Apas House Bed & Breakfast – Portland, OR


Down to the all-natural hand soap and LED light bulbs, Apas House is dedicated to protecting the environment – and it shows. Electricity is supplied, in part, by wind energy. All bedding and bath towels are made from organic cotton. Guests are encouraged to use bicycles for local sightseeing rather than cars. Plus the innkeepers grow their own organic veggies and herbs on site to create signature earth-friendly, “body-friendly” breakfasts. What they don’t grow themselves, they gather from a local CSA (community supported agriculture). Meat, fish, eggs and cream come from Flying Fish, a local market devoted to sustainability.

Three second-floor guestrooms—Sun, Sage, Water—offer, between them, a cushy club chair for reading, deep claw-foot tub for serene soaking, king-size four-poster bed for a royally refreshing nap or night’s sleep. If your leisurely pleasure is a sunlit porch swing, hammock with sky view, or Adirondack chair overlooking the garden, Apas offers all three. Guests are also encouraged to lounge in the lushly lawn of the side yard and help themselves (depending on the season) to carrots, strawberries, blueberries or whatever else is ripe for the picking.

Applewood Inn, Restaurant and Spa – Guerneville, CA


Welcome to casual elegance at its finest – and perhaps greenest. With 18 choices of upscale accommodations plus a luxury spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, this six-acre eco resort in Sonoma wine country offers a secluded, peaceful refuge for relaxation, rejuvenation and re-connection. The rooms and suites are divided into three romantic Mission Revival “casas” connected by a curving, vibrantly-landscaped courtyard.

Awaiting your arrival are plush queen- or king-size beds with Novaform or Tempur-Pedic mattresses; Italian cotton bedding; Roman Jacuzzi tubs or dual-head showers for two; and private decks or balconies. Solar energy heats the pool and makes the inn electrically self-sufficient. A sophisticated composting system produces abundant “black gold,” which helps the organic fruits, herbs and vegetables ripen to perfection for meals prepared at the restaurant. Built in the style of a French country barn, the restaurant offers a seasonal, locally-sourced menu. Its décor is inspired by the lush bounty of the Russian River Valley and accented with Mediterranean influences. Appropriately, world-class varietals produced in the region dominate the wine list. Cheers to that.

Brewery Gulch Inn – Mendocino, CA


Luxury has gone green at this magnificent Craftsman-style inn, designed by architect Caroline Lapere, who used sustainable methods and materials in renovating the property. The reasons Brewery Gulch has been certified by the Green Hotels Association are plentiful and can be attributed to Lapere’s eco-mindful work: doors and windows are individually handcrafted and purpose-built to facilitate natural air exchange; baths feature German low-flow showerheads and low-flow toilets; gas-burning fireplaces keep the rooms cozy. In 2013, the inn converted 95% of the incandescent lighting throughout the property to state-of-the art LED products. Also in recent years, a 240V/50A recharging station was installed for electric vehicles so that guests can relax while they (quite literally) recharge.

Rooms come fully loaded with upscale amenities floor to ceiling—or shall we say—low-VOC carpeted floor to low-VOC painted ceiling. There are pine- and fir-framed views of the pounding Pacific; French doors that open onto private balconies; Jacuzzi tubs for two; Italian-made luxury bed linens; Abyss organic-cotton bath towels; Asprey and Molton Brown bath products. And did we mention the fresh flowers and plush robes, cooked-to-order breakfasts and gourmet buffet dinners?

The Jenks House in Jacksonville – Jacksonville, FL


Built in 1925 in the Prairie School style, the historic riverside Jenks House is one of the first establishments to earn Florida Green Lodging certification. In more than 30 years of residence and restoration, Ila Rae and Tom Merten have preserved original features of the home. The inn takes pride in its many green practices, including use of a solar-powered water heater and Energy Star-rated appliances. Laundry is washed in cold water and hung to dry, and rainwater is collected to irrigate the landscape.

