Glamor, luxury vacations can be eco-friendly.

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We know that the travel industry contributes to a significant amount of waste and pollution. As an Eco-friendly traveler you care about the environment and want sustainability wherever you can find it. That being said, even with good environmental intentions, many of you don’t want to curtail your special holidays completely. The promise of a luxury trip is too compelling. Even as nature lovers who take  adventure excursions into the wilderness, you may want some glamor once in awhile. The idea of luxury isn’t often associated with going ‘back to basics’. But in response to environmental pressures and innovative design, the luxury industry is increasingly looking for a ways to offer its clients high-quality luxury with a low environmental impact.


Resort choices that combine luxury and sustainability

You can search sustainable resorts from a wilderness lodge in Alaska to luxurious resorts and spa in Florida and Maine or rustic inns in Wisconsin and New York to a luxurious green urban hotel in San Fransisco. There’s even a exotic Fiji Island resort to give you and your family a lasting experience where nature exists with luxury.


Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, Vero Beach, Florida

How they do Green:

verobeachhotelandspa a Green Seal-certified beach-side resort that not only makes great efforts to save water and energy, but also rewards guests for doing their part, including parking discounts for hybrid vehicles.







Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

How they do Green:

 innbythesea is the first hotel in Maine to be carbon-neutral through offsets while offering plenty of luxuries to its green-seeking guests. Just a short walk on the private boardwalk to a mile of sandy beach leads to a LEED-certified spa.





Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, Wisconsin

How they do green:

 pinehurstinn is a serene inn that softens its environmental impact without skimping on the guest services. Complete with whirlpools, fireplaces and a full organic breakfast, it also includes solar-paneled roofs and energy-efficient appliances. Its mission as a premier Eco-lodging facility is to provide the highest level of green lodging hospitality and guest experience while it preserves and promotes the unique historical and environmentally sensitive nature of its property.


Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, Homer, Alaska

How they do Green:

sadiecove is a true escape since this Eco-lodge  only puts up a maximum of 12 guests per night or groups of six or more. The lodge relies entirely on wind energy and hydro-power and works hard not to interfere with the untouched wilderness on its doorstep. There’s also opportunities to spot a whale, seal, porpoise, or one of many other sea creatures right outside the lodge.



Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco, California

How they do green:

 theorchardgadenhotel is a LEED-certified hotel in the heart of what is arguably America’s greenest city. It’s easy to get around town without a car while in town by taking a stylish refurbished tram or renting a Prius. The nearby Point Reyes National Seashore is a wonderful nature trip.



Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, Milton, New York

How they do green:

 buttermilfallsinn is about 90 miles from New York City. This inn on the Hudson River serves local, organic foods grown on site and relies on geothermal and solar energy to warm its spa waters.




 Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

How they do green:

Jean-Michel Cousteau, like his father, is well known in the world of ocean exploration and environmentalism. He’s also spread his interest to a number of eco-resorts.

fijiresort  is one of his eco-resorts with an organic garden that  is meticulously cared for by dedicated staff who apply traditional Fijian agricultural methods combined with sustainable practices learned from international crop production experts. Resort-wide edible vegetation mean guests can enjoy tropical fruits, including pineapple, mango, papaya, coconut, guava and more, all included in our edible landscaping. The resort offers informative, educational programs for young guests to help them learn how nature works and its value to people. The resort demonstrates how to use nature to create more sustainable commerce in home communities.

Bon Voyage


Have a great trip will give you pleasure with sustainability. You can bet that!


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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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