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A Blend of Farmhouse Charm, Local Fresh Food,
Northwoods Adventure and Finnish Heritage

Located just 30 minutes from Ely, Minnesota, Northern Comfort Bed & Breakfast is a traditional Finnish homestead tucked into 17 acres of pines in Embarrass, Minnesota, a pocket of the state that is rich in Finnish and Scandinavian tradition. Spend the day enjoying the great outdoors and rich history of Minnesota’s Iron Range and then come back to the farm to relax with a glass of wine in our gazebo or enjoy our wood-burning sauna.


About the Farm

Built in 1901, Northern Comfort Bed & Breakfast started as a Finnish boarding house in 1910 and retains that historic feel, including examples of the hand-hewn log buildings that make Embarrass one of America’s 16 Uncommon Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

We are located in northern Minnesota’s Iron Range, with convenient access to Giants Ridge ski slopes, Ely, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Lake Vermilion.

What Guests are Saying


The best place I have stayed!

“Patty and Jeff were incredibly friendly and helped us find great places to hike and eat. I would highly highly recommend a stay!”

-Clara, Airbnb

What Guests are Saying


Iron range road trip

“Wonderful place, highly recommend. Jeff and Patty are friendly hosts with a wealth of knowledge. Quiet, peaceful, lovely setting. Great breakfast from chef Jeff! Looking forward to using the handcrafted soap and burning the fragrant candles from the antique barn.”

-Barb, TripAdvisor

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Patty and Jeff were wonderful hosts.

“I was so impressed with their kindness and hospitality. We will absolutely stay here again. Their house was beautiful, the room was charming, and it was so peaceful! We loved our stay and recommend this place to everybody ❤️!”

-Meghan, Airbnb

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This was my first quilt retreat, and I’m hooked!

“Patty and Jeff were such gracious hosts, so accommodating, checking in for our needs at just the right times! The meals were outstanding! The barn was a great setup for us to spread out our fabrics, ironing, and snacks! You can’t go wrong if you gather at Northern Comfort! Thank you, Patty and Jeff!”

-Dawn, Facebook

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Amazing hospitality

“Jeff and Patty went out of their way to make the experience wonderful. The place is picturesque, the house is homely and perfect to cosy up by the fire and read a book with a cuppa. The breakfasts are amazing. Highly recommended.”

-Lucinda, TripAdvisor

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Perfect escape from a busy city

“My husband and I wanted to have a peaceful and rejuvenating weekend away from the busy city, and Northern Comfort B&B offered just that. The entire place is so charming and beautiful! I was impressed with incredibly clean and tastefully decorated house. Every part of Northern Comfort – from the cute little tea room with high wooden chairs, to the bedrooms with antique statement pieces – were made to create this cozy peace and quiet for busy young professionals looking to recharge. We enjoyed our delicious breakfasts made by Chef Jeff, incredible Finnish sauna, and uninterrupted time to catch up on some good reading. Northern Comfort will be our getaway destination from now on!”

-Natalia, TripAdvisor 

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Warm, inviting farm house with a welcoming host and hostess!

“Thanks Jeff and Patty for the wonderful hospitality. The farm is so fun to explore and so rich in history, wine and cheese in the evening with fun conversation. After a peaceful nights sleep, we woke to experience a five-star breakfast…YUMMY! Staying at Northern Comfort B&B and visiting the Soudan underground mine made for a fabulous family trip!”

-Dana, Facebook

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Wonderful old home. Great food!

“The owners are delightful and very helpful for finding great dinner options. Jeff is a great chef who makes a lovely breakfast. We had quiche Lorraine, a crispy basket of hash browns, and a fresh salad with fresh blackberries. He gave us some wonderful, creamy yogurt with homemade granola, preserves, and shaved chocolate to eat while we waited for breakfast to be served. 

The gazebo outside was screened so you could sit outside without bugs. We would really recommend this place.”

-Bob and Shevawn, TripAdvisor

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The bed and breakfast includes five guest rooms and suites with an eclectic collection of vintage, primitive finds and antiques with cozy beds for a great night’s sleep. Each room features free wi-fi, plush robes and a selection of hand poured soaps made right here on the farm.


Make yourself at home in the living room and enjoy a book, play a game, or just relax by the fireplace and chat with new friends. Explore the farm — over 17 acres — full of wildlife such as deer, moose, bald eagles, and birds. Stroll through the yard, visit the Northern Comfort flock of chickens and enjoy the screened gazebo.

