Meaning “Mother Earth” in Greek, the new Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa in California has just been announced as the world’s first and only Gold LEED certified hotel. This eco-friendly property exudes the charm of a B&B with modern, stylish amenities and a temptingly close proximity to Wine Country. Couple that with a non-smoking atmosphere, environmental sustainablity and social responsibility and you’ve got an ideal eco-escape.
So what makes it the greenest hotel in the states? Pull open the nightstand drawer—you’ll find a Bible, Buddha’s Teaching and a copy of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” Under your feet lies carpet made with recycled content. Bathrooms all use recycled tile and granite. Overhead, tubular skylights magnify the sun’s ray and solar panels work to provide 10 percent of electricity. You’ll find a recycling bin in each room, and only recycled paper products throughout the entire hotel. Need to hear more? Check out gaianapavalleyhotel.com/ for the whole lowdown.