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National Forest Lodge

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9905 National Forest Lodge Road, Isabella, MN 55614
National Forest Lodge
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The intimate, single-track ski trails wind through tall pines and across frozen tamarack bogs. The host, Andy, is wonderfully friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, and the other guests are often pretty amusing. Between skiing, snowshoeing, the sauna, the outdoor hot tub, the Polar Plunge, live music, and relaxing back in your own cabin, your weekend will be packed... More 

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Twin Lakes Carlton County, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This was an awesome weekend. Many brave souls did a Polar Plunge. Then warmed up in the sauna or hot tub. GREAT FOOD & great music! Andy and his crew are friendly and helpful. When one friend's car wouldn't start, Andy charged her battery for her. The trails were well-groomed. The snow was beautiful! The scenery is absolutely stunning. I... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review of the lodge. It goes without saying that the Outdoor Snow Lovers weekend is a top favorite of mine. Hope to see you again next winter - Andy More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Been there 4 winters in a row. I never want to leave once I get there. Beautiful magical forests to ski and snowshoe in and with no snowmobiles allowed, the quiet is a welcome way to get grounded. The owner is a super guy, attentive to your needs, the cook makes some of the most satisfying tasty food to warm... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Hey. Thanks for your thoughtful and positive review. Looking forward to seeing you again next year. -Andy More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I love this place! This was my second year at the NFL with our outdoor club and I signed up for next year before leaving. Fabulous groomed cross country and snowshoe trails in a winter wonderland of wilderness. The cabins are comfortable, clean and charming; there is a great hot tub and sauna plus a hole in the ice to... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. Are you sure there's nothing you would change? Looking forward to your next visit. -Andy More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

When it comes to Northern Minnesota cross-country ski getaways, NOTHING beats NFL. The trails, lodging, staff, amenities (Hot Tub, Sauna, Polar Plunge) and food are incredible. And let me take a moment to praise the food more. Head Chef, Auggie, is a culinary masterpiece that should work at a 5-star restaurant in Minneapolis. What he does with that kitchen is... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Michael, Thanks for coming up again and your enthusiastic review. Augie's certainly a whiz in the kitchen, but don't want him to get too big of a head. Wouldn't want to lose him to one of those trendy Twin Cities restaurants. -Andy More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The National Forest Lodge area is the only place Minnesota has had any decent snow and our group took every advantage of it this past weekend! There were more 20 of us taking advantage of the many kilometers of great skiing, hiking and snowshoeing. So beautiful and so quiet, we could hear birds wings beating as they flew away. We... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Always a pleasure to have you and Pat here with the gang. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with others. -Andy More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The best cross country ski week end I have ever experienced. The NFL is an ideal place to go for a classic ski weekend.unique, rustic ,all needs met to make for an awesome comfortable trip. a hidden gem! The charming cabin, yards away from the bath house and hot tub. Homemade meals, great price, local music , sauna. Really nice... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for giving us a try and better yet, enjoying and sharing. I agree that the Flathorn/Gegoka trails are the most beautiful in Minnesota, but then I may be a bit partial. Hope to see you again some winter (or anytime). -Andy More 

Roseville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

37 of us went up to National Forest Lodge on our 4th annual trip. We took advantage of all there is to offer... skied the excellent miles of classic trails, snowshoed in the beautiful pine forest where we identified recent wolf tracks and scat, bunnies, deer, and mice tracks. Beautiful vistas around every corner - watch out for Sasquatch! The... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Hey Lori. Thanks for coming up again with the crew and your review. Always such a great weekend for us. -Andy More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We found excellent ski conditions here, while much of Minnesota is suffering from a lack of snow. My wife and I skied right from our cozy cabin. Here's the itinerary from Jamal (our group's trip coordinator): 1. Wake up and wander over to the main lodge to have coffee by the fire 2. Eat a nice hardy breakfast provided by... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for coming up and your review. Love the daily checklist. -Andy More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are looking for a no-frills, cozy getaway..this is it! We stayed only a few days, and wished we'd stayed longer. The grounds are well-kept, the cabin is clean, and the environment is seriously relaxing. I enjoy cooking meals in, and found the kitchen to be well-stocked with essentials (pots/pans, bowls, utensils, etc), and had enough space to move... More 

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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed the simple pleasures of Shorty's cabin. If you want to get a little fancier some time we have 2 other cabins in the same peaceful setting. Looking forward to your future visits. Thanks for your business. -Andy More 

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