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Maidenwood Lodge brings peace and tranquility for busy lives

The 6,000 square foot lodge rests on 80 acres of woods with flowers and scenic overlooks complementing the property. (photos by Kit Murray)1 / 4
Guests get to call the house their own if they choose and enjoy spots like a sunroom and rooms with a stone fireplace.2 / 4
Jo Kirchner, left and Brian Kirchner, right, stand in front of their dog Louie at Maidenwood Lodge.3 / 4
“Lodge Dog Louie,” Kirchner’s black lab, wins the heart of guests with Tripadvisor comments like, “my daughter fell in love with Louie, I think she will remember him best.”4 / 4

STOCKHOLM, Wis. — It started in July 2015, when Brian and Jo Kirchner decided to open a business as part of their retirement plan.

"One of the visions we had for our marriage and relationship was to eventually do business together and do something kinda fun." Brian said.

Maidenwood Lodge, located in Stockholm, brings couples, families and friends together to celebrate and enjoy time together, from weddings to craft retreats.

After 33 years of working in information technology, Brian decided to do something different. Jo, however, wanted to incorporate her marriage and family therapist practice during couple's retreats.

"I have a vision for what I would call a couple's check-up," Jo said. "One for couples that want to have a refreshing and the couples-intensive for marriages that are really struggling and need help."

The lodge is a rustic 6,000-square-foot building with four bedrooms, a spacious yard, stone fireplaces and, of course, a full breakfast each morning.

"We fell in love with this place right away, and we'd really like to share that with other people." The Kirchners focus on showing generous hospitality, from serving organic and locally produced breakfasts, to driving guests around the property to view the four, year-round trails.

With the lodge still in need of some finishing touches, Brian and Jo have put in a lot of time for things to come together next year.

"It's a lot of work, we've been doing it all," Brian said. "It's like anybody else that starts up a small business, you have to wear all the hats."

While summer tends to be more popular, Brian and Jo said they like to share the beauty year-round, with events such as prom, winter skiing retreats, and marriage and couple retreats.

Each visitor has helped remind both Brian and Jo that this was the right choice for them.

"I think the most rewarding is when you can see somebody become restored," Brian said. "By coming here, by us serving them, just enjoying the area, no pressure. It's satisfying for us to see people leave with a smile on their face."

For more information on Maidenwood Lodge, visit their website at 

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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