The 7 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the US
Traveling is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities, but for those seeking to reduce their carbon footprint, finding eco-friendly hotel options can be tricky. While not as prevalent as traditional lodgings, there are many beautiful, cozy, and even luxurious sustainable hotels throughout the US. Now, you can explore the country while lowering your ecological impact with these eco-friendly hotels that are showing you sustainability can be fun!
The Lodge at Blue Sky - Park City, Utah
Reconnect with nature and leave the city behind at The Lodge at Blue Sky. This breathtaking hotel gets you up close and personal with nature, offering a range of outdoor activities from snowshoeing and skiing to horse-drawn sleigh rides. Stay in the traditional hotel, or for a more immersive experience, book a room in one of the Earth Suites. Located inside the Earth House, these suites are built into the hillside, utilizing natural materials like living grass roofs and locally sourced limestones for increased sustainability.
There are two suite types available, and each is only a short walk to the main lodge. You will enjoy stunning views of Alexander Canyon, a private outdoor fireplace, and plenty of space for the entire family. Along with the many outdoor activities, guests can enjoy the impressive Edge Spa, which offers natural treatments featuring bloom-to-bottle ingredients that are both wild-harvested on the property and ethically grown.
There is outdoor and indoor guided meditation and yoga, a heated plunge pool, and specialty energetic treatments to invigorate the mind and body. For those looking to take their relaxation up a notch, be sure to check out the Edge Sanctuary, a private secluded spot along the Canyon's edge where you can undergo vibrational healing and energetic treatments. You will heal your body as you "glamp" in nature, surrounding yourself with positivity and targeted ceremonies to reinvigorate the soul.
Photo credit: The Lodge at Blue Sky - Park City, Utah
Westgate River Ranch Resort - River Ranch, Florida
Experience Florida the way it was meant to be in the untouched land surrounding Westgate River Ranch. Located an hour outside Orlando, this secluded resort offers everything you need to relax and unwind. Ditch the traditional hotel room for luxury glamping in a well-appointed wagon or tent. There are endless activities year-round in this rustic location, including weekly rodeos that are sure to get your blood pumping.
Meander your way through the Cowboy Adventure Park, which includes old-time buildings, a gift shop, a restaurant, and more. There is horseback riding, a petting zoo, skeet and trap shooting, swamp buggy and airboat rides, mini gold, fishing, and much more, so be sure to plan a long enough stay to enjoy all the fun. When you want to get away from the hustle of daily life and surround yourself with Florida's natural beauty, head out to Westgate River Ranch.
Photo credit: Westgate River Ranch Resort - River Ranch, Florida
The Swag - Waynesville, North Carolina
The Swag Resort is all about connecting with nature and rediscovering the beauty around you. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, from the moment you enter the expansive property, you are transported to another time and place. Lace-up your boots and head out on a guided tour through the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Swim surrounded by trees at The Lookout, or enjoy deep relaxation in The Still.
All the food is local farm to table, planted and harvested by local gardeners with a passion for growing nourishing, delicious food. The Swag employs a range of specialty employees to provide guests with an unforgettable experience with every stay. Get to know more about the local wildlife from the in-house naturalist, enjoy a cooking class from the resident chef, and dance the night away to the Appalachian musicians.
Caring for the beautiful nature that surrounds the picturesque location is the top priority for staff, which is why they are eager to share their knowledge and experience with guests. After a long day outside, get cozy in one of the well-appointed luxury rooms that prove sustainability and comfort can go hand in hand.
Photo credit: The Swag - Waynesville, North Carolina
The Omni Grove Park Inn - Asheville, North Carolina
The Omni Grove Park Inn has been a namesake in Asheville for over 100 years. Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it offers stunning views the entire family will appreciate. Golfers will enjoy the championship golf course, while those looking for a more relaxing experience will love the subterranean spa. There are multiple bars and restaurants on-site offering a variety of cuisines for every pallet.
