With the expected increase in domestic and international visitors following the deregulation related to the coronavirus pandemic, many hotels are now considering measures to accommodate guests with a high level of environmental awareness.
In the “Vegetarian, Vegan, and Flexitarian Population Survey of Japan” conducted by Frembassy Inc. in 2019, approximately 32% of respondents indicated that they practice some form of vegan-related behavior. Among them, relatively common responses were “not using animal products such as leather and wool products” and “choosing vegan menu items if available”. These results indicate a growing environmental awareness and interest in veganism among consumers.
In this column, we will introduce 12 vegan hotels and B&Bs (breakfast accommodations) in the United States. The food served is, of course, plant-based. Some hotels do not use animal products such as feather or wool bedding, fur or leather furniture in their guestrooms, and some hotels use cruelty-free soaps and shampoos that are not tested on animals as amenities.
Some B&Bs also allow guests to stay with their pets or are adjacent to animal sanctuaries where abused livestock and pets can live peacefully. We hope you will take a look at the various environmentally friendly efforts being made by each lodging facility.
1. The Stanford Inn by the Sea (Mendocino, California)
A pet-friendly resort hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests can enjoy a free plant-based breakfast at the on-site vegan restaurant. Many people visit the hotel for the breakfast without staying overnight. In the evening, guests can enjoy a vegan fine dining experience. The restaurant also takes food loss into consideration by composting all food scraps, and offers a number of cooking and gardening classes.
2.Deer Run on the Atlantic (Big Pine Key, Florida)
Located on Big Pine Key Island, a sanctuary for the endangered “key deer” or “key deer,” this four-room B&B uses organic products whenever possible, including towels, sheets, and other supplies. While enjoying a vegan breakfast with a view of the ocean, you may even catch a glimpse of a key deer passing by.
3. Volcano Eco Retreat by Heart Core Hotels (Mountain View, Hawaii)
The hotel’s Polynesian-style and bamboo-inspired guest rooms are impressive. The hotel makes a sincere effort to reduce its environmental impact on Hawaii by not using any disposable plastics such as straws or plastic bottles in the hotel. All breakfasts are plant-based, and ingredients are purchased from local farmers as much as possible, actively promoting local production for local consumption.
4. Black Sheep Inn and Spa (Hammondsport, NY)
Opened in early 2020 by an English couple, this B&B offers warm, cozy rooms that feel like home away from home. We recommend packing homemade vegan baked goods and pancakes for breakfast and a picnic for lunch on the shores of the nearby Finger Lakes lake.
5.The Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary (High Falls, NY)
Adjacent to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and overlooking beautiful mountains and pastures, The Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary shelters approximately 400 domestic animals that have been raised as “livestock”. Each of the rooms with bathrooms and terraces is named after a protected animal. All breakfasts are plant-based, and no animal products are allowed in the rooms.
The hotel also offers wedding packages, and has an unusual initiative called “weddings that contribute to animal welfare.
6. Red Robin Song Guest House (West Lebanon, NY)
B&B at Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary, which also offers wildlife rehabilitation, is ideal for animal lovers, as you can interact with protected yaks, goats, pigs, donkeys, rabbits, and more. Vegan breakfast items such as French toast and almond butter crepes are also available.
7. Dreamers Welcome (Wilmington, NC)
The hotel is located in a historic neighborhood, surrounded by art. No animal products are used in the furniture, bedding, and bath amenities such as black charcoal hand soap and castile soap. All breakfasts are also vegan. There is an affiliate Dream Catcher in Puerto Rico.
8. Finca Victoria, Vieques (Puerto Rico)
This B&B on the island of Vieques, where you can see bioluminescent bays and wild horses, has over 10,000 square meters of grounds with a garden where vegetables are grown and space for morning yoga classes. The vegan breakfast is served in an Ayurvedic style, and dinner is prepared by a local chef. A vegan pop-up by a local chef will be held for dinner.
9. Park Lane Guest House (Austin, Texas)
The hotel is environmentally friendly, using solar power, organic and cruelty-free bath amenities, and no chemical detergents. Fair trade coffee is also available, and breakfast items such as buckwheat waffles and classic local tacos are available in vegan or vegetarian versions.
10. Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile (Kanab, Utah)
The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest sanctuary in the U.S., where 1,600 shelter animals live. Volunteers also stay at the hotel, which has pet beds, showers, and a dog park. Bath amenities are cruelty-free, and all snacks and beverages in the hotel are vegan.
11. The White Pig Bed & Breakfast and Animal Sanctuary (Schuyler, Virginia)
Located on Briar Creek Farm, a designated wildlife preserve surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each room, named after a protected potbelly pig, is decorated with antique furniture. Guests can enjoy a vegan breakfast made with tofu and organic drinks.
12. Pebble Cove Farm (Eastsound, Washington)
Located on Orcas Island, over 3 hours drive from Seattle, this sanctuary and lodging facility is home to protected ponies, pigs, chickens, and turkeys. All snacks provided in each water-view room are vegan, and all beverages, including coffee, tea, and soy milk, are organic.
The facility’s social networking sites also show wedding ceremonies surrounded by lush nature and animals.
Vegan hotels in the U.S. that are friendly to both the environment and animals. It is interesting to note that many of these accommodations are located in the great outdoors and are highly concerned with animal welfare.
Even if it is difficult to make the hotel 100% vegan, try introducing cruelty-free bath amenities that are not tested on animals, or working with local restaurants and organic farmers to add new vegan menu items. Why not take a cue from each accommodation’s unique ideas and start a new initiative?
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