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BC Democrat Online - Las Animas, CO
  • Go Green: Relax and unwind at an eco-friendly resort

  • Looking to get away from it all while being kind to the Earth? Check out an eco-resort.

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  • Looking to get away from it all while being kind to the Earth? Check out an eco-resort.
    Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in New York’s Hudson Valley offers a quick getaway out of the city for patrons from Long Island and New Jersey. They can feel good about their choice; the spa uses geothermal energy and all-natural products. The inn’s restaurant features sustainable, farm-to-table food, with much of the produce grown right on the premises. Situated on 70 acres, the inn boasts beautiful gardens, orchards, and manicured trails. The Walkway Over the Hudson and other local delights are close by. Accommodations start at $250 per night in the peak season. http://www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/
    Proving that eco-friendliness doesn’t preclude the ultimate in luxury, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., has been seriously green since it opened in 2007. It sourced over 40 percent of its building materials locally, and recycled over 87 percent of its construction debris, then went on to become the first hotel to earn a platinum LEED rating. The Proximity’s breathtaking lobbies are filled with natural light and sophisticated design elements, including locally made spiral staircases. At the Printmaker’s Bistro Restaurant, diners can enjoy a variety of locally sourced food, from lamb to truffles grown on a nearby farm. On Tuesday nights, the restaurant features a Locavore Plate, in which nearly every ingredient is produced in the area. Accommodations start at $244 per night in the summer. http://www.proximityhotel.com
    The Solage Calistoga in California’s wine country is a world-renowned resort featuring unique touches such as bicycles for use on the premises and locally made bath products. The décor includes vaulted ceilings and polished concrete floors, and the resort caters to just about everything you could want in a getaway, from fitness classes to mud baths and mineral water soaks. The restaurant, Solbar, offers a unique, fresh take on soul food while showcasing locally grown and sustainably farmed ingredients. Rates start at $510 per night. http://www.solagecalistoga.com/
    The Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray, Colo., is nestled among the San Juan Mountains and their beautiful scenery. This unique lodge makes use of its natural geothermal resources: hot springs on the premises. The 140-degree water that emerges from the hot springs heats the guest rooms in the winter as well as the water used for bathing in the hotel. It also fuels the outdoor mineral hot springs tubs, which offer a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. These hot springs can be enjoyed by guests year-round. The lodge has in-room recycling, many energy-saving mechanical upgrades, and uses eco-friendly cleaning products. Rates start at $115 per night in the peak season. http://boxcanyonouray.com/
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