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 futon 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 on request.
During the colder months of winter we've added an infrared "fireplace" heater that helps keep the cabin toasty.
The trails are absolutely beautiful and covered in snow. It's an incredibly enchanting white forest to explore on snowshoes or skis. The snow is about two feet deep and a few main trails are packed for the adventurous winter pathfinder. The rest of the trails are awaiting your arrival!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- 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 Stuga
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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!
Warm and friendly host's , beautiful surroundings and beautiful views from the the stuga cabin overlooking the pond. Clean and tidy cabin and outhouse. Loved the twinkle lighted pathway to outhouse from our cabin. Would definitely stay here again! 👍
Linda and Chris were the most wonderful hosts and their stuga was perfect for our weekend trip. Their property is beautiful with easy access to hiking, skiing and even a frozen pond to skate and play hockey on. They were generous in letting us borrow skates and snowshoes and had all sorts of useful tips about where to go. Linda and Chris are also just very sweet and welcoming people. The stuga itself was so fun to stay in and they provided everything we needed: an electric burner to cook, water to drink and clean with, soap, towels, even coffee and tea. Couldn't be happier with our choice of accommodation and hope to visit again soon!