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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.

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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 common area living room where you may read, play games, sit by the fireplace, or chat with new friends. Walk our grounds – over 17 acres – where you can see wildlife such as deer, moose, bald eagles, and birds. Stroll through the yard and sit in the screened gazebo . . . or, roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a bonfire in the evening.

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 $129 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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See what’s happening around the farm.

 We rescued this chair from a trip to the landfill last year and finally cleaned it up for one of the guest rooms. I love it so much, it might make its way to the innkeepers quarters before long! #northerncomfortmn #upcycled #vintagefurniture #trashtotreasure #handmadequilt #ticking  All tucked in for the night! #crazychickenlady #theylearnedtoroost #wyandottechicken #easteregger #bufforpington #blacksexlinks #cochin #backyardchickens
 Summer in Minnesota! Our drive is lined with lupine -  the purple and pink. #summerflowers #summer17 #summeronthefarm #lupine -#wildflower #northerncomfortmn  The chicken side-eye! Our little flock is growing so fast and loves their new coop and roost. Still a few months 'till we get eggs, though! #northerncomfortchickens #chickensofinstagram #crazychickenlady #easteregger #wyandottechicken #columbianwyandotte
 Our mint was getting rambunctious, so we cut some down for drying. Best uses for dried lemon and apple mint? #herbs #farmlife #gardening #applemint #lemonmint #mint  We made bread AND jam today! #springonthefarm #rhubarb #homemadebread #farmlife
 We cut down the chives today and trimmed back the apple and lemon mints. The gazebo smells great! And the chickens got some too :-)  #herbs #farmlife #chives #mint  All cleaned and ready for chopping!!
 Biscuit's helping gather mint today. #gingercat #farmlife #farmgirl #farmkitty #farmcat  Mom offered to help cut up rhubarb today.... OK!! #spring #springonthefarm #harvest #rhubarb

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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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