With the summer months fast approaching, many of us are starting to plan vacations with family or friends. Just in time to help with those plans, the Sierra Club has published a list of the best Luxury Eco-Hotels and B&Bs, all located in vibrant locations, surrounded by tons of eco-activities.
Before you book that five-star hotel room, did you know that hotels contribute more than 60 million tons of CO2 emissions annually?
U.S. hotels spend over $7.5 billion on energy and generate 1.9 billions pounds of waste each year. Thankfully, there are some amazing alternative lodging options for the more environmentally concerned. And they don’t require you to sacrifice that five-star, luxury ambiance.
Hidden in the beautiful Napa Valley, Bardessono is truly an eco-friendly treasure. One of only three hotels to receive LEED Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, this 62-room escape boost a high standard of green luxury and elegance. The 940 solar panels positioned on the rooftop have nearly reduced all offsite energy for the property. Wood from salvaged trees, non-toxic/nonallergic construction materials, 200 square feet of glass windows in each room for natural light, doors opening to private patios for natural ventilation, paints and finishes with low VOCs, and low-flow bathroom fixtures, are literally only a few of the unique features of this planet friendly oasis.
Sleep easy with organic linen and wake up to a breakfast made from organic and local grown produce. You can even find an on-site garden that the hotel’s restaurant uses for produce. And don’t bother renting a car or a bicycle, because the hotel provides carbon-fiber bikes for their guest.