Eco-Friendly Houses: Green B&Bs and Inns

As our natural resources become increasingly depleted, there is more awareness about the need to preserve and protect the environment. These 16 B&Bs go above and beyond to implement progressive eco-friendly practices, such as generating their own electricity or building with recycled/repurposed materials. Their efforts to run a sustainable business may inspire you to make your own home or business more environmentally-friendly!

A Handsome Brook Farm

Franklin, NY

A Handsome Brook Farm

Visit this B&B and become part of a sustainable farm experience. Guests are allowed to help in the certified organic berry fields and vegetable gardens, feed and groom the animals, and pick seasonal fruit and vegetables. The innkeepers can show you how to make homemade pies, jams, or other items using their farm-fresh ingredients. Nearly all of the food is sourced from the farm or locally, and they like helping their guests understand the relationship between what they eat and how it’s grown. They use special fertilizers and soil amendments that ensure their high-quality soil will last for generations. They aim to protect their local ecosystem and ensure they do not deplete the earth’s resources.

Artha Bed and Breakfast

Amherst, WI

Artha Bed and Breakfast

This inn has already won our Top 10 Zen Inns award, but it is also an extremely eco-friendly and sustainable property. Solar power provides power for water and heating, as well as electrical usage. All bathrooms here have low-flow toilets and low-flow shower heads. Towels and sheets are made of organic cotton, and non-VOC paint was used for the property. Dine on fresh organic produce from the inn’s own garden at breakfast.

Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Williamston, NC

Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

The innkeepers here strongly believe in protecting the earth. They use energy-saving appliances and use an outdoor clothesline for sheets and pillowcases. Natural cleaning products are used, and they even give their used wine bottles to a local winemaker and used egg cartons to farmers to re-use. Much of the inn features recycled materials, such as old doors, wood walls that now serve as a ceiling, and old bricks that fill holes in farm roads. They recycle all metal, including iron tools and tin roofing. Additionally, they compost food and use it in their organic garden, where they grow fruit and pecans without chemicals.

Casa Olea

Priego de Cordoba, Spain

Casa Olea

Relax in the Spanish countryside in this restored farmhouse. All heating and hot water here are powered by 100% green energy. Their six solar panels heat the water. A biomass boiler handles under-floor heating, and it's fired by burning olive pellets recycled from a local cooperative olive mill. The inn participates in extensive recycling, which saves over 5 tons of compacted waste from going to the landfill each year. The innkeepers are a part of a local ongoing campaign to protect the area. The meals served here are sourced from local suppliers within 15 miles.

Cat Mountain Lodge

Tucson, AZ

Cat Mountain Lodge

This B&B in Arizona was built to have a minimal impact on the earth, and it recycles and conserves every resource possible. The innkeepers installed barrels to harvest rain water, and they store gray water underground for irrigation use. They use natural cleaning products and toiletries to avoid chemicals, and guest rooms are outfitted with energy-conserving appliances. Native plants are used along with organic insecticides and fertilizers, and all of the landscape materials are recycled.

Cedar House Inn & Yurts

Dahlonega, GA

Cedar House Inn & Yurts

The innkeepers of this North Georgia B&B are self-proclaimed tree huggers, and they use eco-friendly practices wherever possible. The property is a certified wildlife habitat. They grow vegetables and herbs in their permaculture gardens, which are featured in their breakfasts. The rooms and yurts use low-wattage light bulbs and low flow showerheads. The yurts have composting toilets that require no water. Their yurts are also built above ground so as not to disrupt the earth below. Energy-saving appliances are used to wash linens, and clotheslines are used to dry them. Cooked food waste goes in their solar food composter, and all guest rooms have recycling bins. Earth-friendly cleaning products are used, most of which the innkeepers make themselves. Their lawn is a "freedom lawn," meaning weeds and clover are allowed to grow, which prevents the need to use water, pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer. The list goes on!

Heritage Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Lampe, MO

Heritage Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Unwind at this working ranch and farm in the Ozarks, which aims toward making travel and living sustainable. They serve local ingredients and no processed food. The innkeepers recycle paper, plastic, glass, and metal. They also compost leftover food, yard waste, and all other biodegradable materials. The electricity is generated from renewable sources, and on-site appliances are energy-efficient. Soap and shampoo are in refillable bottles so they won't be thrown out, and instant water heaters eliminate the need to waste propane and keep water heated when not needed. The buildings all have wind turbines to help reduce the heat load in the attic and improve insulation. The carpets in some of the bedrooms are made from recycled soda bottles but feel like wool, and the thick floor padding is actually made of recycled Nike shoes!

