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8 exceptional U.S. stays leading the way in sustainability

We've got the lowdown on 8 standout hotels that are flipping the script on sustainable stays. Forget the usual—these places go beyond, weaving green practices into the very fabric of your stay. From city lights to mountain retreats, we're diving into an exploration of accommodations that bring a fresh vibe to responsible travel. Ready for a tour that's all about staying green without the gimmicks? Here's our guide to 8 remarkable sustainable US hotels.

1. Virgin Hotels - Chicago: At Virgin Hotels in Chicago, sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a way of life. Their commitment to energy efficiency shines through with the use of LED lighting and smart climate control systems. Water conservation is a top priority, with low-flow fixtures and comprehensive waste reduction strategies in place. Beyond the hotel walls, Virgin Hotels actively engages with the community, contributing to local environmental projects and initiatives that make a lasting impact.

2. The Ranch at Laguna Beach: Nestled in the coastal beauty of California, The Ranch at Laguna Beach goes beyond aesthetics to embrace sustainability. The resort boasts water-wise landscaping, ensuring lush surroundings while being mindful of water resources. Habitat protection is a key focus, with the resort actively involved in preserving the local ecosystem. Their commitment to recycling extends throughout the property, showcasing a dedication to minimizing environmental impact.

Fora Perks:

  • Upgrade to next room category, based upon availability at check-in
  • 50 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay

3. Inn by the Sea: Inn by the Sea, located along the picturesque coast of Maine, seamlessly integrates sustainability into its seaside charm. Energy efficiency takes center stage, with the implementation of energy-efficient systems and sustainable building materials. The commitment to reducing the carbon footprint extends into the sea, with the inn supporting local marine conservation efforts. It's not just a place to stay; it's a retreat that respects and preserves the beauty of the coastal environment.

Fora Perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability

4. Kimpton Palomar: Kimpton Palomar in the heart of Philadelphia effortlessly marries urban chic with sustainability. Behind the scenes, the hotel employs eco-friendly cleaning practices and an extensive recycling program. Their commitment to the community is evident through partnerships with local sustainability organizations, fostering a sense of responsibility that goes beyond the stylish interiors.

Fora Perks:

  • $50 USD value-added amenity (hotel credit)
  • Upgrade to next room category (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out 2:00 pm (based on availability)
  • Turn down service

5. Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort: Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Adirondacks, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is a testament to eco-conscious hospitality. The resort embraces renewable energy sources, promoting a sustainable energy approach. Water conservation takes center stage, ensuring the pristine lakeside setting remains untouched. Guests also benefit from an eco-friendly transportation program, showcasing the resort's holistic commitment to sustainable practices.

6. Viceroy Snowmass: In the snowy landscapes of Colorado, Viceroy Snowmass elevates luxury with a sustainable touch. Energy efficiency is a focal point, with the implementation of systems that minimize environmental impact. Waste reduction is not just a goal; it's a practice woven into the fabric of the guest experience. The resort also offers a unique carbon offset program, allowing guests to contribute to the environment during their stay, making every snow-filled adventure a green one.

Fora Perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (excludes 3/4 bedroom residences/penthouses)
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served at the TORO Kitchen and Grill
  • $100USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out subject to availability

7. Sundance Mountain Resort: Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah stands as a beacon of conservation. Engaged in reforestation projects, waste diversion, and local sourcing, the resort is a model of responsible tourism. The commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the surroundings extends beyond rhetoric, creating an immersive experience that reflects the true spirit of sustainability.

Fora Perks:

• Breakfast for Two Daily

• $100 Hotel Credit per Stay (to be used on services such as spa, dining, or selected amenities valued at $100 or more)

• Room Upgrade (subject to availability)

• Priority Check-in and Check-out (subject to availability)

8. Alila Ventana Big Sur: Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, Alila Ventana is a pinnacle of eco-luxury. Sustainable construction practices ensure that every inch of the resort is built with environmental mindfulness. Energy-efficient systems operate seamlessly, minimizing the ecological footprint. The resort's active engagement in community initiatives further cements its commitment to protecting the pristine beauty of Big Sur, making it a destination where luxury meets responsible hospitality.

Fora Perks:

• Daily complimentary full breakfast at a hotel restaurant for up to two guests.

• Property credit (value varies by property).

• Priority for room upgrade (response within 24 hours of booking, subject to forecasted occupancy, not available at all-inclusives)

• Early check-in/late check-out/connecting rooms (response within 24 hours of request, subject to forecasted occupancy, earliest check-in is 9 AM, latest checkout: 4 PM)

And there you have it, folks—a journey through the world of eco-friendly escapes in the US. From the hustle of the cities to the serenity of nature, these 8 hotels have shown us that sustainable stays aren't just a trend—they're a way of life. Whether you're drawn to the coastline, mountains, or city streets, there's a green retreat waiting for you. Cheers to the places that are redefining hospitality, proving that you can rest easy without compromising the planet.

emma waack

independent travel advisor powered by FORA

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