Did Valentine’s Day revitalize your romance? Looking for an earth-friendly way to spend some quality time together? It’s becoming more and more popular for travelers to look for vacation options that will have minimal impact on the environment.
While there are many ecotourism resorts around the world, here are five romantic options right here in the United States.
The Sonoma and Napa Valley area are absolutely beautiful and are known for catering to couples. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa offers visitors eco-friendly accommodations that will still leaving you feeling pampered. The resort maintains its commitment to luxury while using water-saving options, progressive recycling and ecological conservation programs. In partnership with the Sonoma Ecology Center, guests can also embark on an educational two-mile hike to support the Sonoma Overlook Trail Improvement Plan.
A lush oasis in the desert, the El Monte Sagrado Taos resort features adobe-style villas that are made from Gunnash, the ash from coal mines! The property houses a biolarium where exotic fruits, organic herbs are grown and used in spa menus. Mostly solar-powered, the 38 casitas still offer luxury in the form or overstuffed couches and satellite TV.
Concordia Eco-Resort, U.S. Virgin Islands
Bronx-born engineer Stanley Selengut has created a resort that epitomizes off-the-grid rest and relaxation. Built into a hillside of palm trees, Concordia offers guests access to and views of the beach and includes several sizes and types of accommodations: Concordia Eco-Tents, Concordia Studios and Eco-Studios. Travelers can take a yoga class, a dip in the freshwater pool, snorkel, dine in the Cafe or just enjoy life at a much slower pace.
For a truly green experience, consider heading to Montana’s Lodge at Sun Ranch. Constructed of recycled building materials and pre-existing structures, the sprawling property, set on 26,000 acres, is a great place to reconnect with wildlife through hiking, fishing, paddling and horseback riding. Food at the Lodge is organic and comes from local growers.
Adirondack-style craftsmanship, solar electricity, organic gardening, and gravity fed spring water just some of the reasons why visitors fall in love with Pollywogg Hollër. The resort offers wine tasting, meals cooked with non-electric methods, wood-fired saunas, and strolls set against the soft glow of lantern light. Wake up to the sun streaming through a skylight, take a heated spring water shower and relax at this property named for the serenade of frogs that fill the evening air.
Being environmentally-conscious does not have to consign you to a life of staycations and trips to a dusty log cabin. The travel industry continues to evolve which means that the popularity of eco-resorts will continue to grow.