On the Road

We spent the night watching live lightning storms meant just for us. We unearthed a winery in Nebraska; and we putted our way through a round of enviro-themed mini-golf, all in the name of green. We’ve compiled 88 of our favorite spots across the continental United States (and 200 and counting online) to inspire eco-conscious road-tripping that supports local economies. With our list in hand, you can plot a day off or a month-long journey. However you go about searching for American majesty, remember—the country offers a vast terrain for eco-minded travelers.

By Kimberly Fusaro and Madhu Puri

Fish Creek House Bed & Breakfast
Into-the-wilderness setting. Food comes from the on-site greenhouse. Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is your next-door neighbor.
5913 MT Hwy 41; Whitehall, MT; 406.287.2181; fishcreekhouse.com

West Paw Design
Everything for your cat or dog, with low environmental impact. Durable, nontoxic, and even recyclable toys.
32050 East Frontage Rd, Bozeman, MT 800.443.5567; westpawdesign.com


New Jersey Nets
First NBA stars accredited as carbon neutral. Green-themed throughout the season.
Continental Arena, 50 State Rte 120 East Rutherford, NJ 800.765.6387 for tickets netsgogreen.com


The Lightning Field by Walter de Maria
Take off your shoes and stay awhile; vegetarian dinner provided. Lightning not guaranteed, but chances are good. Reservations required.
Near Quemado, NM; 505.898.3335 lightningfield.org

Earthship World Headquarters
Not as scary as it sounds. Spend the night and experience recycled biotecture under a roof of rammed earth and tires.
Taos, NM; 575.751.0462; earthship.net

White Sands National Monument
All white grains but no beach for miles. Hike one of the park’s four trails or take a scenic bike ride along Dunes Drive.
US Hwy 70, 15 miles SW of Alamogordo 575.679.2599; nps.gov/whsa


Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Where James Beard Award winner Dan Barber and friends practice four-season farming, teaching, and more. Adjacent Blue Hill restaurant is his chef d’oeuvre.
630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY 914.366.6200; stonebarnscenter.org

Café Habana
Luncheonette does eco to the nth degree. The tables are made from sawdust and recycled plastic.
17 Prince St, New York, NY 212.625.2001; ecoeatery.com

Candle Café Vegetarian café is Green
Restaurant certified. Like your meal? Buy their cookbook and make it yourself.
1307 Third Ave, New York, NY 212.472.0970; candlecafe.com

Birdbath Bakeries
Green sister to celebrated NYC foodie destination City Bakery. Wind-powered, built from reclaimed materials, and organic to the last bite.
223 First Ave and 145 Seventh Ave S, New York, NY; 646.722.6565 buildagreenbakery.com

Brooklyn Brewery
Invests in wind power to offset its carbon footprint. Take a tour and sample the brews, or stop by for happy hour on Fridays.
79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 718.486.7422; brooklynbrewery.com


The Cottages at Spring House Farm
Eco retreat boasts six secluded cabins nestled in 90-plus acres of rolling woodlands. Each cabin has a hot tub, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen.
219 Haynes Rd, Marion, NC 877.738.9798; springhousefarm.com

Authentic Asian menu uses local and seasonal ingredients. Try the three-course tasting menu paired with an organic or biodynamic wine.
423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 919.969.8846; lanternrestaurant.com


The Heathman Hotel
Soon to be Energy Star certified, with green dry cleaning and eco wines. Give $25 to local tree-planting crew and get free parking for the hybrid when you book a package.
1001 SW Broadway St, Portland, OR 800.551.0011; heathmanhotel.com

Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Tasting Room
Pinot, the state specialty, in the way God intended. The vineyard practices both organic and biodynamic farming Look for “no sulfites added” label.
9480 SW Grabhorn Rd, Beaverton, OR 503.649.0027; coopermountainwine.com

Esque Studio
Look for their made-to-order (recycled!) blown glass line. Ralph Lauren and artist Kiki Smith are fans. Electric furnaces powered by wind. Studio open by appointment.
6717 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR 503.289.6392; esque-studio.com

Oregon Coast Bike Route
Bicycle-friendly state welcomes you to tour its coastline gas-free. See, smell, and hear the ocean. 
oregon.gov for maps, or bta4bikes.org for related information


The Franklin Fountain
Old-fashioned soda fountain uses milk and cream from local farms in its to-die-for ice cream.
116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 215.627.1899; franklinfountain.com

Breakfast-lunch-dinner restaurant specializes in slow-food ingredients. The best part? No corkage fee if you bring your own bottle.
15 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 215.627.6274; farmiciarestaurant.com

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