Let's Get Away
25 Excellent Eco-Friendly Weekends.
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The Greenporter’s refurbished—motel style
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.
The Berry Manor Inn is one of four Historic Inns of Rockland.
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
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.