• Unique. Private. Cozy. Relaxing. Our one-of-a-kind property is located next to Giants Ridge resort area, about an hour from Duluth, the BWCA, and Lake Superior's legendary North Shore. Enjoy quick and easy access to Giants Ridge golfing and skiing, the Mesabi Bike Trail and miles of paddling waterways. Our historic 13-acre homestead is also the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy the simpler life.

Paddle & stay!

Did you know you can paddle from Sabin Lake near Giants Ridge through the narrows to Wynne Lake, then meander along the historic fur trading route of The Embarrass River, eventually passing Thoreau’s cabin at Green Gate before reaching Embarrass Lake. From there, you can continue on for miles, or choose from several beaches to … Continue reading

Finnish homesteads

We found shelter from a passing storm, and some beautiful Finnish craftsmanship at the historic Mikko Pyhala farmstead in Embarrass yesterday.  This and several other historic homesteads in the area are open for tours in the summer months!

It’s porch-sittin’ season at The Farmhouse

“In course of time, the settler has so advanced as to be justifiable in making his family more comfortable in their homestead, and naturally turns hus thoughts to an addition to its accomodation.”-C.P. Dwyer, The Homestead Builder, 1872

Thoreau’s cabin

What could be better than sitting next to a secluded river in the forest? How about sipping beverages, reading and relaxing in our cozy tiny house overlooking a secluded river in the forest! Reserve The Barn Home, mention this post and this private space is included with your stay!

The eighth wonder of the world?

View one of the world’s largest open pit mines from the Hull Rust Mahoning MineView in Hibbing. Three miles wide and eight miles long, the mine view is a must-see on the Iron Range. You’ll glimpse two-story haul trucks, super-sized electric shovels and more as they operate in Hibbing Taconite’s mining operations. Kids will enjoy … Continue reading

Climbing wall now open!

The newly-constructed outdoor climbing wall is now open at Giants Ridge for your family fun, exercise and team-building experience!

Ely Folk School open!

Looking for an escape from the digital world? Pair your stay at one of our beautiful guest houses with a class at the Ely Folk School less than an hour away from our property.  Learn traditional skills and crafts while on a relaxing vacation at our northern Minnesota retreat. Visit elyfolkschool.org for more information, and give … Continue reading

Giants Ridge climbing tower opens!

 The newly-constructed climbing tower at Giants Ridge opens June 10th! Perfect for family and group activities, team building events, or just for fun & fitness! Mention this post to receive up to 4 passes with any new June reservations. 

Summer season arrives!

Two of our favorite “fun for all ages” tours open for the summer season this weekend.  First, enjoy the scenic trolley ride to the historic mining town of “Glen Location” at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm.  Next, visit the Soudan Underground Mine Tour & physics lab tour in Tower, MN.  Both of these attractions … Continue reading

Thank you for considering us in your vacation plans. By staying at Green Gate, you are investing in entrepreneurship, preserving history, supporting local artists & craftspeople, and promoting sustainability.  We are continually humbled by, and grateful for your patronage!