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National Forest Lodge

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9905 National Forest Lodge Road, Isabella, MN 55614
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location is exactly as described on this site - it is very secluded (down 1.5 miles on an unpaved road) with very few people around - so soothing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city! The cabin itself is well maintained, clean, with a well-equipped kitchen and a lovely sauna! The kids loved sleeping in... More 

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

Thanks so much for the detailed review. Glad you enjoyed the remoteness of the cabin. Not for everyone, but ideal for relaxing and taking in the quiet, unspoiled outdoors. I agree the lower bedroom can get a little damp smelling depending on rain and humidity. Sometimes it is and other times not. Sorry if you found it unsatisfactory during your... More 

Wadena, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful place to stay! You can smell the pines the minute you get out of the car! The lake is so peaceful and quiet, and even the road going by it has very little traffic. We went out and did the "tourist" thing both days, but would have been happier just staying there. If you want a place... More 

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

Hi Kathy. Thanks so much for your review and staying with us. Sometimes when you are so close to something, you can lose sight of what made it so special to you. Thanks for reminding me. We're definitely not fancy, but peaceful wilderness we've got covered. Glad you enjoyed! - Andy More 

Chaska, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We rented two cabins for a family gathering and had a great time at the National Forest Lodge. The cabins were big and well stocked, plenty of firewood for the firepit and we loved having the canoes and paddle boat available. There is a nice swimming beach and trails at Flathorn Lake just 2-3 miles away.

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

Wow! I am so glad that our place was a good fit for your family get together. Thanks so much for your business and taking the time to share it with us. -Andy More 

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

You couldn't ask for a more idyllic setting. The cabin is awesome. The lake, too, was absolutely beautiful. Though a few things to be aware of: if you're using the layout drawing from their website to plan sleeping arrangements know that the basement room is all but unusable. It has two single beds (as seen in the drawing) but being... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience at our Superior Log Hideaway. I agree the lower level bedroom is noisy with the humidifier. Glad you turned it off and got some sleep. No argument about the road either. The remote private location means this forest road doesn't get much maintenance and the WIFI is weak. Not... More 

Thousand Oaks, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Beyond excellent! We came with a large group and rented the Superior Hideaway and the Big Pines Lodge. Both exceeded our expectations immensely! Great for kids! We came with a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old and felt completely comfortable with them here. The loft was a huge highlight for them! Just keep an extra eye on the... More 

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

Hey Micah. Sorry I didn't get to meet you and Kim. Sounds like your trip was busy. I hope you got some great footage in the can (is that what they say in the Biz?). Glad the accommodations worked for you all and thanks so much for the positive review. More 

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

"My bad" for this tardy response. Thanks so much for your positive feedback. We do pride ourselves on our ability to attract "amusing guests." Glad you enjoyed. -Andy More 

Twin Lakes Carlton County, Minnesota
1 review
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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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 

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