My husband and I made a pact on our wedding day. It was to create a bucket list of places we would want to travel to one day. In fact, to seal the deal we decided that we would label our wedding reception tables according to our future travel destinations. From Mykonos to Dubai to Bali to Cape Town, we have a long list of exotic and cultural places we hope to see soon. But while we are dreaming about walking on the soft, white sand of Siesta Key, we are still able to travel to local destinations without breaking the bank. Today, I am excited to share that we have a guest blogger, Cliff Barre. Barre and his wife Tiffany are responsible green travelers and active writers for their Peace, Love, and Travel blog. Hope you enjoy!
Today’s Inspiration: When Traveling Always Go Green
By CLIFF BARRE
Traveling can be a great experience. Getting out of the daily routines and into serious vacationing mode can be refreshing. One routine that should not be discarded during trips is being cognizant of the environment.
When choosing a place to spend your vacation, try looking for a location that is not so far away, avoiding more travel time and fuel to get there. A nice destination that has much to offer people of all ages is Destiny, USA located in Syracuse, NY. Here you will find the largest green shopping mall where you can shop, dine, and enjoy entertainment all while knowing that you’re helping the environment. Within miles of Destiny, you can visit the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York that is dotted with wineries and beautiful scenery to complete your trip.
Eco-Friendly Accommodation: Bristol Harbour Resort
This resort was accepted into New York State’s Green Hotel Certification Pilot Program. This hotel implements various green strategies to reduce its carbon footprint and conserve energy. The rooms at Bristol Harbour hold a rustic ambiance wood paneling and furniture. All rooms include a fireplace and private balcony. The hotel offers a spa and fitness center as well as a championship golf course overlooking the lake.
Portland, Oregon is a great place to visit when looking for a city that supports environmental stewardship. It ranks number one as America’s Greenest City. Biking is a green activity and will be a great way to get in shape while taking in the sights. If you’re an animal lover there are several wildlife preserves you can visit, including: Audubon Society of Portland, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and Sauvie Island. Lastly, be sure to check out the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden. The Lan Su was actually built by Chinese gardeners from the city of Suzhou, China. Explore another culture and take in beautiful sights when visiting this popular destination in Portland.
Eco-Friendly Accommodation: Hotel Vintage Plaza
The Hotel Vintage Plaza, a Kimpton hotel, has received green awards and recognition such as the Recycle Works award and the National GeoTourism Award. Enjoy in-room spa services, a fitness center, and plenty of wine events all while staying green.
San Francisco, CA
Another green west-coast destination is San Francisco, CA. This city scored an impressive 83.80 points out of a possible 100 in the environmental sustainability report. They scored the highest in the following categories; green transportation, air quality, energy use, energy efficient building regulations and buildings, water conservation, and waste reduction/recycling. There are many green activities to do while in San Francisco well as plenty of public transportation to get around. Hungry? The city offers many organic and vegetarian focused restaurants. They also have plenty of local farmers markets where you can purchase locally produced veggies, fruits, and meats. Wash all this tasty food down by enjoying a California Vineyards wine tour.
Eco-Friendly Accommodations: The Orchard Garden Hotel
Finding eco friendly accommodation in San Francisco is easy! One of the greenest hotels in the city would be The Orchard Garden Hotel, located near the Chinatown district. This is America’s first LEED certified property. All rooms are extremely energy efficient, including: in-room recycling, chemical free cleaning products, organic bath products and sustainable amenities, water efficient and bathroom fixtures.
Austin, Texas hopes to be completely carbon free by the year 2020. Austin is also the largest renewable energy provider in the United States. If you enjoy hiking and biking Austin devoted 50 miles of the cities land to scenic trails. There is also a total of 206 parks to participate in array of outdoor activities.
Eco-Friendly Accommodations: Habitat Suites
This hotel has proven that sustainability and guest satisfaction are two of their main priorities. Some of their green features include; solar panels, solar thermal, organic edible gardens, composting, efficient air conditioning, water saving toilets, etc. The salt water pool and jacuzzi and the complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet are two things that you do not want to miss out on!
Our environment will be here long after we are not. By following some of these green tips and visiting these green destinations, you can enjoy your trip knowing that you have contributed to keeping it green.