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National Forest Lodge
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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14 reviews
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“Wonderful winter getaway”
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.

Room Tip: Not really a swimming pool, but it is one great hot tub!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
Thanks so much for coming up again. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for your support. -Andy
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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 and comfortable. Shared bath was convenient and clean as well. Having just found out I was pregnant, I wasn't able to partake of the hot tub, sauna, or lake plunge, but my husband did all three and had a great time! We enjoyed playing board games on Friday night (with hot chocolate), and the live music on Saturday night really made the weekend festive. I loved everything about this place. Fantastic opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, reconnect w/o the distraction of technology, and just enjoy being together and meeting new folks. As our kids get older, we plan to come up every year as a family. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!

Room Tip: The cabins are all different - definitely ask Andy for recommendations on the best cabin for your gr...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
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!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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 are across the road and go through the woods, also a nice time.

The lodge always has a friendly, low key atmosphere during meals. It's a good place for gathering during the day if you're not skiing. Andy and his staff will do their best to make sure you're taken care of. Free live music - good live music - is featured on Saturday night.

We like taking a sauna and jumping in the lake. Other friends have enjoyed the hot tub. Both places are fun gathering spots after skiing or after dinner.

If you have a large group, consider renting the log home or check out the new log home across the lake. That's a ski-in/hike-in spot, so it's something different. We've skied over there and checked it out. It looks gorgeous. We have a large group and rent the log home on site.

Some of the cabins utilize a shared bath and folks may wonder about that. We've done this in the past when our group was smaller. The bathhouse is clean and can accommodate several people, so no worries there. Also, it's right near the hot tub - easy to get side-tracked into taking a dip, easy to shower off right after. Lots of people are walking around in robes to the bath, hot tub or sauna, so you'll never feel odd trudging off in your slippers and big robe.

I'd suggest you give the National Forest Lodge a try.

Room Tip: Each cabin is a little different and spread out. Don't be afraid to ask Andy or someone about th...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
The Margaritaville is the best! You all have become a beloved institution at the NFL. Thanks for all your kindness. Andy
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
You OSLers are too much fun. Thanks and see you in 2015! Andy
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Can't think of a more fun place to stay with better skiing, music or food. The trails are absolutely picturesque and the owners care deeply about the forest and surrounding wilderness. Ski until you can't ski any more, warm up in the sauna, take the Polar Plunge, hot tub and then do it all again the next day.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
We love "repeaters at the NFL. Thanks for your nice comments. Hope to see you again! Andy
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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I my wife and two kids have made a trip to National Forest Lodge an annual pilgrimage. We love being able to go and have fun without having to plan meals or entertainment. Andy is a terrific host and August is an amazing chef. Meals are served buffet style. Saturday night, there is live entertainment in the lodge. This year, we traveled with another family and shared the log home. With multiple bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and amazing lake views, this was much more posh than the spartan but cozy cabins we usually rent. (We still missed Cabin 8.) Classic cross-country skiing on groomed trails in Superior National Forest is something everyone should experience. Here, skiing through tall pine forests is literally right out your front door. Other activities include snowshoeing (several pair of snowshoes are available to borrow and trails are a short hike across the road), lounging in an outdoor hot tub and polar plunging after a lakeside sauna. Of course, there's always the option to just relax, make new friends or simply enjoy the winter scenery.

Room Tip: Cabin 8 offers easy access to the facilities and hot tub. It is also right on the ski trail head.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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North_Shore_Lodging, Owner at National Forest Lodge, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Loved having you back in the "scary" cold! You guys are made of the right stuff. Thanks for all your positive feedback. Andy
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Minneapolis
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

A fantastic long weekend with friends. The cabin fit us nicely, allowing for privacy and community. The location is spectacular. We awoke each morning to a beautiful sunrise over the lake, coffee in the adirondack chairs, followed by a invigorating hike through the woods. We enjoyed canoeing on still water with no other people in site. A sauna soothed our sore muscles and followed by a glass of wine was the perfect end to each day.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: National Forest Lodge
Address: 9905 National Forest Lodge Rd, Isabella, MN 55607-9702
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Isabella
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Isabella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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