Let's Get Away
25 Excellent Eco-Friendly Weekends.
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The Lodge at Woodloch is designed to bring the outdoors in.
The Lodge at Woodloch
2 hours from White Plains
Voted one of the “Top 10 most luxurious spas in the U.S.” by Forbes, The Lodge has turned off the lights. Okay, just outside illumination—but it shows the lengths this retreat will go to minimize its carbon footprint. Built to bring the outside in, with stone walls, wood-beamed ceilings, and high, cathedral windows, the common areas slow your breath and heart even before you learn your first mantra.
What Makes It Green: The Lodge launders linens every other day, instituted an expensive recycling program not otherwise offered in Pennsylvania (residents have to pay to recycle), hosts a “Feng Shui Day” when employees bring unwanted things to share or trade with others, invites “Green” presenters as part of its guest seminar program, and has dishes made with locally grown ingredients on the menu.
Visit Green: Relax and slow down, Grasshopper. This is a spa resort.
Greenbacks: Starting at $575 per person per night for two, accomodations include three gourmet meals per day plus nonalcoholic beverages, $120 towards spa services, your own Personal Spa Concierge to design your program, innovative fitness and cooking classes, use of extensive facilities, and resort activities.
PHOTO BY JIM SMITH
Views from the summit at the Mohonk Mountain House
Mohonk Mountain House
1 hour 10 minutes from White Plains
Arriving at Mohonk Mountain House is like coming upon a Victorian castle in Alpine Lake country; the enormous timber lodge in its mountain setting just screams “FRESH AIR.” So it is no surprise that this tried-and-true Catskills respite is also on the forefront of environmental thinking.
What Makes It Green: It has geothermal heating and cooling in the spa, “green roof” garden terrace, 600 tons of Shawangunk rock used to construct spa wing, energy-efficient lightbulbs, composting kitchen program used as fertilizer in gardens and golf course, recycling, eco-friendly wastewater treatment, 2,200 acres of protected land, and many more initiatives.
Visit Green: The whole point of a Mohonk vacation is to stay on property. Use foot, arm, and hoof power to keep those CO2 emissions from mucking up the air. Hop the boulders on the Lemon Squeeze trail. Rent a rowboat on the lake. Opt for a nice horseback ride.
Greenbacks: $510 to $2,500 for two per night includes three meals, afternoon tea, and dozens of outdoor sports, including golf, swimming, boating, guided hikes.