Northern California leads the nation in the number of hotels—a dozen to date—certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The road to certification is long and rigorous, involving strict standards for energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and such. Choosing a LEED-certified property for your next DogTrekking expedition shows you care: It’s like giving Mother Earth a pat and a scratch behind the ears.
Greenest of the green is Bardessono Hotel and Spa in tiny Yountville. It’s one of just three LEED platinum-level hotels worldwide and one of few in the United States to have tapped into geothermal energy.
The beautifully understated,highly luxurious property boasts a Fido-friendly patio restaurant and is within walking distance of Michelin-starred (and dog-friendly) Redd and Bouchon, among other noted Napa Valley eateries. Money flowing too fast from your wallet? Walk a few blocks to Tacos Garcia, a food truck parked behind the local dive bar, Pancha's saloon. It’s the budget toque of the town, no kidding.
Pet fee at Bardessono is $125 per stay. Rates for people? Well, if you have to ask…