What is Green Lodging and Why is it Important?

People who love the great outdoors always appreciate any efforts to keeping our environment safe and flourishing. After the movement began in the 1970s and took off in the 1990s, Green Lodging quickly became a popular practice for many bed and breakfasts.  At Pinehurst Inn, sustainability is one of our main missions; we believe it benefits our surroundings, is economically feasible while also enhancing the guest experience.  Learn all about green lodging as well as our own sustainability efforts and start making plans to see our beautiful inn for yourself!

Are you interested in learning about Green Lodging, or any of the other great services that Pinehurst Inn offers you? Visit our website and download our free vacation guide! The guide will show you every great amenity we have to offer, as well as a host of fun things to do and see in Bayfield, Wisconsin!

What is Green Lodging?

Green lodging is primarily defined as a hotel, inn, resort, or motel that has satisfied the accepted regulations of environmental responsibility.  The green lodging certification can only be obtained by demonstrating practices that are truly sustainable, not those that are just to get attention.  There really is no standard green hotel definition; situations vary due to different locations and environments.  

Why is Green Lodging Important?

In addition to ultimately protecting our Earth, green lodging is essential because ecotourism is one of the fastest growing markets in the tourism industry.  All over the world, an astounding number of people are becoming more and more interested in staying in green hotels and inns.  The use of sustainable methods enables guests to really appreciate and respect the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Here in Bayfield, we especially appreciate the rugged, earthy beauty. We want this town to look beautiful for a long time, so we make sure to do our part! 

Pinehurst Inn: Green Lodging Efforts & Accomplishments

Pinehurst Inn, a deluxe, eco-elegant bed and breakfast in Bayfield, Wisconsin, plays a major role in the development of green initiatives within the world of tourism.  We want to assist in preserving our precious land and waters in every way possible. To that end, we built numerous strategies of eco-friendly practices to both keep our area clean and thriving as well as enhance our guests’ experiences.  These strategies include solar water heating and using non-toxic cleaning substances. Additionally, we provide guests with robes and towels made of organic cotton and eco-friendly linens, utilize energy-efficient appliances and technology, and create compost from food and garden waste. Finally, we make sure to serve organic breakfasts, and use a recycling plan that includes providing guests with reusable water bottles.  The feedback from our many guests confirms that these ideas and processes complement the beauty of the inn and makes their stay even better.

But There’s More!

Pinehurst Inn also collaborated with TripAdvisor to form their GreenLeaders Program, which highlights eco-friendly hotels and B&B’s all over the world for those looking for green lodging.  This program shows the commitment of GreenLeaders by featuring their green initiatives and practices.  GreenLeaders are nominated by proving their dedication to preserving the Earth. They do everything they can to run a sustainable institution. Pinehurst Inn is now recognized by the Green Leaders Program as a Platinum Member. We have also been recognized by numerous other green organizations, including Travel Green Wisconsin, Eco Hotels of the World, Green America, and many more. Recent awards reinforce the commitment of these innkeepers: Recipient of the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Stewardship Award and for the second time, named as one of the “Top 10 Eco-Friendly Inns” by BedandBreakfast.com.

Come Stay with Us at Pinehurst Inn!

Experience our green practices and luxurious accommodations firsthand- come stay with us today at Pinehurst Inn!  Our charming bed and breakfast is the perfect place for relaxation; enjoy a healthy, organic breakfast, explore our gorgeous property, or unwind at the on-site day spa.  There’s so much to see and do here, so don’t delay and book today!