You don't have to venture far from home to find eco-friendly places to eat, shop and play. Here are several dozen of our favorite spots around the United States. If we've missed something in or around your town, let us know.


Highlands Bar & Grill: American South meets the South of France. James Beard Award–winning chef changes the menu daily to reflect regionally in-season ingredients. 2011 11th Ave South., Birmingham, AL. 205-939-1400.

Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve: Auburn University program teaching kids and adults how to grow and live green. Open seven days a week. 3301 Forestry & Wildlife Building, Auburn University, AL. 334-502-4553.


Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge: Top eco resort run on wind and hydro energy. Humpback whale watching, bald eagles, bears and mountain goats. Mountain spring water for the taking. Kachemak Bay State Park, Box 2265. Homer, AK. 888-283-7234.

Stikine River: Likely to redefine all notions of what rivers are. Wild salmon spawn and hundreds (really) of glaciers empty into the waterway. Book a tour for proper navigation.

Pike’s Lodge: Solar paneled roof works even in the winter. Greenhouse cultivated using hydroponic growing system. Energy conserved in every corner. 1850 Hoselton Dr., Fairbanks, AK. 877-774-2400.

The Alaska Highway: Hit the spots above via the infamous roadway that connects to the continental US. Expect construction, but with limited options and regular bear and moose sightings, who’s complaining?


Kitt Peak National Observatory: You so want to sit back with the roof open and participate in the Nightly Observing Program. See Saturn and the stars. Off Hwy 86 near Tucson, AZ. 520-318-8726.

Hotel Valley Ho: 1950s legend complete with a Trader Vic’s. Stylish clientele eat local foods, can take a fitness class or a guided hike, and use low-flow toilets. 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ. 866-882-4484.

Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright HQ. Enhance your own ideas about organic architecture and conservation of the natural environment. In other words, get inspired. Cactus Rd and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ. 480.860.2700, ext 494.


Aloft: Eco façade is not just for show. Aloft is also green behind the scenes: Linens are washed with Seventh Generation goods and the pool is cleaned with chem-free products. 1103 South 52nd St., Rogers, AR. 479-268-6799.

Arkansas Yoga Center: Eco facility that can help cure any road rage. Choose from yoga, t’ai chi, or meditation. 1949 Green Acres, Fayetteville, AR. 479-521-9642.

Hot Springs National Park: Take a tour or a dip. The hot springs are Mother Nature’s cure-all. Don’t feel like getting wet? Take a hike. Twenty-six miles of trails. Visitor Center: 369 Central Ave, 501-624-2701 Convention Center: 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs, AR. 501-321-2835.


Tomales Bay Oyster Co: Bivalve farm sells namesake oysters, mussels, and clams. Waterside picnic area for prime shucking. 15479 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA. 415-663-1242

Monarch Grove Sanctuary: Some 25,000 monarchs arrive from the Canadian Rockies and Alaska to new digs in Butterfly Town, USA. Locals work to preserve their habitat and that of the Australian eucalyptus. October through March. Ridge Rd, Pacific Grove, CA. 831-648-5716.

Post Ranch Inn: Architecture fit for its surroundings. Morning yoga, afternoon nature walks, and evening astronomy sessions. They know what you like. Off Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA. 800-527-2200.

Los Feliz Lodge: Live like an Angeleno who has compost, conscious lighting, vintage furnishings, and nontoxic laundry supplies. 1507 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA. 323-913-1443.

Three Twins Ice Cream: Certified-organic farmers’ market fave. Biodegradable and compostable servingware. 610 1st St, Napa, CA. 707-257-8946.

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture: The roots of Nader Khalili’s futuristic subdivision and school. Called anything from eco-domes to super adobes to moon cocoons. Tours by appointment. 10177 Baldy Ln, Hesperia, CA. 760.244.0614.

La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve: Swim past the lounging sea lions, snorkel into a protected underwater ecosystem with Garibaldi fish and endangered giant black sea bass. 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 619.260.1880.

Roots Restaurant in the Orchard Garden Hotel: San Fran’s first green hotel adds restaurant with same standards. Grass-fed beef, biodynamic beer in elegant whitewashed setting. 466 Bush St., San Francisco, CA. 415-399-9807.

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon & Hotel: No signs and no tourists in this famously secluded, activist-minded coastal town. More than 150 years old and not ashamed. Drink up; stay the night. But don’t expect modern conveniences. 41 Wharf Rd., Bolinas, CA. 415-868-1311.

Helios House: Ironic concept that’s not Frank Gehry’s. A station that pumps BP gas, but much else is designed to save—from the energy-efficient solar panels to the water filtration. 8770 W. Olympic Blvd at the corner of Olympic & Robertson, Los Angeles, CA. 310-855-9346.

Akasha: Locally roasted fair trade coffee and goodies flavored with artisan sea salt and non-irradiated spices. 9534 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA. 310-845-1700.


