Green & affordable hotels and resorts perfect for short getaways
A “babymoon” is a great way for couples to spend luscious time with each other and perhaps eat, read or finish a thought before it’s all about the baby. With the planet on life support, we’ve gathered some destinations that go easy on the Earth; as a bonus, some will even leave more green in your wallet.
The Orchard Garden Hotel
This 100 percent tobaccofree hotel just blocks from Union Square is California’s first LEED-(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified hotel. Cleaning products are chemicalfree, and prenatal massages are available at the nearby La Belle Day Spa (labelledayspas.com). From $189; theorchardgardenhotel.com.
The Ranch House Inn and Hostel
Located 1 1∕2 hours from Las Vegas, this funky (converted vintage trailers!) yet luxurious B&B in a gorgeous desert setting is the place to get totally unplugged (leave your Blackberry at home). Clean up green with solar showers and let the stars or fire pits light your way at night. Or opt for a private tepee with Turkish rugs, a plush king-size bed and romantic fire pit. From $75; ranchhouseinn.com.
The Hotel Monaco
This Green Seal Silvercertified hotel is the first of five in the area to receive the award. (The others are the Allegro, the Burnham, the Intercontinental and the Talbott.) This one gets extra points for its romantic vibe and in-room Mother-To-Be Harmony Massage. From $169; monaco-chicago.com.
The Nine Zero
Part of the Kimpton Group of hotels recognized for its EarthCare program, this one is toxin- and Styrofoam-free, and check-ins and -outs are paperless. Pregnant women will appreciate in-room yoga instruction in deep squats and Kegels. From $249; ninezero.com.
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA
Cutting-edge ecoinnovation paired with plush minimalism make this the first LEED Platinum-certified hotel in the U.S. There are two packages for expectant couples: Sustainable Romance ($289) and Love Me Tender ($269); proximityhotel.com.