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San Francisco area: an organic ranch with a storied past

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| Lovely, Rustic Luxury | In Marin County’s tiny Marshall, little more than an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Straus Home Ranch is not just an unforgettable vacation rental and event venue.

Villa Vajra, Bali: eco-haven of peace & tranquility

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| Simple, Sophisticated Luxury | Bali is a paradise beyond my wildest dreams: lush, dense jungle; picturesque rice paddies; tropical beaches with world-class snorkeling among coral reefs, outdoor adventure activities, ancient temples, traditional arts, delicious dining options, endless varieties of yoga and meditation classes and retreats, and countless mystical shamans and energy healers. Truly, Bali […].

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Forest bathing in Green Wine Country

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| No Soap, No Stress | We eco-travelers seek experiences that offer connections with the natural world. They leave us inspired, rejuvenated and, often, more relaxed. So, when our GTG team learned of a special 2018 Earth Day event promising to slow our pulse rates by connecting us directly with the land via a time-honored […]. All California Green Wine Country North America Sonoma United States forest bathing forest therapy green wine tourism Red Car Vineyards shinrin-yoku

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7 great Philippines eco-travel destinations

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| Go Green or Don’t Go | With today’s ease of travel comes staggering environmental problems, particularly in the Earth’s underdeveloped but most beautiful destinations. Case in point: The Philippines. That island nation cannot easily cope with its new-found popularity, and some of its most popular places are at risk of being destroyed forever. The […].

Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

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| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015.

500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

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| Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers. Accommodations in 60 countries are currently listed—from simple guest houses to five-star hotels. Although […] 500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

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| Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S. national parks. Just Ahead smartphone technology works even where cell phones, Internet, and Wi-Fi won’t, streaming interesting stories spliced with geography, history and driving directions. The audio guide recently garnered […] JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Lima, Peru: organic (plus vegan and artisan) in the hip Barranco

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| Awesome Eco Scene | In the past few years, Lima’s renowned food scene has grown to include an ever-increasing array of organic, vegetarian and artisan restaurants, cafés and craftsmen. There’s even a new Lima Bio Mapa (Green Map) that calls out venues for organic fairs and farmers markets, “conscious shopping,” and wellness offerings. But for the […].

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Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture

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| A Green Field of Dreams | It’s on a beach walk along wind-swept Lake Huron in the Thumb—do as all Michiganders do and think of the state as mitten-shaped and you get the picture—that we meet Paul Weideman. He is playing with his big, boisterous dogs. We begin to chat. A friendly guy, we soon […] Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Amsterdam’s 50 shades of green

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| The Dutch Know How to Have Good Green Fun | Last year, the green news website Eco Watch named Amsterdam one of the top 10 most environmentally friendly cities in the world. According to author Anastasia Pantsios, the honor was earned in large part because of city’s well-thought-out system of getting around without an automobile … which all […] Amsterdam’s 50 shades of green is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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San Miguel de Allende: an angelic hotel from Mexico’s Señor and Señora Verde…and mucho mas

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| The Power of Dos | It’s our first day back at our favorite place in central Mexico, and our rental’s fridge yawns empty.The weekly organic tianguis—biggest and, in our opinion, finest organic farmers market in the entire country—is still a few days away. So the go-to today in San Miguel de Allende is definitely Via Organica. We’ve written […].

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Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green)

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| A New Eco-Hotel in a Revitalized Arts District | I grew up an hour south of Santa Barbara, and have lived there twice over the last two decades. At risk of dating myself, during that stretch of time I’ve witnessed a staggering amount of change and development on this self-proclaimed “American Riviera.” Both good and bad. While […] Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green) is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Chefs predict green menu trends for 2016

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| Green Travel News | Next year’s restaurant menus will be getting greener. That’s the welcome prediction of nearly 1,600 professional chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association in its annual What’s Hot culinary forecast. The chefs, members of the American Culinary Federation, were asked to name which foods, beverages and culinary themes will be trend on […]. Green Travel News Xtras dining trends 2016 food trends 2016 green travel trends

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Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert

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| Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice. Yet in a counter-intuitive twist, it also boasts something good for all of us—one of the world’s greenest building complexes, the triumvirate of the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo, […] Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Aqua Bamboo: a green sanctuary in the heart of Waikiki

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| ‘The Cool Place’ | Just a five minute walk from Waikiki beach, tucked in between high-rise hotels, fancy restaurants and the haute couture shopping district, lies a true Hawaiian oasis—Aqua Bamboo. As you enter this boutique, award-winning green “condotel” (meaning each unit is privately owned), you leave behind the chaos and enter a peaceful sanctuary […] Aqua Bamboo: a green sanctuary in the heart of Waikiki is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Las Vegas green: B&B Ristorante

