When planning vacations these days, many people have a desire to travel green. Staying at a bed and breakfast could definitely help you minimize your carbon footprint while on holiday. Also known as B&Bs, these properties are generally a single-family home that has been converted (and properly permitted) to allow overnight visitors for limited stays. Unlike hotels, you won’t see large expanses of parking lots, hallways and foyers that are lit 24-7, or continental breakfasts that go to waste when not consumed.
A lot of people enjoy the more intimate setting of a bed and breakfast and the ability to take part in meal preparation that is often shared by the proprietors. Its also easier to control your energy usage, by letting the owners know of your desires concerning linen laundering, recycling, and even organic and/or locally grown food.
Did you know that, for bed and breakfasts in Oregon, you can be assured just how “green” your stay will be through the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild Green Inspection Program!
Many Oregon bed and breakfast owners have turned to the OBBG for certification of their property as “green.” According to the Bed and Breakfast Guild website, the Green Inspection Program allows proprietors to:
- Proclaim your commitment to business practices that promote the sustainability of our planet’s natural resources.
- Integrate that commitment into exemplary guest services.
- Align your spending and vendor choices to reflect your business values.
- Network with other organizations that share your determination.
- Set achievable goals and design a realistic framework for success.
- Evolve your goals as the business at your Inn grows.
As of the date of this publication, there are 16 Inns that have been certified as green bed and breakfasts in Oregon:
- Blue Plum Inn – Portland
- Forest Springs – Gresham
- Nob Hill Riverview – Saint Helens
- Belle Pepper’s – Joseph
- Sandlake Country Inn – near Tillamook
- Old Parkdale Inn – Parkdale
- The Craftsman B&B – Pacific City
- Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn – McMinnville
- Arch Cape Inn and Retreat – Cannon Beach
- Yamhill Vineyards B&B – Yamhill
- WildSpring Guest Habitat – Port Orford
- The Villa Columbia – Hood River
- Apple Inn Bed and Breakfast – Cottage Grove
- C’est La Vie Inn – Eugene
- Georgian House – Portland
- Hood River Bed and Breakfast – Hood River
So, how soon will you come visit the lush, green landscapes of Oregon?