This lovely yurt is a fabric tent with wood ray ceiling stucture and folding lattice wall structure that give the very enclosure a calming restful effect. Situated up the hill in the woods from Lake Armstrong, the yurt offers privacy and seclusion with full lake access. There are two fully separate bedrooms with queen beds and a sleeping loft with a full and a twin mattress. A sofa folds out into another queen bed. A huge dining table offers space for wonderful means and card and board games and projects and crafts. A wonderful site for a quilting gathering or a yoga retreat. The full kitchen has a sink with cold running water, a refrigerator, a stove with oven, a microwave oven, a toaster and a coffeemaker. The half bath has a sink with cold water and a composting toilet. Hot water showers, lavatory sinks, and more latrine toilets are down the hill in the bathhouse. The living area has three full size sofas to accommodate meetings and gatherings and there is a wood stove for heat or atmosphere. A deck offers a view thru the trees of the lake and slivers of sunset light. Yurt guests have full lake privileges including use of canoes, kayaks, the lakeshore swimming and seating area, the lakeshore firepit for bonfires. There is a Chickadee gathering space down by the lake for meetings, sing alongs, exercise classes, sewing groups, group gatherings that can be rented additionally. It has tables and chairs and awesome views in all directions of the lake and the surrounding woods. The yurt is large enough to sleep nine on beds and more on sleeping bags on the floor of the loft but it is also warm and intimate enough to be comfortable for a couple of couples, as a romantic luxury but rustic getaway for a honeymoon or anniversary couple, or even for a single person who wants to experience the respite and unearthly glow of a canvas yurt and its geometric structure as the light changes with the time of day and the weather. The Eagle Yurt is like nowhere you have ever stayed before!
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- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
3 bedrooms, 1 bath, Sleeps 9
Owner / Property Manager
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 10, 2018
About Owner / Property Manager
Wilderness Wind is owned and operated by Chicago Voyagers, a nonprofit that provides outdoor active experiences to urban youth that would not otherwise have access to such opportunities. Youth participate in biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and river and lake canoe paddling trips. Included are trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness that include wilderness canoeing, portaging, outdoor meal preparation, camping, navigation, and appreciation of the unique habitats of the BWCAW. Kids develop self confidence and are specifically taught leadership and teamwork skills. Your stay at our beautiful yurt helps support these programs for Chicago Voyagers kids! Thanks!
Owner / Property Manager purchased this Cabin in 2016
Why Owner / Property Manager chose Ely
Staying at our rustic yurt offers guests a chance to experience the same flora and fauna of the Boundary Waters that the youth participants experience but with the comfort of comfortable beds, kitchens, a composting toilet, and nearby hot showers in the bath house. Guests can paddle canoes on the lake and enjoy a campfire, hear the call of loons, enjoy sunsets over the water, and in doing so, feel a little closer to our natural world. The canvas walls of the yurt and the radial roof supports and crisscross lath support of the walls are beautiful both night and day. The ivory canvas seems to glow on a sunny day, and whatever the conditions, the mood inside changes as the light outside changes. You'll want to get out into nature, but staying inside this fantastic structure is pretty wonderful too!
What makes this Cabin unique
Rustic log cabins, this beautiful yurt, secluded site, Lake Armstrong shoreline, lake access for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, proximity to BWCAW and Mesabi Trail, sunset views, naturalistic landscaping, quiet respite to connect with nature.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had two families that stayed in the Yurt, but the Yurt had experienced storm damage the week prior to our arrival. The property manager, Dan, and his crew made sure our accommodations were safe and appropriate for our group. They were completely accommodating so that our kids could enjoy this "wilderness" experience. You may find fancier lodging in the Ely area, but I doubt you will find a staff more eager to make your stay enjoyable. The nightly campfires and neighborhood cook-outs are truly "Minnesota Nice." They also provided kayaks, canoes, row boats, and fishing equipment to be used on this pristine Armstrong Lake. This was a great vacation for both of our families. We will be returning !
Incredibly beautiful, peaceful, full of activities, and welcoming hosts
Going in to this place and this part of the country for the first time blind was a bit unnerving, but from the first phone call to the first view, this place exceeded out expectations. 7 of us men stayed in the yurt, each with plenty of space and our own bed, and fully enjoyed the big deck, the wooded seclusion and the short trail to the gorgeous and seemingly empty lake. The kayaks, the boats, and the dock were full access and we took full advantage of all of those spaces with plenty of swimming, exploring, and fishing. Several fire pits illuminated most evenings, and we had a few people around constantly servicing water, towels and other items. The yurt was beautiful, and worth every penny. Showers were clean and warm, toilets worked just fine, and in short: this place is a slice of magic.
We endured two enormous storms, one that brought down several trees on the property! While this was terrifying, Dan, our host, was helpful, quick, and gracious. We certainly hope to return and make this part of an annual get together.
I highly recommend you make this a getaway.
If you want to camp in style!
This yurt is the place for you! The yurt is a very spacious and clean cabin with rustic convenience. The composting toilet was an experience but very easy to use. The gravity flow water was limited but better than having no water and full pressure sinks were available with hot and cold water just a short walk at the bathhouse.
There were box fans available in each bedroom and the central roof vent kept the temperature very pleasant for our whole stay. The kitchen was fully equipped with all of the tools we needed to cook four meals during our stay.
Know there is a short walk up to the yurt from parking but there is a very convenient hand cart to help with larger items like coolers or suitcases.
We stayed here as a multi-family group and found it to be an ideal balance of convenience all the while getting a full north woods experience. Plus the conversation at the larger group campfire was an unexpected bonus! We had a campfire the first night at our fire pit right outside the yurt but recommend going down to the big ring right by the lake to meet others staying at the resort.
The access to lake Armstrong was perfect and so beautiful! Fish were plentiful and kept the kids entertained for hours right on the dock! The available canoes and kayaks (and paddle boat) were in good repair and easy to launch. Wildlife was varied and beautiful with loons and bald eagles to watch.
Thank you for the lovely memories!
We we're very pleasantly surprised at how spacious, clean, and pretty the yurt really is! The hosts are incredibly hospitable. Be advised, the water pressure in the yurt is very weak, so don't expect to fill up a water recepticle very quickly, nor wash hands very quickly. It's warm, gorgeous with it's knotty pine, very clean, and perfect for our family get-together (even with little people along!). Thank you!
Unique experience in the heart of Northern Minnesota
We stumbled across this yurt while looking for lodging in the area. We had no idea what a great little gem we had found. Jay was so accommodating and helpful the entire time. Also we got to meet Dan, one of the Directors on the Board. You see, this camp also has a mission, to help at risk kids in Chicago. Since my group had two teachers we just fell in love knowing we were helping and experiencing the great Ely area.
The yurt fit 2 adult couples perfectly. There was a loft area with some mattresses on the floor. We did not use that area. The yurt was tidy, but needed a good spring cleaning (I think we were the first guests of the season) so we did more cleaning then we needed to, but we did not mind.
Fully stocked from towels to dishes to sheets. Just bring your food. They even supply wood for bonfires and minnows for fishing! That is unheard of and shows how they are going the extra mile!
If you are looking for a unique adventure in the woods, pick Wilderness Winds. Not only do they have a yurt, they also have the cutest cabins. You will not be dissatisfied with your choice.