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. (In the summer there is cold running water at the kitchen sink. That's a big deal around here!) 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 other 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!
- 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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Exceptional weekend in the stuga!!
Linda’s property is amazing. This time we stayed in the Stuga. I have also stayed in one of her glamping tents and the chicken coop. They take pride in all the various options available on their property. The little details make all the difference. Everything is clean and accommodations feel like home. They welcome you upon arrival and departure. They truly want you to enjoy your time. I will be back!!!
One of our favorite places!
This was our second stay, and just as magical as the first! We love the new addition of the sitting porch with the games, piano and books. Such a great spot to relax by the pond and possibly make some new friends. Our girls loved the swings and play house, and we caught several large sunfish in the pond! Such a special place with so many little personal touches - we’ll be back!
Wonderful people wonderful site
I have been here many times and have the most magical nice time every time. The hosts are so wonderful as is the beautiful effort they put into their sites thank you so much for the many great memories!
Just what we needed
Our stay at the Stuga was just what our family needed. Chris and Linda were wonderful, welcoming hosts and their land is just beautiful. You can see their thoughtfulness and care for this special place in the tiniest of details. Highlights from our trip include but are not limited to: launching off the platform of the epic tree swing, hanging out in the super cool loft, fishing (somewhat successfully) in the pond, observing turtles sunbathing, getting lost (but not terribly lost) in the forest, rowing around in the boat on the pond, playing games and reading books while listening to the rain outside, and just feeling at peace while amongst the beauty. We will definitely be back! Our kids have already requested another trip to the Stuga, but this time in the winter.
Incredible peace on gorgeous land!
We loved camping in the Stuga and exploring Balsam Ridge. The owners welcomed us with warmth and an open heart. There was plenty for children to explore and had an air of true rest and respite. My kids loved fishing at the pond, playing in the little lego clubhouse and the wildflowers and Balsam Firs made for spectacular viewing! We would recommend this booking to anyone looking for an easy getaway close to Lake Superior or anyone looking for peace, rest, and wilderness. We will be back!
Linda and Chris have built a very special place here. We are so fortunate that they would share it with us. There are thoughtful touches throughout; honestly, I don't know how they do it all. The Stuga is very comfortable, extremely well-supplied and tucked neatly away from the other sites. The common areas are delightful and there are so many fun things for people young and old to do. My kids adored Linda and Chris and followed them around trying to help with chores. This little resort is about as special a place as I've ever stayed, but the hosts are what makes it a place you will keep coming back to. They are truly warm, kind folks -- the kind you don't meet very often. We are so glad we met them and got to stay at their charming slice of woods!
What an amazing experience! From the minute we arrived Linda and Chris were such caring hosts to our family. Their camp is the most unique Hipcamp I have ever experienced and certainly lived up to the “cabin of the year” accolade. The attention to detail from trails to common areas to recreation made the stay one of the most memorable cross country experiences we have had as a family with kids.
City folks w little kids
My husband and I were just reflecting on our two nights in the Stuga. We were agreeing that the entire stay felt impossibly sweet. Everywhere we looked, everything our kids (7 and 4) did, every part of literally everything felt exactly how we would have imagined a perfect family trip. It was so idyllic!
We were cozy and comfortable in the Stuga. The kids paddled the little boat around the pond by themselves and caught a few fish! They spent time on each of the 3 swings, walked the Balsam Ridge Retreat trail reading the provided treasure map, played in the "lego house," and bothered Linda and Chris while they did chores. They didnt even ask about ipads or tv - can you imagine?
The stuga was very clean! Somehow even the outdoor compost toilet (that we were all surprisingly quite fond of) seemed exceptionally clean?! It felt like upon arrival we had everything we needed: comfortable bedding, a few basic kitchen items, toilet paper, a few small towels, etc. On our first night there was firewood and kindling all set up in our firepit, perfectly placed and just waiting for a match (that was also provided). Chris and Linda really made it easy for us to pretend like we are outdoorsy :)
The location is such a bonus too. Less than 15 min to Canal Park, just 30 min to Jay Cooke State Park and an hour to Split Rock.
We are already cooking up our plans to return next summer, and I dream of sneaking back up for a solo stay this winter!
What a special, special place.