If you’re deciding what to do for your upcoming winter holidays and don’t want to deal with the hassles of flying, making reservations at busy restaurants and navigating through throngs of tourists in overcrowded vacation destinations, we have a low-key, cozy solution that’s also good for the environment. Check in to a cute bed and breakfast (B&B)! Here, we’ve picked out a few that keep their stays green and offer relaxing weekends snuggled up by the fire, eating delicious meals and exploring the wonderful, winter outdoors.
- Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia: Bestowed with a slew of green accolades, the Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia adheres to eco-friendly principles in all aspects of its operations. From the use of ceiling fans and energy-efficient lighting systems to serving sustainable seafood and fair trade coffee in its kitchens, Trout Point has thought of every way possible to make your vacation’s carbon footprint a small one. They even grow their own herbs, vegetables and make their own cheeses – how’s that for local fare?! Click here to see a variety of other ways this amazing inn keeps things sustainable.
- Cobble House Bed & Breakfast, Vancouver Island: Even before it was chic to do so, the Cobble House Bed & Breakfast was air drying its sheets, using energy-saving light bulbs and composting its kitchen waste. Spend your time hiking the nearby trails, kayaking and whale watching with the peace of mind that comes in knowing that your innkeepers have made many environmental considerations that keep your carbon footprint to a minimum.
- Thyme in the Country, Hudson Valley, New York: Head across the border to Thyme in the Country for a true eco-experience. The property is 66% powered by solar panels, uses chemical-free cleaning products, and boasts farm-to-table meals made from organic ingredients. Its surrounding native flower gardens attract birds and insects, creating a healthier eco-system and the cows, pigs and free-range chickens that live nearby help naturally fertilize the property.
If possible, be sure to drive to your destination or take the most direct flight (takeoffs create the most pollution in air travel). For more environmentally friendly travel ideas, stay connected to the Just Energy website and make sure to like Just Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!