Posted February 3, 2010 by Kate Hamman
Recently named one of the greenest cities in the U.S., Burlington, Vermont, doesn't fool around when it comes to preserving Mother Earth. Come shop for local items at the city's premier food co-op, grab breakfast all day at an organic cafe that uses eco-friendly practices, and stay at an historic inn that makes being green look easy. Best of all, you won't have to dip far into your cash flow to enjoy it.
City Market/Onion River Co-op: Located in downtown Burlington, the City Market sells organic products and carries more than 1,600 Vermont-made items. Originally a food co-op that brought together local vendors, the store has now become the leading supermarket for the downtown area. With 73 percent of its items coming from local producers and 60 cents of every dollar staying in Vermont, the City Market helps keep local suppliers in business.
Magnolia Bistro: From the LEED-certified carpet to the biodegradable paint stripper used in its renovation, Magnolia applies green practices to every inch of its space. This GRA-certified breakfast-and-lunch bistro uses fresh organic ingredients whenever possible in its inventive dishes, such as the Belgian lime waffle or the garbanzo burger. Stop by in the morning or afternoon for a stack of oatmeal pancakes or the local steak sandwich. Entrees start at $5.
Willard Street Inn Bed and Breakfast: You may be surprised to learn that this elegant Victorian inn built in the 1880s is about as green as it gets. With solar-powered garden lights, low-flow water fixtures, and recycled products, the inn has gone to great lengths to offer guests an eco-friendly stay in a historic setting. Choose from 14 guest rooms, each uniquely decorated with antiques and period pieces. Rooms start at $140 per night, and include a full breakfast.
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