Devil’s Thumb Ranch: Geothermal energy and fireplaces used for heating and cooling. Only 1 percent of land is developed. 3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash, CO. 800-933-4339.

Golfing at the Broadmoor: Certified by the Audubon Sanctuaries, the three sprawling championship courses show their true colors. 1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO. 800-634-7711.

Odell Brewing Company: Six-pack holders are made of recycled paper, all bottles made from recycled glass, and trucks run on biodiesel. A microbrew capital in our book. 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO. 888-887-2797.

Rock Resorts: Headed to Vail or surroundings? Stay at a Rock Resort. Low flow water fixtures, energy efficient lights, 100 percent of electricity is offset with 152,000 megawatt hours of wind. For every $1 a guest donates, National Forest Foundation invests $1.50 in tree conservation. They improve wildlife habitats, restore trails, and more, in White River National Forest. 888-367-7625.

Blue Mesa Reservoir and Dam and Morrow Point Dam Reservoir: Good variety of lake trout and largest Kokanee salmon fishery in the U.S. Morrow Point is located in the Black Canyon and produces hydroelectricity. Off Hwy 92 (one mile from Hwy 50 junction). 970-641-3127.


Lake Whitney Water Purification Facility: Architect Steven Holl’s award-winning design. Largest green roof in state and biodiverse wetlands on site, geothermic heating and cooling. 90 Sargent Dr., New Haven, CT.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa: Energy Star approved. Working fireplaces. Pet-friendly. Chemical-free cleaning and over 15 percent reduction in water use because of low-flow water usage. Super nice and relaxing too. 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook, CT. 800-243-0212.


Cape Henlopen State Park: Arguably the state’s best beach. On the Atlantic Flyway, so ample bird-spotting, too. Quieter cousin to Rehoboth and Ocean City. 42 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE. 302-645-8983.


Pizza Fusion: Not your average pizza chain: organic ingredients, biode­gradable spudware utensils, pies delivered in hybrid rides. 1013 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 954.358.5353.

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station: Nonprofit rescues and rehabs sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Take a tour and see for yourself. 1279 NE 79th St Causeway, Miami, FL 305.751.9840.

Earth-Learning Eco Classes: Sponsored courses and events fostering sustainable living. Event locations vary, throughout Miami area. 305-323-8858.

Everglades National Park: Million-plus acres are home to rare wildlife, including the Florida panther. Take a boat tour or rent a bike on-site and show yourself around. 40001 State Rd. 9336, Homestead, FL. 305-242-7700.

Green Party at the Catalina Hotel: Crash this Friday gathering for organic cocktails and eats. Two-for-one happy hour drinks, too. 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL. 305-674-1160.


The Farmhouse at the Inn at Serenbe: Casual fine dining in this eco community. Opt for the porch and chef’s choice menu. Stay overnight in one of eighteen rooms if you need. 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd, Palmetto, GA. 770-463-2610.

Emory Conference Center Hotel: Organic, integrated architecture inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Tucked on a 28-acre forest preserve. 1615 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA. 404-712-6000.

Lot 10 Paper Making Class: Turn ephemera and local plant fibers into a one-of-a-kind handcrafted stationery suite. 1250 Caroline Street, C120, Atlanta, GA 30307. 404.581.9261.

The Sentient Bean: Warm light and natural wood help make this coffee shop the neighborhood’s living room. Check schedule for Wednesday night films and weekend bands in the performance space. 13 East Park Ave., Savannah, GA. 912-232-4447

Lodge on Little St. Simons Island: Fifteen air-conditioned guestrooms are arranged in five charming cottages that dot the coast of this barrier island. Owners donate used office equipment to local adult-ed program. Can only get there by boat. Marina address: 1000 Hampton Point Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA. 912-638-7472; 888-733-5774.


Lova Lava Land: Off the grid yurt accommodations. Shower and grill made out of lava rock. Solar-powered portable lanterns. No government water supply, so pray for rain! On Mauna Loa volcano near Ocean View, HI.

Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation: Highest elevation coffee farm in Kona. Shade and rain the key to insanely good grounds. Organic farming a way of life. Macadamia nuts and green tea also harvested. Mount Hualalai, 73-1942 Hao St., Kailua-Kona, HI. 888-414-5662.

Bike Hawaii: Low-impact tours not just on two wheels (despite what name suggests). Kayak, hike, swim, and snorkel your way through the islands. 877-682-7433.


Craters of the Moon: Oddball national park recalls scenes from Star Wars. No volcano, just lava. Oregon Trail pioneer called this “The Devil’s Vomit.” Intrigued, aren’t you? Off highways 20, 26, and 93, 18 miles southwest of Arco. 208-527-3257.

Huckleberry Tent and Breakfast: Camping with a twist. Bed and breakfast comforts with no electricity. Homegrown poultry and sausage. Cold frame agriculture for garden fruit and veggies year-round. 180 Thunderbolt Dr., Clark Fork, ID. 208-266-0155.

