Pacific Northwest Hotels Leading an Eco-Luxe Trend

I have a new article in the New York Times travel section.

It’s about how hotels in the Pacific Northwest (specifically in Oregon and northern California) are leading a trend to be UPSCALE and SUSTAINABLE.

They’re not just greenwashing, they are actually making substantial changes that save thousands of pounds of trash from the landfill and could affect the entire hotel industry, if other luxury hotels would follow their lead.

Read the article, Northwest Hotels go Eco-Plus.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the trip:

Here I am with Leone on my back outside the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, with sustainability director (that is, general manager) Chris Erickson, the man behind many of the hotel's eco-initiatives

Baby Leone on my back outside the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., with sustainability director (that is, general manager) Chris Erickson, the man behind many of the hotel’s eco-initiatives

My traveling companions: A 11-year-old and her 8-month-old baby sister

My traveling companions: A 11-year-old and her 8-month-old baby sister

Drake Park in Bend, Oregon, is just a few blocks from a brand new hotel featured in the article, The Oxford Hotel

Drake Park in Bend, Oregon, is just a few blocks from a brand new hotel featured in the article, The Oxford Hotel

Bend’s newest accommodation,  The Oxford Hotel (10 NW Minnesota Ave.; 877-440-8436; http://www.oxfordhotelbend.com/ ) is just three blocks from Drake Park, where women sport bikini tops, men carry babies, and teenagers hand-paddle lazily down the Deschutes River on inner tubes and air mattresses

Drake Park, where women sport bikini tops, men carry babies, and teenagers hand-paddle lazily down the Deschutes River on inner tubes and air mattresses

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Comments

  1. Loved the article! Congrats! I also love how you bring along your kids on reporting assignments so they get some quality Mom time. I bet they’re getting to see all kinds of cool stuff (but if they’re like I was, they may appreciate it more in retrospect).

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