Sustainable tourism and the idea of eco-friendly resorts has been rapidly gaining interest over the last several years. There are many more eco-conscious travelers today than perhaps ever before, and companies are noticing the change in consumer behavior. So much so, that we are seeing new eco-minded resorts and hotel chains in many of the popular destination locations. Traveling green is often misconceived as something where you must sacrifice some of the amenities for a planet-friendly experience, and that is certainly not the case. Let’s take a closer look at 5 green friendly resorts, where you can get away from it all without compromising some of the luxuries we enjoy while traveling.
Treebones Resort – Big Sur, California
If you are hoping to check out the coast and a prefer a “premier glamping experience,” then Treebones Resort is a must visit because that is exactly what this resort offers on their website. Located on California’s Big Sur Coast, relax in your comfortable yurt with a queen-size bed, natural pine flooring and beautiful views of the Pacific Coast. The founders of Treebones say that they value the land, sea, and animals and take great pride in taking care of them. This is a wonderful resort option if you want to be green-friendly and enjoy nearby hikes, kayaking or some of the other great amenities on-site, for example, an in-yurt massage. This resort is complete with a heated pool, hot tub, and a clean-burning generator. They also have eco-nests available, which allow you to spend the night high in a tree.
The Allison Inn and Spa – Newberg, Oregon
Located at the heart of Willamette Valley’s wine country in Oregon, The Allison Inn and Spa is so environmentally conscious, they insist that each “stay becomes an inspiration.” In fact, the developers brought in more lush greenery and mature trees than the entire project had displaced, resulting in something to certainly brag about- an actual net agricultural gain. The resort has also implemented a variety of renewable energy systems to reduce the overall environmental impact of tourism to the area. Some of these include their solar hot water, photovoltaic cells, and “Sedum Green Eco-Roofing” on the West Wing. Guests can enjoy winery tours at over 200 wineries nearby or enjoy a soothing walk through the landscaped gardens after a therapeutic visit to the spa.
The Stanford Inn by the Sea – Mendocino, California
Have pets that travel with you? The Stanford Inn by the Sea is a pet-friendly eco-resort that may be perfect for you. Mendocino County has long been known for the gorgeous coastline and some of America’s greatest wines. Since the 1970’s free spirits have been drawn to the area, so it is no surprise that those of us who are looking for sustainability and care about the environment are drawn to this area of the West Coast. There are a variety of eco-friendly activities available including canoeing, biking, and dining, plus much more. The on-site vegan restaurant, The Ravens, features delicious menu items made from organic and local food. The Stanford Inn even maintains their own organic crops and vineyards.
Majestic Yosemite Hotel – Yosemite National Park, California
If distinctive luxury and breathtaking views are on your list of must-haves, then look no further. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is not only a National Historical Landmark but is also an active member of the Green Hotels Association, which ensures that all business decisions the hotel makes are taking into consideration the environmental impact as well. Guests of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel enjoy a “parkitecture” feel, as the National Park Service took great effort in planning each building so that it would co-exist with nature and minimize the environmental impact. The hotel is situated in such a way that there are views available of Glacier Point, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls. In addition to the great views, the site of this location was chosen so that a natural, fossil-free heat source could maximize sun exposure and again minimize the impact of the environment.
Jumbo Rocks Campground – Joshua Tree National Park, California
Finally, for those of you who prefer to “rough it” in the great outdoors, Jumbo Rocks Campground in Joshua Tree National Park is the destination for you. Not far from Skull Rock, near the western border of the park, Jumbo Rocks Campground consists of 124 campsites which are equipped with pit toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables. You will need to bring the classic camping essentials like a tent and if you are like me, your air mattress and favorite pillow. There are endless outdoor activities nearby such as biking, hiking, or horseback riding. Many campers also enjoy rock climbing in the area. The number one tip for this destination is to bring more water than you need!
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