Bear Lake: Natural freshwater lake with unique species living within. Turquoise like the Caribbean. Really. Raspberry picking in the valley. Historic Latter-Day Saints site. Montpelier, ID. 208-945-3333; 800-448-BEAR.


Hotel Monaco: EarthCare program is in effect here, as per the standards of the Kimpton Hotels Group. 225 N Wabash, Chicago, IL. 866-610-0081.

The Farnsworth House: Architect Mies van der Rohe’s living legacy. Indoors meets outdoors in seamless harmony. Exposure to raw elements behind a barrier of glass. 14520 River Rd., Plano, IL. 630-552-0052.


Subaru of Indiana Automotive Plant: Part nature preserve, part zero-landfill auto plant. First auto plant to be zero landfill. Nearly everything gets recycled. Blue herons and bald eagles right at home. 5500 State Road 38 East, Lafayette, IN. 765-449-1111.

Traders Point Creamery Café & Dairy Bar: See the cows get milked and then taste the fruits of their labor. Build-your-own yogurt parfait or sample a thick milkshake with the farm-fresh burger. 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville, IN. 317-733-1700.

Fall Creek Trail: Vintage greenway runs through historic sectors of town. Perfect fuel-free route for your extra-curricular excursions. Indianapolis, IN.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial: Abe Lincoln’s former haunt. Likely to inspire moralistic and naturalistic tendencies. 2916 E. South St., Lincoln City, IN. 812-937-4541.


Crystal Lake Cave: Geological phenom. Natural mineral and gem show. Constant 52 degrees F temperature inside. Bring a jacket. Off Hwy. 52, 7 miles south of Dubuque. 563-556-6451.

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden: Largest in the country with volunteer-only staff of 300-plus. Thousands of plants. Free Sunday concert during the summers — music for you and the flora. 3800 Arboretum Dr., Dubuque, IA. 563-556-2100.

Maharishi Vedic City One hundred percent organic city. Greenhouses everywhere and organic (natch) currency called the Raam. Raj Hotel and Resort is an Ayurvedic retreat. Detox for real. 1973 Grand Dr., Maharishi Vedic City. 641-470-7000.


Greensburg: Leo DiCaprio’s eco project, but forget the TV show and witness firsthand the green town as it tries to rebuild after a devastating 2007 twister. Off US Rte. 54.


Blue Dog Bakery & Café: Artisanal bakery turns out fresh-baked goods from a wood-fired oven, free-range poached eggs, and more. Heavenly bread and damn good desserts, too. 2868 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY. 502-899-9800.

Mammoth Cave National Park World’s longest cave system — almost 400 miles — has its name for a reason. Guides will lead you up to 5 1/2 miles in. (Hit the bathroom before you start.) Mammoth Cave Pkwy., Mammoth Cave, KY. 270-758-2180.


Bourbon Orleans: Enjoy this centrally located hotel (just steps from the gypsy booths!) knowing that it practices earth-friendly housekeeping and energy conservation. 717 Orleans St, New Orleans, LA. 504-523-2222.

French Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour [PDF]: A 38-stop tour of the historic French Quarter. Hit all 38, or pick and choose your favorites. Download map from.

Crescent City Farmers Market: This is where the local restaurant chefs shop for their ingredients. Tuesday 9-1 at northeast corner of the Tulane Square parking lot at 200 Broadway. Saturday 8-12 on the corner of Magazine St. and Girod (if it's raining, go to the building adjacent to parking lot). 7214 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA.


Cozy Moose Cabins on Moosehead Lake: Moose outnumber people around here. No joke. Scenery is best enjoyed from a canoe. 451 Moosehead Lake Rd, Greenville, ME. 207-695-0242.

Grain Surfboards: Custom and handmade from local sustainable wood. Feeling crafty? Pick up a build-it-yourself kit. 60 Brixham Rd, York, ME. 207-457-5313.

Public Market House: Shared space plays host to several small businesses in an effort to create a sense of community and keep the little guys alive. 28 Monument Sq, Portland, ME 207-228-2056.

Acadia National Park: Check the official park newspaper, the Beaver Log, for a seasonal list of ranger-led activities. Rte. 233 McFarland Hill, Bar Harbor, ME. 207-288-3338.


Out of the Fire: Like-minded restaurateurs and suppliers team up. The cooking is both upscale and socially aware. Try the Marvesta shrimp. 22 Goldsborough St., Easton, MD. 410-770-4777.


Chez Sven: Set in the Cape Cod fishing village of Wellfleet, this bed and breakfast uses organic cotton sheets, avoids chemical cleaners, and follows Green Hotels Association guidelines. 2118 Old Kings Hwy, Wellfleet, MA.

Fireplace: Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than this: mussels, clams, and oysters, all from local waters, plus artisanal New England cheeses. 1634 Beacon St., Brookline, MA.

Jiminy Peak: Mountain resort that uses a wind turbine to help meet electrical demands. Warm-weather activities include mountain biking, a climbing wall, and jousting. 37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA. 413-738-5500.

