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Sustainable Travel and Oregon Bed and Breakfasts

‘Travel brings us up close to some of our planet’s most stunning natural wonders and connects us with cultures around the globe. It also has the power to change places and the lives of the people who live there, for better or worse.’ Sustainable Travel International

Today is Earth Day, a perfect day to reflect on the bed and breakfast’s commitment to protecting our planet. This is why planning a sustainable travel vacation is so important. For 2024 sustainable travel remains a priority for travelers who want more fulfilling and meaningful experiences. Taking the road less traveled is back on the table as well as unique shoulder month experience.

Sustainable Business Practices

As you begin your 2024 sustainable travels into Oregon consider an Oregon bed and breakfast as your lodging option. From the use of organic bath products and green cleaning solutions to natural fiber bedding and eco-friendly mattresses many member inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are committed to providing luxury accommodations with sustainable business practices in mind.

Breakfasts are prepared with fresh, locally sourced Oregon grown fruits and vegetables. And some of our inns have taken ambitious action, working towards a net zero future. These climate solutions will protect the planet and its treasures by mitigating our carbon footprint, generating awareness, and helping the earth heal.

Sustainable Travel Solar Arrays

Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast installed a 20,000 kWh solar array in December 2014. Being connected to the grid the generated power they don’t directly use goes back into the grid. In the months of April through September, the array generates more power than the B&B uses. PGE credits it for what they generate.

‘Over an entire year, the array meets 70-80% of the B&B’s power needs. We manually change the tilt of the panels seasonally to take advantage of the angel of the sun. We’ve paid off the array between federal and state subsidies and the power generation’ reports the owner/innkeepers Kristin and Curt.

Solar Array at Yamhill Vineyards Bed and breakfastYamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast has 39 above ground panels generating energy for the B & B, which is also the innkeepers home. According to the environmental benefits, from the time of installation in April 2022 and January 14, 2023, the installation has saved 23,499 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of 177 trees planted.


Yamhill Vineyards Bed & Breakfast has Geothermal heating and cooling. The in-ground loops pick up the constant temperature of the ground. The Water Furnace has an added pump for cooling the compressor which takes the heat from the compressor and transfers it to the hot water heater, generating ample hot water for the inn.

Along with this system Yamhill Bed and Breakfast also has a Honeywell air filtering system. Filtering the air in the house. The fan that exchanges the whole house air to keep the house air clean and fresh.

Carbon Neutral Credits

WildSpring Guest Habitat is fortunate to be located in an astonishingly beautiful part of our Southern Oregon Coast. They try to keep it that way. Everything they do has been designed to have a minimum impact on the environment, and their choices were made with three questions in mind: Will it be beautiful in a natural way? Will it help protect the environment? Will it make guests feel cared for? Read about their practices to ensure guest comfort and well being.

WildSpring is a remarkable place with an incredibly serene energy that creates a sense of connection to the land and to those who have shared it through the years. There is a sense of timeless reverence here, and it’s easy to lie in one of the hammocks looking up at the treetops swaying in the wind and imagine a different life.

In Japan, they call it “forest bathing,” based on research that shows time spent in nature lowers stress levels and increases the emotional and physical ability to heal.. And, they are carbon neutral.

Youngberg Hill B&B practices holistic farming and natural winemaking along with luxury lodging overlooking the stunning Willamette Valley and Oregon Coastal Range. As you sip their wines, you will sense the farm they care for, their passion and the memories they share with you. Their goal is for life on the farm, including the soil, the vines, and all other plant and insect life, to be healthier 50 years from now than today.

Youngberg Hill has earned third-party sustainable certifications for LIVE (liveinc.org) and Salmon Safe (salmonsafe.org), and in 2010 we were certified “Sustainable” by the Oregon Wine Board. They started farming organically in 2003 and have been practicing biodynamic farming since 2011 and dry farming, meaning no irrigation becoming totally in balance and sync with nature.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Youngberg Hill Vineyard and Inn – Willamette Valley Region – one Tesla and one universal EV charger are a free amenity for registered guest

Old Parkdale Inn – Mt Hood Region – one Tesla and one ClipperCreek are a free amenity for registered guests and also will be available to those passing through Parkdale along the Mt Hood and Columbia Gorge Electric Byway.

Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast – Willamette Valley Region – two Level 2 chargers for electric vehicles.

Bella Collina Bed and Breakfast – Willamette Valley Region – a charging station that can accommodate two vehicles

La Bastide Bed and Breakfast – Willamette Valley Region – two EV chargers

WildSpring Guest Habitat – Southern Oregon Coast – Tesla and Universal Level 2 J1772 charging units

Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast – Eastern Oregon (Joseph) one Tesla and one ClipperCreek (J-1772)

Wilson Ranches Retreat – Central Oregon – NEMA 14-50 and a wall plug

This Earth Day and throughout the year the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is proud of our members who provide employees, guests, and communities a Responsible Stay.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

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