For Splurge Saturdays, we’re going to tip-toe (softly, softly) out of Vermont, where a eco-smack-down is taking place between inns vying for the “greenest” title. Let’s head instead to the greenest city in America, Portland. (At least according to SustainLane.) That’s where my friends Sage and Jarrett are heading for their honeymoon this summer. And being the cool kids they are, they’re staying at Portland’s hip eco-boutique Hotel Monaco.
Hotel Monaco is owned by green hotel leader Kimpton, who we’ve covered here before. Kimpton hotels have a good environmental programs: eco-cleaning supplies, organic coffee in the lobbies, in-room and all-hotel recycling programs, and energy- and water-conservation methods.
In addition to all this green goodness, Hotel Monaco also spoils you with a nightly wine reception with art supplies to paint your own vino-inspired masterpieces. (Watch out, Hotel Monaco: Sage and Jarrett are both seriously talented artists. You're going to get some intense entries for your guest competition.) The playfully chic guest quarters include flat-screen TVs, Aveda amenities, and plush bathrobes. And there’s a full menu of spa treatments you can experience right in your own room. (Starting at $110 for a rice and sake hand and foot treatment.)
Rooms start for around $189 and can go up to $245+ for a grand suite with a two-person whirlpool tub. When you make your reservation online, go for eco-gold: Enter “TPL” in the rate code field – Kimpton will donate $10 per night to Trust for Public Land, a conservation nonprofit.
Photo from www.monaco-portland.com.---