solo trip. It felt very private even though it wasn’t far from the rest of the property. I enjoyed sleeping (very comfortably) with the windows open and reading on the little deck outside the coop. The property is a short drive to downtown Duluth - if you want to mix some city in. Most importantly, Linda & Chris were so welcoming & kind. They gave a nice tour of the property to help orient me to where I can find everything. It is very clear how much they care about their property and their guests.
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

Hosted by Linda P.

Joined in June 2018
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