Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Williamston, NC

Big Mill Bed

Located approximately two hours away from Raleigh, this gem of a bed and breakfast dates back to 1920 and sits on more than 200 acres of fertile farmland at the heart of the Inner Banks, the quiet coastal plain of eastern North Carolina. The current property, shaded by 90-year-old deciduous trees planted by the owner’s parents, features architectural details constructed from recycled wood and other materials from the farm’s original buildings. The four guest rooms and suites all have private entrances, private bathrooms stocked with all-natural soaps, and spectacular views of the landscaped grounds and the three-acre lake that’s teeming with fish. The rooms, furnished and decorated with items found in local antique shops and used furniture stores, also feature beds made with sheets and pillowcases that have been laundered with fragrance-free detergent and line-dried in the sun, individual climate control units, and kitchenettes equipped with small energy-star appliances, such as refrigerators and microwaves, to help make your stay a comfortable one. Other energy-saving practices include using fluorescent lighting and low-voltage lighting wherever possible, both indoors and outdoors, as well as using air-circulating ceiling fans in most rooms throughout the inn. In the morning, enjoy a delicious continental breakfast consisting of homemade sourdough or sweet breads made with fruits and nuts grown on the farm, homemade yogurt and granola with fresh seasonal fruit, and crustless quiches made with farm-fresh, free-range chicken eggs and dried tomatoes from the cook’s organic garden.

Casa Gallina

Taos, NM

Casa Gallina

If you’re looking to escape the hectic grind of your day-to-day, then book a stay at this eco-friendly (and pet-friendly!) bed and breakfast in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of north-central New Mexico and let innkeeper Richard Spera introduce you to the artisan way of life. Consistent with the traditional architecture of the region, the five beautiful casitas on a lush three-acre piece of farmland along the Rio Fernando River are constructed of natural adobe. Made from locally extracted mud that is formed, dried, and stacked to provide a thick thermal wall that cools in the summer and stays warm in the winter. All of the casitas are decorated with floors laid in either Saltillo tile or pine planks, as well antiques, art, and hand-woven rugs and textiles made by local artists. These apartments feature full kitchens stocked with USDA Certified Organic products, comfortable living rooms with either a Kiva fireplace or a wood-burning stove, and a private patio garden or deck with a gas barbecue. Spend the evening in your queen-sized bed made with either fine cotton or flannel linens (depending on the season) and an oversized goose down comforter and pillows, and then, in the morning, enjoy a three-course breakfast made with local, organic produce, such as berries picked from the inn’s strawberry and raspberry patches, apples from the orchards, and dishes made with the fresh eggs collected from the Richard’s chickens that roam freely in the backyard.

The Inn at Locke House

Lockeford, CA

The Inn at Locke House

This charming bed and breakfast housed in a neo-Georgian white brick farmhouse is located in the heart of California’s Central Valley Lodi Wine Appellation, making it the perfect retreat for those planning a romantic wine country getaway. Innkeepers Richard, Lani, and Kerri Erklund have strategically placed solar panels on the barn roof and in the field to generate nearly all of the inn’s electricity and have installed energy-efficient appliances throughout the property. The Main House offers three light-filled guestrooms, while a secluded three-level suite is available in the Water Tower. All of the rooms feature individual climate control, fireplaces, and large private bathrooms and are furnished with restored Locke family heirlooms to reflect the inn’s history and simple elegance. In the morning, wake up to the breathtaking views of the Mokelumne River bluffs and enjoy a glorious breakfast prepared with fresh, local organic products and ingredients, with a guest favorite being Lani’s Orange French Toast topped with seasonal berries and toasted walnuts and served with freshly-made orange syrup. Menus can be adapted to accommodate those with special dietary needs or restrictions. After breakfast, enjoy the property’s lush gardens full of native plants or venture out to explore the orchards, vineyards, and ranches that distinguish the gateway to the nearby Sierra Gold Country.

