The Mini Coop was a working chicken coop for many years until it was replaced by a bigger coop. It was then used to house bees, then garden tools, and then it came close to leaving our property. Finally, after it was all cleaned out, a vision was born. After some elbow grease, numerous trips to the lumberyard, and placing pieces of the puzzle one by one into place, the tinie
The Mini Coop was a working chicken coop for many years until it was replaced by a bigger coop. It was then used to house bees, then garden tools, and then it came close to leaving our property. Finally, after it was all cleaned out, a vision was born. After some elbow grease, numerous trips to the lumberyard, and placing pieces of the puzzle one by one into place, the tiniest of tiny homes is now ready for new inhabitants and is tucked back in the farthest corner of our five acre lot. The generous windows in front bring the forest right to you, almost as if you were sitting in the screen porch of a cabin, and the hiking trails are right out your window. A multi-function door has a built-in vent and also a barn sash window that opens out to a 7x7 wooden deck where two camp chairs are perched. The inside of the coop is enveloped in golden tongue and groove pine, and a long narrow couch/bed provides comfort for day or night use. The top bunk (25" wide and 7 feet long) can be left in the upright position for storing personal gear, or folded down for an extra camper. The birch wall lamp provides light for reading, and there is also an outlet for charging your phone. A small electric heater is ready to take the chill out of the air. The outhouse is just around the corner and we'll provide a container of water for drinking. Bring your own bedding and enjoy a unique camping experience in this tiny (emphasis on TINY - really tiny) coop/cabin!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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River, stream, or creek
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The vibe at The Mini Coop
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Two nights in the mini coop
My sister and I had a great time staying at Balsam Ridge Retreat. They offer many things to keep you entertained and they are located near several Duluth parks and places of interest.
Charming and cozy coop
Our stay at Balsam Ridge Retreat was wonderful. The property was woodsy and lovely - wood chip paths, a small pond, spots to stay close enough for convenient access to firewood, outhouse, waking trails, etc., but also spread out enough for space and privacy. The Mini Coop, which looked nice when we checked it out online, was even better in person. Well-built, clean, and cozy (not the accommodations one would want to pick if looking to spread out on a large bed), we slept well at night but - with the weather being nice - spent most of our time relaxing outside it around the small fire. Our hosts, Linda and Chris, clearly take pride in their place and enjoyment in their guests —they were welcoming and warm, but not intrusive — and were both eager to make sure we had what we needed as well as welcomed any feedback on how they might make that (new) "cabin" even better. We would stay there again in a heartbeat. A great spot if you like things simple and rustic.
The Mini Coop is an adorable alternative to traditional tent camping. The site felt private (only a handful of campsites at Balsam Ridge retreat), safe, and peaceful. The location, while technically in Duluth, feels like camping in a state park. Linda is a warm and welcoming host. I highly recommend the Mini Coop!
Amazing stay and perfect location
The mini coop was amazing and would recommend highly to anyone looking for a little getaway or anyone who wants to explore the north shore. Located about 10 minutes out of the Duluth proper, the location was perfect and more laid back than you would expect. The hosts were extremely helpful and kind. All the camps on their land are amazing, they also have a few ponds and get some amazing swings too!
Wooded waterfall weekend
Absolutely fantastic! Welcomed at the driveway by friendly hosts, offered a cart for hauling gear, and thankful to see a stocked firewood pile! We spent 3 enjoyable nights using the coop as our launchpad for 3 days of North Shore waterfall exploration. The location is perfect for accessing Duluth and the North Shore, yet so secluded on the very edge of their densely wooded property. Can't say enough positive things!
Great get away
Staying at Balsam Ridge Retreat far exceeded my expectations. The site was clean quiet and their eye for detail was incredible. It’s a great place to relax. Looking forward to next time.
Serenity in the city
I stayed 3 nights in the mini coop. Linda and Chris were so nice and inviting from the moment I pulled into the driveway. They have such a great property that offers much more than a place to lay your head. Yet is still close to amenities and is convenient for heading out on day trips. I would 100% stay here again!
The coolest place i’ve ever seen.
Staying at the Mini Coop was amazing, but really staying at Balsam Ridge as a whole makes the experience. Chris and Linda are the sweetest, most charming people I think I’ve ever met. They were so generous & fun, and Linda even let me borrow her hiking boots when I forgot mine. The grounds are beautiful, so much to do (fishing, walking around, sitting at the campfire with other guests, the swings, etc). Would recommend bringing an extra sleeping pad to the coop for the top bunk if you struggle to sleep on harder surfaces. I can’t wait to go back!
Amazing, amazing, amazing...
Linda and Chris were absolutely fantastic hosts!! We had an extra member join our trip and they placed us at Listening Point instead of the coop so we all had a bed to sleep in. The swing was a blast for us as well. Balsam Ridge resort as a whole is beautiful and it’s obvious how much our hosts care about their property.