Have you ever sat in a screen porch and watched the moon come up and then listened to the owls converse all around you? That's a very real possibility at The Canvas Cottage where weathered green canvas and lots of screened windows separate you from the picturesque North Woods. It's hard to believe you are in the city limits of Duluth until you hear the soft horn from the Aer
Have you ever sat in a screen porch and watched the moon come up and then listened to the owls converse all around you? That's a very real possibility at The Canvas Cottage where weathered green canvas and lots of screened windows separate you from the picturesque North Woods. It's hard to believe you are in the city limits of Duluth until you hear the soft horn from the Aerial Lift bridge and are reminded that downtown is only minutes away. The Canvas Cottage is nestled in the middle of five acres thick with balsam trees mixed with towering maples and one or two stray oak trees. The pond is within site of the front porch and is teeming with life. Tadpoles, a plethora of turtles, and a chorus of frogs in the springtime are constant entertainment for nature lovers.
The furnishings inside the Cottage are simple with two twin beds, an old rocking chair, a long end table with a lamp, a deck of cards, and an electric fireplace that adds ambiance to the cozy sitting area. On the front porch are two old cedar chairs that overlook the fire ring and a comfortable hammock ready for a lazy afternoon snooze. The rocket stove is perched next to a picnic table for cooking a one-pot meal, and a water spigot is just a few steps away providing cold potable water.
In this season of covid, we do our best to keep everything as clean as possible. ****Please bring your own bedding!**** The beds will have pillows with clean pillowcases, but there is only a top sheet over a mattress pad, so bring whatever you need for a comfortable night's sleep.
- 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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Natural features you'll find at The Canvas Cottage in Minnesota.
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River, stream, or creek
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Just down MacFarlane Road is a large beaver pond that the East Chester Creek runs through.
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Places to see near Balsam Ridge Retreat
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One of a kind camping experience!
We loved The Roost! It was so cozy and warm. It has everything you need and then some. The fireplace was incredible and the giant swing was a new experience. Linda and Chris were wonderful hosts and did everything to make our stay one to remember. We can’t recommend Balsam Ridge Retreat enough!
We loved our stay on Lisa and Chris’s land! The canvas cottage was the perfect mix of glampin and campin that we were looking for. The beds are cozy, the views are beautiful, and we loved cooking on the rocket stove. Chris and Lisa are the best hosts. Kind, authentic, and helpful! We can’t wait to stay at the Balsam Ridge Retreat again!
I stayed in one of the canvas tents. Linda and Chris have paid attention to details from fairy lights outlining paths at night and the outdoor kitchen with potable water to a cozy bedroom and sitting area. They have created a wonderful comunal space as well for folks to come together. I truly enjoyed my time there.
Easy communication with Linda. Very kind and helpful hosts. Thank you Linda and Chris, we enjoyed talking with you and your hospitality. Very cute place, thoughtful touches, beautiful area that feels secluded in the woods, yet very close to canal Park. We enjoyed staying in the canvas cottage, the swings, trails, peace. Look forward to staying again in the near future.
Linda and Chris have created a magical haven just minutes from the heart of Duluth. The forest is sprinkled with adorable little cabins, each unique and decorated with details worthy of a boutique hotel. Each site comes equipped with electric hookups, access to potable water, and spotless, odorless sawdust privies within steps of the dwellings. I stayed by myself in the “canvas cottage” and felt comfy as could be on the twin sized bed. I recommend bringing a sleeping bag to add a layer of warmth if it gets chilly. If it had been warmer, I’d have slept under the stars on the hammock! I’m definitely planning on returning, next time with my kids! Thanks Linda and Chris for your warm hospitality!
Cozy cottage in the woods
We loved our time at Balsam Ridge Retreat! Linda and Chris went above and beyond to make sure we had what we needed. The Canvas Cottage was perfect for our family of 3! It was the weekend getaway up North that we needed. Will definitely be heading back.
Had a great relaxing stay at the Canvas Cabin. Loved the site and trails to take walks on, the community fire pit area and pond. Felt very accommodated and welcomed. Will definitely be coming again to check out the other sites. I was intrigued by the ingenuity of how everything was designed. Thanks for a great stay!
Up north glamping!!
The Canvas Cottage is a great camping experience! We were looking for a place to stay in the Duluth area and came upon this absolutely quaint property in a google search! Wow!! It’s perhaps one of Minnesota’s best kept secrets! All of the units Chris and Linda have so creatively set up at Balsam Ridge Retreat will set you up for outdoor adventure! Whether you want to stay in a tent or in one of their unique little cabins, you will enjoy all their special touches. The Canvas Cottage is complete with two cozy plaid covered beds, a wonderful rocker, a small fire place heater, amenities like electricity, running drinkable water and outdoor toilet facilities a few steps away! Take a nap in the hammock or relax on the porch in a vintage wooden chaise lounge. Bring some tinfoil dinners to cook in the small brick oven or enjoy s’mores over your private campfire pit. So much to explore on the property including the many hiking trails and nearby super swings, or cross over the wooden bridge to a quiet, screened picnic area. The community gathering porch is perfect rain or shine with piano, games and books! We enjoyed a few rousing rounds of carpet ball - fun for those who like a little competition! Chris and Linda will make you feel right at home- genuinely warm and kind people! They will help you with anything -be it your campfire, fun things to do in the area, hiking trail maps, places to eat or directions!
Linda and Chris are some of the most kind, welcoming, down-to-earth people I've met, and these traits are reflective in the way they treat their land and their guests. The photos do not justify how beautiful their property is and the amount of work they put into it to provide their guests the best possible experience. Accomadating is an understatement. Each camp is cozy and immaculate and has it's own unique aesthetic. My friends and I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. I will only book at Balsam Ridge Retreat whenever I visit Duluth.