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. Also, years ago on this very spot, sat our first and only tepee. 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 a queen size bed, a pair of Amish rockers, an 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 wrought iron 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. A green Coleman lantern hangs from a tree close-by.
In this season of covid, we do our best to keep everything as clean as possible. Please bring your own bedding! The bed will have two 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.
Duluth has 178 miles of beautiful wooded trails. For a map of biking trails check out Trailforks, Duluth. One particular trail ...Read more
Besides Lake Superior, there are several other popular boating lakes within a half hour of downtown Duluth, Pike Lake, Island L...Read more
Shore fishing spots Here's a list of suggested places to fish from shore, courtesy of Scott VanValkenburg at Fisherman's Corner...Read more
There are at least 150 miles of unpaved hiking trails in Duluth. Balsam Ridge is just a few minutes walk from the Hartley Trail...Read more
Duluth now offers the new Magney Snively-Ely's Peak Equestrian Trail and Ski Loop along western Duluth's portion of Skyline Bo...Read more
Oh yes. Lots of it. There is a sweet video on Duluthoutdoors..com that gives you an idea what it's like to paddle on Lake Super...Read more
The biggest water right at your backdoor, Duluth offers all the wonders of real windsurfing, massive shorebreak, head-on ramps,...Read more
Duluth offers a variety of seasonal climbing opportunities within the city limits. Casket Quarry is a premier site for ice an...Read more
There are more snow sports than you can shake a stick at in Duluth, MN, so I'll just run through the top 11 outdoor winter adve...Read more
Duluth is well known for its extreme surfers. Winter or summer, if there are waves breaking, there will be surfers taking advan...Read more
Swimming and summer just naturally go hand-in-hand - especially when you live in an area that's blessed with an abundance of la...Read more
The St Louis River (which flows into Lake Superior) is a great spot for whitewater rafting all summer long. This 2 hour trip t...Read more
Duluth is home to two Important Bird Areas (IBA), recognized as globally important habitats for the conservation of bird popula...Read more
Natural features you'll find at The Canvas Cottage in Minnesota.
The name "Balsam Ridge Retreat" is just one indicator of the type of forest we are nestled in. Numerous maples cover the east s...Read more
River, stream, or creek
One of Duluth's 16 designated trout streams is a two minute walk from our mailbox. It's known as the East Branch of the Chester...Read more
Yes, we are in the city. Just down MacFarlane Road is a large beaver pond that the East Chester Creek runs through. Duluth, as ...Read more
Just down MacFarlane Road is a large beaver pond that the East Chester Creek runs through.
As you pull up to the front of our home you'll only see a short parking spot. This isn't the driveway. Look about 275 feet to t...Read more
Places to see near Balsam Ridge Retreat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Don’t miss out on this site!
If you are going to be in the Duluth area (or just looking for a lovely weekend getaway) we would HIGHLY recommend staying at The Canvas Cottage or any other site at the Balsam Ridge Retreat. It is run by the kindest people and the grounds are GORGEOUS. We came with our two year old and he enjoyed the little LEGO house they have (a small cabin full of LEGOs), riding on the boat in the small pond, and going on a hike right on the property. The whole place just oozes with love and care plus is comfortable and beautiful. We hope to return!
Highly recommended experience!
We absolutely loved our stay at The Canvas Cottage! The hosts were so kind and the property is well thought out, easy to access and just a fun place to be. If you want to go camping and experience nature while staying warm and having easy access to Duluth, this is the place to go!
The canvas cottage is an absolute dream! Linda and Chris are the kindest hosts you could ask for and they made sure we had everything we needed to get the most out of our North Woods stay.
The cottage itself is quaint and really all you need to be cozy and have a unique experience. The property and the hosts both go above and beyond to serve as your entertainment. Chris and Linda are generous, funny and understanding of privacy (once again, really all you could ask for in a host). The land itself is breathtaking and butts up against acres on acres of public Land Trust land just waiting to be hiked and explored. The woods are awe-striking and you could hike for as long or as little as you'd like, without even having to drive to a trailhead!
Thank you Chris and Linda for offering a lovely and ideal home away from home!
A peaceful and unique getaway!
This was just what we needed. Time for just the two of us in a quiet tree filled space. Birds and chipmunks became our daily companions. The simple style of this place leads to feelings of peace and contentment. Our hosts are wonderful folks, friendly and caring. Our Canvas Cottage was so cozy and comfortable. The best sleep we’ve had in a while. This is a delightful place and we will be staying there again!
Great facilities, easy to find and awesome hosts! We had a great time coming up to Duluth for our first wedding anniversary. We got some rain during our stay, so we can attest that the tent is very waterproof.
An amazing experience!!
My best friend and I did our first girls trip ever this year and we couldn’t have picked a better spot than the Canvas Cottage! It was perfect being minutes away from everything yet feeling like you’re in the middle of a forest. There were other campers near by but not right on top of each other and you could hardly tell they were there. They have some super fun swings, don’t miss out on trying the “silent swing” it’s a must! The owners are super nice and helpful while also giving you your space. We had our own outhouse (and it is probably the cleanest outhouse I’ve ever been in!). The tent was very clean and even had electricity, which I was not expecting! Overall it was an amazing experience and I hope we get to do it again!!!!!! I really want to take my husband and kids!
This place is special, peaceful and a slice of relaxation. The owners/caretakers are splendid people, people you want to be around and enjoy. They have created this oasis that you just have to go to and see for yourselves.