7 Romantic Green Hotels to Wow Your Sweetheart
5. Hotel Nine Zero, Boston, MassachusettsPhoto via Hotel Nine Zero
In addition to being one of the city's most popular boutique hotels--and making Conde Nast Traveler's list of the world's best for three years running--the Nine Zero uses environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies and recycled paper with soy ink, serves Fair Trade coffee in the lobby, encourages guests to reuse their towels, and stocks the minibar with organic snacks. Even better: its location in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood means museums, restaurants, and historical sights are easy to walk to--no carbon footprint required.
6. Sundance Resort, Sundance, UtahPhoto via Sundance Resort
Cold weather destinations have a romance all to their own--cozying up in front of the fire, sipping a glass of wine, lighting candles to combat the winter gloom--which is part of what makes the Sundance Resort a perfect Valentine's Day getaway spot. Choose a standard room, suite, or even an stand-alone home for extra privacy; then take advantage of Utah's outdoor activities--especially the skiing--which are kept intact in part by the resort's green policies: shampoo containers made of corn-based material instead of plastic, hybrids used on the property, and an on-site glassworks kiln where artists make new works from bottles that couldn't otherwise be recycled.
7. Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, North CarolinaPhoto via Proximity Hotel
The 147-room Proximity Hotel was built green from the ground up, and it earned Platinum LEED certification as a result. Hot showers are a result of 100 solar panels on 4,000 square feet of roof; the bar is built from recovered walnut trees; refrigeration equipment is run on geothermal energy; and the steel, sheetrock, asphalt, and concrete used in production all contain recycled material. Of course, book the Sustainable Romance package--which includes a bottle of wine, "provocative surprises," and breakfast in bed the next morning--and you definitely won't be thinking about recycling.