Eco-Luxe Travel

Eco-Luxe Travel

We’ve blogged about Environmental Travels before, but we’re excited when local magazines get on board. This month, Mountain Living profiles a new generation of mountain resorts making it easy for travelers to stay green. Their “Insider’s Guide to Eco-Luxe Travel,” as featured in the March 2010 issue, hones in on the Top 10 below:

1. Shop at Corky Woods, interior designer Michelle Pauline’s “green” department store in Basalt, Colorado, for everything from chic apparel and body products to housewares and healthy building materials.

2. Ride Jackson Hole’s Bridger Gondola to Couloir Restaurant for gourmet dinners by chef Wes Hamilton, who uses free-range and natural meats, sustainable fish, and seasonal fruits and vegetables for his “farm-to-table” menus. The building’s design is sustainable, too. 307-739-2675

3. Pick out fine cashmere hats, scarves, socks, leg warmers, throws, baby blankets, booties and more, all handmade by local women in a rainbow of colors, from Golightly Cashmere on Padre Martinez Lane in Taos, New Mexico.

4. Reserve a table at Six89 in Carbondale, Colorado, where owner-chef Mark Fischer looks to local farmers, ranchers and food artisans for ingredients for his nationally respected sustainable cuisine. Try the “random acts” tasting menu.

5. Ski in and sip small-batch whisky and vodka, crafted from local mountain ingredients in a traditional copper pot still, at High West Distillery and Saloon in Park City, Utah. “Victuals,” like gruyere and white cheddar whisky beer cheese and “butcher’s specials,” are perfect pairings.

6. Book a two-night minimum stay at luxuriously rustic, environmentally minded C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado. The seven-tent Lazy U Spa was built using beetle-kill pine from the local hillsides. Heated floors and potbelly stoves keep you warm during soaks or massage.

7. On Saturdays, stop by the Santa Fe Farmers Market in the Railyard District. Support the efforts of local farmers and food artisans, and pick up edibles from vendors including Shepherd’s Lamb, South Mountain Dairy, Desert Fungi and Sunstar Herbs.

8. Indulge your senses at Mountain Body Spa & Herbal Cosmetic Deli in Park City. One-hundred percent botanical products include great-smelling lotions, body oils, foam baths, shampoos and soaps. Book a Green Tea Facial, après ski massage or other treatment, too.

9. View wildlife in its natural habitat and connect with nature through fine-art collections, exhibitions, educational programs and more at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, set in an architecturally significant red sandstone building overlooking the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming.

10. Ski, dine, take a class, or book a room at Sundance Resort in Utah. Owner Robert Redford’s enchanting resort has a long history of green policies, from recycled glasswork to ecology programs to savings on lift tickets.

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