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Places & Spaces: Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, Alaska

Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge in Alaska is a unique off the grid vacation just miles from the bear viewing capital of the world. Tucked inside Alaska’s Kachemak Bay State Park, Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge is located on a privately owned, remote beach that is only accessible by boat, float plane, or […]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Travel in 2015

The new year is upon us, and with it come the new year’s resolutions that we have the best intentions of keeping (but, admittedly, typically fall by the wayside come February). This year, though, I suggest we all try a different tactic – a set of resolutions that foster health, […]

4 Things to Inspire Your Conscious Travel Spirit

In this day and age, the word “green” gets thrown around a lot. But what does it really mean? When we talk about “green travel” it tends to imply anything from eco resorts to carbon offsets. These are all good things, but the crucial part about “green” travel isn’t that […]

Places & Spaces: The Hotel Triton, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Hotel Triton has been a pioneer in eco lodging since the early 1990s. Kimpton Hotels have been leaders in the industry when it comes to eco-friendly accommodations. The company’s Hotel Triton in downtown San Francisco is no different and actually started it all with an “eco-floor” back in the […]

In Savannah: A Little Green and Paula Deen

Turns out it isn’t easy being green in Savannah – the spooky Southern city known for its historic squares and trees dripping with Spanish moss. According to the Green Restaurant Association, a Boston-based nonprofit, there’s only one green-certified restaurant in Savannah and it’s a takeout joint – not surprising in […]

Hotel Basico Por Favor

Sure, the name means basic, but basic it is not. Hotel Basico in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is a property beautifully convoluted with basic, local materials. Here’s a quantified list of Hotel Basico’s intricacies (notice the relative weights of sand and plastic, not all hotels can boast this impressive ratio).

The Friday 5: Unpacking Edition

The top stories of the week at EcoSalon. As McDonalds unpacks its products in an attempt to come clean about how and where it gets its ingredients, we take a closer look (because yes, we like to raise a McEyebrow). Amy DuFault unpacks rich, sad memories of her grandmother, Jeanne […]

10 of the Best Travel and Tourism Sites

As many of you know, here at EcoSalon, we often emphasize the point that sustainable travel is not just about carbon offsets and packing lighter. Sustainable travel is about conscious travel, and thinking about your next adventure with a holistic approach; everything from where you go and who you stay […]

Expedia Expands Its Green Hotel Directory

You’re so ready to pack your bags and jet off for that much needed vacay – but an eco-tastic gal like yourself can’t just bon voyage and hope for the best. You need to know some specifics about your destination. Things like whether or not your hotel room is cleaned […]

Caveat Emptor: Carbon Offset Programs

Don’t be shy – calculating your carbon footprint is right up there with weighing yourself – it’s vital information we can’t ignore. Did you know that carbon offset programs that let you calculate the carbon footprint of your daily activities by donating money to carbon reduction programs are pretty popular […]

Sunday Recipe: Anna’s Dutch Appeltaart with Cardamom

A trip to Amsterdam requires adventures in the kitchen upon return. I was destined to fall in love with the appeltaart. When I travel I have a tendency to fall for local foods. It may be the most basic of foods in that location, but when you’re an outsider, it’s […]

Foodie Underground on Tour: Telluride, Colorado

ColumnFoodie Underground checks out what’s hot in Telluride, Colorado. Welcome to a new feature of Foodie Undergound: Foodie Underground on Tour. Being a Portland resident, I’m constantly in the organic/raw/food truck bubble. But writing about home gets old quickly, and if you’re a food lover, you know that one of […]

Seeing the Gulf From Above

A picture is worth a thousand words. The expression may sound cliche, but in the conservation movement, it couldn’t be more true. In the day and age of quick soundbites and short attention spans, when it comes to promoting a cause, grabbing people’s attention is key. We need more than […]

Eat Pray Love Syndrome

The woman in your Yogalates class explaining that the switch from coffee to green tea has changed her life – really “centered” her – she might have it. Your coworker who returned from a two-week service trip to Southeast Asia and promptly bought everyone in the office a copy of […]

8 Local Foods Worth Traveling For

Basic dishes you might consider getting on a plane for.  Travel isn’t travel without eating. You can’t get to know a place without tasting the local specialties, and food is often one of the best mediums to explore a culture. Be it in a market, on the street, at a […]

Everest: Conservation in the Death Zone

“Mountains are not fair or unfair – they are just dangerous.” – Reinhold Messner Mount Everest, our planet’s highest mountain, has never been welcoming. Its aptly-named “death zone” (the height where the air is too thin to breathe) and has been claiming lives for the last half-century, including during the 1996 disaster […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Travel in 2015

The new year is upon us, and with it come the new year’s resolutions that we have the best intentions of keeping (but, admittedly, typically fall by the wayside come February). This year, though, I suggest we all try a different tactic – a set of resolutions that foster health, […]

Nourish Your Body and Soul: Plan a Mediterranean Diet Vacation

A Greek salad with fresh feta. Grilled lamb chops with bright sprigs of mint. Mussels sautéed with flavorful tomatoes and garlic, partnered with earthy olives and potatoes. Now, picture these Mediterranean diet dishes served against a setting as delicious as the meals themselves: a farm-to-table restaurant overlooking rolling vineyards, a […]

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