Getting Here

Northern Comfort is located about an hour and a half north of Duluth, Minnesota.

The Innkeepers

Your hosts are Patty and Jeff Brower, who live onsite in the innkeeper’s apartment — close enough to make sure you have what you need without getting in your way.

Gourmet Breakfasts

Enjoy fresh ground Starbuck’s coffee brewed for early risers followed by a gourmet farmhouse breakfast made with local ingredients, whenever possible. Grab and go continental options for those who need to leave extra-early!

Prices and Policies

Our rooms range from $99 to $134 a night which includes a farmhouse breakfast for two.

Events and Celebrations

Northern Comfort is an unforgettable place for a family reunion, parent’s ‘vacation’, girls getaway quilt retreat, and everything in between. Host a meeting or retreat in our fully refurbished barn, available daily or for multi-day events.

Pamper Yourself

Rejuvenate in our traditional wood-burning Finnish Sauna ($15 per room per night.) An important part of life for Finnish people, the sauna is a place where one can relax both physically and mentally.

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On the Farm

See what’s happening around the farm.

[local shops] Fox & Hen Antiques and More…

Headed up to Northern Comfort for a getaway weekend? If you're like us and love finding great antique and vintage shops on your travels, then plan on stopping by Fox and Hen antiques in Ely! This small, excellently curated shop is packed full of local finds from the...

[recipe] Honey Balsamic Cantaloupe

Another of our favorite starters here at Northern Comfort! This is super simple, but a great way to dress up cantaloupe -- whether you're looking for something special or have a not-quite-sweet enough melon on your hands.    Ready for...

[makers find] Range Print: Vintage, Textiles, and Primitives

Looking for a treasure trove of fleatique, vintage, antiques, primitives and wool, fabric, yarn, hand-dyed floss and more? Yes, I know it sounds too-good-to-be-true! If this is your kind of thing, then make sure to add Range Print to your trip to the Iron Range....

Taking a Sauna at Northern Comfort

Anyone who has visited northern Minnesota knows that we're pretty serious when it comes to our saunas! A traditional Finnish fixture on many homesteads, the sauna was the first structure built and was where the family would live while the 'big house' was finished. The...

[local events] Fun things to do at Northern Comfort this Summer

Summer is our favorite time of year here on the farm. Not only do we have a full house with guests, but it's the time of year where we get to play outside, grow things and enjoy the lovely northern Minnesota summers. Plus, this summer we have the extra fun of our new...


 SO EXCITED!! We have a ‘problem wall’ in our upstairs bath - tons of shelves with inherited books that I couldn’t figure out how to style. With mom’s help, we tackled it today! Frames were $2.00 in a flea market fill-your-basket sale, mom chalk painted with some graphite we had around. Prints printed from library Congress digital archives on home printer - all local shots taken in the 30’s. Burlap was in my stash, new tension rods were $10. Bottles and transformers gathered from yard sales and auctions - about $20. Swipe through to see the (embarrassing) before shot! #restyle #designonadime #farmhousestyle #burlap #bottles #anniesloan  He’s hiding a bit, but that’s the buck that’s been hanging around the farm, snacking on my apples!!   🦌 #farmlife #deerwhisperer #fall2017
 Sorting out labels for our mini Fall line and came across some history! *I* May have moved a bit over the last 5 years, but I took 3 Snugbugs along for the ride!!  Such a lovely fall day on the farm! We’ve got the sauna fired up for guests tonight - perfect for this chilly night!! #fall #farmlife
 Saturday afternoon just working in the office. Hey Peppermint, you have an audience.  Jeff has been busy pricing some recent auction finds for the Shop. Love this time of year! New soaps, candles and other fun stuff!
 The grapevine outside our office door spent the summer recovering, but there’s a few grapes growing!!     Miss Buffy and her backup singers are hanging outside my office door today. NOT YOUR CHAIR!!!
 Getting ready for fall/holiday shows. This year we’ll be bring a limited release of 3 Snugbugs Studios clothing. Link in the bio #soexcited #indiemade #indieclothing #lagenlook #newprairie #farmstyle #alltheruffles #silklinenandcashmere  Impromptu photo shoot while Jeff fires up the sauna for tonight’s guests :-)

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Northern Comfort Bed and Breakfast

4776 Waisanen Road, Embarrass, MN 55732 
hello@northerncomfortmn.com  |  +218-984-2014

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