One of the best parts about luxurious hotels is their breathtaking views. Whether you’re enjoying scenes of the beach, mountains or lakes, it’s nice to take a step back and admire nature. Since we appreciate the beautiful landscapes while we’re on vacation, it is also important to protect them. These hotels make an effort to protect their landscapes and give back to the environment. Through green initiatives and educational programs, these hotels are making a difference for our planet. If you’re traveling to one of these areas, be sure to book your stay at these hotels.
Proximity Hotel – Greensboro, NC
Proximity Hotel was recognized as “America’s Greenest Hotel” by Travel & Leisure in June 2015. This, LEED Platinum status, vibrant hotel offers many sustainable practices for its Greensboro, North Carolina, tourists. The abundant natural lighting is welcoming and reduces the need for electricity. Water for each shower is heated with solar panels, and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures conserve water flow. Guests are encouraged to ride bicycles that are available and avoid driving their cars during their visit. During your stay be sure to visit the adjacent Print Works Bistro, which serves locally sourced chef’s features.
Inn by the Sea – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Inn by the Sea celebrates its rich, coastal environment in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The rooms are cleaned with non-toxic products. Guests can go for a swim in the pool, which stays warm thanks to the solar panels that heat the water. The inn helps plan “White Weddings in Green” for couples who are tying the knot. There are also weekly seminars and tours in the seaside gardens to teach guests how to plant for wildlife.
Hotel Felix – Chicago, Illinois
As Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, Hotel Felix offers an upscale, eco-friendly experience in downtown Chicago. The hotel advocates organic materials and renewable resources to help reduce its carbon footprint. The abundant natural lighting helps heat the building in the chilly winter months. Exterior sculptures are made from reclaimed materials, adding elements of design and sustainability.
El Monte Sagrado – Taos, New Mexico
According to Forbes Traveler, El Monte Sagrado is one of “America’s Top 10 Greenest Hotels.” The hotel has a self-sustaining ecosystem to recycle and purify water called The Living Machine. By incorporating plants from around the world into an enclosed sanctuary, El Monte Sagrado has a lush environment even at 7,000 feet above sea level. The plants and wetlands are constantly working to clean rainwater and wastewater.
L’Auberge Del Mar – San Diego, California
L’Auberge Del Mar is hard at work preserving our environment. The hotel won a Trip Advisor Green Award for its sustainable practices including thermostats that automatically turn off the air conditioner at certain times and its comprehensive recycling and linen reuse program. Dining venues serve onsite produce and sustainable seafood daily. The hotel’s sustainable practices are reinforced during employee orientation when staff learns about the hotel’s rigorous green standards.