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| Sustainability on the Strip | If you have an appetite for eco-sumptuous dining on the Las Vegas Strip, the odds of discovering such soulful cuisine amid the gargantuan-but-questionably-sourced, all-you-can-eat buffets are about as good as winning at the slots … and I should know, having learned that lesson the hard way! Fortunately, though, it is possible […] Las Vegas green: B&B Ristorante is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

5 great green hotels in Canada

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| Greening in Canada | When it comes to traveling, people who have sustainable lifestyles might think that they have to leave their green practices at home and tolerate an overwhelming amount of wasted resources when staying at a hotel. However, lodging doesn’t have to be classified as “wasteful” anymore. Today, an increasing number of […] 5 great green hotels in Canada is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Wynn Resorts named to ‘top green U.S. companies’

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| Green Travel News | Wynn Resorts was ranked number 100 out of 500 companies on Newsweek magazine’s 2015 list of top green companies in the U.S. The ranking is based on research by Corporate Knights Capital and HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor, Inc. and considers eight environmental performance indicators, including energy productivity, water […] Wynn Resorts named to ‘top green U.S. companies’ is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

12 tips for sustainable travel in 2016

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| Green Travel News | It’s never too late to add this New Year’s resolution: travel sustainably. For most of us, the beginning of a new year inspires plans for a bigger adventure than the year before. A place more diverse, more thrilling (or relaxing!), more exotic. While these are great intentions, if we don’t travel […]. Green Travel News Xtras 12 tips for sustainable travel International Ecotourism Society

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Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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| The Beauty Amid Us | It has oft been observed that we ignore or overlook the beauty in our own backyards. As a California native who has lately been spending much of my time overseas, I jumped at the offer to explore America’s crown jewels: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It turned out to […] Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Leonardo DiCaprio to build world’s greenest island resort in Belize

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| Green Travel News | Leonardo DiCaprio’s next big starring role: developer of “the world’s most sustainable island resort” at Blackadore Caye, Belize. Upon completion (scheduled for 2018), Blackadore Caye promises to be the greenest island resort ever built, says DiCaprio, an avid scuba diver and one of Hollywood’s most environmentally active stars.

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Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta

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| Green Travel News | Delta, the only U.S. airline with direct flights to South Africa, just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies. In a statement sent to the website TakePart.com, Delta said it has banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo parts on its […] Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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3 tips for eco-friendly adventure vacations

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| Greening Your Adventure | “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” said John Muir, the Scottish-American naturalist and tireless advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. He’s as right today as he was in the 19th century, maybe more so. As a society, we are now painfully […]. Community Wales Xtras eco friendly adventure travel

Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location

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| A Simple Trick To Save Money | I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage. For reasons I never quite understood, […] Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

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| Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast. Already a $439 billion market, the wellness travel industry is expected to grow another 50 percent through 2017, according to the Global Wellness Tourism Congress. Meanwhile, hotels and resorts are […] Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

BookDifferent.com to publish carbon emissions for 593,000 hotels

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| Green Travel News | Several travel booking websites now call out eco-friendly lodgings, but in a world-first, not only is the Netherlands-based BookDifferent revealing which hotels have a valid green certification—they are also publishing nearly 600,000 hotels’ carbon emissions. Each hotel will have a icon listing the number of kilos of CO² emitted per night stayed. […] BookDifferent.com to publish carbon emissions for 593,000 hotels is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

OMunity Bali: not a private villa, a private green village!

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| Finding ‘Undiscovered’ Bali | My quest for ‘undiscovered’ Bali continues. I yearn to be alone in the wilds, with scarcely another tourist within miles, in a Bali as I imagined it might be long before it became inundated with outsiders like me. This road trip is to the island’s north coast, following rumors of [.] OMunity Bali: not a private villa, a private green village! is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Fly carbon neutral on United for Earth Month

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| Green Travel News | In honor of Earth Month, all United Airlines passengers aboard the company’s signature Eco-Skies aircraft in April will be flying carbon neutral. Through United’s Eco-Skies CarbonChoice program, the airline is obtaining carbon offsets for all travelers (and crew!) on every flight of the specially painted 737-900ER – aircraft #432. The Eco-Skies aircraft […] Fly carbon neutral on United for Earth Month is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Winning some (eco) green in Vegas

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| Green? Wanna Bet? | | The odds of finding an eco-tourist in Las Vegas are about as good as my winning a slot machine jackpot. And yet there are always a few winners, aren’t there? I suppose someone chooses this epicenter of American hedonism as a basecamp for exploring the natural wonders of the Nevada […] Winning some (eco) green in Vegas is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn: great past, green present

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| Indulge In A Classic | Don’t you just love a true sense of place? Sure, a brand-new something can be exciting, but few ah-ha moments fire us up faster than knowing that, over the fullness of time, so much life has been lived and such fascinating history played out … on the very ground on which we […] Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn: great past, green present is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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People matter: Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris

