And that means our annual explosion of wild irises, each year more spectacular, plus our rhodies and azaleas say hello, and the baby deer start their cute stumbling around.
Fourth of July Celebrations!
And don't forget Port Orford for your Fourth of July plans. Our fireworks display is considered by many the best on the coast. We have an old-fashioned parade down Main Street, complete with tractors, classic cars, pretty ladies on horses and square dancing. We also have dingy races, arts & crafts, keg tossing and knot contests, and all sorts of "tom foolery." (I've always wanted to use that word in something...)
Eco friendly travel is just one of the things Oregon bed and breakfasts might specialize in. Here's some breaking news from the WildSpring Guest Habitat's owner Michele Duarte:
Hi there....we just found out something very cool....actually two things very cool...and just wanted to share:
USAToday just wrote about us (again) as one of five luxury vacations in the U.S. And Spawards just listed us as one of the top 100 spas in the U.S.
And woo hoo!
When you're looking for your green vacation lodging, consider WildSpring Guest Habitat. Or, as Michelle might say, "The great outdoors finally comes with an equally great indoors."
St. Patrick's day is behind us but Green is here year-round in Oregon. Many Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild members provide Certified Green Lodging. And at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland, the brewpub calls itself an "eco brewpub."
Many celebrate St. Patrick's Day with green beer, but in Portland, we're not talking the food colored or dyed kind. We’re talking about the organic kind.
Green is no doubt the theme at Hopworks Urban Brewery in southeast Portland. Not only does it serve all certified organic beer. It also uses all renewable energy, runs its kettles on biodiesal fuel, and even sits its customers on furniture made from recycled wood.
"We're really the first brew pub to incorporate all aspects of sustainability in our operation," said Christian Ettinger, brewmaster and owner of Hopworks.
Combining green beer with Portland's National Green status and the Green Lodging Certification held by some Portland area B&Bs makes for an authentic green Oregon vacation.
These member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's Green Certification Program are committed to engaging in practices that promote the sustainability of our planet's natural resources while providing luxurious accommodations and sharing their eco-friendly values.
Hopworks Urban Brewery is not alone in its green brewing. It joins other "green" breweries like Lauralwood, which back in 2002 became Portland's first ever organic brewery, as well as Root's Brewing Company which was the first brewpub in the city to serve all organic beer. While you'll find plenty of organic green beer at these pubs, you won't find any green colored beer on this day or any St. Patrick's Day
The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is committed to Sustainable Travel and we are encouraging our members to be "Certified Green" through the OBBG Green Certification Program. Not that we have to do too much coaxing. Most of our members already implement many "green" practices, like recycling and composting. But we don't stop there. We apply business practices that promote sustainability of our planet's natural resources such as using recycled paper, minimal use of disposables and using greener cleaning supplies and energy efficient lighting.
On the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild website's Green page you'll find information and details of the Green Certification Program and a list of those inns that have gone through the checklist to become certified. It really is such an easy thing to do, going Green and to provide Eco Friendly Travel. Visit the following Green Certified inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild who proudly display the OBBG Green Certification Green Inspection Program logo on their website and begin your Sustainable Travel Vacation today.
Owner & Innkeeper
The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast
Pacific City, Oregon
Innkeepers Mike & Laura Rech of The Craftsman Bed and Breakfast in Pacific City, Oregon, are taking Green Travel one step farther.
They have always believed in saving the planet and making as small of an impact as they could.
Green is in, so they decided instead of quietly being green, they would promote their green practices.
They are part of the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild's Green Inspection Program and are listed with another Green Travel site, istaygreen.org, where they rate 3 leafs.
The Craftsman is offsetting its carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org; the country’s leading nonprofit carbon offset organization. Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Partner program is a national movement of businesses and organizations that are leading the fight against global warming.
Their car is even carbon neutral! VW of America and Carbonfund.org are planting the VW Forest. They are offsetting carbon emissions by funding the reforestation of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
They want to help you be green too. You can purchase Green-e certified renewable energy certificates, Green Tags, to help offset the carbon footprint of your travel to The Craftsman B&B. Their Green Tag web page has a chart where you can look up what kind of car you drive and figure out how many Tags would offset your travel.
Green Lodging News, an industry specific e-zine, wrote a story about The Craftsman’s partnerships and practices, click here to read it.
Find out more about The Craftsman’s Green Philosophy on their newly redesigned website.
For their already green inspired guests, they offer discounts for green practices already in use: 10% of a 2 night stay if they arrive on 2 wheels, arrive via Public Transportation or arrive in Hybrid or Bio-fuel car.
Visit The Craftsman B&B; experience Green Travel, Pacific City and the beautiful Oregon Coast in style, grace and comfort. No lace, no doilies!
Thanks for blogging, Mike. Visit this wonder Oregon coast lodging the next time you're planning an Oregon coast vacation. Skip the Oregon coast hotels and opt for green practices at an Oregon Bed & Breakfast member inn.