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
  •   Simply enamored in every way by Silvae Spiritus. The hosts and all provided resources including natural habitat to explore and personalized accouterment at every turn left us feeling pampered beyond... read more

    thumb James
    September 9, 2022

      This is beautiful and restful space for getting a retreat in the woods. Spacious enough to have a whole family without everyone being crowded and lots of soothing scenery.

    thumb Doreen
    August 25, 2022

      Leigha and Travis were incredible hosts and their property is amazing- so tranquil that we were whispering in the house all weekend. For sure take advantage of all the amenities... read more

    thumb Connie
    August 21, 2022

      Hidden gem. Even better than described and pictured in the profile pics. You will not be disappointed. The property is awesome and so are the hosts 🙂

    thumb Lucas
    August 18, 2022

      Amazing stay at Leigha and Travis’ place. It was so peaceful, clean, and Leigha and Travis were gracious hosts and filled the place with thoughtful touches. You will definitely enjoy... read more

    thumb Kendall
    August 10, 2022

      Great place to stay! Very clean and had all the amenities we needed. Very nice hosts!

    thumb Vicki
    August 7, 2022

      Guest house is beautiful. We went in August and the bugs were bad so we couldn’t really be on the deck or outside which was a bummer. You can hear... read more

    thumb Jenna
    August 4, 2022

      Leigha and Travis are wonderful! Had a few hiccups in the beginning but their place is beautiful and we loved our stay! Can’t wait to come back soon 😊

    thumb Natalie
    July 31, 2022

      Thank you so much for the great place to stay! You guys are great hosts!

    thumb Kris
    July 26, 2022
  •   This space is amazing and gorgeous. It was so comfortable, clean and cozy, and allowed for true relaxation and pampering. Leigha and Travis made us feel so welcome, and... read more

    thumb Jennifer
    July 24, 2022

      such a beautiful place to stay at! the host was great at communicating and the details in the home made our stay wonderful. The energy inside the home was amazing... read more

    thumb Benjamin
    July 20, 2022

      A beautiful guesthouse surrounded by nature. Leigha and Travis are extremely warm and welcoming hosts. Throughly enjoyed our stay at Silvae Spiritus!

    thumb Char
    July 17, 2022

      I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is my favorite place in the world right now. Travis and Leigha are such beautiful people. Their understanding of how nature positively... read more

    thumb Michael
    July 10, 2022

      I loved staying here. From the “Wow!” that came out of my mouth as I walked in I knew it was a special place. Very peaceful and green. The kitchen... read more

    thumb Chris
    July 8, 2022

      Leigha and Travis have a beautiful and soothing space in a sublime forest setting. They are incredible and gracious hosts. The kitchen is perfect for creating and sharing meals. The... read more

    thumb Colleen
    June 29, 2022

      I love this place so much that I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve stayed here - each stay better than the last! Thanks Leigha and Travis ❤️

    thumb Adeline
    June 23, 2022

      This place is a true gem. I was so stressed leading up to our stay (work, busy schedule…) but this was such an amazing reset. I highly recommend the sauna... read more

    thumb Meghan
    June 14, 2022

      Very nice set up! Private , don’t feel as if it is connected. Love the lay out of the land as well

    thumb Katlyn
    June 12, 2022
  •   I loved seeing the house and property in the summer after previously visiting in winter! The house is so beautifully appointed and the natural environment can't be topped. I look... read more

    thumb Linnea
    June 9, 2022

      This was a great getaway and everyone in our party agreed we’d love to come back!

    thumb Janet
    June 5, 2022

      Amazing sauna experience nestled in the woods. Find your peace here.

    thumb Christin
    June 3, 2022

      Great stay! Definitely recommend the sauna experience. I’ve been to Iceland’s sky lagoon sauna and this Airbnb’s experience definitely is worth it! Friendly and kind people with a gorgeous place... read more

    thumb Nitali
    May 30, 2022

      So many ways to enjoy this place in every season. It, and the hosts, are wonderful in every conceivable way.

    thumb Janet
    May 28, 2022

      The kindest, most down to earth, very knowledgable, and extraordinary humans! This space has left no detail unattended to, such a beautiful place! Plan for a great stay!

    thumb Emily
    May 24, 2022

      I left my weekend feeling rejuvenated and revivified! Highly recommend this special retreat and I cannot wait to return!

    thumb Nicholas
    May 22, 2022

      This air B and B is in a very lovely setting, clean and comfortable, and with a lovely hostess who made us feel very welcome. We highly recommend this... read more

    thumb Colleen
    May 19, 2022

      This is our second time staying at Silvae Spiritus and it definitely won’t be our last! Every detail is intentional and beautiful. The addition of the sauna is wonderful—don’t miss... 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 inside and outside. The most thoughtful touches everywhere! And the... 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 was blown away, as was I. The hosts were so... 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 help to paint a picture of the beauty of the... 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) and the attention to detail is incredible. We really loved... 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. There is so much intention to help guests cultivate rest... 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 touches and the beauty of the space. I initially booked... 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 more than our first. Hosts Leigha and Travis set the... 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. Would love to come back again!

    thumb Melissa
    March 2, 2022

      Peaceful, comfy and a beautiful location in the woods. Comfy beds and a kitchen that lacked for nothing. We had fun snowshoeing on the property, playing games and relaxing... 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 too!

    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 what we had hoped for - a peaceful respite from... 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 the Twin Cities for a chance to soak in the... 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 many thoughtful details - from wind chimes singing at the... 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 enjoyed walks in the snowy woods, and on our return,... 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 love every season and it feels like I’m experiencing it... 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 perfect weekend get away for rest and relaxation!

    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 prepared and clean.

    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 in the well appointed kitchen, luxuriating in the giant spa... 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 hosts, the wood stove was cozy. A+++++

    thumb Emily
    December 12, 2021

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

    I booked this Airbnb for my boyfriends 50th birthday and he has said... 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. 10/10 would stay here again!

    thumb Claire
    November 24, 2021

      Great place. Great surroundings. Great hosts. 100% wonderful place to stay. If you are waffling on how many nights to stay, stay longer. You won't regret it.

    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 session while you're there

    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 in the fall. Thank you both for being so friendly... 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 to the bedrooms and central den/tv area. Spacious deck overlooking... 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 easy to settle into! We enjoyed walking the trails to... 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. They take pride in their offerings and it shows.

    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 it simply, the hosts have created such a perfect nature... 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 and Travis obviously care deeply about creating just the right... 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 willing to help.
    The spot is lovely, clean, curated... 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 delightful people

    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 easy to settle into! We enjoyed walking the trails to... 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. They take pride in their offerings and it shows.

    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 it simply, the hosts have created such a perfect nature... 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 and Travis obviously care deeply about creating just the right... read more

    thumb Alexandra
    October 3, 2021

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