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National Forest Lodge

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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!).
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hot Tub
Non-Smoking Hotel
Ski-In / Ski-Out
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Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
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9905 National Forest Lodge Rd, Isabella, MN 55607-9702
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Duluth Intl Airport65 mi
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We have been going to the NFL now for two winters. The lodging is comfortable, the food is great and the skiing and snowshoeing have been outstanding. Andy is very friendly and attentive to anything that you need. The communal meals are a great opportunity to meet other
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Response from Andy F, Owner at National Forest Lodge
Responded yesterday
Thanks so much for the positive review and your return visit to the NFL. Our small size definitely makes it easy to get to know the other guests. Our cook, August, has been preparing our meals here for 6 years now and we are lucky to have his creative culinary talents to keep us all fueled for winter adventure. It's been a super great snow year for us and I'm so glad you got to enjoy it. Hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Andy
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The National Forest Lodge is such a treat. This is a place you go to experience the beauty of the forest in solitude or with others. The cabins have rustic charm and the absence of televisions forces social activities like cards / board games that we don't make time for at
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Response from Andy F, Owner at National Forest Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Britni. Thanks for returning to our simple lodge and taking the time to share your experience. It's not to hard to create that welcoming feel with our small size and staff (ma & pa). Like you said, the cabins are basic, but the Superior National Forest's pines our trails wind through are magical. Thanks again and looking forward to your return!
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This was our 4th stay at NFL with a group of other couples. Always a great time. The ski trails well maintained and drop dead gorgeous scenery. Your meals are prepared and delicious and there is live entertainment on Friday’s and Saturday’s. The cabins are rustic/no
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Response from Andy F, Owner at National Forest Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Konni! Thanks for returning once more and making time to share your recommendation. Glad you enjoyed the live music on Saturday night. We are fortunate to have so many talented musicians in the north land willing to make the journey to our backwoods location. As one musician said, "who would know driving past this sleepy location that such a party was going on." Looking forward to many more visits from your crew. Thanks again, Andy
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This was my first visit to National Forest Lodge and it will not be my last. Beautiful rustic cabins, amazing food, great live music and wonderful hospitality. Andy and Lura (proprietors) together with Augie and Michelle in the kitchen create a friendly and warm atmosphere. A
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Response from Andy F, Owner at National Forest Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks so much for giving us a try and taking the time to share your thoughts. So glad you enjoyed our little corner of the Superior National Forest. It's a special place to enjoy these wild woods and picturesque trails. Simple pleasures and friendly folks are right at home here. Looking forward to having you back again soon. -Andy & Lura
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Second time staying here. The owner Andy is really welcoming and looks after his guests well. The cabins are really cute log cabins. There is a wood fired sauna and an outdoor hot tub. I've only been here in winter, but the ski trails are always in great condition, and there is
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Response from Andy F, Owner at National Forest Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Glad the 2nd trip up was a good one. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and certainly concur on the "friends" sentiment. The more the merrier. I'll pass your kudos on to groomer Matt! Hope to see you again for #3. Thanks much, Andy
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Log Cabin 8 - Circa 1925
Cabin 12
Rustic cabin
Ski-in to the Log Hideaway across the lake.
"If you want a kitchen, you’ll need to rent the big cabin."
"Cabin 11 is located close enough to the bathroom house to be convenient, but not too close!"
"Don't go if you want folded-towel art on your bed."
"Rooms are rustic. Love it."
"flannel sheets and blankets makes it comfy! "
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