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National Forest Lodge

9905 National Forest Lodge Road, Isabella, MN 55614
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National Forest Lodge
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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Albert Lea, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
1 review
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

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is our third escape to the lodge, we love that we can park the car and spend the weekend. Great skiing and snow shoeing, great host and a wonderful cook. We made reservations for next winter already.

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

Thanks so much for coming up again. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for your support. -Andy More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary at NFL in 2011. Such a great time, loved every minute! The ski trails were fantastic, beautiful beyond belief, and wonderfully groomed (snow show trails were great, too!). Andy was a fabulous host and created a great sense of community among the guests. Food was great and in abundance. Our cabin was basic but very clean... More

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

Wow! I am certainly humbled by tour enthusiastic review. Can't wait to have you up again as a family (or get the "rent's" to watch the kiddo(s) and escape) and next time you can hopefully do the whole experience. Muchas Gracias Senora! More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Having come here for the last several years, I'm impressed by how consistently great and fun this is. With the intense level of snow this year, skiing was fabulous. Andy and team kept the trails in great condition. Weaving through pine and hardwood forests the trails are both picturesque and fun to ski. We also snowshoed several days. Those trails... More

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

The Margaritaville is the best! You all have become a beloved institution at the NFL. Thanks for all your kindness. Andy More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is my 3rd winter at National Forest Lodge and I've already put down a deposit for next year. Since they provide all meals and live music on Saturday night I can focus on skiing through their winter wonderland. Photos can't adequately capture the beauty of these trails, but I keep trying anyway. Can't wait to go back.

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

You OSLers are too much fun. Thanks and see you in 2015! Andy More

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Address: 9905 National Forest Lodge Road, Isabella, MN 55614
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Isabella
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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant
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Cozy, warm cabins with a charm all their own are nestled in the towering pines of the forest and provide the perfect place to settle into after a day on the trails! National Forest Lodge offers a unique all-inclusive Winter get-away of great cross country skiing and snowshoeing, hearty food, and friendly hospitality. In the Spring, Summer or Fall, rent out the Log Home or one of our camper cabins. Great fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and more. Roast some weenies and marshmallows over your fire pit or get baked in our lakeside Finnish sauna (firewood provided!). ... more   less 
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