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| Green Travel News | Thousands of indigenous Maasai are being forced off their land at gunpoint, in an illegal land grab orchestrated by the Tanzanian government and a company based in the United Arab Emirates that wants to operate luxury hunting safaris. Despite reassurances by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete as recently as November, 2014, that […] People matter: Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Green tourism in Greece today: back to the future

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| An Introduction | I meet Aphrodite on the west side of Mt.Olympus. She comes to greet me when I arrive at her family’s hotel. She is as beautiful as her name implies—dark eyes, graceful body, long black hair, pale skin—and she is very smart. It is she who helps me understand the realities of […] Green tourism in Greece today: back to the future is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Manhattan: An Eco-Friendly Element in Times Square

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| The Big (Green) Apple | From the bustling street, you might not suspect that Element Times Square West is one of New York City’s eco-pioneers. And yet here, hidden in plain sight, this deceptively inconspicuous 40-floor, 411-room hotel—on West 39th Street between Eight and Ninth Avenues in the heart of Manhattan’s Times Square neighborhood—offers […] Manhattan: An Eco-Friendly Element in Times Square is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Anderson Valley: ‘bahl hornin’ in America’s greenest wine country

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| Mendocino Green Wine | In northern California you’re never far from wine country. And while name brand-name mainstays like Napa and Sonoma seem to steal most of the attention, we tend to favor smaller, more remote appellations that offer quality vintages, artisan pleasures and a nice, slow pace of life. One of our favorites lies [.] Anderson Valley: ‘bahl hornin’ in America’s greenest wine country is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

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Each year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world''s developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

5 great apps for green travel

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| Green at Your Fingertips | There’s an app for everything these days, so why not for traveling greener? You have the power in your pocket to keep track of your carbon footprint and take steps to minimize it like never before. Here are five of the best mobile phone apps—all free or almost so—to get you […]. Community Xtras eco-friendly travel apps green travel apps mobile apps for eco travel mobile apps for ecological travel

East Maui: the heart of Hawaiian culture at Travaasa Hana

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| Truer Shade of Green | The heart of Hawaiian culture is family, food, and ’aina, or a connection to the land. Maui today is often better known for its miles of condos and overdeveloped West side, but the Hawaiian ethos is still very much in evidence in the town of Hana, on the island’s […] East Maui: the heart of Hawaiian culture at Travaasa Hana is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Planning and traveling to an eco wedding abroad

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| Say ‘I Do’ to Green | Destination weddings are still trending—big-time. For Americans, the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii and South Florida are among the most popular options, but untold thousands of couples are also opting to have their wedding where passports are required. It’s not really hard to understand why. It can be […]. Community Green Weddings Xtras green weddings traveling abroad for wedding

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San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock

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| America’s Greenest City? | | We are proud to have been asked to contribute the May cover story for British Airway‘s magazine, High Life. Following is a lead-in to the story, with a link to the full article, including a guide to 48 (nearly) carbon neutral hours for your next visit. The man calls himself […] San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Europe’s 8 best ‘eco’ classical music festivals this summer

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| Concertos in Green | Superstar pianist Hélène Grimaud is a synesthete, a person who experiences sounds as colors—Bach in orange and red, Beethoven in bright yellow and green. But you need not have her extraordinary acuity to go green with classical music, especially in Europe during the summer. All the best artists and orchestras […] Europe’s 8 best ‘eco’ classical music festivals this summer is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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San Francisco: Verbena, new green magic on Russian Hill

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| Over-Delivering By Design | We are pretty sure new magic is now in bloom on Upper Polk Street, on Russian Hill, the already vibrant San Francisco neighborhood. This magic is named Verbena, aptly so it seems, because the namesake flowering plant has been prized through the ages for its medicinal, even extraordinary powers—called tears […] San Francisco: Verbena, new green magic on Russian Hill is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Dubai: finding green in the desert, part 1

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| The City-State Story | I’m in Dubai, or at least that’s what my brain on red-eye time says. Even sleep starved, I can see that this airport where I now find myself—in the United Arab Emirates’ city-state version of Las Vegas—is swank beyond belief. Flashes of men in elegant white kandura robes, guthra headscarves [.] Dubai: finding green in the desert, part 1 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Menorca: a natural paradise in the Spanish Mediterranean

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| Unspoiled, Low Key | It’s high time for Menorca to claim its place as the natural beauty of the Balearic Islands. Too long obscured in the shadows of Mallorca and Ibiza, its jet-setting neighbors of the Spanish Mediterranean, Menorca remains a low-key, largely unspoiled haven for those seeking a rejuvenating getaway focused on eco activities on land and sea. And for this it has Francisco […].

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