by Eileen Weber
Thinking of making a last minute get-away for the holidays? You might want to consider a “green” hotel or bed and breakfast. Michael Depatie, Kimpton’s president and chief executive, was quoted in the article saying he got a lot of unsolicited letters from guests about the company’s green initiatives. “I’m a little surprised by how many mention our green programs. We’ve been doing this for a while, but it seems like it’s suddenly at a tipping point.”
Increasingly, proprietors are trying to meet their clientele’s interest in greener practices. From organic foods to green cleaning practices to energy efficient amenities, your next stay could be more eco-friendly than stopping off at a roadside Super 8.
Kate Bauer, co-owner of Homespun Farm Bed and Breakfast with her husband Ron in Griswold, takes being green very seriously. They compost their organic refuse and use the eggs from the chickens they recently purchased. Bauer said on the B&B’s web site, “I hope this [green] movement is in time to save what is so important to us all.”
In a New York Times article dated June 26, 2007, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants found in a survey they conducted in 2005 that 16 percent of guests choose their properties because of the company’s environmental practices. Kimpton, named for its founder Bill Kimpton in 1981, is a San Francisco-based collection of boutique hotels that leads the hospitality industry with its ecologically-sound practices.
Thinking of making a last minute get-away for the holidays? You might want to consider a “green” hotel or bed and breakfast.
Michael Depatie, Kimpton’s president and chief executive, was quoted in the article saying he got a lot of unsolicited letters from guests about the company’s green initiatives. “I’m a little surprised by how many mention our green programs. We’ve been doing this for a while, but it seems like it’s suddenly at a tipping point.”
There are a few web sites in particular that list places across the country. Visit allstays.com, bnbscape.com, environmentallyfriendlyhotels.com, or istaygreen.org for a good listing of places in the United States and Canada. Below is a list of places you can stay here in Connecticut. Check their web site for availability and rates.
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Old Saybrook
- Energy efficient windows and doors property-wide, chemical-free cooling tower, and thermostats
- Organic food and fertilizers used on grounds
- Seeking LEED certification for current renovation
- Office recycling of paper products
- Recycled paper products in all public areas and guest rooms
- Water waste is disinfected by ultraviolet light, not chlorine.
- Rain sensors reduce unnecessary lawn watering.
- Smoke-free environment.
- Partner with Soil Air Technologies to remove nitrogen from our onsite waste water-disposal system.
- Heat-recovery systems that preheat hot water for domestic and pool use.
- Tier Two standby generator that gives complete power independence from outages, reducing grid demands during power emergencies.
- Partner with CT Audubon to enhance our surrounding area with bird houses to attract native birds.
Homespun Farm Bed & Breakfast, Griswold
- Organic orchard
- Chickens lay fresh eggs used in food
- Allergy conscious
- Use biodegradable disposables
- 100% cotton sheets and towels
- LED lighting
- Use no harsh cleaning chemicals
greenRocks Inn, Ridgefield
- Organic food
- EFC light bulbs
- Use some wind energy for power
- Use low or no VOC paint
- Plant 12 or more trees on the property per year
- Has own blog with eco-friendly tips
Lonesome Dove Inn, Lisbon
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Organic foods
- Water conservation
- Energy efficient appliances
- Biodegradable cleaners
- Air and water filtration systems
Enjoy your stay!
Photo courtesy of Saybrook Inn & Spa.