There are plenty of words we hear and read that trigger this idea of preservation: going green, eco-friendly, sustainable, recyclable and the list goes on and on. What does it all mean anyway? To be eco-friendly literally means being friendly to the environment, or non-harmful. Some of the ways hotels can be eco-friendly are to practice the conservation of resources like water and energy, practice green living through things like planting herb gardens and composting, and using building materials that are responsibly curated or even recycled and created from something else.
I’m highlighting some fabulous eco-friendly, sustainable hotels and resorts in the US and Canada that are making an impact and helping preserve their beautiful surrounds and beyond. The best part about these hotels is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and luxury for the sake of the planet; you get both wrapped up in one beautiful green package.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Nestled in a valley and in the shadows of a majestic Montana mountain lies The Ranch at Rock Creek. This five-star guest ranch provides the perfect blend of adventure, Wild West adventure, luxury and relaxation. Have you ever wanted to learn how to rope a steer or gallop on horseback through the fields in the shadow of a mountain? Then the Ranch at Rock Creek should be your next destination.
Throughout the day there are staff-led activities for guests to appreciate and learn about the natural surroundings through nature walks, fly fishing experiences, hiking, and even yoga classes in nature. This is the perfect spot for families and groups with varying interests because the Ranch has a little bit of everything.
Heathman Hotel, Portland, Oregon Featured in Conde Nast Traveller 2019 Reader’s Choice Award, The Heathman Hotel is one of Portland’s iconic landmark buildings. They took a stunning building from 1927 and renovated it into a one-of-a-kind hotel. It was a beautiful way to restore and reuse something that was once overlooked and forgotten and turn it into a gem.
Located in downtown Portland, you’ll be across the street from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, within walking distance to the Portland Art Museum and South Park Blocks which hosts the Portland Farmer's Market, and the Willamette River Waterfront. This is the perfect getaway for those looking for an urban oasis, especially if you’re interested in art, culture, and lots of great bars and restaurants in walking distance, including Heathman's own Headwaters fine dining restaurant.
Sonora Resort, British Columbia The Sonora Resort is a luxury wilderness and eco-friendly hotel that is surrounded by the natural beauty of British Columbia. This is unparalleled beauty at its finest. If you want luxury and accessibility to nature, this is it. The resort offers a wide variety of experiences, activities and amenities from spa treatments, canoeing trips, hiking, yoga classes, salmon fishing and even grizzly bear tours.
The resort itself is only accessible by helicopter, seaplane or water taxi, starting off your vacation in quite a memorable way. Whether you go by sky or sea, you’ll see some incredible views you would otherwise not be able to witness in your journey. The resort is truly remote but you’ll never feel like you’ve given up the luxuries you enjoy while on this nature holiday.
Calistoga Ranch, Napa, California Calistoga Ranch is a private canyon retreat that offers complete renewal in nature. Everything is sustained right in the area from fresh garden produce to honey harvested on property. Your accommodation is also sustainable, created from green alternatives for building material, but also hidden perfectly among the groves and trees providing shelter and peace.
The resort, located in Napa, also has a plethora of culinary delights with an exquisite team of chefs creating locally sourced, organic, fresh meals for you every day. You’ll be able to enjoy the meals in rustic elegance alongside an open fireplace and an indoor-outdoor concept living space that unified nature and living in one.
Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah Styled after a Norwegian-style ski chalet, this outstanding ski-in, ski-out lodge is a perfect spot to land to breathe in the fresh mountain air. Located in Park City, Utah winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and other family activities. In the summer, enjoy hiking, biking, and rafting. The resort offers a free shuttle to town, or hop on a bike and go. Also popular at the Stein Eriksen is their award-winning spa and sustainable luxury restaurants. Once you check-in, you might never want to leave.
Whether you’re going for a romantic getaway, girls' or guys’ weekend, multi-generational trip or even a business retreat, one of these eco-friendly hotels will be sure to fit your needs. Do one of these seem just right for you? Let me know!
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I stepped away from my computer the first part of the week and spent a beautiful couple days with friends in Hood Canal. We talked. We played games. We laughed so much! We shopped. Some people worked on putting together a puzzle. And we got out and about and took a little hike. Really wonderful!
One thing I was able to do while I was there that I had never done before was pick up some oysters right off my friend's "front yard".. the beach on the canal. I brought them home to Mike, who shucked them, put a little Hog Island Chipotle Oyster Butter on them. (see recipe here) Then he BBQ'd them for about 10 minutes. "These are the best oysters ever!" Have you ever had Hood Canal oysters? I think they're on the menu again tonight.
French Onion Soup Ingredients
1 pound onions, finely sliced
½ stick butter
2 cups beef stock
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup white wine
½ cup red wine
Salt and pepper to taste
1 sprig each fresh thyme and marjoram
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 cup Cognac
French bread sliced
½ cup grated Gruyere cheese
A couple of things to remember when you make this:
Use quality ingredients and allow enough time for the caramelizing of the onions. You will want to caramelize those onions for at least 30 minutes. That will ensure the full bodied, rich flavor that French Onion Soup is known and loved for. You can find Amawaterways recipe directions here:
Then, I came across this recipe for this yummy comfort food: Creamy Coconut Vegetarian Korma. I love curry, do you? I love to imagine I'm in some far off land eating this. But until I am, I'll be using this recipe from The Endless Meal Blog. (If you'd like to be on our mailing list for our future India trip, email me with India in the subject line)
INGREDIENTS for CREAMY COCONUT VEGETARIAN KORMA
FOR THE VEGGIES:
2 medium potatoes, cut into small, bite-sized pieces
4 cups mixed chopped vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, beans, bell peppers, corn, and peas all work well)
FOR THE VEGETARIAN KORMA SAUCE:
1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves, smashed with the back of a knife
1 5.5-ounce can of tomato paste
1 tablespoon each: curry powder and garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoons each: cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom
1–2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon each: ground cloves, fennel, fenugreek and chili flakes
1 400ml can of coconut milk
1/2 cup cashews
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup yogurt (omit or use vegan yogurt for vegan)
1 tablespoon brown sugar (sub coconut sugar or honey for paleo)
Top with any or all: cashews, cilantro, lemon, and raisins
Find the rest of the directions here on The Endless Meal blog.
I love to try new foods when I travel. Yes, sometimes it's scary, but I still try. If you can't get away or even if you want to remember a place you've been, eating the food brings you closer. If you'd like to begin planning your next vacation where you can try some new foods or even take some food classes or a food tour, reach out! I'd love to help you.