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

Sustainability and conservation are the focus of this Guatemalan getaway. The property is off the grid and produces its own renewable energy with thin film solar technology. Hot water is solar-heated, and there is natural ventilation built into the design. Instead of chopping down wood for the fireplace, they instead use naturally fallen brush wood found on their land. Many of the materials here are recycled from the environment or other buildings. The grey water goes into the garden, and rain and lake water are collected and treated to turn into drinking water. They grow their own organic food and try to purchase locally. Sheets are sun-dried, and the lawnmowers are manual. Natural and biodegradable cleaners are used throughout the inn. Food is composted, and unrecyclable waste is buried in the land to prevent being burned in the area's landfill.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

Hot Springs, AR

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn

This BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection inn makes major strides to protect the planet. When it was built in 2002, the innkeepers used eco-friendly materials, such as insulation using recycled newspaper particles. Showers, faucets, and toilets are low-flow to save water. No plastic amenity bottles are used, and the shampoo, conditioners, and laundry detergents have only natural ingredients. Eco-friendly light bulbs are used, and they specially recycle ones that have burned out. They recycle every other product possible, and they re-purpose all materials that they can (like turning old towels into cleaning rags and old teapots into planters). Their herb garden and berries are grown on-site, and most of the other ingredients come from local organic farmers.

Pinehurst Inn At Pikes Creek

Bayfield, WI

Pinehurst Inn At Pikes Creek

A desire to preserve the local and global environment led the innkeepers to implement as many green practices as possible. Solar panels are used to heat hot water in their Garden House, and they have plans to retrofit the main inn to have the same amenity. Non-toxic cleaning products are used, and the linens, towels, and robes in guest rooms are eco-friendly or organic. Appliances are energy-efficient, and they even produce biodiesel from recycled restaurant oil to use in their vehicles. All food and garden waste is composted, and they serve as much organic and local food as possible. Guests are even provided with reusable stainless steel water bottles during their stay to avoid waste.

Queen Anne B&B Inn

Denver, CO

Queen Anne B&B Inn

This hip and historic bed and breakfast places an emphasis on green design. The innkeepers are actively working toward making this a zero-waste property, which means that everything will be recycled, reused, or composted. They also get their food from local farms and vendors.



Brooklyn Mining Co.

Idaho Springs, CO

Brooklyn Mining Co.

Get in touch with nature at this green getaway that's far away from hustle and bustle. The inn has beautiful views of the Colorado Rockies. It's completely off the grid and powered 100% by solar energy. Their water is drawn from an on-site well, and the home is heated with a wood stove.



The Inn At Tabbs Creek

Port Haywood, VA

The Inn At Tabbs Creek

Protecting the earth is one of the key missions of this green Diamond Collection B&B, which sits along a bay and is surrounded by wildlife, such as this Great Blue Heron. When the inn was remodeled and restored, the innkeepers reused and recycled as many materials as possible. They reduced the carbon and water footprint with more efficient energy and water systems. All of the cleaning products are earth-friendly, and the toiletries are in refillable dispensers to avoid trashing small containers. The produce from their organic garden is featured in their breakfasts, and they even have their own oyster farm. They treat their drinking water with reverse osmosis rather than chemicals, and their pool is chlorine-free. Recycling is a way of life here. The innkeepers have also partnered with carbonfund.org and help pay carbon offsets for their guests.

Token Creek Eco-Inn, Bed and Breakfast

Madison, WI

Token Creek Eco-Inn, Bed and Breakfast

Defined by the innkeepers as "eco-chic," this Arts and Crafts-style B&B aims to balance luxury with sustainability. They currently purchase 100% renewable energy, and they have plans to add on their own renewable energy systems such as solar hot water and a small wind turbine. All cleaning products are non-toxic and natural, and food and paper waste are composted. An on-site permaculture garden provides fresh fruit, and their chickens provide fresh eggs. Additionally, a high-capacity rainwater collection system waters the gardens. The innkeepers even offer classes on how to raise chickens and make cheese.

Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia

East Kemptville, Nova Scotia

Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia

It’s hard to find a more sustainable, eco-friendly hotel or B&B than this Diamond Collection inn. When it was constructed, natural materials were used, such as 100% natural wool carpeting. Energy-efficient lighting is used throughout, and natural light is utilized instead when possible. The landscape lighting is 100% solar-powered or rechargeable. Organic waste is composted, and gray water is used to feed the chemical-free vegetable, herb, and flower gardens. No aerosol sprays or chemical cleaners are used here, and there are no single-use amenities. They have a wood-fired outdoor cedar hot tub instead of using an electric one, and rather than having a treated pool, they have a defined swimming area at the river next to the inn. There is a huge priority on using locally-grown produce. Guests are encouraged to reuse towels and sheets. Only recycled paper is used on-site, and many other green practices are used here to protect the Canadian wilderness.