New York State is known for its great hiking trails, lake activities, spas and culinary excellences, but have you ever stayed in one of the eco-friendly hotels? New York State is working hard to provide travelers with great places to stay that are conscious of their carbon footprint. The beauty of New York State lies within the great outdoors and the resorts mentioned below are working to keep it that way.
- Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort: located in Lake Placid, was the first resort in the U.S. to have received a Platinum Certification in the Audubon International’s rigorous eco-rating program. The resort is now one of ONLY SIX RESORTS in the USA to have received this prestigious status. To ensure that the resort keeps up with standards, they achieve this with practices that include a green roof, low flow toilets and shower heads, double pained windows, CFL light bulbs, in-room recycling programs, solar thermal arrays, solar thermal panels to heat the onsite pool, crushed limestone beach and sustainable dining. For a full list of eco-friendly practices, visit http://www.golden-arrow.com/green-page/we-are-eco-friendly.
- Mohonk Mountain House: located in the Hudson valley, commitment to environmental stewardship through earth-friendly activities and design features, an extensive energy saving and recycling program, and green initiatives that preserve the land and educate people. These green initiatives include; a geothermal system which heats and cools the spa based on the temperate of the earth and has a green roof garden terrace, the use of biodegradable laundry products, non-aerosol cleaning materials, energy-efficient light bulbs and extensive compost and recycling program. The resort has also partners with Clean The World to collect and send recycled soap and shampoo to countries in need of hygiene supplies. The Monhonk Mountain House is teaching the next generation about saving the earth through the Mohnonk Kids’ Club which offers nature programs led by the staff naturalist.
- The Glen Lodge: located in the Adirondacks, is an eco-friendly facility that focuses on the nature that surrounds it. This bed and breakfast is committed to using green practices to power the property as well as clean the property to ensure that the indoors matches the beauty found outside. They do this by purchasing 100% of the properties power from wind power, using natural products to clean the guest rooms and wash the laundry, implementing fluorescent lightbulbs wherever possible, composting and recycling all products in the kitchen and the properties vehicles run on biofuel made from used vegetable oil from local restaurants.