Onyx House: Centrally located boutique hotel stocks organic sheets and snacks. Hybrid drivers get parking perks. 155 Portland St, Boston, MA. 866-660-6699.

South End Buttery: Buy a cupcake or twelve without feeling guilty—a portion of proceeds from the three most popular types go to animal rescue. 314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA. 617-482-1015.

Boston National Historic Park: Follow a park ranger down the Freedom Trail (weather permitting) for a tour of Revolutionary War historic sites. Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA. Visitor Center at 16 State St., Boston, MA. 617-242-5642.


Wickwood Inn. Country stay of The Silver Palate Cookbook’s coauthor, so the eats are seasonally driven. Complimentary nibbles never a letdown — a must. 510 Butler St., Saugatuck, MI. 800-385-1174.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Maybe the world’s largest living roof; a historical site gone green. 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI. 800-835-5237.

Harbor Springs Antiques. Recycle and refurbish. French provincial? Danish modern? A wealth of collectibles awaits. Main Street, Harbor Springs, MI.

Crosby Mint Farms. Natural, medicinal, and native. Mint fields make for most fragrant stop on trip. Leave with organic essential oils to soothe mosquito bites. Call to schedule a tour. 1250 East Parks Rd., St. Johns, MI. 989-224-7020.


Red Stag Supperclub. First LEED-certified restaurant in the state. Menu items from farm to table. The Friday fish fry is a nod to owners’ Wisconsin roots. 509 First Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN. 612-767-7766.

Putting Green Mini Golf Course. A hole-in-one eco education. Aim for the grain bin and mock gas pump for a lesson in ethanol. Solar-powered concession stand serves soda in biodegradable cups. 210 N Minnesota St, New Ulm, MN. 507-354-7888.

Smitten Kitten. Innovative approach to adult toys — no toxic materials or environmentally unfriendly manufacturing pursued. Bring something home to go green in the bedroom. 3010 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN. 88-751-0523.

Marcy-Holmes. Perennial greenest-neighborhood candidate. Take a walking tour of rain gardens and see a live suburban garage’s green roof. 1205 7th St. SE, Minneapolis, MN.


Eco Tours of South Mississippi. BYO kayak or rent one of theirs for your river tour. Choose your own adventure; outings last from two hours to four days. Gautier, MS. 228-297-8687.


EarthWays Center. Victorian home now a model for a hyper-conscious lifestyle. Tours take place the third Saturday and Sunday of each month; $3 admissions at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Also get passes for the Missouri Botanical Garden. 3617 Grandel Sq., St. Louis, MO. 314-577-0220.

The Bicycle Shack. Park your car and tour the city on two wheels. Road, mountain, and hybrid bikes rent for fifteen bucks a day, $35 for the weekend. 10415 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO. 816-761-3233.


Madison Buffalo Jump. Pack a picnic and hike to the top of these dramatic cliffs where people compelled bison to jump to their death nearly 2,000 years ago. Buffalo Jump Road, off US Highway 90, 23 miles W of Bozeman, MT. 406-994-4042.

Fish Creek House Bed & Breakfast. Into-the-wilderness setting. Food comes from the on-site greenhouse. Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is your next-door neighbor. 5913 MT Hwy 41; Whitehall, MT; 406.287.2181.

West Paw Design. Everything for your cat or dog, with low environmental impact. Durable, nontoxic, and even recyclable toys. 32050 East Frontage Rd, Bozeman, MT. 800-443-5567.


Clover Cove. Ranch products Grass-fed bison. Pastured eggs and dairy. Nutrient-rich milk from grass-fed cows. 86389 468th Ave., Atkinson, NE. 402-925-2431.

Hastings. Won Yahoo! Inc. contest for Greenest City in America. Birthplace of Kool-Aid, and now they’re all drinking Mayor Matt Rossen’s. Methane energy and low-flow street lighting. Off US-6.

Hawley Bed and Breakfast. Victorian house in the historic district. Energy-efficient furnaces, water conservation policies, allergy-conscious, and totally charming. 545 N. 25th St., Lincoln, NE. 402-450-6416.


Red Rock. Ride horses at the base of 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs. Raft down the Colorado. Kayak on Lake Mead. Hike to hot springs and see Native American rock art. 11011 W. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV. 702-797-7777; 866-767-773.

Vegas Monorail. No wasting fuel sitting in traffic to go five blocks. Electric, zero-emissions transport. Cuts carbon monoxide output by 135 tons per year. 702-699-8200.

Springs Preserve. 'Cause green doesn't just refer to cash here — anymore. Mojave flora. Old West history. Cottontails and gila monsters. Eco-living-in-the-future exhibits. 333 S. Valley View Blvd. (between US-95 & Alta Drive), Las Vegas, NV. 702-822-7700.

Lehman Caves. Still actively forming limestone, so tread lightly. More than 300 rare formations — once used by Indian tribes as funeral chambers and later prospectors in search of silver and gold. Some of the oldest life on our planet. Located five miles from Baker, NV. 775-234-7331 ext. 242.


