by Eileen Weber
You want to get away, but you’d like to stay in a place that reflects the way you live. So why not check out some of the eco-friendly inns and bed and breakfasts for your green “staycation?” Each of the listings is a Connecticut Green Lodging Certified property. Check their web sites for reservation and fee information.
74 Interlaken Road
With a heated outdoor swimming pool and adjacent Lake Wonoscopomuc (I can’t pronounce that either), this is a swimmer’s dream. They are host to weddings and romantic getaways as much as they are to corporate team building programs. They are pet friendly as well. They indicate on their web site that they recycle and use eco-friendly cleaning products.
415 Danbury Road
Eco-friendly bedding, towels and yoga mats along with organic and local produce, you can’t go wrong with the eco-friendly little gem. Innkeepers Barbara Simpkins and her partner Natacha Friedman put their heads together in 2009 to create a relaxing atmosphere in a homey space. And for your entertainment, the Aldrich Museum and the Ridgefield Playhouse are nearby.
Inn at Lower Farm Bed & Breakfast
119 Mystic Road
This 260-year-old restored farmhouse boasts five acres of land listed as a National Wildlife Backyard Habitat. Just a 10 minute drive from Mystic, you have all the local attractions the area has to offer along with a few wineries along the Connecticut Wine Trail.
The Study at Yale
1157 Chapel Street
Coining themselves a boutique hotel, this space is as good for parents of Yale University students as it is for business travelers. With sleek new amenities, the shining example of being green comes from their in-house restaurant, Heirloom. Chef Carey Savona uses local and regional ingredients from organic and sustainable farms within Connecticut and throughout New England. For a “farm coastal” dining experience, this is the place to be.
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
2 Bridge Street
One of the first hotels in Connecticut to be listed as a Green Lodging, their commitment to the environment includes a long list of initiatives like water conservation, recycling, energy conservation, green cleaning products, as well as being 100% smoke-free. They have also been instrumental in the clean up of the Long Island Sound. Local and seasonal foods are served in their dining room.
Wherever you end up this summer, we hope it’s a green and happy one be.
Image courtesy of Saybrook Point Inn & Spa.