Green Travel Tips: 5 of the Best Environmentally Friendly Hotels in America

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If you strive to live a green lifestyle, that shouldn’t stop when you go on vacation. There are entire cities that boast being some of the greener “destinations” on the planet. If you need transportation while on your trip you can rent eco-friendly vehicles. You can even choose green airlines when making your travel plans.

But what about where you stay once you reach your destination?

What follows is a list of 5 of the best “green” hotels in America.

Orchard Garden Hotel

Orchard Garden Hotel

Location:  San Francisco, California

The Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco has 86, smoke-free rooms and is the only hotel in the entire city by the bay that has been certified by the US Green Building Council for its design. The hotel uses its electronic key card system to automatically shut off the power to a room whenever a guest leaves, and it uses energy efficient light bulbs throughout the entire building.

Each room is equipped with low-flow toilets, recycling bins and organic bath products. The hotel also supports the local economy by featuring artwork from local artists in the lobby.

Graycote Inn

Graycote Inn

Location:  Bar Harbor, Maine

What’s great about the Graycote Inn is that it offers all of the charm of a traditional New England Bed & Breakfast but it also boasts some of the best modern, eco-friendly attributes. Energy efficiency lighting, heating and cooling devices abound throughout the inn, and all of the toilets, sinks and showers feature water conservation fixtures. The hotel doesn’t use Styrofoam in any of its food packaging and the hotel has a robust composting and recycling program. Food options in the inn include a lot of organic and locally grown produce.

Pinehurst Inn

Pinehurst Inn

Location:  Bayfield, Wisconsin

This 19th century inn uses energy efficient appliances throughout the property, as well as solar panels to heat the water and organic linens and towels in all of the guest rooms. Breakfast at the inn is prepared with organic, locally-grown foods and only non-toxic cleaning products are used inside the Pinehurst Inn.

Proximity Hotel

Proximity Hotel

Location:  Greensboro, North Carolina

The Proximity Hotel prides itself as being one of the greenest hotels in America. In fact, the Proximity Hotel uses 40% less energy and 35% less water than most similar hotels. Solar panels heat the majority of the water used by the hotel and its restaurant, and water saving fixtures are used throughout the rooms.

h2hotel

h2hotel

Location:  Healdsburg, California

The h2hotel is a LEED Silver-certified hotel that boasts 36 guest rooms that have bamboo floors, plants that require very little water and a roof that filters rainwater and acts as a natural cooling system for the hotel. The lights and fans in the guest rooms will only run when there are occupants in the rooms, making this hotel one of the greenest options in all of Sonoma Wine Country.

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