14044 220th Street | McGrath, MN 56350 | 320-592-0180

Why choose the Shire?


Relax

We provide a great vacation spot for you and your group to simply unwind and escape from the hustle of everyday life. We seek to maintain a quiet and peaceful atmosphere at the Shire for all our guests.

Explore

We provide comfortable cabin rentals at affordable rates, with plenty of attractions for you and your group to enjoy. From hiking the surrounding trails to stargazing in the gazebo, everyone can create their own adventure at the Shire!

Bond

We provide an atmosphere that is more conducive to teamwork and creative thinking. Through shared experiences and bonding, you and your group will learn to work better together while relaxing in a casual environment.

About the Shire


The perfect vacation or retreat spot for cabin rentals in Minnesota!

Welcome to the Shire in the Woods, where the natural surroundings will nourish and rejuvenate your soul! Located 18 miles east of northern Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, we are tucked away at the heart of the Solana State Forest and have the Soo Line South Trail running right alongside us. Relax with a good book in front of a fireplace or take a stroll in the beautiful woods. The Shire can serve you, your family and friends, facilitate special groups, workshops, and meetings, host a wedding, hold a family reunion, and more! When you're looking for the perfect spot to hold your next group retreat, remember the Shire In The Woods.

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The Shire in the Woods


Welcome to the Shire in the Woods, where the natural surroundings will nourish and rejuvenate your soul! Located 18 miles east of northern Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, we are tucked away at the heart of the Solana State Forest and have the Soo Line South Trail running right alongside us. Relax with a good book in front of a fireplace or take a stroll in the beautiful woods. The Shire can serve you, your family and friends, facilitate special groups, workshops, and meetings, host a wedding, hold a family reunion, and more! No matter where you are at in your writing practice, the natural beauty and tranquility of the Shire is perfect for a writers retreat. The outdoors and especially the circle drive would be great for demonstrations with horses for example, or you can come and just be a hermit! Whatever your event or occasion, we will work with you to best serve your needs.

Our private, wooded retreat has seven, year round dwellings and more. There are four smaller cabins, the Cedar House, the Tree Lodge, a community space and library in the Octagon, a screened-in gazebo, a wood burning sauna, 5 miles of groomed trails, a rose garden, a labyrinth, a beaver pond, a frog and turtle pond, tree swings and hammock, outdoor fire pits, indoor fireplaces, access to the Soo Line Trail, access to many miles of trails in the Solana State Forest, and much more including our horses, a miniature donkey, and a miniature horse. As a guest, you can experience their antics and social systems, pet them, and with prior arrangements have guided interactions or feed them treats.

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