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The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon
This weekend, the New York Times' travel section went west in search of eco-friendly hotels. Not surprisingly, the Pacific Northwest was fertile ground and three hotels in the region got the thumbs up from the Gray Lady.
Here's how they impressed the paper with their green credentials:
Everything at The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon--aside from that fireplace--is powered by Columbia River Gorge wind farms and hydro dams, thanks to renewable energy credits through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program. Tick. Mattresses in the guest rooms are all-natural--they contain no polyester--and are bought local. Rooms are cleaned with a nontoxic solution made from electrolyzed salt and water. Tick, tick.
The hotel will be getting even more marks next summer when its rooftop garden debuts and starts providing the hotel kitchen with herbs and other hyper-local ingredients.
If you're interested in visiting the Pacific Northwest for something more decidedly adult than a Twilight Teen Tour, consider the Quinault Quintessentials, culinary weekend being held at the Lake Quinault Lodge in Washington.
Who needs to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest when you can spend all weekend learning to cook its specialties from the lodge’s executive chef, Patrick Norris?
From Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, guests can spend the weekend sampling Norris’s food, beginning with a selection of local wines, fruits and cheeses on Friday evening. Package guests will then be invited to several intimate cooking demonstrations from Chef Norris, as well as a four-course dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.