It seems like “green” hotels are becoming more mainstream than ever before, with properties old and new adopting an overall ethos of eco-friendliness. But to the average traveler--someone who might not self-identify as environmentally conscious--what’s the real draw? Below, check out five hotels with perks that appeal to every type of traveler.
Stowe Mountain Lodge (Stowe, Vermont)
Guests at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge reap the benefits of the property’s sustainability without even knowing it. The resort is centered around a 110 million gallon manmade lake, which was created 15 years ago as a way to augment the lodge’s ability to make snow. At the same time, Peregrine Lake conserves water and helps other local streams and rivers flourish. Aside from lake and snow activities, guests can enjoy transportation using Stowe Mountain Lodge’s trolley system, created to reduce carbon emissions. From $199 per night.
Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, California)
With views of stunning Big Sur at 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, it’s easy to see why The Post Ranch Inn places such a large emphasis on respecting the land it occupies. As part of their commitment to the area’s local surroundings, the Inn built an on-property sanctuary for endangered animals that guests can explore while visiting. Upon arrival, guests are chauffeured to accommodations -- which are built from sustainable materials -- in Lexus hybrid SUVs. From $675 per night.
Cavallo Point Lodge (Sausalito, California)
At Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, the green mentality extends to both guests and their pets. The hotel’s Eco Luxe pet program presents dogs with a welcome bag of organic and sustainable products and treats, like plush bedding, cookies, linens, and water bowls -- all handcrafted by local businesses in the Bay Area. From $309 per night.
Inn by the Sea (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
At Inn by the Sea’s on-property restaurant Sea Glass, diners have a view of the five-acre indigenous garden that houses and supplies food for local wildlife. The hotel offers tours of the garden and weekly seminars on topics like “how to plant for wildlife,” while in the summer kids are treated to a Bug’s Life program about eco-systems. The hotel also boasts a heated pool -- kept warm thanks to solar panels, of course. From $209 per night.
CasaCalma Wellness Hotel (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Upon opening in 2008, CasaCalma Wellness Hotel became the first carbon neutral hotel in Buenos Aires -- meaning it leaves a net zero carbon footprint (greenhouse gas emissions). It’s an accolade that doesn’t just sound impressive; it looks gorgeous, too, with a number of beautiful vertical gardens (or “living walls”) placed throughout the property. Additional perks include a free organic buffet breakfast and bamboo bicycles that guests can use to tour the city. From $199 per night.