Let's Get Away

25 Excellent Eco-Friendly Weekends.

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The Greenporter’s refurbished—motel style

The Greenporter
Greenport, NY
2 1/2 hours from White Plains

Formerly a standard-issue motel, the Greenporter has been reenergized, so to speak, with modern furniture and clean lines in each room. 

What Makes it Green: From lightbulbs to appliances to green cleaning products, recycling and beyond (i.e., using leftover melted ice to water an abundance of air-cleaning indoor plants).

Visit Green: Take a tour of local vineyards, and eat at on-site restaurant La Cuvée, which serves these North Fork wines and produce from nearby farms.

Greenbacks: Off-season rates begin at $99 per room per night, and even in season, when other Long Island shore hotels jack up prices to dizzying heights, The Greenporter is running a $169 midweek family special which includes rollaways in room and continental breakfast for all.

Historic Inns of Rockland

The Berry Manor Inn is one of four Historic Inns of Rockland.

Rockland, ME
6 ½ hour drive from White Plains

Yes, it’s rather far, but this lodging group is the first known B&B association in New England dedicated to sustainable eco- tourism with a list of initiatives too long to mention here.

Visit Green: Indulge in the Land and Sea Eco-Adventure—four days on a Windjammer Cruise including all meals, and then three nights in one of the historic and ultra-luxurious Rockland Inns, where you’ll receive gourmet breakfast each morning, a lobster dinner, chocolates, a cookbook, and an Energy Star compact fluorescent bulb along with a label declaring that if each American changed just one bulb, it would prevent 400 pounds of greenhouse emissions from entering our atmosphere. Adventure Package for the week starts at $825 per person double occupancy.

Greenbacks: Contemporary to traditional rooms start at $110 off-season and don’t go much higher than $200 in summer.

Family-style dining at Liberty Hill Farm

Liberty Hill Farm
Rochester, VT
4½ hours from White Plains

Owner Beth Kennett’s grandparents used to say, “Make it do. Wear it out. Use it up, or do without,” a way of life Kennett now provides for her guests.

What Makes It Green: The typical lights, appliances, cleaners, compost, along with the Yankee ingenuity that concocted a system to extract heat from milk as it comes from cows (it is a working dairy farm) using it to warm water for calves to drink. 

Visit Green: Watch cows being milked, swim in the river, buy salad bowls from Vermont Wood and yarn and blankets from Beth’s friend’s sheep neighbors.

Greenbacks: $90 per person per night ($50 for kids under 12), includes room and a huge farm breakfast and dinner.




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