The Silvae Spiritus Guesthouse

Our Vision centers on restoring right relation with Nature; reconnecting us to ourselves, each other, and our living planet.

-Leigha Horton and Travis Norman, Silvae Spiritus co-founders
photo: Jon Kreye
A very large grey soft with soft throw pillows in front of a dark teal wall featuring framed art prints of Minnesota landmarks.
photo: Jon Kreye

Nestled in the Minnesota Northwoods halfway between Minneapolis / St. Paul and the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, this inviting guest house is part of a quiet nature retreat close to charming small towns, as well as Banning State Park (hiking, white-water rafting), Willard Munger state bicycle trail, and Robinson Park (rock and ice climbing). Whether for deep relaxation and rejuvenation, a romantic getaway, or simply connecting with nature, these 30 acres feature woods, ephemeral ponds, meadows, and winding trails throughout.

Close-up image of cozy grey bedding with a long dark green accent pillow. Wall art features moss framed in multiple black hexagons.
photo: Jon Kreye

The private guest house, attached to our home, provides easygoing luxury in a spa-like atmosphere. Special features include full kitchen fit for a several-day stay, modular living room furniture that can be easily reconfigured to open the space for yoga, dance, or group meditation, and a modern wood-burning stove for indoor fireside relaxation. Second-floor bathroom with jet tub, private balcony for enjoying sunsets, private rustic fire pit near the house for cozy nights under the stars, and private campsite nestled in the woods.

Your on-site hosts, Travis and Leigha, are Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guides. To learn more about the practice of Forest Therapy (also known as Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku) or our Guided Sauna sessions, visit What We Do. To book a Guided Walk or Guided Sauna session beyond normal operating hours during your stay, contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you to make special arrangements.

photo: Jon Kreye
  •   This is our second time staying at Silvae Spiritus and it definitely won’t be our last! Every detail is intentional... read more

    thumb Miriam
    May 15, 2022

      I’ve stayed in many many Airbnbs all over the country and this one is the best! It’s so incredibly beautiful... read more

    thumb John
    May 10, 2022

      Love this place as usual. 🥰

    thumb Adeline
    May 8, 2022

      This space was even more beautiful than the photos! I took my wife here for her 30th birthday and she... read more

    thumb Jessie
    April 28, 2022

      Slivae Spiritus, and the hosts of this beautiful retreat are nothing short of amazing.

    While the photos certainly... read more

    thumb Leon
    April 24, 2022

      This place is so peaceful. It's the perfect getaway. Everything you need is there (including a full kitchen and toiletries)... read more

    thumb Dre
    April 20, 2022

      This place is a sanctuary. Leigha and Travis have done an amazing job making this place special for their guests.... read more

    thumb Kathleen
    April 16, 2022

      Beautiful place inside and out. Wonderful hosts. Don’t skip the sauna. This place is something special.

    thumb Janet
    April 3, 2022

      My husband and I visited Leigha’s place as a birthday celebration and were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, small... read more

    thumb Malisa
    March 27, 2022
  •   Silvae Spiritus is a beautiful, pristine getaway near Finlayson, MN, and we enjoyed our second visit as much or even... read more

    thumb Irene
    March 16, 2022

      This place was even more beautiful than the pictures. Extremely cozy and relaxing. Plenty of thoughtful touches throughout the house.... read more

    thumb Melissa
    March 2, 2022

      Peaceful, comfy and a beautiful location in the woods. Comfy beds and a kitchen that lacked for nothing. We... read more

    thumb Carol
    February 27, 2022

      Fourth time staying here in six months - enough said!

    thumb Adeline
    February 20, 2022

      We had a great stay! The place is so cute and cozy. We want to come back in warmer weather... read more

    thumb Carly
    February 13, 2022

      I cannot recommend this place highly enough. My husband and I spent our anniversary weekend here and it was just... read more

    thumb Brandie
    February 7, 2022

      Pictures do not do the place justice. Clean, spacious, comfortable, and secluded. Strongly recommended.