Philbrick’s Fresh Market. Local, independently owned option for the Whole Foods–type shopper. All natural meats and seafood the best reason to go. 775 Lafayette Rd., (on Rte. 1 in the Lafayette Plaza ), Portsmouth, NH. 603-422-6758.

Windy Hill Bed & Breakfast. On-site farm raises natural Hereford cattle on hay, summer grass, brewer’s grain, pumpkins, and apple. Nestled in the White Mountains. Black Mountain Rd. (off Rte. 16), Jackson, NH. 877-728-8927.

Sherman Farm Maize Maze. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, and farm animals—but the giant corn maze is the main attraction. Get lost. Snack on homemade baked goods when you’re done. 2679 East Conway Rd., East Conway, NH. 603-939-2412.


The Chalfonte. So not the Jersey Shore you’re thinking of. Gingerbread-style hotel promises porchside rocking chairs. Staying a while? Rent the cottage (ceiling fans instead of AC). 301 Howard St., Cape May, NJ. 609-884-8409; 888-411-1998.


The Lightning Field by Walter de Maria: Take off your shoes and stay awhile; vegetarian dinner provided. Lightning not guaranteed, but chances are good. Reservations required. Near Quemado, NM; 505.898.3335.

Earthship World Headquarters. Not as scary as it sounds. Spend the night and experience recycled biotecture under a roof of rammed earth and tires. Taos, NM; 575.751.0462.

White Sands National Monument: All white grains but no beach for miles. Hike one of the park’s four trails or take a scenic bike ride along Dunes Drive. US Hwy 70, 15 miles SW of Alamogordo 575.679.2599.

El Monte Sagrado Earthly healing with a touch of new age New Mexico flair. Wastewater purified and recycled for irrigation. Native American rituals performed in the spa. 317 Kit Carson Rd., Taos, NM. 575-758-3502.


Café Habana: Luncheonette does eco to the nth degree. The tables are made from sawdust and recycled plastic. 17 Prince St, New York, NY 212.625.2001.

Candle Café: Vegetarian café is Green Restaurant certified. Like your meal? Buy their cookbook and make it yourself. 1307 Third Ave, New York, NY 212.472.0970.

Brooklyn Brewery: Invests in wind power to offset its carbon footprint. Take a tour and sample the brews, or stop by for happy hour on Fridays. 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 718.486.7422.

Berry Hill Gardens Bed and Breakfast: Way-secluded B&B set on 300 acres is as pretty as they come. Berry-pick at nearby farms and bird-watch the afternoon away. 242 Ward Loomis Rd., Bainbridge, NY. 800-497-8745.

Hawthorne Valley Farm: Working biodynamic farm welcomes visitors. Wander the aisles of the grocery store to your heart’s content. 327 Rte. 21C, Ghent, NY. 518-672-7500.

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture: Where James Beard Award nominee Dan Barber and friends practice four-season farming, teaching, and more. Adjacent Blue Hill restaurant his chef d’oeuvre. 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY. 914-366-6200.

The Benjamin: Classic 1920s building has all the modern amenities plus eco updates — and it’s just a short walk to Central Park. 125 East 50th St., New York, NY. 212-715-2500.

Birdbath Bakeries: Green daughter to celebrated to NYC foodie destination City Bakery. Purchases wind energy, built from reclaimed materials, organic to the last bite. 223 1st Ave. and 145 7th Ave. S., New York, NY. 646-722-6565.

Lower East Side Girls Club Fair Trade Gift Shop and Book Store Featuring “fair-trade and girl-made” merchandise from around the world. 56 East 1st St., New York, NY. 212-982-1633.


The Cottages at Spring House Farm: Eco retreat boasts six secluded cabins nestled in 90-plus acres of rolling woodlands. Each cabin has a hot tub, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. 219 Haynes Rd, Marion, NC 877.738.9798.

Lantern: Authentic Asian menu uses local and seasonal ingredients. Try the three-course tasting menu paired with an organic or biodynamic wine. 423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 919.969.8846.

Inn at Celebrity Dairy: Working dairy holds dinner the third Sunday of every month. Menu’s constantly in flux, but always includes Celebrity Dairy goat cheese. 144 Celebrity Dairy Way, Siler City, NC. 919-742-5176; 877-742-5176.

Proximity Hotel: Mostly locally made furniture. Ginormous windows let in tons of natural light. Sixty percent of water heated by solar panels. Offers bicycles for guests to ride on the 5-mile greenway. 704 Green Valley Rd., Greensboro, NC. 336-379-8200; 800- 379-8200.


Annunciation Monastery: Modular man Marcel Breuer’s “jewel on the prairie.” Ode to modern architecture. Benedictine nuns in the house. 7520 University Dr., Bismarck, ND. 701-255-1520.

Fargo: City buses run on biodiesel, landfill contents converted into electric energy, and renowned recycling program.


Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: Renowned nationwide. More than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species. Conservation programs abound. 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH. 513-281-4700.

Serpent Mound: Effigy mound overlooking Brush Creek Valley: 700 feet of serpent with coiled tail. Aligned to the summer and winter solstices and equinox sunrise. 3850 State Rte. 73, Peebles, OH. 800-752-2757.

Dragonfly Neo-V Cuisine: Fruits of the earth on the menu. Innovator in the region focused on social and environmental change. 247 King Ave., Columbus, OH. 614-298-9986.

Inn at Cedar Falls: Log houses. Nature hikes. No TVs, no telephones, though wireless internet is available. Surrounded by organic gardens that fuel the restaurants’ recipes. Spa is tops. 21190 State Rte. 374, Logan, OH. 800-653-2557.


Nuyaka Creek Winery: Family-owned winery hosts two festivals annually, one on the third Saturday in May and the other on the third Saturday in September. 35230 South 177th West Ave., Bristow, OK. 918-756-8485.


The Heathman Hotel: Soon to be Energy Star certified, with green dry cleaning and eco wines. Give $25 to local tree-planting crew and get free parking for the hybrid when you book a package. 1001 SW Broadway St, Portland, OR 800.551.0011.

Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Tasting Room: Pinot, the state specialty, the way God intended. The vineyard practices both organic and biodynamic farming Look for “no sulfites added” label. 9480 SW Grabhorn Rd, Beaverton, OR 503.649.0027

Esque Studio: Look for their made-to-order (recycled!) blown glass line. Ralph Lauren and artist Kiki Smith are fans. Electric furnaces powered by wind. Studio open by appointment. 6717 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR 503.289.6392.

Oregon Coast Bike Route Bicycle-friendly state welcomes you to tour its coastline gas-free. See, smell, and hear the ocean.


The Franklin Fountain: Old-fashioned soda fountain uses milk and cream from local farms to make to-die-for ice cream. 116 Market St., Philadelphia, PA. 215-627-1899.

Farmicia: Sunny breakfast-through-dinner restaurant specializes in slow-food ingredients. The best part? It’s BYOB. 15 South Third St.Old City, Philadelphia, PA. 215-627-6274.

Kentuck Knob: Lesser-known than Fallingwater, but no less amazing. Another spectacular display of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture. 723 Kentuck Rd., Chaulk Hill, PA. 724-329-1901.

The Doylestown Bookshop: Big, bad independent bookstore. Partner with Eco-Libris, which plants trees for books. 16 S. Main St., Doylestown, PA. 215-230-7610.

Martins Creek Environmental Preserve: Delaware River hiking through woodlands, geological formations, and wildflowers. That barn owl is spying on you. 6605 Foul Rift Rd. (off Rte. 611), Bangor, PA. 800-354-8383.


Kinney Azalea Gardens: More than a half-century-old azalea gardens are home to more than 800 varieties. Stop by on a Sunday in May for high tea. 2391 Kingstown Rd., Kingston, RI. 401-783-2396.

Fantastic Umbrella Factory: Emus and sheep and chickens — oh my. Quaint shops dot this garden-filled wonderland. Organic eats on-site, too. 4820 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI. 401-364-6616


Hobcaw Barony: Research preserve that was home to several rice plantation giants. Coastal ecology and endangered species education on the roster. 22 Hobcaw Rd, Georgetown, SC 843.546.4623.

Clemson Blue Cheese: An artisinal cheese aged in an abandoned railroad tunnel. These Tigers really know their eats. 109 Hendrix Student Center, Clemson, SC 864.656.2155.

Congaree National Park: Bring your own canoe for free ranger-guided canoe trips every Saturday and Sunday plus walks, talks, and presentations throughout the year. 100 National Park Rd., Hopkins, SC. 803-776-4396.

Boykin Mill Pond: Civil War site. Grain is ground in restored mill and brooms are handmade on 100-year-old equipment. Also do dinner at The Mill Pond Steakhouse for farm-fresh goodness throughout a menu that is encouraging for non-steak eaters, too. 84 Boykin Mill Rd. (off Hwy. 261), Boykin, SC. 803-425-8825.


Cedar Pass Lodge: Sleep amid the Badlands’ gnarled buttes and spires. Munch Indian fry bread and buffalo tacos in the restaurant. Since 1928. 20615 South Dakota Hwy. 377, Badlands National Park. 605-433-5460.

Strawbale Winery: Traditional eco architecture of Nebraska made with straw. 100-year-old barn. Fruit and honey wines off the prairie. Open on Thursday-Saturday, call in advance to make special arrangements. 47215 257th St., Renner, SD. 605-543-5071.

Adams Homestead Nature Preserve: ‘Cause it’s all about the environment. Guided tours of the community, night hikes, and the “Little Naturalist” program for kiddies. 272 Westshore Dr. (Exit 4 off I-29), McCook Lake, SD. 605-232-0873;


Ten Thousand Villages: Fair trade gift shopping packed with jewelry and trinkets. Mostly volunteer-run, locations nationwide. 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 615-385-5814.

