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9905 National Forest Lodge Road, Isabella, MN 55614
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • 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
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3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We are a group of 7 Germans (4 adults and 3 teenagers) and we stayed at the Hideaway for 2 full weeks. As this was late August, a fire was always burning in the outdoor fireplace and it served as a collection point of the members of the family. We enjoyed the sauna house every day and we caught some... More

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

Hello to my favorite Germans! So glad you enjoyed the Hideaway. It is a special place. Thanks for staying with us and your assist on the wood stacking. If we ever get over to your side of the Atlantic, we'll try to track you down. Maybe stay at your beautiful flat overlooking Lake Constance. :) More

Columbia Heights
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Cabin was shared for 9 days by two senior citizen friends. Heavenly peace! For one week we we're the only two on the cabin grounds. Lake is shallow and not a great fishing lake, but beautiful for canoeing and trolling motor. Campfire every night with provided dry wood enjoyed with a gracious beverage. Drove FR (forest roads) every day and... More

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

So glad you enjoyed Shorty's. It was great to get a chance to visit with you both. The moose sightings are indeed scarce these days. Very sad. Actually, I see more of them cruising along Hwy 1, than on the backwoods roads. More room to see and less of a chance they'll hear you approaching. Hope to see you again... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were looking for a small rustic cabin in in a quiet place and we found it. The cabin has two small bedrooms, bathroom, eat in kitchen and living room. The living room was cozy with a great view into the woods. We had walking access to lake Gegoka which was a beautiful undeveloped lake. We loved the free access... More

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

Thanks so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. The bugs have been awful this year and a screen door is a great idea. I appreciate your feedback on the damage insurance. This is fairly widely used by vacation rental owners these days as an alternative to holding large damage deposits. Since you made your reservation, we... More

Albert Lea, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

NFL knows how to host a group of people like no place I have experienced before. Great food and entertainment along with clean facilities and the opportunity to experience the outdoors. Beds need updating was the only complaint that I heard from my group. Lack of sleep hindered my experience here but I still had a great time.

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

Hi "Sleepless." Thanks for all your kind words. Yes, some of the beds in the rustic cabins are definitely in need of upgrading. Since they are typically only used in the winter, we haven't been able to justify the replacement cost yet. Will hope to in the not too distant future. Thanks again, Andy More

Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This place is the real deal. If you love nature, great cross-country ski trails, solitude, saunas, good home cooking, and a warm lodge with cocoa, wine and good friends, this is for you. Not corporate-feeling at all. Just plain nice people. Rejuvenating in every sense of the word.

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

I'm thinking this could be one of the exceptional musicians that plays here on Saturday nights? Either way, I appreciated your glowing review of our little place in the woods. And good tip about the heat. It was a chilly one this season. Thanks again, Andy More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is not a "hotel" as the review site suggests. It is a wonderful resort with uniquely quaint cabins. The snow and beauty of the Superior National Forest is second to none. Andy takes fabulous care of the resort and even better care of his visitors! With all the meals prepared for us, a wonderful wood-fire sauna, polar plunge in... More

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

Ah, my friend, you are too kind. Always a pleasure to have you guys up here. Thank you so much for your support. Hope to see you again next year. -Andy More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

My adult children and I had a great getaway in the north woods. We enjoyed the beautiful serenity of the forest on our classic skis (no skate ski trails are groomed). Also a nice wood fired sauna off Lake Gegoka provided the opportunity for all of us to do a lake plunge through the ice before bed time. When the... More

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

Thanks Dave! Glad you came back and enjoyed again. Hope to see you all soon. -Andy More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

When you get to National Forest Lodge you won't have to think about anything but enjoying yourself the entire weekend. The food is made for you, the dishes are done, the sauna is stoked and the cabins are heated. They'll even keep the hot tub going. This place is totally authentic. Yes, the cabins are "rustic." And yes, you have... More

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

Holy cow! This is such a great description of a weekend at the NFL. It should be on our website! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us! -Andy More

Sebeka, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Combination of wilderness-like skiing or snowshoeing , communal meals, open-air hot tubbing and wood-fired sauna (replete with chainsawed hole in the lake) cannot be equaled. Bracing but requisite early morning trips to heated bathroom facility with Sorrels quickly tugged-on, squeaky snow underfoot and countless unbelievably bright stars overhead.Great value. Unforgettable.

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

Mark who?!? Yes, that cabin has great memories for Lura and I. You just never know what's you're gonna hear at the NFL. Thanks for the review and all those years of polar plunging. -Andy More

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Address: 9905 National Forest Lodge Road, Isabella, MN 55614
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Isabella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13

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