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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Here's the bottom line: stay here! It's awesome. Andy does an amazing job keeping the cabins in beautiful shape. Hot tub and sauna are great. We were there for skiing and snowshoeing - miles of gorgeous trails right out of the cabin door. Augie serves the best home cooked food and takes great care of even the biggest groups. I'll...

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Roseville, Minnesota
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Fantastic trip for the 6th year in a row. Andy, August & Christine took care of us as always. The skiing and snowshoeing was superb! Hot tub, sauna & polar plunge take away all of the aches and pains of the 1st day of skiing to make everyday a fresh start. The Saturday night music was great fun yet again....

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Buffalo, Minnesota
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This resort is located in a breathtakingly beautiful part of northern MN. The skiing this year is fantastic and every twist and turn offers picture perfect winter scenery. As for the resort, it's clean and well kept. The lodge is warm and inviting. The sauna and polar plunge are a must! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and fun! The food...

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Minnesota
Reviewed 1 week ago

The road there was rough, so go during the day. If you are looking for a beautiful, remote place... this is it. The sauna was wonderful. The sauna would benefit from a stronger stove with more rocks. Would return!

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

Thanks so much! The problem with that sauna is he built it out of log. They take forever to warm up in cold weather. Glad you enjoyed anyway. Thanks again, Andy

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Definitely one of the best weekends of the winter. Both the skiing and the lodge were great. Andy was a wonderful host and really made everyone feel welcome. The cabins were very basic, but perfectly comfortable. Augie put together tasty meal after tasty meal. The polar plunge was addicting. Just a great place for a ski weekend.

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

What a nice surprise to get an NFL ski review with no snow in sight. You made my day! Hope you can make it up again this winter. Thanks much! -Andy

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Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

We've been enjoying NFL for 15 years. Best XC trails, great host, and love the outdoor hot tub. Enjoy family style dining. Live music on Saturday night by localThe artists is lots of fun and great for dancing. Trails are classical, trees are tall pines and snow is ubiquitous. It's my favorite.

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

Always wonderful to get feedback from a longtime fan. Thanks so much! See you again and we'll work hard to keep it your "favorite." -Andy

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Rarely have I had a weekend away that I came back feeling so refreshed, happy, and so looking forward to a repeat. Pack up a few things (most importantly you X-country skis and swim suit, and a beer or two or bottle of wine) and head a little over an hour past Duluth and get ready to enjoy every moment....

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

Wow! You certainly made the NFL sound like heaven on earth. Thanks so much for your amazing reflections of the weekend. Do come back and "refresh" again anytime. -Andy

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Beautiful ski trails. Delicious cuisine. Fun live music and dancing Sat night. Fun group and warm and friendly hosts. Only 4 hrs from the Twin Cities but I felt very much away for a break. I will be back next year for sure.

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

Thanks so much Joe. It was great to have you here and I'll look forward to seeing you winter 2017! -Andy

Reviewed 29 February 2016

We heard about NFL because my wife stayed here in the mid 1990s during the summertime. We were not going to be taking a warm trip, so cold it was. Everything was awesome! Food, trails, hospitality! Andy and the staff were awesome!

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

Thanks so much for your "cold" review. Looking forward to having both of you up many more times in the summers and winters to come. - Andy

Twin Cities
Reviewed 28 February 2016

We loved our weekend there (just getting back home now). Andy and his cook Augie were great. By the end of the weekend Andy had somehow memorized the names of all 40 of those staying. Our family took advantage of the miles of groomed XC trails and the snowshoe trails as well. We were fortunate to have extremely nice people...

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

Thank you, thank you! I am so happy you enjoyed what the NFL has to offer and don't worry, guests here are always friendly. We reject all the nasty ones. :) I am going to have to clarify the "beachfront" comment a hair. Gegoka is a sandy bottomed lake whose water quality supports a small patches of wild rice. A...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
  • Ski-In / Ski-Out
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  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant
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  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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 

Additional Information about National Forest Lodge

Address: 9905 National Forest Lodge Rd, Isabella, MN 55607
Region: United States > Minnesota > Isabella
Price Range: £58 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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“Only three cabins have indoor plumbing.....the rest of the cabins use a bathroom/shower house close by.”
 of 5 bubbles nancybC8897YJ, 1 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We loved cabin 3, but everyone seemed to love their cabins!”
 of 5 bubbles 394mariak394, 3 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Can't go wrong with either Superior Hideaway or Big Pines!”
 of 5 bubbles 316micahr, 9 Jun 2015 | Read review
“There is a log cabin with 2 bathrooms, and rustic cabins with access to a shower room, etc. You pick whichever you prefer.”
 of 5 bubbles Sherrymosio, 26 Feb 2015 | Read review
“If you like camping, go for the simple cabins. If you prefer amenities, stay at the Hideaway or the Big cabin, or as they become available, the smaller cabin(s) with running water. The lodge is a great place to hangout with friends for games, reading, or conversation when not serving meals. And bring your camera. It is beautiful!”
 of 5 bubbles Arteest58, 26 Feb 2015 | Read review
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