Blackberry Farm: Cheese, eggs, fruit, honey, and vegetables are all produced on-site. The menu is ever-changing, and chefs are happy to accommodate any “food-related whims.” 1471 W Millers Cove Rd, Walland, TN; 800-648-4252.

The Parthenon in Centennial Park: Want to skip that air travel to Greece? Check out this full-scale replica of the Parthenon and the Athena statue. 25th St. at West End Ave., Nashville, TN. 615-862-8431.

Bongo Java: Coffee shop that roasts own fair-trade beans purchased from small farmer cooperative. Outdoor deck the perfect complement to your cup. 2007 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN. 615-385-5282.

Panther Creek State Park: Fifty campsites boast electrical hookups, fire rings, and even laundry. On way there check Davy Crockett's childhood cabin turned into a museum and Morristown’s old Southern glamour. 2010 Panther Creek Park Rd., Morristown, TN. 423-587-7046.


Eve’s Garden: More than a B&B, it’s an eco crib and organic-gardening research site. Open forum for ecology talks. Ave C and N 3rd St, Marathon, TX 432-386-4165.

Farm Stand Marfa: After scoping Donald Judd and all things art-worldly in the middle of nowhere, nourish here. Local ranchers mix with new-resident yupsters. S. Highland Ave, Marfa, TX. 917-215-6933.

Strawmanor: Airy hilltop lodge perfect for groups. Spend an evening on the back porch; you’ll never want to leave. Owners help fund local land preservation. 417 Simon Crest, Canyon Lake, TX. 866-860-4007.

Alien Scooters: Ditch your four-wheeled ride and zip around Austin by bike or solar-powered scooter. New to the area? They offer guided tours. 1122-B S Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX. 512-447-4220.

Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and Santa Elena Canyon: Underappreciated. One of our largest parks. Wind down the Rio Grande Valley to the majestic cliffs carved out by water. Big Bend National Park, TX. 432-477-225.

Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters: Not your average cup of joe. Fair trade, organic, and co-op-grown beans are mixed to make a just-for-you brew. 6745 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX.

Hotel Lumen. Green goods you enjoy during your stay — recycled glassware, organic linens — are all sold online. 6101 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, TX. 800-908-1140.

North Haven Gardens: Wander gardens during the week or drop by on weekends for complimentary programs. Includes a class in home winemaking followed by a tasting. 7700 Northhaven Rd., Dallas, TX. 214-363-5316.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Forward-thinking former first lady founded this shrine to Texas flora in the Eighties. Closed on Mondays. 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX. 512-232-0100.

Leaf. Hearty salads that dare you to call them “rabbit food.” (You’d be wrong). Nineteen dressings made from original recipes. You’ll leave very full. 419 West 2nd St., Austin, TX. 512-474-5323.

Habitat Suites. Resident ladybugs foster healthy vegetation the natural way. Hotel gets 20 percent of power from solar panels. 500 East Highland Mall Blvd., Austin, TX. 512-467-6000.

Farm to Market. “The return of the neighborhood grocer,” they say. Selection of specialty and locally made goods is supreme. 1718 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX. 512-462-7220.

Austin City Limits. Three-day concert features eco exhibits, green power, organic eats, and recycling. They also purchase carbon offsets and make planet-friendly charity donations. Oh, and the music rocks. September 26–28. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX.


Zion Lodge. Xanterra-operated inside Zion National Park. Six eco-friendly suites and no endangered fish on the menu. Leave a light tourist footprint. Springdale, UT 435-772-7700.

Moab. Beautiful desert and home to the country’s first EPA Green Power Community. On the way in, listen to wind-powered public radio KZMU 90.1 FM. 435-259-5121.


Norma’s Restaurant. Super-helpful staff serves stellar locally grown dishes in this casual, window-walled bistro. Make a reservation. 4000 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT. 802-253-6445.

The Green Mountain Inn: In the middle of historic Stowe Village, it’s just steps from a recreation path that practically begs you to walk, bike, or ’blade it. 18 Main St, Stowe, VT. 800-253-7302.

Farmers Diner. Classic diner dishes get a boost from fresh-off-the-farm ingredients. If you can’t grow it in New England, you probably can’t get it here. 5573 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, VT. 802-295-4600.

Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory: Restaurateur-turned-chocolatier turns out famous preservative-free truffles. 750 Pine St., Burlington, VT. 802-864-1808; 800-465-5909.


Ayrshire Farm. Certified organic “manor farm” specializes in revitalizing rare and endangered livestock and in sustainably growing heirloom fruits and veggies. 21846 Trappe Road, Upperville, VA. 540-592-9504.

Shenandoah National Park. One hundred and one miles of the Appalachian Trail run through this park. Wildflower Weekend held the second weekend in May. Skyline Dr., Luray, VA. 540-999-3500.

