The Milkweed Mercantile has just opened its doors as a green bed & breakfast over the past few weeks, and I’m really impressed with what they’ve done. The rooms are gorgeous and comfortable, and all named after noted environmentalist (I’m staying in the Wallace Stegner room). And they’ve got a chef who’s spent his time at 5-star restaurants before moving to Dancing Rabbit… really looking forward to breakfast!
It’s not the only one out there, of course… I did just a quick search to see who else is offering a environmentally-friendly alternative to this form of lodging. Here’s what I found:
- Inn Serendipity: OK, I already knew about them — owners John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist have written for sustainablog, and I’ve reviewed a couple of their books (and spent time with them on a number of different occasions). Their renovated farm house outside of Madison, Wisconsin sounds idyllic.
- Pollywogg Holler: This Belmont, NY resort features lots of hand-carved wood, brick oven pizzas, and a Finnish sauna… nice!
- Cedar House Inn & Yurts: Located 70 minutes north of Atlanta, Georgia, and near the Appalachian Trail, Cedar House offers two yurts (with queen-sized canopied beds) as options for guests. Breakfasts include organic free range eggs, and organic milk.
- Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast: The more urban option on this list, Briar Rose is located in downtown Boulder, Colorado.
I just took a look around to see what was out there… know of a good eco B&B? Tell us about it.
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Image credit: Milkweed Mercantile at Flickr
There’s a Bed and Breakfast at Ecovillage at Ithaca: http://www.wildgoose-bb.com
Wait actually there are two: http://www.frogsway-bnb.com/
I think there is also one at OUR Ecovillage in British Columbia http://ourecovillage.org
Valley of the Gods in Mexican Hat, Utah is another example of green lodging off the grid. The conservation-minded owners uses solar and wind power. http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2008/06/11/living-green-at-valley-of-the-gods-bed-breakfast/
And, on the Big Island of Hawaii, your luxury accommodations come with a large dollop of eco-friendliness. The B&B is totally off the grid but takes it a step further, using locally-sourced organic food products. http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2009/05/07/hawaii-aloha-spirit-waianuhea-bed-breakfast/
There’s a wonderful “green” B&B that’s eco friendly, grows their own organic produce and located off the beaten path outside of Nashville called Butterfly Hollow that I would hightly recommend.