Green Gate is as symbolic as it is observed.
Entering our property, a canopy of pines tower overhead as you leave the highway behind you. Passing through nature’s “Green Gate”, you will arrive at the century-old farmstead that we call home.
Green Gate also symbolizes our endeavor to create a sustainable lodging facility where everyone can enjoy and learn. By following strict green building standards, choosing environmentally preferred purchases, adopting energy conservation policies, using environmentally friendly products and supporting non-motorized recreation, we hope to create a gateway to how our future can be.
After growing up in Northern Minnesota, Shawn moved to Minneapolis to pursue an career in Mechanical Engineering. During this time, his developing interests in health and fitness led to a second career in Nutrition Science and his passion for endurance sports.
Eventually, he wandered away from the big city and back to Minnesota’s Iron Range, where he worked as a Nutritionist, Co-op deli manager, concrete countertop designer and handyman. In 2002, he purchased the farmstead and has since worked in the sustainable restoration of this historic property. As an avid endurance athlete, he was also drawn to the area’s endless recreational opportunites. When he’s not building barns, Shawn can usually be found skiing, running, cycling and paddling the trails around northern Minnesota.