Unique & Wonderful!
“... This will be my FIRST choice when staying in the Twin Cities from here forward.” - Nancy, Marshfield, Wis.
Treated Like a Celebrity!
“Erik's Retreat is a fascinating place...I am SO impressed with what they are doing for individuals with autism...I couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay.” - Julia, Clarksville, Ark.
Awesome Facility & Staff!
“ Every staff member inquired how we were enjoying our stay and if could they do anything else to ensure we were enjoying our stay.” Tom, Glenwood, Minn.
A Must Stay!
“This is an idea I would like to see duplicated throughout the country.” Guest from Walnut Creek, Calif.
Big, Pleasant Surprise!
“Wonderful people willing to help and answer questions. Room exceeded any expectations. We loved this place and will stay here again. Very quiet rooms.” Jack, Jamestown, N.D.
“We would highly recommend staying at Erik’s Retreat, the hospitality was great...Everything about our experience was wonderful and would definitely stay again if we are in the Minneapolis area.” Sanjay, Boston, Mass.
“The people running this place are very sweet. Once we arrived, we were met at the front door. ..They even served us lemon water and had cookies waiting in the room!” Kyrie, Great Falls, Mont.
If you are expecting a standard hotel room, then you are in for a surprise!
“ If quiet, peace, opulence, clean, private, and inviting appeals to you, then this is the place to stay!” Guest from Mankato, Minn.
“Erik's Ranch is exactly as pictured, and the location is STUNNING! If you gravitate to "off the grid" stays, privacy, seclusion, and absolute pure views and natural beauty, then Erik's Ranch will not disappoint…”-Amy, Chelsea, Mich.
“Larry, the caretaker, was great. He guided us to the door and gave us all the info we needed. The cabin itself is amazing...It is almost beyond belief that this place is completely solar and off the grid!” Michael, Perth, Australia
“The perfect way to experience Big Sky Country... giant windows reveal views of snow-capped mountains. Sunrise and sunsets guide your days...” Kristi, Phoenix, Ariz
“The description of Erik's Ranch Guest House is accurate, but almost seems modest after my visit...Five star experience. I hope to visit again.” Scott, Columbus, Ohio
“Erik's Guesthouse is a jewel box of a house in a wonderfully secluded and picturesque location.” Mary, Santa Barbara, Calif.
“Everything about this home is stunning -- the location and the house itself. This was a perfect spot for our family to enjoy time together…”Beth, New York, N.Y.
“Erik's Ranch is located at the "top of the world" with breathtaking views. Extremely clean and comfortable. The caretaker, Larry, is very helpful and warm.” Claire, Shanghai
“Erik’s Retreat offers all kinds of additional activities you can pick and choose from, and the young adults on staff are the tour guides. Awesome!” - Maggie, Mankato, Minn.
“There are many tours given by members at Erik's Retreat, so even if you live in the area and are not staying there, you can still sign up for tours. Be adventurous!” - Guest from Wausau, Wis.
“My daughter attended riding camp at Erik’s Equine Center for the first time last week; she absolutely LOVED it! Impressed with the professionalism and the dedication of the staff. I also really like supporting what Erik's Ranch stands for.” - Sara
“This is a great place for the people getting riding lessons and for volunteers... they make everyone feel welcome and it's kinda like a family!” -Megan
“My son loves riding at Erik's! Such a fantastic place, we can't wait to be back again soon!!” -Susan
“The Guesthouse was everything we hoped for... solitude, sweeping views, a clean, well-stocked and warm abode, hiking out the back door, moonlight watching from the couch, and quiet, sweet, sweet quiet. It was lovely!” – Kelsi, Seattle, Wash.
“Excellent in every way”
“Everyone was the epitome of graciousness and knowing this place is a ministry to those with autism makes it a top pick for me if I return to Minneapolis. Thank you for a great experience.” – Susan V.
“Homey, clean and personal service. Supports a cause to feel good about while providing a necessary service. A win-win in our book!”
“Wonderful & meaningful stay”
“My family stayed here twice in 2015. We loved the mission and model of the facilities and felt the service was top-notch. We were comfortable, felt safe and enjoyed the unique set-up of the building. It is a great location in the Twin Cities and again, love the purpose behind the business model!” - Tomika
“The best part about our stay was meeting Sam, Tim and Maddy. They staffed our happy hour and brought us our delicious breakfast. We enjoyed talking with them and learning about their many interests. I'd recommend a stay here to anyone traveling to the area for business or pleasure.” – Melissa
“This was our first visit and we were excited to stay somewhere more like home than a typical hotel. To be met at the carport and addressed by first names really kicked off the visit for us. Sam, our attendant, assisted us with luggage, escorted us through the check-in process and took us to our room…We'll definitely be back to see Sam and have another great experience. Thanks to all those behind the scenes who made this stay memorable.” – Steve & Cindy
“When I arrived at Erik's Ranch I could not stop smiling from ear to ear. I kept saying to myself, "I get to stay HERE!?" Actually, it lasted for my entire stay. What a privilege to spend the week in this beautiful place while contributing to a great cause…” – Jodie, Boston, Mass.
“My now fiancé proposed to me on top of the mountain that the house is on and it could not have been more perfect.” – Danielle, Baton Rouge, La.
“What a stunning experience! Not a single other house is visible - it's just you and the mountains.” - Jenna, Chicago, Ill.
Erik is a young adult on the autism spectrum with limited communication skills and a gentle spirit peppered with humor. He enjoys skiing, singing, swimming, horseback riding and many other activities with his sisters and family. Sharing these activities creates deep and enjoyable relationships for his family rooted in love, respect and common interests.
Like many on the autism spectrum, Erik cannot live alone. He needs the support, structure and nurturing environment that Erik's Ranch & Retreats provides. And he deserves the chance for a meaningful life on his own terms that we provide, for him and so many others like him, at his new home.