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

The Doylestown Bookshop
Big, bad independent bookstore. Partner with Eco-Libris, which plants trees for books.
16 S Main St, Doylestown, PA 215.230.7610 doylestownbookshop.com


Hobcaw Barony
Research preserve that was home to several rice plantation giants. Coastal ecology and endangered species education on the roster.
22 Hobcaw Rd, Georgetown, SC 843.546.4623; hobcawbarony.org

Clemson Blue Cheese
An artisinal cheese aged in an abandoned railroad tunnel. These Tigers really know their eats.
109 Hendrix Student Center, Clemson, SC 864.656.2155; clemsonbluecheese.com


Ten Thousand Villages
Fair trade gift shopping packed with jewelry and trinkets. Mostly volunteer-run, locations nationwide.
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 615.385.5814; tenthousandvillages.com

Blackberry Farm
Cheese, eggs, fruit, honey, and vegetables are all produced on-site. The menu is ever-changing, and chefs are happy to accommodate any “food-related whims.”
1471 W Millers Cove Rd, Walland, TN; 800.648.4252; blackberryfarm.com


Eve’s Garden
More than a B&B, it’s an eco crib and organic-gardening research site. Open forum for ecology talks.
Ave C and N 3rd St, Marathon, TX 432.386.4165; evesgarden.org

Farm Stand Marfa
After scoping Donald Judd and all things art-worldly in the middle of nowhere, nourish here. Local ranchers mix with new-resident yupsters.
S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX; 917.215.6933 localharvest.org/farmers-markets

York Street
Nationally acclaimed chef (and a James Beard Award nominee) favors “responsibly raised food.”
6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 214.826.0968; yorkstreetdallas.com

Airy hilltop lodge perfect for groups. Spend an evening on the back porch; you’ll never want to leave. Owners help fund local land preservation.
417 Simon Crest, Canyon Lake, TX 866.860.4007; strawmanor.com

Threads you’d be tempted to buy even if they weren’t organic. Plus a wall of planet-friendly chocolates. Shopping and sweets—that’s our kind of therapy.
1113 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 512.326.2331; therapyclothing.com

Alien Scooters
Ditch your four-wheeled ride and zip around Austin by bike or solar-powered scooter. New to the area? They offer guided tours.
1122-B S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 512.447.4220; alienscooters.com


Zion Lodge
Xanterra-operated inside Zion National Park. Six eco-friendly suites and no endangered fish on the menu. Leave a light tourist footprint.
Springdale, UT 435.772.7700; zionlodge.com

Beautiful desert and home to the country’s first EPA Green Power Community. On the way in, listen to wind-powered public radio KZMU 90.1 FM.
435.259.5121; moabcity.org


Norma’s Restaurant
Super-helpful staff serves stellar locally grown dishes in this casual, window-walled bistro. Make a reservation.
4000 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 802.253.6445; topnotch-resort.com

The Green Mountain Inn
In the middle of historic Stowe Village, it’s just steps from a recreation path that practically begs you to walk, bike, or ’blade it.
18 Main St, Stowe, VT 800.253.7302; greenmountaininn.com

Farmers Diner
Classic diner dishes get a boost from fresh-off-the-farm ingredients. If you can’t grow it in New England, you probably can’t get it here.
5573 Woodstock Rd (Rt 4), Quechee, VT 802.295.4600;farmersdiner.com


Ayrshire Farm
Certified organic “manor farm” specializes in revitalizing rare and endangered livestock and in sustainably growing heirloom fruits and veggies.
21846 Trappe Road, Upperville, VA 540.592.9504; ayrshirefarm.com

Miracle Farm Bed & Breakfast Spa and Resort
Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is a B&B and then some—with an organic farm and animal sanctuary, too.
179 Ida Rose Ln, Floyd, VA 540.789.2214; miraclefarmbnb.com


Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat
Recycled materials, down to the insulation. “Nature as art” is the running theme, along with fair trade coffee and gentle-on-the-planet toiletries.
7375 Icicle Rd, Leavenworth, WA 800.574.2123; sleepinglady.com

Steelhead Diner
Pike Place Market on a plate, and serious and sustainable cuisine without sacrificing flavor. Maybe too good to be true? Not really.
95 Pine St, Seattle, WA (Pike Place Market); 206.625.0129; steelheaddiner.com

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