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, fridge and a large crock filled with drinking water. Our trusty two burner gas stove bit the dust so we are temporarily replacing it with a single burner electric hot plate. There are single bunk beds in addition to a 5x10 loft with a queen sized mattress. We appreciate when guests bring their own sleeping bags or linens. 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.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super 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 The Stuga in Minnesota.
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River, stream, or creek
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Suburban or backyard
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The vibe at The Stuga
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Cozy, secluded, welcoming, & fun!
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.
Layout perfection = peaceful space
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.
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!
Cozy little cottage in the woods
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.
Already planning next stuga stay!
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.
Cozy, warm cabin (with a swing!)
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.
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!
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!