TRAVELCOOL: ECO-LODGING

Ecolodging

Choosing the right accommodations can make a big difference on how much you enjoy your next trip, but can also affect the local community and the environment. Good eco-lodges are an informed choice for you and for the planet.

We promote environmentally sensitive lodging with an eye to enhancing your experience through adventure and proximity to nature.

What is Eco-Lodging?

Eco-lodging should...

  • Use native, sustainably harvested and/or recycled building materials
  • Offer a natural setting that has been carefully preserved and contains indigenous landscaping where appropriate
  • Use environmentally sensitive, renewable energy, water, and waste disposal systems
  • Provide comfortable rooms and common areas that reflect local designs and heritage
  • Use low-impact technologies
  • Offer excellent opportunities for interaction with local owners, managers, staff, and guides

Green Hotel and Lodging Initiatives

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Featured Partners
Viking Greenstone

The Greenstone Inn is comprised of twenty new units, all with ocean views, balconies, fireplaces, and beach access. Choose from studios, one- and two-bedroom units. Sleep 2-4. Adjoining suites can accommodate up to 8. Some have kitchenettes.

To take advantage of the $10 BWC discount in October through May, provide your member number when booking.

WildSpring Guest Habitat

WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, ecofriendly resort in Port Orford, overlooking Oregon's southern coast...a place that feels a lot like Big Sur 20 years ago. On 5 acres of old Native American grounds, WildSpring offers luxury accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment.

To take advantage of the $10 BWC discount, provide your member number when booking. Discount applies to 2 night stays November through April only which aren't holiday weekends.

Moore Hotel

Seattle's Moore Hotel and concert venue are two blocks from Pike Place Public Market, and only a short walk from the art galleries, restaurants, and nightspots of Bell Town. Business travelers will also find the Moore convenient for its proximity to Seattle's downtown core, the Washington State Convention Center, and the Seattle Center.

To take advantage of the 10% BWC discount, provide your member number when booking.

Hotel Nexus

The Hotel Nexus Seattle offers comfort and quality at a great value in north Seattle. Guests at the Hotel Nexus have easy access to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington, as well as to Seattle's hip Fremont and Ballard neighborhoods. The Hotel Nexus is also Green Suites Certified and its staff and management demonstrate their commitment to the environment through recycling, water and energy efficiency benchmarks, and environmentally conscious product purchasing.

To take advantage of the BWC discount of $99 for a standard room, provide your member number when booking.

Orchard Hotel

Experience San Francisco's exclusive green boutique hotels in the heart of downtown San Francisco: the Orchard Hotel near Union Square and the Orchard Garden Hotel in the Financial District at the entrance to Chinatown. These sister properties are both certified as green businesses by the San Francisco Department of the Environment and are certified by the Green Seal Environmental Standard for U.S. Lodging Properties for waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, and environmentally responsible purchasing.

To take advantage of the 15% BWC discount, provide your member number when booking.

Mount View Hotel

Mount View Hotel is a member of the Green Hotels Association. In addition to recycling and water and energy conservation projects, eco-friendly initiatives at the Mount View also include the use of organic products at the hotel spa.

To take advantage of the 50% Sunday-Thursday BWC discount, use the discount code provided on the member website.

Cedar Crest Inn

Situated in Camden, Maine, Cedar Crest Inn is on a wooded lot amid three and one half acres of professionally landscaped gardens that open onto a view of Mt. Battie. Guests at the Cedar Crest Inn can enjoy their surroundings at the inn's inviting public areas or venture out to enjoy the many activities available in the Camden area, which in summer include hiking, golfing, sailing, swimming, and picnicking on the shores of Megunticook Lake.

To take advantage of the 10% BWC discount, provide your member number when booking.

Mauna Lani Resort

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows are located on the Kohala Coast of the tropical island of Hawaii and offer guests a Hawaiian experience right at the edge of Hawaii's natural environment.

Mauna Lani is a member of the Preferred Hotels Group and is consistently rated by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top hotels in the world.

68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive Kohala Coast,
HI 96743
808-238-2084

To take advantage of the 10% BWC discount, use the code provided in the member website.

Auberge de La Fontaine Bed and Breakfast Hotel

Auberge de La Fontaine is a bed and breakfast hotel situated in the Mont-Royal neighbourhood, facing Park La Fontaine, and a few minutes from the downtown core or the business sector. From the bed and breakfast hotel, one can easily walk to the Mont-Royal metro station, Saint-Denis Street or Mont-Royal Avenue. Discounts are not applicable during the Grand Prix weekend in June. http://www.aubergedelafontaine.com

To take advantage of the 10% BWC discount, provide your member number when booking.