Mercury Inn

Portland, ME

Mercury Inn

This stunning bed and breakfast housed in a classic Victorian building in the heart of Portland’s historic Parkside neighborhood has been recently renovated and updated with a modern interior featuring clean lines and vibrant colors. Innkeepers Tim Karu and Jacob Krueger have committed themselves to creating an inn that is both environmentally and economically sustainable by replacing all light fixtures with low-energy LED bulbs, repainting the interior with nontoxic zero-VOC paint, recycling and composting, and using goods made from post-consumer recycled materials. The six guestrooms, one of which is a two-room suite, are furnished with vintage and locally-made pieces, and each features a private ensuite bathroom stocked with all-natural plant-based bath products in reusable dispensers. After a restful night’s sleep, sit back and watch as Tim and Jacob engage in one of their greatest joys – introducing guests to the regional food they love, using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. Depending on the time of year, breakfast may include House-Made Wild Maine Blueberry Muffins, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oats, and Savory Cabot Cheddar Bread with bottomless cups of light and dark roast fair trade, organic coffees and McIntosh Blend Apple Cider. After breakfast, allow Tim and Jacob assist you in planning your sightseeing tour of Portland, as they’ll be more than happy to recommend destinations, restaurants, and shops to explore during your stay.

 

Pinehurst Inn

Bayfield, WI

Pinehurst Inn

Situated on Lake Superior three miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin on the northernmost tip of the state, this eco-friendly bed and breakfast offers easy access to the area known as “the gateway to the Apostle Islands”, making it an ideal for those who love sailing and kayaking in the summer and skiing and dog-sledding in the winter. With five guestrooms in the historic Main House and three guestrooms in the relatively modern environmentally-green Garden House, the Pinehurst Inn, which has been certified by Travel Green Wisconsin, provides a serene setting for those looking to rejuvenate both the mind and the body. All rooms include a king- or queen-sized bed, private bathroom with a whirlpool or claw-foot bathtub, a fireplace, and spectacular views of Pikes Creek, with the rooms in the Garden House also featuring private decks looking out on the perennial gardens and access to the on-site day spa. Keeping the environment in mind, innkeepers Steve and Nancy Sandstrom use solar panels to heat the water, provide guests with organic cotton and other eco-friendly linens, use non-toxic cleaning products and recycled materials where appropriate, and rely on energy-efficient appliances and lighting. In the morning, enjoy a soul-warming breakfast in the Main House that features organic and locally-grown ingredients, making sure to leave room for freshly baked sweet treats such as their famous Raspberry Streusel Coffee Cake and their signature Vegetable Quiche made with seasonal vegetables and fresh basil.

Thyme in the Country

Hudson, NY

Thyme in the Country

As the only eco-friendly inn in the upstate town of Hudson, New York, this quaint bed and breakfast offers a lifestyle that revolves around green practices that minimize guests’ environmental impact, as well as a style of hospitality that is warm and wholesome. Three solar panels provide two-thirds of the inn’s electricity, and innkeeper Mary Koch conserves water by using energy-efficient appliances for dishwashing and laundry, as well as collecting rainwater in barrels for the on-site organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardens. The three welcoming guest rooms feature cozy beds with organic mattresses made up with natural fiber bedding, private bathrooms filled with organic toiletries and handmade soaps. Enjoy picturesque views of the pond that attracts a diverse bird community and the five acres of meadows filled with all sorts of indigenous wildlife. In the morning, Mary prepares hearty breakfasts with organic and locally-sourced ingredients before sending you on your way. Explore the charming shops and boutiques in town, relax in the comfortably appointed common rooms, nap in the hammocks out in the gardens, or lounge alongside the inn’s salt-filtered swimming pool. If you find yourself hungry throughout the day, Mary always keeps the guest pantry is stocked with tea, cold drinks, and homemade baked goods to snack on in the afternoons.