California Dreaming – A new way to book a B&B in the Golden State

Looking for an intimate stay at a B&B in California? A site called CABBI (California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns) now offers a unique search engine to help you choose. Most of the lodging on the site has some element of sustainability – from solar power and water-saving devices to organic gardens and in-house garbage sorting.california

CABBI is the state’s only association of B&B’s and boutique inns, representing members from the Redwood Coast to San Diego. CABBI provides travellers with an extensive choice of accommodations including country cottages, historic Victorian mansions, boutique inns and beachfront retreats.

There are over 200 B&B’s to choose from with different packages and specials listed daily. Here are a few of the beautiful lodges listed on the site:

Like the Martine Inn, the eco-friendly practices at the Gingerbread Mansion Inn are largely hidden by its opulent Victorian style and storybook gardens, but the inn is a TripAdvisor certified GreenLeader. While in the process of restoring the Victorian mansion, the owners installed a variety of energy-saving and water-saving devices such as energy star appliances, a tankless water heater, plumbing upgrades and low-flow toilets. LED lighting is used throughout the mansion. The inn also has an extensive garbage separation program in which they recycle or compost nearly everything and track their waste.

CTTC110407164918_03_SmallMendocino’s finest Victorian landmark, the MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant, has long been recognized as a leader in environmental stewardship. The inn’s chef, Alan Kantor, pioneered the concept of creating seasonal menus with local organic grains, produce and dairy 20 years ago; he also created a food shed map of local food purveyors in Mendocino County. The inn composts 100% of its food waste, recycles all plastics and glass bottles and uses recycled paper products whenever possible. The inn supplies all in-room shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in reusable pump bottles made from recycled plastic. The laundry detergents and fabric softeners are biodegradable. All water served to guests is run through an in-house charcoal filter and served upon request only. In 2006, the inn began buying coffee from growers affiliated with the Rainforest Alliance, which works to safeguard the well-being of its workers and protect the environment.

Overlooking the rocky shoreline of Pacific Grove, the historic charm of the Martine Inn conceals many of the innovative green practices in place at the inn. The inn uses an efficient recirculating hot water heating system to heat the rooms. The inn has also installed a variety of energy-saving and water-saving devices such as low-flow CTTC09061912574010_Smallshowerheads, faucets and toilets and exterior LED lighting with timers and sensors. Even antique lamps have been rebuilt to accommodate electronic ballast fluorescent or compact fluorescent bulbs. The staff also separates all garbage for recycling and recycles as much as possible. Other eco-friendly practices include native plant and drought-tolerant landscaping, staff carpools, paper use reduction strategies, and more.

In Lodi’s wine country, the Inn at Locke House offers a unique juxtaposition of history and environmental consciousness with solar panels mounted to the roof of its 1850s-era barn. The solar panels provide approximately two-thirds of the inn’s electricity. The inn’s gardens supply many of the fruits, herbs and vegetables for the Locke House kitchen; the harvest is supplemented with fresh local, organic produce and products. The inn composts food waste and is working toward creating more sustainable landscaping with water conscious, California native plants and trees. As a certified Green Hotel, the inn also uses Energy Star appliances, compact fluorescent lighting, natural, biodegradable bath amenities and cleaning products, and more.

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