North Woods Retreat near Duluth and Lake

An Esko, Minnesota vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 2
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Sleeps - 6
  • No Pets Allowed
  • On a tranquil wooded 40 acre lot

We built our custom North Woods Retreat near Duluth in 40 acres of tranquil woods with private trails. We rent out the lower level unit that has its own private keyless (keypad) entrance, two bedroom areas, one bath, a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, and living room.

The large living room features large windows with great natural lighting and a door up to the shared upper deck with BBQ grill and picnic table. The second bedroom space is part of an open living room floor plan that includes a bunk bed with a twin over a full sized bed. There is also a sleeper sofa and two bonus twin mattresses for the floor. Couches in the living room, an electric fireplace unit, smart TV, and high top dining table create a comfortable space to rest, eat, play. WIFI is available as well as a laptop-friendly workspace.

The eat-in kitchen is stocked with dishes, silverware, cookware, coffee maker, full-sized refrigerator, microwave, stove/range, and table and chairs. Panty stock items include oil, salt, and pepper. The full-sized bathroom has a tub/shower, hair dryer, soap, shampoo, and towels. Venture out into the backyard patio with chairs and shared firepit. Beyond are trail to a pond and berry picking adventures in the summer. Note that all cell phones appear to work on our grounds, but you may need to stand by an outer wall or window for best reception to make phone calls. You must be able to climb stairs and we request that you do not wear shoes once inside.

Sleeping Arrangements: Bedroom 1 - queen bed; Bedroom 2 (living room area) - double/twin bunk bed; sleeper sofa, 2 mattresses.


  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Deck and/or Patio
  • Vehicle and Trailer Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • WiFi Internet
  • VCR/DVD Player
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental
  • Available for Monthly Rental

Unique Features

Stay in our peaceful Minnesota Northwoods vacation home near Lake Superior and use it as a base for summer or winter fun near Spirit Mountain (15 minute drive) Duluth sites, Lake Superior and Jay Cooke State Park. The Duluth rental is nestled on 40 acres with its own private private trails to hike, ski, or ride ATV’s on all away from the buzz of the city! We welcome you to stay as long as you’d like, as the North Woods Retreat can be rented 28+ days.

Go explore our grounds and walk, ski, or snowshoe through our spectacular wooded 40 acres complete with a pond and blueberry and raspberry picking in the summer! There are no children in the owner’s upstairs unit and we are light footed and rarely there. But we are able to assist you with touring our beautiful area near Duluth! The owner’s upstairs units is also available to rent for larger groups - please contact us for information and rates.

Things To Do

Although the North Woods Retreat is located in a rural setting, you have easy access to Duluth, Lake Superior and Cloquet MN. This lodging in Esko township has dining options within 5 miles to Cloquet MN (and a Walmart store) and 15 miles to Duluth MN (and a Target store). The Kwik Stop gas station, only 2.5 miles away, also has a grocery convenience store. For guests desiring tradition gym options, you can get a pass to use the the Esko High school facility.

Restaurants nearby that are fun to try out are Gordy's High Hat, Family Tradition Restaurant, and Pedro's Mexican. The Jay Cooke State Park in Calton, Mn is just a 14-minute drive away. The Spirit Mountain Recreation area, where you can ski/mountain bike, is just a 17-minute drive away. Take a day trip into Duluth, only a 18-minute drive, and see the historic Duluth Canal Park area with lots of shopping/dining options.

Rates & Specials

$84 - $84 night

$588 - $588 week

$84/night (long term stays available)

Check-in time is 4PM - 9PM and check out out by 9AM
Self check-in with keypad
No pets. If you have a service dog, please contact us directly to see if our space is a good fit.

No smoking, parties, or events. Quiet hours from 9pm-9am. Please no shoes in the house. Must climb stairs

Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $100


The apartment is nestled in the woods with plenty of area for hiking around in the snow or looking/listening for wildlife. It was the perfect place for us to relax while we were in a nearby hockey tournament. Thanks for the hospitality Tracy! - Pam
Great place to stay! Hosts are very responsive and helped quickly with all issues! Would highly recommend for your next trip! - Megan
We had a great time. Very cozy spot and great hosts. Tracy made us feel at home and added special touches that were very sweet. Definitely would book again. Kelly

Contact Information

92 West St. Louis River Rd.
Esko, MN 56669
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