Posted July 29, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Not far from the hectic hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, you'll find an oasis of relaxation and environmental awareness in Santa Monica. Come discover what makes this city so earth-friendly and affordable by staying in a sustainable boutique hotel, sipping certified organic coffee, and dining on a meal of raw ingredients.
Ambrose Hotel: Located in a residential neighborhood less than a five-minute drive from the ocean, you'll find a boutique hotel with a sustainable heart. By incorporating green practices such as recycling, reusing, and composting, the Ambrose has become one of Santa Monica's leading eco-friendly places to stay. You can even rent a hybrid vehicle from the hotel, or receive preferred parking if you already drive one. Rooms start at $209, and include organic continental breakfast.
Urth Caffe: Certified organic, shade grown, and fair trade are the practices that make Urth coffee a favorite pick among eco-minded caffeine drinkers. The shop prides itself on purchasing only the most environmentally friendly beans that live up to its high standards of quality. With three shops in the L.A. area, Urth provides a range of organic house blends and varietals of coffee, as well as a plethora of fine teas.
Euphoria Loves Rawvolution Cafe: With more than 25 dishes featuring raw ingredients and a commitment to sustainable living, Euphoria will have you feeling good about your body and the environment. The shop uses compostable take-out packages, biodegradable plates, non-toxic cleaning supplies, and recyclable office products. Plus, all employees bike to work. You can browse the selection of natural body and health products or the library of books about raw food while you wait for a salad or sandwich made with all-vegan ingredients. Entrees start at $8.
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