Posts Tagged ‘environmentalism’

Earth Day with InnVirginia

Friday, April 19th, 2013

If you remember our blog about InnVirginia member Oak Grove Plantation, then you’ll know that we promote and encourage the environmentally friendly measures taken by many of our “green” B&Bs.  Two of these B&Bs include Beach Spa and Carriage House, both of whom are offering specials to their guests in honor of Earth Day. Along with these B&Bs, one of our InnVirginia vendors, Titan LED, also has a special Earth Day offer.

Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, a Virginia Beach inn, is owned by Greg and Yvonne Nelson and run by Sharon and Rich Yenni. Yvonne says the green process of their inn “started with recycling the existing 1937 building, landscaping with indigenous plants, and incorporating a drainage pattern of rainwater runoff to maintain plant life.” Now they use a large number of green products to further their environmental efforts—high efficiency light bulbs, tankless water heaters, and much more. “Beach Spa is celebrating Earth Day with stainless steel reusable Beach Spa B&B water bottles for our guests staying at the inn on Earth Day and throughout the month of May and will be featuring a discounted rate for guests staying on Earth Day.”

Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is a Lynchburg inn owned and run by Mike and Kathy Bedsworth. Kathy says, “Our bed and breakfast is a registered participant of VirginiaGreenTravel.org. We were the first lodging facility in the city of Lynchburg to become certified.  We are still the only bed and breakfast to be certified.” A few of Carriage House’s many green efforts include recycling waste products, energy efficient windows and light bulbs, and high efficiency low flow shower heads. Carriage House also has a special “Celebrating Earth Day” package for those interested in a green-themed getaway.

Recently, Inn at Tabbs Creek, a new InnVirginia member, was awarded a Green Diamond Collect from BedandBreakfast.com for their eco friendly efforts.

Besides our member inns, we also have an InnVirginia vendor, Titan LED, that is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness. Titan LED specialized in “Energy Efficiency and Clean Tech lighting solutions,” and all of their products are “engineered from 95% recycled materials and are Mercury Free” (Titan LED).  In honor of April and Earth Day, Titan LED has offered InnVirginia members a discount to help them take the step to going green.

For a full list of InnVirginia’s green B&Bs, click here.

 By Tara Stoll

Virginia Green, 2011

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

It seems to be all the rage now for companies to “go green,” and for many, this is little more than a title to earn approving nods from others of the so-called green persuasion. However, there are those who truly care about the restoration and preservation of the the natural environment, and Virginia falls into this latter category: “Virginia Green is Virginia’s program to encourage green practices throughout the state’s tourism industry!” This includes recycling and waste reduction as well as energy and water conservation.

From eco-friendly lodgings to restaurants that emphasize recycling, there are many different volunteers participating in Virginia Green! If you would like to consider becoming a part of this green alliance, check out the Virginia Department of Environmental Equality’s webpage, and fill out an application online! Even if you are not a volunteer of this specific organization, every little effort can help. (I promise you that it takes just as much effort to toss a plastic bottle into a recycling bin as it does to throw it away in a trash can.)

For a few friendly suggestions about how to go green, check out Virginia’s Eco-Friendly Travel Tips.


By Tara Stoll