Mission and early Art Deco pieces furnish the two guest rooms –a handmade cedar chest and bath with original porcelain plumbing fixtures in one, hand-carved Italian Art Deco queen bed and tiger oak armoire in another. Each morning enjoy just-squeezed orange juice (from organically-grown citrus trees right outside the kitchen door) along with a scrumptious full breakfast. On the menu: house specialties like gingerbread crepes with rum-sauced bananas and maple rum yogurt, and coffee made from organic Fair Trade beans roasted the night before. The inn uses fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden every chance it gets.

Le Puy, A Wine Valley Inn – Newberg, OR


Named after a French countryside village in the Loire Valley which the innkeepers visited and fell in love with, Le Puy (pronounced “pwee”) is on a mission to becoming an authentic “eco-inn.” Proof of this is in everything from the ingredients for breakfast to its newest planet-friendly amenity: a complimentary charging station for guests with electric vehicles. Organic, locally-sourced foods, family recipes and fresh flavors of the seasons inspire the breakfast menu, which includes local, organic-certified coffee and hearty signature specials like Belgian Pearl sugar waffles and a vegetable strata made from farm-fresh eggs.

The luxury of generosity and abundance mingles harmoniously with the inn’s eco-minded hospitality. Most of the eight rooms have a spacious balcony or patio that captures panoramic views of mountains, vineyards, and an adjacent hazelnut orchard. Some rooms also feature a spa tub and gas fireplace; all rooms have Tempur-Pedic mattresses. A large courtyard, surrounded with roses and French lavender, is another green opportunity to take in the romantic, tranquil atmosphere.

Leilani Bed and Breakfast – Ocean View, HI


Leilani means “heavenly flower” or “royal child” – perfect because this paradise B&B is in constant bloom thanks to all of the natural riches that surround it. Roughly halfway between Kona and Hilo and less than an hour’s drive from the Volcanoes National Park main entrance, Leilani is an ideal home-away-from-home base for island beaching, sightseeing, and all-around luxuriating.

The rooms are decked out in tropical furnishings and luxury linens and have private entrances and baths. A hearty continental breakfast is served in a 900 square-foot screened-in lanai with a lava rock waterfall. The inn strives to lessen its impact on the environment and support the community in which it thrives by encouraging guests to leave “no footprint behind.” One praise-worthy example is its “Eco-Tourist Special.” Leilani has partnered with Hawaii Wildlife Fund to offer a complimentary night’s stay to tourists who volunteer to help with a Ka’u community beach cleanup. In that one extra day in paradise, guests could be fortunate to catch a glimpse of the green sea turtles that bask on Punalu’u Black Sand Beach – and get even more inspired to live the green life.

Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast Inn – Augusta, ME


Maple Hill harnesses the energy of the sun and wind to pamper guests. Committed to sustainable business practices, the fully restored 1906 Victorian farmhouse with gambrel roof boasts a solar hot water and electric system which generates enough power to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 40,000 pounds a year. A 10 kilowatt-capacity wind turbine also generates renewable energy for the property. The inn is tucked far back off the public road on several acres of unspoiled rural beauty, giving it the feel of an off-the-grid escape. But lavish amenities and modern perks abound. Rooms are furnished with antiques; some with gas fireplaces, extra-large whirlpool tubs and private decks.

An adjacent 600-acre wildlife preserve offers a pond for canoeing and trails for hiking or cross-country skiing. Llamas, goats, sheep, cow, and a pony roam the barnyard. So does a flock of chickens, whose plentiful free-range eggs are always on the cooked-to-order breakfast menu.

Oak Grove Plantation – South Boston, VA


This stately antebellum home blends past and present, promoting both the B&B’s 200-year history and the modern potential of solar-generated energy. The property houses a solar photo-voltaic system that generates clean electricity. “Our guests will be able to sip lemonade on the front porch as my ancestors once did, then tour the 25x10-footlineup of solar panels in the back field,” says innkeeper Pickett Craddock, whose family has owned the former tobacco plantation since 1820. To make the property greener, the owners are installing “low-e” energy-efficient storm windows on the south side. Guests who arrive in hybrid vehicles get a third night free.

