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Stay Green: Check in to some of WNC’s eco-friendly accommodations
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Natural Escape Marion Spring House Farm provides a relaxing experience in a natural setting. Six cabins constructed using reclaimed wood from a nearby 19th- century schoolhouse sit on 92 acres. Power lines run underground ensuring that little obscures the views of this wildlife sanctuary. From paths beneath a dense hardwood canopy, visitors can bird-watch; it’s a great introduction to the region’s biodiversity. (828) 738–9798; www.springhousefarm.com Relaxing Responsibly Asheville At Asheville Green Cottage, you’ll sleep with a clear conscience on a natural latex mattress fitted with organic cotton sheets and a cruelty-free down comforter. Most of the furniture is made from rapidly renewable or plantation-grown wood. Bamboo flooring, bulk-dispensed natural body care products, chlorine-filtering showerheads, and nonsynthetic fabrics further the green ethos. Local and organic ingredients are used for meals. The bed-and-breakfast was recognized in 2008 by Forbes Travel as one of the 10 Greenest Hotels in America. (828) 707–6563; www.ashevillegreencottage.com Into the Wild Flat Rock Canoe or kayak around the lake or bike Highland Lake Inn’s 26 acres and you’ll see why this spot is a certified Wildlife Habitat. The recent addition of solar panels to one of the buildings marks the first step in its transition to thermovoltaic energy. Season’s, the on-site restaurant, sources much of its food from its organic garden and participates in the Sustainable Seafood Program—ensuring fresh and responsible fare. 1–(800) 635–5101; www.hlinn.com