Our Gokotta tent is tucked in the deep woods of a beautiful blend of forest greenery. It is a short 3 minute walk from your vehicle and there is a cart to assist you with gear and supplies. The ramp welcomes you to a comfy front porch with two adirondack chairs for relaxing. It's a great place to collect your thoughts. Just inside is a wood stove to take the chill off if
Our Gokotta tent is tucked in the deep woods of a beautiful blend of forest greenery. It is a short 3 minute walk from your vehicle and there is a cart to assist you with gear and supplies. The ramp welcomes you to a comfy front porch with two adirondack chairs for relaxing. It's a great place to collect your thoughts. Just inside is a wood stove to take the chill off if need be. The large copper tub is loaded with dry firewood for the crisp nights. There are two wooden rockers and plenty of light for enjoying a good book. The Gokotta has an oak Navy bunk bed as well as a log futon (full-size) for use as a couch or sleeping. There is a cot available for an additional guest if needed. Everyone should bring their own sleeping bags or linens. There are pillows on the beds. On the table you'll find a hot pot for boiling water, a radio, a small fan, a few mugs and spoons, and some jars of assorted mixes for hot drinks. (Yes, there is electricity.)
We'll fill a jug of Lake Superior drinking water and have it at your site. In the warmer months of the year a water spigot is just a few feet from the campfire area. During the colder months you can refill your water at the spigot at the back of our home.
All cooking is done outside over the fire (or on your own personal camp stove). We added a rocket stove at the campsite for cooking a meal or boiling a pot of water fairly quickly using a minimal amount of wood.
Living in the woods always has the potential to attract wildlife, so we encourage everyone to put away all food and scraps in the metal food locker (or back in your car) before retiring for the night.
The outhouse is just a stones throw away.
The word Gökotta comes from Sweden and means “to rise early and listen to the sounds of nature”. We may not all be early risers, but we all can appreciate the concept!
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.
Because we care about our land and want to be good stewards of it, we've decided to alter our booking process allowing for just one booking per site each week. This will not only help with giving the land a chance to rest (and ourselves too!), it will also allow for more thorough covid cleaning between campers. We have a two night minimum at each of our four sites but of course you're welcome to stay for three nights. And if you are interested in a bit longer stay, please contact us and we can talk.
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
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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Natural features you'll find at Gökotta (Swedish for "dawn picnic") in Minnesota.
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The vibe at Gökotta (Swedish for "dawn picnic")
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Balsam Ridge Retreat was a compete dream. We spent the night in the Gökotta tent at Balsam Ridge Retreat located just minutes from downtown Duluth. Set on a dreamy property owned and run by the most accommodating couple, who have so clearly put their hearts into creating this magical sanctuary with attention to every last detail. From landscaping to carpentry, the Porter’s are truly talented! They met every need of ours and even had a fire going for us upon our arrival. The amenities and grounds surpassed our expectations by a long shot! Oh! And they have a giant swing that gives you the rush of shotgunning a nitro cold brew! We cannot wait to go back this winter for a long weekend in their tiny heated house!
One of our favorite hipcamps
We had an absolute blast staying at Chris and Linda's gorgeous Hipcamp. From the moment we drove onto the property we felt welcomed and as if we were visiting family.
The Gokotta was immaculately designed and had all the right touches — it was very apparent as to just how much effort and care Linda and Chris have put into their Hipcamp sites.
Having two reservoirs of drinking water at the site, wood chopped and ready to go in the the fire pit, along with things like hand soap, a radio, and lamps made for such an easy, care free stay.
We're already looking for reasons to visit Duluth so we can stay here again! Thank you for everything Chris & Linda!
Dreamy glamping experience
Chris and Linda were the best hosts. They welcomed us and made us feel right at home. It’s clear that ever detail had attention paid to it and that this site is a true labor of love for them. Drinking/ washing water and coffee and hot beverage mixes were provided, we didn’t have to bring in our own firewood and they even got our fire started for us. Staying in the Gokotta was was “pinch me” dreamy. The twinkle lights across the property made the experience extra special. We loved the big swing too. Can’t wait to come back!
Cozy and perfect!
Think of your favorite relatives; the welcoming, kind, warm ones who naturally make you feel at home. That's exactly what Chris and Linda are like! Not only is this the most amazing place you'll find, but it's beautifully put together and lovingly maintained by two of the nicest people you'll have the pleasure to meet.
We over-used the word "cozy" during our stay, but it described absolutely everything about the place! The space in the Gokotta is well-appointed with comfortable bunks and fantastic pillows (bring your own sleeping bags), a sofa great for sitting or sleeping, rockers to read in, eating space, and thoughtful extra touches like a remote for all of the lights, a conveniently placed power strip so you can charge your electronics, a little basket by the top bunk in which to put your phone while you sleep, and everything you need to make a nice warm cup of your favorite beverage. Chris and Linda don't miss a thing!
Be sure to ask them about the paths in the woods. There are many little bridges to discover as you wind your way through the peaceful woods. What a way to start any day!
We were so thrilled to discover these gems (the people and the place) that we came home and booked our next stay.
See you again soon, Chris and Linda!
Rustic romance at balsam ridge
We had a fantastic stay at Balsam Ridge! What a perfect alternative to the busy (and expensive!) Duluth hotels. It was a bit snowy during our stay in October, but we were cozy and warm in the Gökotta tent. The stove warms the tent nicely, though it required some attention during the night. We had a lovely hike on the back of the property, and drove into town (~an easy 10 min drive) for dinner. The tent was well-outfitted and the hosts were very kind and eager to be of help. We will definitely be back!
WOW! We had an amazing stay at the Gökotta. Chris and Linda are incredibly kind hosts. It’s evident how much work went into making this such a special place to stay. We loved all the little details that make staying here so effortless—fresh water, firewood, coffee/tea and more. The location is fantastic. Close to downtown Duluth, but tucked away in the woods. We can’t recommend this place enough!
Beyond our expectations !
It was one of the best camping trips of our Life.
The photos do not do justice to the entirety of the amazing location. It is picturesque, quaint and easily accessible. It is 10 minutes from downtown Duluth and yet feels like you are in thickest of the woods. Its extremely peaceful.
The Gokotta style camping was a perfect weekend getaway for 6 of us. Chris and Linda were gracious hosts, who went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as we would be at home.
I highly recommend this fantastic place ! Its a rare Find.
Best hosts, best campsite!
Great spot right outside of town!(5 minutes downtown Duluth) Chris and Linda are great hosts and have done an awesome job making very cool and private campsites! Will definitely be going back!