Each of three rooms is spacious and dressed to impress in gorgeous hardwood floors. Depending on choice of accommodations, guests will feel right at home (but also far from home) in the company of an antique oak desk, canopy bed, and large handmade rug. Awaken to the aroma of breakfast specialties wafting from the Oak Grove kitchen on into the charming Victorian dining room in which it’s served. Anyone for Cluster Springs egg puff, lemon soufflé pancakes and homemade biscuits?

Rancho Gallina – Santa Fe, NM


At this eco-retreat on a historic ranch just south of Santa Fe, guests wake up to invigorating country air, take a refreshing stroll down Arroyo Gallina, or jump-start the day with world-class cycling right outside the front door. Hosts Leslie Moody and Mitch Ackerman have overseen the ranch’s historic preservation and 21st-century environmental upgrades. The property is now 100% solar powered and is set up for both high- and low-tech water and energy conservation – from geothermal heating and cooling to composting and xeriscaping (landscaping that doesn’t require watering) to preserve the desert landscape.

Inside the rooms, the gorgeous beamed ceilings are best viewed when lying down on the big, luxuriously dressed beds – and with the romantic Kiva fireplace glowing. Outside, wander and discover courtyards (one with a bubbling fountain), fire pits, and a hammock for two. Wi-Fi is available throughout, but travelers are encouraged to unplug, unwind and catch the beautiful sunsets over the Cerrillos from their rooms, the grounds, or the hand-crafted cedar hot tub. Each morning, there’s espresso in the barn as well as farm-fresh, organic breakfasts prepared by Leslie and Mitch, who apply their French culinary school training for the guests’ delicious benefit.

The Raritan Inn at Middle Valley – Califon, NJ


Completely restored and located on 25 acres along the South Branch of the Raritan River, this eco-friendly bed and breakfast runs on geothermal heating and cooling as well as solar power. The innkeeper’s cottage, a Civil War-era home, operates as a residential power plant and has been recognized for raising the bar on energy-smart remodeling.

In-room amenities offered among the five guest rooms include overstuffed armchairs and chaises, Ralph Lauren bedding, and generously=sized private baths. A three-course breakfast prepared each morning is presented on fine vintage china in the dining room or on the stone patio next to the mill race, a circa-1880s restored barn which was once used to provide water power to a peach basket factory. The Raritan lies in a bucolic northwest New Jersey setting once known as the German Valley, a popular destination for fine dining, antiquing, historic sightseeing, outdoor recreation, and local theaters.

Retreat at TreeGap – Woodstock, NY


Set among 16 acres of meadows, gardens and woodland, this Adirondack-style haven in the heart of Woodstock treads lightly on the earth to offer guests a beautiful, relaxing retreat. Solar panels produce nearly 75% of the property’s electricity. Recent upgrades to the “Carriage House” room include the use of natural-fiber insulation and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint for the walls as well as recycled glass tile, a dual-flush toilet, and reclaimed sink and vanity for the bath. A high-efficiency wood stove serves as both a valuable heat source and reliable means of maintaining the wooded grounds.

The inn grows its own or locally sources all of the ingredients for the extensive continental breakfasts (homemade yogurt, home-baked goods and more) served in-room; a full Sunday breakfast is cooked to order. With just two guest residences, visitors are assured a tranquil stay. The suites are spacious and filled with numerous comforts including private porches and window seats perfect for curling up with a New York Times bestseller.

Three Pines Bed and Breakfast – Hancock, ME


The State of Maine has certified Three Pines as an environmental leader in the local hospitality industry. With more than 800 feet of shorefront, 3,000 feet of old railroad bed, and 40 acres of woodland, guests never have to leave the grounds of the B&B to take in the natural beauty of the Maine coast.

Green living inspires everything the timber-framed, solar-powered homestead does to ensure travelers are comfortable. Propane and other non-electric appliances are used to prepare the hearty vegetarian breakfasts, which can be enjoyed on the deck, in the dining room or screen room, or in the guest rooms. A masonry heater keeps the inn toasty, using centuries-old principles of wood burning to create a highly efficient, cleaner-burning system. The most recent eco-friendly addition—solar panels to power up the water heater—take advantage of the property’s south-facing location. Dressed in simple cottage-style furnishings, the rooms each have a private entrance and bath, relaxing sitting area, and spectacular views of the water.