If I were to give awards for the most sustainable lodgings on our road trip, I would recognize Montage Deer Valley as the most Sustainable Resort and Wildspring Guest Habitat as the Most Sustainable Small Inn.
Montage Deer Valley
Montage International is the industry leader for Sustainable Lodging due to commitment at the highest level. Alan J. Fuerstman, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has demonstrated that luxury and sustainability are not just compatible, but symbiotic. For his leadership, Fuerstman received the first-ever Environmental Media Association (EMA) Green Seal for Hospitality.
Montage Deer Valley is a stand-out in resort sustainability. Built in 2010, the resort is the first LEED-certified hotel in Utah, where design and construction were personally overseen by Mark Slyman, Montage Hotels & Resorts’ Director of Technical Services & Sustainability. Also, 100% of Montage Deer Valley’s off-road diesel vehicles including snowcats, snow removal equipment, lawn and garden equipment, on-mountain heavy equipment and ski lift diesel auxiliary power units run on bio-diesel and as a partner in the Renewable Choice Energy program, Montage Deer Valley receives 100% of their electricity from wind-generated power, making them carbon neutral for the purposes of determining our road trip’s lodging carbon footprint.
Wildspring Guest Habitat
My chance discovery of Wildspring Guest Habitat came when I searched the internet for “sustainable lodging Oregon coast.” Wildspring describes itself as, “a small, eco-friendly resort in Port Orford, 60 miles north of California. Private and secluded, on five acres of a lovely residential forest, with a zero-carbon footprint, it offers comfortable luxury in a naturally beautiful environment.” Just what I was looking for.
But it is so much more than that:
- The proprietors, Dean and Michelle, escapees from Los Angeles, are very special innkeepers.
Their passion for each other, the land and their extraordinary inn is evident in everything about Wildspring Guest Habitat.
- Michelle’s book, We Need a Bigger Boat: Some simple advice for changing your life…and saving your planet is about “how we and the planet and everything around us are linked on an intimate energy level, and to heal the planet, we need to start with ourselves.”
- Wildspring Guest Habitat is a Certified Wildlife Habitat—an official birding site on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail, and a National Wildlife Federation certified habitat for wild animals.
- And it is… “all because two people fell in love.”