Ojai

10% discount at California's Casa Ojai Inn, Su Nido Inn, or Luxury Vacation Rental. http://www.ojainow.com

To take advantage of the BWC discount, provide your member number when booking.

Sedona Motel

The Sedona Motel
218 Highway 179
Sedona AZ 86336
877-828-7187
http://www.thesedonamotel.com

$99.99 King, $89.99 Queen. $15 off suites in high season, $25 off in low season.
To take advantage of the BWC discount, provide your member number when booking.

Big Sur Lodge

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
47225 Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920
http://www.bigsurlodge.com

$10 off October through May. To take advantage of the BWC discount, provide your member number when booking.

Tree Frog Night

Tree Frog Night was built and is operated with sustainability in mind–capturing rainwater, composting food waste, and using natural cleaning and health products. Near Bellingham, WA, downtown and all the outdoor activities of Whatcom County such as world-class hiking, snow sports, road & mountain biking, river sports and ocean sports. Wildlife on-site has included bear, cougar, coyote, fox, owls & other raptors, a variety of bird life and many smaller mammals.

Amenities include and infra red sauna, fireplaces and radiant heat tile floors, tvs/blu-ray DVD/iPod/wifi, handmade soaps, organic bath products, hairdryers, organic cotton robes, double tiled shower or jetted tub, down bedding, fresh flowers and local wine or juice on arrival, small kitchen, coffee and tea service, private hardwood decks, skylights, use of firepit, spa services.

To take advantage of the 10% BWC discount, provide your membership number when making your reservation.

Tree Frog Night Inn
1727 Mt. Baker Highway
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-676-2300
www.treefrognight.com

Belle Pepper's Bed & Breakfast

Inn Serendipity 10% discount with an exclusion for holidays, events, and summer weekends to Better World Club members (excludes holidays, events, and summer weekends).
Located in Joseph, Oregon

Email: pepper@bellepeppersbnb.com
Website: www.bellepeppersbnb.com
Reservations: 866-432-0490

Belle Pepper's is a Bed & Breakfast housed in the historic McCully Mansion of Joseph, OR. Surrounded by an acre of lawns and gardens and bordered by the Wallowa River, the natural setting is as lovely as the bed and breakfast itself. Belle Pepper's is located just one block from Joseph's charming main street, placing you within easy walking distance of galleries and restaurants. Its close proximity to a variety of beautiful trails, mountain lakes, and sparkling rivers presents many opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. Belle Pepper's continuing efforts to become ever more sustainable ensure you and your family a gentle, healthy retreat.

Go to www.bellepeppersbnb.com to learn more.
Inn Serendipity

Inn Serendipity BWC Members Receive a 25% Discount On Their Second Consecutive Night's Stay (mention discountgive your Better World Club member number at time of booking)
Located in Southwestern Wisconsin

Email: info@innserendipity.com
Website: www.innserendipity.com
Reservations: 608-329-7056

Completely powered by the wind and sun, recognized as one of the "top 10 eco-destinations in North America" by Natural Home, and featured in USA Today, ABC News, and The New York Times, the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in southwestern Wisconsin is also the setting for innkeepers/authors' books, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, both about their journey to live and operate their business in a way that is both fossil-fuel free and carbon negative. Two guest rooms, starting at $105/night, double occupancy.

From serving up farm-fresh, seasonal vegetarian cuisine to offering guests tours of the farm's many renewable energy, energy conservation, and green building features, Inn Serendipity promotes the good life that's possible with the mindful stewardship of nature and socially responsible products or services. Even the hot water for guest showers comes courtesy of the sun. Carbon-dioxide emissions resulting from guest travel are automatically offset by Inn Serendipity.
Go to www.InnSerendipity.com to learn more.

Rocky Mountain Escape

Rocky Mountain Escape 20% Discount for BWC Members
Located near Jasper National Park

Email: ecolodge@xplornet.com
Website: www.rockymountainescape.com
Reservations: 780-865-0124

Rocky Mountain Escape offers private, secluded log cabin accommodations and a wide variety of year-round, nature-oriented activities such as hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Situated in an off-the-beaten-path, subalpine valley adjacent to Jasper National Park and vast, undeveloped Willmore Wilderness, Rocky Mountan Escape caters to folks looking for a quiet, scenic, non-touristy spot from which to enjoy the local mountain environment.


Aurum Lodge and Cottage

Aurum Lodge 10% Discount for BWC Members
Located in the Canadian Rockies, near Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Hosts: Madeleine and Alan Ernst
Email: info@aurumlodge.com
Website: www.aurumlodge.com
Reservations: 403.721.2117

Experience a difference at Alberta's unique and award-winning eco-friendly country inn and cottage. Aurum Lodge provides an ideal base for an extended stay in the Rocky Mountains for those seeking nature and low-impact outdoor activities away from the busier tourist centers in the national parks. Comfort, tranquility, and seclusion in a yearround pristine wilderness setting.

