Like our little friend, Kermit the Frog said “it’s not easy being green,” especially when you’re on vacation. From traveling to eating to lodging, staying green and eco-friendly is tough! I did some research and found great eco-friendly options with tips to help you keep green like Kermit while traveling around the US.
Five Must-Stay-At Green Lodges
1. Vero Beach Hotel and Spa in Vero Beach, Fl:
This famous beach goes to great lengths to ensure they conserve water and energy, helping to save the planet. For all their visitors that make an effort along with them, they offer discounts to those who drive hybrid vehicles.
2. Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge in Homer, AK:
With just a small number of guest allowed to stay a night (maximum of 12), you can have this entire eco-friendly lodge to yourself. What makes it eco-friendly, you ask? Well, this lodge relies entirely on wind and hydropower to generate all of its electricity. It also strives to limit the amount of exposure it has to the untouched wilderness surrounding it. Oh and did I mention it’s located on a cove? You might be able to spot a whale or seal from your window.
3. Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah:
If the name didn’t sound Earthy enough, this resort offers you access to over 6,000 acres of pure wilderness at the base of one of Utah’s gorgeous mountains, Mt. Timpanogos. If you’re looking to escape the monotony of work, venture into nature at this terrific ski and hiking spot.
4. Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton, NY:
Who said that New York is only paved streets and honking taxi cars? This inn is only 90 miles away from the Big Apple and offers their guest the peace and quiet they are seeking. Located on the Hudson River, this inn supplies its residence with local, organically grown food, as well as geothermal and solar energy spa water.
5. Asheville Green Cottage in Asheville, NC:
There is no place nearer or dearer to my North and South Carolina heart than, Asheville! Known for its artistic culture and laid-back personality, this city knows how to live green. At the Green Cottage, you will get the full organic experience from sleep on organic cotton sheets to organic restaurants on every corner. You even get the incredible view of mountains and art from your window, with an added bonus of live music.
Three Ways to Travel Greener
Now that you found the right place to tuck in for the night, how are you going to get there? Here are three alternative ways to have an eco-friendly travel experience, that may just help you save a little extra green in your pocket.
Oh, don’t give me that smirk! Not all buses have the weird stories attached to them. My brother-in-law takes the bus from his home in Maple Valley, WA to his job in Seattle, WA every day. Besides, taking the bus can save you a good stack of money, as well as lowering global-warming pollutants by 50 percent (even if you drive your hybrid car). Also, public transportation offers a safer means of travel. According to the National Safety Council, riding the bus is 79 times safer than going by car.
For those seeking to go across the country or for an extended period of travel time, going by train is a great option! I plan to go across the country, and my one source of transportation will be with Amtrak. Amtrak offers trains that operate just by using electricity. Plus trains provide their passengers sleeping quarters, relaxing seats and food options. And besides, how cool would it be to ride on a train?
Some of the best tourist attractions can be enjoyed without a car! Many cities offer walkable routes and trolleys throughout their historic districts or even their downtown, letting you ditch the car and walk it. Bicycles are another great source of transportation to get you from one place to another, quicker than walking and more eco-friendly than driving a car.
So what are you waiting for? The world awaits! Remember to go green and travel more eco-friendly. Best of luck and take lots of pictures my traveling friends.
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Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.