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We've all heard of hotel yoga and Pilates classes, but Rancho La Puerta is stretching its usual exercise offerings. The Mexican health and fitness spa, located 45 minutes south of San Diego, is now offering bar method classes.
The workout-of-the-moment bar method revolves around a barre, the same one that ballerinas and dancers use for their warm-ups, for a series of exercises. It's supposed to help sculpt lean, firm muscles in your chest, upper arms and upper legs. That sure as heck beats the tedious treadmill.
A recent Peter Greenberg spot on the Today Show website said something loud and clear that a lot of us probably already think: all those hotels who crow about being environmentally friendly because they don't wash our towels every day aren't really green, they're just saving money.
Greenberg's attack on hotels that pretend to be green goes on, but then he names a few that he really believes are doing a good eco-friendly job. A stand-out is the Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. This Baja California destination is found on 3,000 acres in a valley just an hour's drive from San Diego, and it gets plenty of thumbs up for being particularly green.
Peter Greenberg has a whole list of environmentally friendly aspects of the Rancho La Puerta, and some of the highlights include
3.5 acres are actively cultivated to provide herbs, fruits and vegetables for Rancho La Puerta's dining hall ... An on-site waste treatment facility provides gray water for the drip irrigation system ...Tubular skylights provide high-quality natural lighting in guest rooms, gyms and spa facilities ... Guest-room showers and non-composting toilets use "low-flow" water conservation technology ... Rechargeable batteries are used throughout the Ranch.
And the list goes on and on. As Greenberg says, some hotels preach environmentalism and others simply get out there and practise it, like the Rancho La Puerta seems to do. Thumbs up from us, too.
· Hotels and the Green Bandwagon [MSNBC]
· Green Hotels Coverage [HotelChatter]
· Hotels in Mexico [HotelChatter]