April always evokes a certain feeling: the days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom, and (hopefully) the weather is getting warmer – spring has officially begun! So it’s appropriate that in April we turn our focus to all things green.
Every year, on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been a time to honor the natural beauty of our planet, to demonstrate support for green movements around the globe, and to raise awareness about environmental protection. Today, 44 years after the first Earth Day was celebrated, the “eco” lifestyle has had a beneficial influence on just about every market, including the travel market. Here are some particularly great ‘green’ eco getaway spots.
Mendocino, California has it all. Warm weather, beautiful beaches, majestic wineries, and a firm commitment to environmental responsibility. America’s Greenest Wine Region™ (as the town is trademarked) is an eco-traveler’s dream. California has long been a hub for green innovation, emitting fewer greenhouse gasses per capita than the rest of the United States, and taking the lead on renewable energy and clean technology. California also boasts many of our nation’s organic wineries. If you haven’t sampled organic wine from a certified carbon-neutral winery, it’s about time you did. Hop on the green bandwagon and head to Mendocino, where the eco-accommodations are sure to impress.
Stanford Inn by the Sea not only offers the rugged beauty of the Pacific coastline, but also practices green living in every aspect of its operation. The inn’s garden (which does not use herbicides or pesticides) provides fruits and vegetables for breakfast, which makes for a delicious farm-to-table start to your day. The inn has a holistic and integrated wellness center where guests can do yoga and Tai Chi, and take sustainable cooking and gardening classes. Guests experience the ultimate in green relaxation at the inn’s pool, hot tub, and sauna, which are located in a heated solarium. Stanford Inn by the Sea even has an electric vehicle charging station for your eco-friendly ride, yet another example of this inn’s passion for sustainability and renewable energy.
Set in a 150-year-old home constructed from eco-salvaged wood, the Brewery Gulch Inn Bed & Breakfast is another wonderful green accommodation option in Mendocino. This award-winning AAA Four Diamond inn has installed a drip irrigation system (without machinery) to naturally restore the property’s ponds. Complimentary breakfasts and light dinner buffets showcase organic and locally-sourced products. The inn’s Fair Trade, organic coffee comes from a local Mendocino roaster, and the coffee grounds, along with all other organic matter, are composted. Brewery Gulch Inn Bed & Breakfast provides a restful retreat that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, and as such, has become a haven for eco-tourists seeking an extraordinary, environmentally conscious escape.
This spring, show your appreciation for the earth by taking a trip to Mendocino and booking a room at one of these inspiring retreats.
About The Author: Jennifer DiBlasi is the Director of PR & Marketing for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.