“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we only borrow it from our children”.
This ancient proverb is one of many reasons why green vacations are a new and trendy way to travel for the jetset that don’t want to leave a carbon footprint on their favorite planet.
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“Eco Travel” can be defined as “Responsible travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment, contributes to the local economy, and minimizes your impact.” These trips can not only be good for the environment, but great fun.
Check in to the brand new Terranea Resort, an oceanfront earth-friendly eco-resort located in the rolling green hills of Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California just twenty minutes from Los Angeles. Not only is the resort green, with a commitment to environmentally sustainable practices and energy conservation efforts, but the critically acclaimed restaurants feature an emphasis on local and organic foods.
The resort was created with understanding to its native environment and sustainability. The 582 neutral colored rooms feature patios and balconies awash with natural light, and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and pristine grounds. When venturing out of your comfortable adobe, the hotel has an on-staff trained naturalist for guided tours and will provide transportation within 5 miles, including to the nearby Trump Golf Course. Complimentary yoga and Pilates classes add to the list of green amenities at Terranea.
Start off your exploration of So Cal with a healthy, environmentally-friendly bike ride tour from Col De Sag. Not only do you get to take in all of the different sights that Los Angeles has to offer, but you get a wonderful workout in the warm Californian sunshine as a VIP client with a customized guided bike tour. Choice from several options, including “Studios-to-Stars”, “Sand of Pacific Coast Highway”, “It’s Easy Being Green” and “Be Friends with the Backbone.” In the Studio to Stars ride, tour movie and television studios as you head up to Griffith Park, then to Mount Hollywood to view the infamous Hollywood sign and end at Griffith Park Observatory for an amazing view of the city.
Shop for earth friendly souvenirs everywhere from Silverlake to Hollywood. Visionary Boutique on Melrose Avenue specializes in products with a positive message and a trendy edge. Find everything from kids organic cotton clothing, wooden toys and games that teach ecology and tolerance, to grown up items of non-toxic nail polish and furniture that is sustainably produced. Kellygreen Design and Home has green material samples for the home, as well as an assortment of gifts, housewares and jewels. A full range of recycled, vintage and non-toxic products are available, like beeswax candles, woodsy incense and hemp stationary.
Keep in mind the GreenBliss Eco Spa for a relaxing afternoon that mixes your pleasure and comfort with respect and caring for the planet. Named a “Top 10 Holistic Spa” in its first year of business, the GreenBliss Eco Spa only uses organic, 100% pure and natural products in authentic spa rituals collected from around the world. Specialties include spa parties, hot seashell massage, Oxyfusion facial and holistic nutritional counseling. Owner Randi Ragan lives by her own mantra and caring for the planet by living in a green home and driving a converted-diesel car with vegetable oil.
End the day with a stop at the only eco-friendly club in Hollywood, ECCO Ultra Lounge. This trendy nightclub was made using LED lighting, bamboo floors, eco-friendly cement, low VOC paints and glues, paperless drywall, copper pipes for plumbing and a “green friendly” sound system. Pull up in a hybrid vehicle, and your valet fee is comped. Celebrity guests have included Nicole Richie, The Madden Brothers and Michelle Williams. Others can be seen sipping the house special Sparkling Acai (made up of 360 eco-friendly vodka, Moet chandon and acai juice) or the mind-bending Absinthe Minded (organic lucid absinthe, sugar, Fiji water and wormwood).
What & Where:
Terranea Resort (100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes; 310-265-2800)
Col De Sag Bike Tours (323-254-1043)
Visionary Boutique (8568 1/2 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood; 310-659-1177)
Kellygreen Design and Home (4008 Santa Monica Blvd, Silverlake; 323-660-1099)
GreenBliss EcoSpa (Call 310-859-2272 to arrange for their mobile spa service)
ECCO Ultra Lounge (1640 N. Cahuenga, Los Angeles; 323-464-2065)