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On 130 acres of sprawling fields and lush Maine forest sits Maple Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast, an eight-room historic inn that caters to both leisure travelers and those on business thanks to its convenient location near Augusta. Awarded the state’s first “Environmental Leader” Green Lodging Inn Certification, Maple Hill boasts an impressive array of environmentally-friendly practices—nearly enough to warrant a trip for no other reason, in my humble opinion.

Here, we’ve listed a few of the B&B’s applause-worthy eco efforts:

  • Maine’s largest solar array with a combined solar hot water/solar electric system to reduce CO2 emissions by 40,000 lbs.
  • A wind turbine, installed in 2003, that generates 10 kilowatts of renewable energy.
  • Plenty of skylights to cut the need for artificial lighting.
  • Moderated empty room temperatures.
  • Excess food scraps are added to the farm animals’ (sheep, goats and chickens) feed daily.
  • Real dishes, real silverware, and real linen napkins are used to combat waste associated with plastic and paper goods.
  • Citrus-based cleaning products.
  • Guestroom shower dispensers are used instead of individual amenity bottles.
  • Efforts are also make to purchase local foods, while some foods (like eggs) are produced on-site.

For room rates (current double rates start at $105), directions and details, visit www.maplebb.com