On April 22nd more than one billion people in 190 countries will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day to raise awareness about the environment. Will you be participating? I have a way that you can become involved while at the same time enjoy a relaxing sojourn at a lovely hotel. Joie de Vivre, California’s largest boutique hotel collection, is offering a “Sowing the Seeds of Love” getaway package. Each time you book a one-night stay at any of its 35 hotels in California, a tree will be planted on your behalf. Pretty nifty. They’ll also toss in a bottle of organic wine and other organic treats for your enjoyment.
A guestroom at Joie de Vivre's Mill Valley Inn
Joie de Vivre leads by example with its Green Dreams program, a program designed around its commitment to preserving the environment. In 2009, its solar-powered Hotel Carlton in San Francisco was the first hotel in the US to receive the prestigious LEED-EB O&M Gold certification, effectively making it the greenest hotel in San Francisco by U.S. Green Building Council standards. To date, eleven of its properties have been green certified by their respective city or county. Focusing on four main areas: recycling and waste reduction, energy conservation, water conservation and pollution prevention, Joie de Vivre continues to work proactively toward green certification for all of the properties in its collection.
“Sowing the Seeds of Love” package is good through December 28, 2010.
More information: Joie de Vivre Hotels