Aurum offers six rooms in the lodge with bed and breakfast or half board arrangement, or three self-contained housekeeping units for guests who prefer to look after their own meals. Smoke free facility catering to mature travelers.

Environmental Commitment: Aurum Lodge was designed, built, and is managed with the intention of maintaining as minimal an environmental impact as possible. Using mostly solar power and heat, its dependence on fossil fuels is 85% less than comparable operations. Aurum minimizes pollution, practices conservation, promotes only low-impact, environmentally responsible activities, supports conservation organizations in the area, and encourages guests to tread lightly. All their business and purchasing decisions are subject to environmental assessments. Aurum Lodge has been assigned the top 5 Green Leaf Audubon Green Leaf eco-rating.

Blackout Dates: Subject to existing minimum stay requirements.

Seasonal Specials: As part of its "drive less/get outside more" concept, Aurum offers attractive discounts for guests staying four nights or longer (15%-20% or up to 25% for BWC members).

For seasonal events or packages, visit the Aurum web site at
http://www.aurumlodge.com/english/packages.htm.

Discount: The 10% discount is applied over and above regular term stay discounts to a maximum of 25% off rack rates. Members should present their BWC Membership Cards at check-in to receive discount.



Recommended Companies (listed alphabetically)
3 Rivers Ecolodge

Dominica
Email:jem@3riversdominica.com
Website: www.3riversdominica.com

Amazon Yarapa River Lodge

Iquitos, Peru
Email: yarapariverlodge@hotmail.com
Website: www.yarapariverlodge.com

Amazonat Jungle Lodge

Brazil
Email: amazonat@amazonat.com.br
Website: www.amazonat.com.br

Amazonat Jungle Lodge is one of the very few ‘Genuine Eco Lodges’ in Brazil. It offers adventure and educational activities. In addition, Amazonat provides educational and economical support to several small communities in the surrounding area.

Baganara Island Resort

Baganara Island, Guyana
Email: everg@baganara.com
Website: www.baganara.com

Preeminent among the three hundred and sixty-five islands in the mighty Essequibo is this wonderful little paradise with one hundred and eighty-seven acres of lush green foliage and colorful tropical flowers. At this magic island Bangara's aim is to spoil you, keeping with the tradition of this unspoiled land and provide you with the comforts of modern day life: king sized beds, crisp white linens, and hot and cold showers. You'll have lots of space to relax, romance, or just be alone and at one with nature.

Black Sheep Inn

Latacunga Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Email: info@blacksheepinn.com
Website: www.blacksheepinn.com

The Black Sheep Inn is an inexpensive ecologically friendly hotel high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. Perched on a hillside the rural lodge is a perfect place to discover centuries-old culture and diverse ecosystems. The comfortable hostel offers affordable accommodation and provides you with a great base for day hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, acclimating, and exploring indigenous markets.

Boulder Garden

Kalawana, Sri Lanka
Email: info@bouldergarden.com
Website: www.bouldergarden.com

Boulder Garden provides its guests a sanctuary of serenity and beauty for the utmost in relaxation. It offers the ultimate in accommodation with opulently appointed guestrooms furnished in traditional Sri Lankan style. Two of Kalawana's 10 suites are housed in natural caves, one is a split level family room, and the other seven are twin or double bedded and feature private balconies and terraces from which guests can view the magnificent evergreen patch.

Butternut Inn

Stowe VT, U.S.A.
Email: innstowe2@aol.com
Website: travelguides.com

Butternut Inn is an enchanting country inn filled with the aroma of fresh baked goods, charming antiques, intimate reading nooks, and sunny spaces for enjoying the Inn's signature Butternut cookies and a cup of gourmet coffee. Not one of the 18 guest rooms is the same as another! The Butternut Inn is an award winning bed and breakfast that is sure to evoke warm memories of home and hearth.

Canodros/Galapagos II/Kapawi Lodge

Email: abarona@canodros.com
Website: www.canodros.com

The Kapawi Ecological Reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin is a community-based ecotourism project. The Galapagos Explorer II is a luxurious ship actively working on conservation programs in the Galapagos Islands. The parent company of Canodros practices responsible tourism as a practical tool to achieve necessary sustainability in the travel industry.