The Omni was awarded 8th in the 2023 Conde Nast Travelers Readers' Choice Award for the top resorts in the Southern United States. Stay on-site and enjoy the many amenities, including a pool, tennis, shops, and more, or head out into Asheville and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Certified eco-friendly, the Omni is pet-friendly, making it ideal for even your fur babies. Step back in time and experience sustainable luxury like never before at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
Photo credit: The Omni Grove Park Inn - Asheville, North Carolina
The Springs Resort - Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Discover the healing and restorative power of natural springs at The Springs Resort. Hot springs are nature's miracle, with ultra-concentrated 13 minerals and elements with proven healing properties. The twenty-five individual hot spring pools were originally discovered by the Southern Ute Indians, who used the waters for their medicinal properties. With so many pools on the property, you can enjoy chatting with others or a more serene private experience.
The resort is situated on the banks of the San Juan River and only minutes from some of Colorado's most picturesque towns; you will marvel at the towering mountains while you breathe in the crisp, fresh air. Day passes are available for those wishing to simply enjoy the mineral pools, but if you want to extend your stay, you receive 24-hour access to private soaking pools with your booking. Within the geothermal waters are some of nature's most potent minerals, including Manganese, Iron, Lithium, Zinc, Magnesium, and Potassium.
These elements are shown to lower blood pressure, promote healthy skin, increase energy, and strengthen muscles and bones. With so many health benefits, it's no wonder The Springs Resort has been a favorite among naturopaths and those looking to live a more healthy lifestyle for hundreds of years. See why The Spring Resort is a favorite among locals and guests worldwide, with a soak in these restorative natural hot springs.
Photo credit: The Springs Resort - Pagosa Springs, Colorado
The Bishop's Lodge - Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Bishop's Lodge is one of New Mexico's oldest landmarks, dating back over 150 years. Guests can immerse themselves in the local culture while they enjoy nature-inspired adventures, healing art ceremonies, and culinary treats. Voted the #1 Mountain West Resort in the Conde Nast Travelers Readers' Choice Awards, this historic location is a sight to behold. Art lovers can converse with in-residence artists who use the beauty of their surroundings as inspiration and guidance.
There is hiking, skiing, fishing, concerts, and more, all inspired by nature to promote healing. The Lodge promotes the power of rest for physical and emotional healing, using meditative techniques performed by a Native American spiritual teacher, who uses local botanicals and teas to harness the power of these ancient healing traditions. There is year-round fun and rejuvenation for guests to experience, so be sure to head to The Bishop's Lodge to discover the beauty of the Wild West.
Photo credit: The Bishop's Lodge - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Glen Oaks Big Sur - Big Sur, California
Rustic modern meets nature at the Glen Oaks in beautiful Big Sur, California. Designed by San Francisco native Steve Justrich, it incorporates natural details for an immersive experience that brings the beauty of the outdoors in. Choose from four accommodation options, the Adobe Motor Lodge, Oak Tree Cottages, The Redwood Grove, and the Bridge House, for a unique lodging experience you won't soon forget.
Grab a bite at the Big Sur Roadhouse for California cuisine featuring fresh and local ingredients. The menu is made seasonally to highlight the delicious ingredients, which are always organic and locally sourced. The Roadhouse incorporates the Big Sur ethos that prioritizes local business to enhance the community. For those who enjoy spending time in nature, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including hiking and fishing.
Head off the property and take in the stunning sights of nearby coastal bluffs, oak forests, riparian canyons filled with redwoods, sycamore, and willows, and soft sandy beaches. There is something for the entire family to enjoy, whether you stay a day or week at the Glen Oaks Big Sur.
Photo credit: Glen Oaks Big Sur - Big Sur, California
When you're ready to get away from it all, check out one of these beautiful eco-friendly hotels. You don't have to sacrifice sustainability and eco-consciousness to relax and unwind while enjoying delicious food and invigorating nature-themed activities. There's so much to see and do around the US, so start planning your next eco-friendly adventure today!