10 Eco-Friendly Inns for Earth Day

Milkweed Mercantile Eco Inn, Rutledge, Mo.

Located at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeastern Missouri, this "unique eco-friendly inn provides an entirely green alternative to a traditional bed and breakfast, allowing guests to experience a completely sustainable lifestyle." Rainwater is harvested, stored in a 7,000-gallon cistern built underneath the front porch, and filtered to provide all of the water for drinking, cooking and bathing. The two-story building that is solar- and wind-powered and features a café that serves organic meals made with local, seasonal ingredients.

Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, Wisc.

Situated on Lake Superior three miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, BedandBreakfast.com called it ideal "for those who love sailing and kayaking in the summer and skiing and dog-sledding in the winter." The innkeepers use solar panels to heat the water, provide guests with organic cotton and other eco-friendly linens, use non-toxic cleaning products and recycled materials where appropriate, and rely on energy-efficient appliances and lighting.

Thyme in the Country, Hudson, N.Y.

"As the only eco-friendly inn in the upstate town of Hudson, N.Y., this quaint bed and breakfast offers a lifestyle that revolves around green practices that minimize guests' environmental impact, as well as a style of hospitality that is warm and wholesome." Three solar panels provide two-thirds of the inn's electricity, and innkeeper Mary Koch conserves water by using energy-efficient appliances for dishwashing and laundry, as well as collecting rainwater in barrels for the on-site organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardens.

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