Unique Inns are committed to encouraging, promoting and supporting ecological consciousness in the hospitality industry. Help make a difference and feel good about choosing to stay somewhere that provides sustainable services and accommodation.
A Light Footprint
Vagabond's House makes every effort to preserve the beauty of Carmel and California by becoming more and more eco-conscious. From the amount of water, to the cleaning products and even to the materials used in recent renovations, they do what they can to preserve the environment. In doing these things the Inn knows they have only scratched the surface of what is attainable in this area. They welcome any thoughts, ideas and, of course, suggestions.
FivePine Lodge ensures that every step is taken to eliminate wasteful practices. These steps include the implementation of recycling center, use of third-generation paper products, ecofriendly amenities and tankless water heating systems. Development of FivePine used a minimal impact approach- buildings were established around existing trees, developers used native landscaping and wildflower fields were planted to regrow naturally and more vibrantly each spring. Also, lighting is provided by energy efficient bulbs and rooms contain energy efficient heating and cooling. They also have 3 electric charging stations available for complimentary use by guests which include two Tesla charging stations and one Bosch electric vehicle charger.
Recharge your batteries in more ways than one at the Tallman Hotel. In February, 2011, the hotel became the first site in Lake County to install an electric car charging station. Located in the parking lot, the station can charge any 2010 or later all electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles and prior year vehicles with an adapter. The charge is free, so charge up while eating in the Blue Wing or staying overnight. The hotel was awarded the 2009 Green Guidelines Challenge and now uses green solar panels, quiet and efficient geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, a market garden, organic cleaning products as well as composting and recycling systems.
River Dance Lodge's concern and love for the environment has guided every decision made from construction of cabins to daily operations. Cabins were built to be comfortable, but not large, so heating requirements are minimal. There are no tv's and phones in the cabins, which means less electricity usage and also encourages people to connect with each other, spend time outdoors and simply relax in nature. The lodge uses on-demand propane water heaters rather than hot water tanks, so that less energy is used. The lodge has it's own recycling, septic systems and well. Only compact flourescent light bulbs and all "green" cleaning products are used. The lodge encourages guests to re-use towels and offers a daily maid service, but unless requested, change the sheets only every 3 days.
Carmel Lamp Lighter Inn provides reverse-osmosis filtered water in the rooms to avoid filling landfills with more plastic water bottles, Unique Amenities eco-friendly soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions (chemical free, recycled and recyclable containers) are made available, LED lighting to save on electricity. The Inn uses as many chemical-free cleaning products as possible while still retaining the highest of cleanliness standards and while renovating uses eco-friendly products (reclaimed, recycled or sustainable), such as recycled denim insulation, reclaimed wood, and low-VOC paint and primer.
The Inn composts and uses composted fertilizer in landscaping for both human and pet safety. Even the pens are made from recycled materials AND are fully recyclable because of their soy ink!
Sustainability, the Community & “Conscious” Tourism
The Stanford Inn by the Sea is an exceptional example of true eco-conscious tourism and was one of the first North American inns to adopt sustainable practices beginning the green revolution. The Inn believes that sustainability is a state of mind and looks at every aspect of their endeavor with an eye on reducing impacts on the environment and has pulled out all the stops necessary for providing the healthiest context possible for guests, staff and the surrounding community.