10 Ways to be Green at a Hotel

According to leading hotel industry tracker STR Global, there are over 13.4 million hotel rooms worldwide (as of 2012). Not all hotels are eco friendly or have adapted green practices. There is no doubt that staying in a hotel uses a lot of resources and puts pressure on the environment. Yet business and leisure travelers can take simple steps on an individual level to offset some of this impact. Continue reading “10 Ways to be Green at a Hotel”

Travel with a Purpose and Change the World Today

We often don’t realize the carbon foot print we leave behind when we travel (Not just from airplanes but even at the lodgings). In fact, most people tend to use more water, electricity and toiletries on the road versus when they are at home. Continue reading “Travel with a Purpose and Change the World Today”

Romancing New England by the sea

Located 20 minutes away from downtown Portland, in Crescent Beach is the Inn by the Sea. It is rated as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure 2011. After spending two magical nights here, I can surely see why!

Inn view

A perfect romantic getaway, with your better half and man’s best friend, the Inn by the Sea is a great place to unwind, reconnect and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. When you walk in, you feel like you have stepped into a modern luxurious guest house, surrounded by manicured gardens with colorful blooms, and an inviting short walk through the woods onto a private beach. There are only 57 guest rooms on the property, a full service spa, swimming pool, gym, restaurant and bar.

Inn during FallThe rooms are spacious and homey. With inviting fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, oversized showers, kitchenettes and private balconies, you wouldn’t want to leave. Get a romantic treatment at the spa or let the restaurant pack you a delicious picnic basket to enjoy at the beach. The Inn’s premises are a natural wildlife reserve and perfect for bird watchers.

The best part is you can also bring Fido with you on your vacation. Many of the rooms are pet friendly and offer blankets, bowls, dog walking service and in-room dining. Spoil your fluffy friend with room service items such as Meat-Roaff (steamed rice, raw vegetables, natural ground beef) and dog cookies.

Breakfast at the Inn

The Sea Glass restaurant boasts farm to table fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. Each dish is carefully prepared from scratch, with a lot of love and precision. Chef Mitchell Morgan Kaldrovich changes the menu with the season sourcing local ingredients only. Try the pan seared scallops with parsnip puree and fennel salad; butter braised lobster with sweet corn risotto; and pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. Even the blueberry pancakes are nothing like you have ever tasted before!

Inn by the Sea is also listed as one of the world’s top 10 green hotels by Forbes and Trip Advisor. It is the first carbon neutral hotel in Maine.

If you want to have a relaxed vacation with your loved ones and feel good about not leaving your carbon footprints behind, consider staying at the Inn by the Sea.