LEED certification isn’t the only indicator that a hotel is working hard to reduce its environmental impact. Other, less costly programs also underscore commitment to sustainability. Among the eco-standouts in our region is Inn Marin, first hotel in the state to be awarded certification at the Leadership level through the California Green Lodging Program. Its 70 pet-friendly rooms feature bamboo floors, recycled toilet paper, organic shampoos and all manner of energy conservation features. The large green lawn at the center of the smartly restored, motel-like property is the perfect place for canines and humans alike to stretch their legs and soak up some sunshine. A pet fee of just $20 is good for stays of up to a week.
Moving “up the hill” to Lake Tahoe, eco-conscious DogTrekkers can settle in without guilt at Cedar House Sport Hotel, a 42-room, contemporary-styled property on the outskirts of Truckee that has won many kudos for its green architecture and sustainable practices. Pet fees starting at $50 cover cleaning, use of dog bed and bowls and, best of all, great advice on places to go and things to do with Fido in the Tahoe area. !