The environmental awareness movement has reached Inn Virginia. More and more of our member bed & breakfasts are making attempts to “go green,” whether it be by means of solar panels, bath and body products, local produce, recycling, or all of the above. Not only have these inns received praise from guests, but a few of them have also recently been presented with green awards that commend their environmentally friendly efforts.
If you remember one of our past Inn Virginia blogs, then you may already be familiar with Oak Grove Plantation’s incredible solar installation along with other remarkable efforts to decrease their carbon footprint. Just recently, Virginia Green bestowed the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to Oak Grove’s innkeepers Michael Doan and Pickett Craddock, naming them the Green B&B of the Year.
Virginia Green also named three of Inn Virginia’s other members as 2013 Green Travel Leaders:
The Collins House Inn– Innkeepers Susan and Mike Edwards have made their B&B a forerunner in Marion, Virginia’s recycling campaign. With a mixture of fresh, local foods, and vegetables and herbs right from the inn’s garden, the Collins House Inn provides deliciously green breakfasts to all of its guests. (Click here to read their press release.)
The Inn at Riverbend– Innkeepers Jimm and Janet Burton keep their B&B green with eco-friendly cleaning products, reusable water bottles, compost, and harvested rain water. They also make exceptional efforts when it comes to the use of energy—timed lights, energy efficient bulbs, and lowered thermostats in unoccupied rooms. (Click here to read their press release.)
Clay Corner Inn– From recycled paper to eco-friendly air filters, innkeepers Nicky and Rick Aymes-Arevalo have made numerous efforts to go green at their B&B. Readily available recycling bins, green cleaning products and bathroom amenities, and energy efficient lightbulbs are only a few of the ways Clay Corner is a Green Travel Leader. (Click here to read their press release.)
Congratulations to these Green, Award-Winning B&Bs!
By Tara Stoll