    thumb Kyle
    January 30, 2022

      Beautiful place to stay in a beautiful location. Hosts are very responsive and welcoming. It was an easy drive from... read more

    thumb Rebecca
    January 28, 2022

      A truly special & enchanting place that celebrates the beauty of the surrounding woods with complete coziness in mind. So... read more

    thumb Tara
    January 26, 2022
  •   Leigha was a great communicator; quick responses. They were even able to offer a 1 hour early check in. We... read more

    thumb Samantha
    January 22, 2022

      This was my third time here after a visit in the summer and fall. There are so many things to... read more

    thumb Adeline
    January 17, 2022

      We would definitely stay here again! The space, the atmosphere, and the amenities were everything we expected and more! The... read more

    thumb Tyler
    January 9, 2022

      I highly recommend this house. The house is very relaxing, clean, and filled with comfortable furniture. The place was well... read more

    thumb Niccolo
    January 6, 2022

      Such a wonderful place, and even more spacious and beautiful than the photos do justice!

    thumb Tanner
    December 20, 2021

      My friends and I enjoyed a fairy tale perfect retreat here this week, hiking the trails on the property, cooking... read more

    thumb Heidi
    December 17, 2021

      This place was the most relaxing winter stays I’ve ever had. The tub is amazing, comfortable furniture, thoughtful and kind... read more

    thumb Emily
    December 12, 2021

      This place is special…it cleared our heads and filled our hearts with serenity and calm.

    I booked this... read more

    thumb Anna
    December 7, 2021

      This place was amazing! Leigha and Travis are incredible hosts who communicate perfectly and provided a comfortable and relaxing stay.... read more

    thumb Claire
    November 24, 2021
  •   Great place. Great surroundings. Great hosts. 100% wonderful place to stay. If you are waffling on... read more

    thumb Janet
    November 21, 2021

      We had a wonderful time! The place was lovely and cozy, and we would definitely recommend scheduling a forest bathing... read more

    thumb Will
    November 13, 2021

      Really cool property and great vibes all around ! Would highly recommend.

    thumb Liam
    November 7, 2021

      As always a great stay! I was here in the summer and it is just as beautiful in new ways... read more

    thumb Adeline
    October 31, 2021

      Quiet, secluded location with plenty of room to explore. Large, open main floor living area with spiral staircase leading... read more

    thumb Timothy
    October 24, 2021

      Beautiful place to stay and get away! Landscape and trails are beautiful, the living space upstairs was so comfortable and... read more

    thumb Derek
    October 17, 2021

      A great place with amazing hosts!

    thumb Emily
    October 14, 2021

      The owners are lovely people who are particular and pay attention to all of the details, big and small. ... read more

    thumb Desiree
    October 10, 2021

      This spot is an amazing place to relax and enjoy the wonderful nature-rich experience that is northern Minnesota. To put... read more

    thumb John
    October 4, 2021
  •   This isn’t just a place, it’s an experience. If you’re looking for the perfect “Retreat” sanctuary, visit “Silvae Spiritus”! Leigha... read more

    thumb Alexandra
    October 3, 2021

      This is a wonderful hidden gem that I definitely hope to return to. The hosts are beyond kind, and so... read more

    thumb Danielle
    September 27, 2021

      Beautiful design and lovely woods to explore. Definitely coming back!

    thumb Miriam
    September 19, 2021

      Travis and Leigha are amazing hosts. Their place is exactly like the photos and they are very gracious hosts and... read more

    thumb Sheila
    August 27, 2021

      Great place to stay. Comfy and Quiet.

    thumb Corey
    August 19, 2021

      Beautiful place to stay and get away! Landscape and trails are beautiful, the living space upstairs was so comfortable and... read more

    thumb Derek
    October 17, 2021

      A great place with amazing hosts!

    thumb Emily
    October 14, 2021

      The owners are lovely people who are particular and pay attention to all of the details, big and small. ... read more

    thumb Desiree
    October 10, 2021

      This spot is an amazing place to relax and enjoy the wonderful nature-rich experience that is northern Minnesota. To put... read more

    thumb John
    October 4, 2021

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