The Essex Inn. Authentically restored century-old inn is smack in the middle of an antiquing oasis. Pet friendly. Don't count on your GPS to direct you; follow the directions on the website. 203 Duke St., Tappahannock, VA. 866-377-3982.


Purple Haze Lavender Ltd. Certified organic lavender farm. Royal fields of the Dungeness Valley watered by the Olympic Mountains. Open May–September. 180 Bellbottom Rd., Sequim, WA. 888-852-6560.

Hama Hama Company. Tour live saltwater beds, pose atop mounds of oyster shells, and purchase signature smoked seafood. 35846 North Hwy. 101 (just south of the Hama Hama Bridges), Lilliwaup, WA. 888-877-5844

Lime Kiln Point State Park. Kelp beds in the waters off the cliffs attract native Orca killer whales in summer. Shamu-style sightings are the norm. 6158 Lighthouse Rd., Friday Harbor, WA.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat. Recycled materials, down to the insulation. “Nature as art” is the running theme, along with fair trade coffee and gentle-on-the-planet toiletries. 7375 Icicle Rd., Leavenworth, WA. 800-574-2123.

Steelhead Diner. Pike Place Market on a plate, and serious and sustainable cuisine without sacrificing flavor. Maybe too good to be true? Not really.
95 Pine St, Seattle, WA. 206-625-0129.

Theo Chocolate Plant Tour. Willy Wonka be damned. Confections, brittle, bars, and cacao nibs in Fair Trade, organic, and single-origin varieties. Sample your heart out. 3400 Phinney Ave., Seattle, WA. 206-632-5100.


Washington Nationals Park. The brand-new stadium is Major League Baseball’s first LEED-certified ballpark. Capitol Riverfront, Washington, D.C.

Restaurant Nora. Housed in a 19th century grocery store. Country’s first certified-organic restaurant when it opened in 1999. A DC institution. 2132 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-462-5143.

Sweetgreen. Salad- and yogurt-only menu is short and, well, sweet. Lots and lots of organic, locally grown ingredients. Green certified restaurant. 3333 M St., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-337-9338.

Hotel Palomar. Luxury hotel in the heart of Dupont Circle. If you don’t use the little bottles by the sink, they’ll be donated to charity, soy inks are used on recycled paper. 2121 P St., NW., Washington, D.C. 202-448-1800.

Poste Moderne Brasserie. Chef Weland turns organic and sustainable ingredients into buzz-worthy American cuisine. Snag a seat in the courtyard. 555 8th St., NW., Washington, D.C. 202-783-6060.

Nusta Spa. Planet-friendly, people-friendly ecohaven specializes in custom spa experiences. 1129 20th St., NW., Washington, D.C. 202-530-5700.


Class VI River Runners. White-water rafting for all levels of adventure (and experience). Take off for a few hours or a few days. Locations vary, Lansing, WV. 800-252-7784.

Cathedral Café. Former church-turned-diner. Fave among locals. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Homemade desserts and fair-trade coffee. 134 South Court St., Fayetteville, WV. 304-574-0202.


Arbor House. Ecotourism at its height. An 1850s structure with an addition made of sustainably sourced wood. 3402 Monroe St, Madison, WI. 608-238-2981.

Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. Powered by the sun and air, the inn is an example of sustainable agriculture and forestry. Obsessed with its carbon footprint — in a good way. 7843 County P, Browntown, WI. 608-329-7056.

James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden. Local artist leaves behind artworks of cement and weathered logs at his family cottage in Black River country. Visits are by appointment. 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI. 920-458-6144.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Rose garden and exotic Thai Pavilion. Birds, herbs, and a waterfall. Practices safe and sustainable gardening. 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI. 608-246-4550.

L’Etoile Restaurant and Café Soleil. Proud of their producers. French techniques on local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients. Gourmand go-to. 25 N. Pinckney St., Madison, WI. 608-251-0500.

Taliesin. Eastside equivalent of Arizona’s sister property. The originator of all Frank Lloyd Wright’s structures to follow. A natural nod to architecture. 5607 Cty. Rd. C (off Hwy. 23), Spring Green, WI. 877-588-7900.


Hotel Terra Jackson Hole. A leading green hotel with low-flow faucets and organic-cotton bedding. Cooler than expected. Look for the recycled seat belts in finishes. 3335 W Village Rd., Teton Village, WY. 800-631-6281.

Black Dragon’s Cauldron and Dragon’s Mouth. Fiery effects from Yellowstone’s thermal belly. Former spits black mud; latter spews stinky gas water. Plus, glimpse bison, elk, wolves, and more. Yellowstone National Park, East Entrance via US Rt. 20, Yellowstone, WY. 307-344-7381.

Story by Kimberly Fusaro and Madhu Puri. This article originally appeared in "Plenty" in July 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008

State-by-state guide to green hotspots
State-by-state guide to green hotspots. There's no need to book an ecotourism trip to Costa Rica this summer. Instead, explore the United States' vast terrain.