History

Mining… the heart of Minnesota’s Iron Range

Since George Stuntz discovered iron ore near Lake Vermilion while investigating a report of gold deposits in the area, mining has been the heart’s blood of Minnesota’s Iron Range. Learn about our rich history during your stay. Local Museums and Tours Soudan... read more

Back in Time — A Letter From John Kangas

Image of a postcard of the Kangas homestead, now Northern Comfort B&B, from our private records. We’re lucky to have a small archive of letters and history from the original Kangas family who built the farm. Twenty years ago the original innkeepers reached... read more

Finnish Ice Candle Lighting in Embarrass, Minnesota

This weekend Jeff and I had a chance to see the yearly Ice Candle lighting just down the road from the B&B. Based on the traditions of the Finnish folks that settled the area and still live here, the ice candles are a lovely thing to see!  This yearly event... read more

The Fish Prints of S.F. Denton

If you guys are anything like Jeff and I, there’s nothing more fun than sorting through stacks of vintage prints. Antique shops are a treasure trove of history, with many of the prints examples of amazing artwork that make a cool, quirky addition for the... read more

Back in Time: The Root Cellar

Those of you who have visited Northern Comfort and gotten a chance to wander around the grounds may have wandered across the back pasture, following the lazy path kept tidy during the summer months until you round the final bend at the treeline and come... read more

The Farmhouse History of Northern Comfort Bed and Breakfast

The farm was built in 1901 by Finish immigrants, John and Elmiina Kangas. They had five children, but the youngest one died in infancy. John’s parents, Antti and Maria, also lived there. Maria was a midwife for the area. John and Elmiina added on to the house in 1917... read more

about patty

Hi there! I’m Patty. I’m a writer, maker and creative entrepreneur living on the road with my husband and Peppermint the basset hound. Read the blog for tutorials, tricks and inspiration. Visit the online shop to check out our handcrafted soaps, candles, cool finds and more. Curious about our experiment in teeny-living? Then read more about #vanlife! Are you a business owner? I also work with indie retail and creative business owners to build beautiful social media platforms, websites and email marketing programs.

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