The top people, places, things, and trends that make us happy to live here now
City hotels have been jumping on the green thing for years, but it’s bigger than that now. With eco-friendly inns popping up all over the place, this is no longer an urban thing—it’s, well, just the way it is out here.
Park Hotel, South Lake Tahoe, CA. Comfy reclaimed-wood furniture and recycled Doug fir walls, covered in craft newspaper, are a warm welcome back from the slopes. From $189; 968parkhotel.com
The Oxford Hotel, Bend, OR. Silver tree stumps and cork floors merge rustic with cool. Explore on cruiser bikes, then snuggle under duvets made of recycled plastic. From $189; oxfordhotelbend.com
Gaia Shasta, Anderson, CA. Watch swans and koi swim in the lake surrounded by leafy native plants. Inside, tubular skylights bring the sunshine in. From $89; gaiashasta.com
Hotel Terra, Jackson hole, WY. A chic mountain resort (pictured) with eco tours of Grand Teton National Park, and plush organic mattresses. From $319;