Casa Grande Mountain Retreat

Utuado, Puerto Rico
Email: tarzan@coqui.net
Website: www.hotelcasagrande.com

Set in a stunning valley on 107 lush tropical acres less than two hours from San Juan, Casa Grande Mountain Retreat is an oasis of peace and tranquility. The former coffee plantation, now exquisitely landscaped, has 20 rooms scattered up the mountainside, each with private bath, balcony, and hammock. A fresh-water swimming pool is cradled beneath a green mountain vista. A fully equipped yoga center is used for individual and group practice. Jungle Jane's Restaurant serves local and international dishes. Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association Environmental Awards: "2003 Most Improved Green Hotel" "1999 Green Inn of the Year "

Chitwan Jungle Lodge

Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: info@chitwanjunglelodge.com
Website: www.chitwanjunglelodge.com

Cree Village Ecolodge

Moose Factory, Ontario
Email: frontdesk@onlink.net
Website: www.creevillage.com
Toll Free: 1.888.273.3929

Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Email: vitoria@cristalinolodge.com.br
Website: www.cristalinolodge.com.br

The Cristalino Jungle Lodge is nestled in a private forest reserve in the Southern Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It borders the Cristalino State Park and is therefore part of a continuous extensive protected area that extends northward into the adjacent state of Pará. This unique region contains many species found only in this part of the Amazon. The area contains pristine forest and aquatic habitats that support a very rich fauna and flora, a true Amazon sanctuary.

Eco Lodges Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia
Email: lodge@ecolodgesindonesia.com
Website: www.ecolodgesindonesia.com

Eco Lodges Indonesia is proud to present, for the eco traveler, three delightful hotels for accommodation in Bali, Jakarta, and Flores (Komodo) while visiting Indonesia. Eco Lodges aims to provide comfortable clean accommodation with airport transfers, helpful staff, and excellent fresh tropical cuisine, all at a reasonable pric. Emphasis is on environmental protection through education of guests and staff, recycling of water and waste, as well as efficient use of electricity, solar heating, and rainwater. There's even a worm farm for composting!

Eco-Res

Email: info@eco-res.com
Website: www.eco-res.com

A medley of worldwide lodgings set within nature. Rates start as low as $50 per night.

Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn
Costa Rica

Email: info@fincarosablanca.com
Website: www.FincaRosaBlanca.com

Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is a small "boutique" hotel with only seven rooms and two villas located on 8 acres in reforested gardens. It has been named one of the top 100 small hotels in the world bymultiple publications. The hotel has achieved the highest score of five "green leaves" in Costa Rica's Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), renowned worldwide as one of the most stringent and comprehensive certification programs for sustainable tourism. The Inn has, in addition, won The British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award in 2003, for Finca Rosa Blanca's work in sustainable tourism and environmental practices.

Haritha Farms

India
Website: www.harithafarms.com/

Kosrae Village Ecolodge

Micronesia, Kosrae Island
Email: kosraevillage@mail.fm
Website: www.kosraevillage.com

Our ecolodge and 5-star PADI dive center are located on Kosrae Island, the Jewel of Micronesia. Relax amid the natural beauty of the rainforest surrounded by a stunning, pristine Micronesian coral reef.

Lapa Rios

Costa Rica
Email: info@laparios.com
Website: www.laparios.com

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination that matches every one's idea of paradise. Lapa Rios is an ideal vacation experience for people that like nature and are open to learning about conservation, culture,[COMMA] and biodiversity. Honeymooning couples looking for a more active and unique experience, as well as families with older children that are looking to spend some real quality time together will surely enjoy the experience. Think of yourself as a traveler and not a tourist when coming to Lapa Rios.

Maho Bay Camps, Inc.

St. John, USVI
Email: Maggiem@maho.org
Website: www.maho.org

A pioneer of eco-tourism set in beautiful St. John, USVI. Stay in a tent-cottage or condo. Rates start at $75/night.

Ranweli Holiday Village Ltd.

Email: ranweli@sri.lanka.net
Website: www.ranweli.com

Ranweli Holiday Village is an eco-friendly resort located on a 22-acre peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the sea. You can enjoy a relaxing holiday in the scenic and tranquil surroundings or engage in numerous eco-friendly facilities and sports activities, both land and water based. Ranweli also has many options for guided tours offering valuable insights into the sights and sounds that surround you, as well as a number of cultural trips and activities.

Si Como No's Green Hotels of Costa Rica

Email: joxan@sicomono.com
Website: www.sicomono.com

Si Como No's Green Hotels of Costa Rica is a group of hotels that are expanding the unique concepts of Ecovision designs, development, brand image, and management style in the boutique eco- tourist industry while helping to encourage the philosophy of sustainable tourism.

Solar Survival

Taos, NM
Email: biotecture@earthship.org
Website: www.earthship.org

Unusual, earth-friendly designs in Taos, NM. Rates start at $130/night.

Tiamo Resorts

The Bahamas
Email: mail@tiamoresorts.com
Website: www.tiamoresorts.com

Tiamo Resorts is a world-leading sustainable tourism operation in the Bahamas. This award winning project has successfully implemented true eco-tourism within a sound business model.

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