Hipcamp host Linda P.,
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The Stuga (pronounced stoo-gah) is a Swedish word meaning cottage or small guest house. To us it has been a cozy 10x12 retreat for many folks over the years who have simply needed a place to stay. Some have come seeking solitude and rest. For others it has been an oasis for a weekend  get-a-way. Whatever the need, the Stuga has warmly received an abundance of guests for many


The Stuga (pronounced stoo-gah) is a Swedish word meaning cottage or small guest house. To us it has been a cozy 10x12 retreat for many folks over the years who have simply needed a place to stay. Some have come seeking solitude and rest. For others it has been an oasis for a weekend  get-a-way. Whatever the need, the Stuga has warmly received an abundance of guests for many years.  

It's a cozy wooden cabin with a big picture window that looks out to the pond. Inside is a small table, an Amish rocker and a propane Dickinson heater that resembles a fireplace. The 5 foot 'kitchen' area has a small sink, a two burner gas stove, a fridge and a large stainless jug filled with drinking water. There are single bunk beds in addition to a  5x10 loft with a queen sized mattress.  We do ask that guests bring their own sleeping bags or linens, especially in this time of Covid. The 'Stool Shed' is just up the lit trail, and there's also a small portapotty right behind the stuga.

Because Duluth is a 'cool' city,  we've  added an infrared "fireplace" heater that helps keep the cabin toasty. 

The trails around the Stuga are absolutely beautiful with an incredibly enchanting forest to explore along winding paths and wooden bridges.  

We do want to mention that there are four unique sites here at Balsam Ridge, each one having it's own woodsy personality. For more information on our other sites check out Balsam Ridge Retreat. 

We're looking forward to a new season of camping and meeting some great folks!

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Linda a message!
  • 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


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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

Horseback riding

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


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Wind sports

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

Snow sports

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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

Whitewater paddling

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

Wildlife watching

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 Stuga 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


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, and ...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

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Hipcamper Justin

Cozy, secluded, welcoming, & fun!

Justin A.
recommends this listing.
February 18th, 2020

If you want to sit and watch the birds at the many feeders around the Stuga, you can. If you want to ice skate or play hockey, there's a perfect little pond out your front door (lit with lights or candles at night). If you want to xc ski or snowshoe, they have those. If you want to cozy up in a rocking chair and read by the furnace, you can. If you want to go into Duluth to see the beach or the lift bridge, it's only 10 mins or so away. This place was so perfect for a winter getaway and we will remember it for a long time. Such a great place to unplug and just BE (although you still get full Verizon reception if you HAVE to). I haven't even mentioned the hosts yet! They're so accommodating and welcoming, occasionally checking in via text to make sure we have everything we need and offering to light up the skating pond. Other than that, you won't really see them and it makes you feel really out there even though you're in Duluth city limits. We wandered with snowshoes in the forest by moonlight the last night we were there and it was absolutely surreal. Lastly, this place is really cute but it isn't "cutesy". Everything is utilitarian and isn't 'farmhouse chic' or 'cabin cute'. You still use an outhouse with no heat (which is totally fine). It has a genuine quality to it that is an extension of the hosts, Linda and Chris. 10/10 we will highly suggest to friends.

Hipcamper Mindy

Layout perfection = peaceful space

Mindy S.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2020

Chris and Linda could not have been nicer hosts. They are the type of people who are graciously welcoming you to their property, and you feel like friends from the get go.

Their land and set up of all four sites was so well thought out and set up. Everything was intentional to the comfort of everyone’s stay.

The location is close enough to everything in Duluth, and yet when you’re on the property you feel as if you are miles from everything. So peaceful.

The Stuga is a wonderful cabin. My son loved the loft to sleep in. I loved the huge picture window.

My son and I can’t wait to go back again and stay in one of their luxurious tent set ups.

I can’t recommend enough.

Hipcamper Dennis
Dennis M.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2019

The Stuga was such a cozy and wonderful place to stay for our first visit to Duluth. It had everything we needed to prep some basic meals and bedding was provided. We especially liked the loft sleeping area. There was also tea and hot chocolate mix available, which we did not expect. The path to the outhouse was clearly marked and lit up for the nighttime. They have some fun tree swings that they encouraged us to try. Chris and Linda were excellent hosts!

Hipcamper Nicole

Cozy little cottage in the woods

Nicole P.
recommends this listing.
September 30th, 2019

The Stugä was lovely and peaceful. It is a cozy little cottage that has everything you need for a getaway. I only wished that we would have stayed another day. We loved waking up in n the morning to the giant front window and staring out into the beautiful fall foliage and little pond. I think The Stugä is perfect for those who need a rest. I would love to go back and stay for a couple days just reading and resting in nature. It is a sanctuary.

We loved sleeping in the little loft.So pretty.
The StugaFound some mushrooms!
Hipcamper Kate

Already planning next stuga stay!

Kate W.
recommends this listing.
October 1st, 2019

First off, Chris and Linda are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. And I’ve met some wonderful people so that’s saying a lot. We had the best time in the Stuga. It was so dreamy in the fall colors we both just kept repeating how much we didn’t want to leave. The loft made this cabin feel like a tree house for adults.

Hipcamper Katrina
Katrina J.
recommends this listing.
October 7th, 2019

The Stuga was a perfect place to tuck away during a rainy day. The cabin was cozy and comfortable, Chris and Linda were super friendly and welcoming, and the setting was peaceful. I'll definitely be back!

Hipcamper Alex

Cozy, warm cabin (with a swing!)

Alex L.
recommends this listing.
October 7th, 2019

My partner and I got in well after dark (around 9:30pm) on a Friday but Chris and Linda still met us right as we pulled up and were nice enough to walk us down to the Stuga and get the heater going. We booked last minute, and it was the best decision ever! Very clean, warm, and cozy at night, and quiet and private in the morning (even though the other tents are relatively close). Also, if Linda offers to show you how to use the tall swing - DO IT. Don’t be afraid! This is a magical place just outside of the city, and we’re so glad we found it. Would 100% stay again.

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel S.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2019

Above and beyond all expectations we had going in. We kept looking at each other and saying “I can’t believe this, everything’s amazing!” Chris and Linda are the warmest hosts, and the Stuga was beautiful and cozy. We can’t wait to come back!

Hipcamper Megan


Megan R.
recommends this listing.
October 15th, 2019

What a magical find! Warm, accommodating, welcoming hosts with an absolute fantastic property. Chris and Linda have everything figured out; trail maps for hiking around their property, magical lights on all the trails, the most comfortable out house you'll ever find, a thrilling swing, and the most enthusiastic service. It was a real pleasure to stay here. I cannot wait to come back and bring my friends and family with. Consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to experience Balsam Ridge Retreat!


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