Posted August 16, 2010 by Kate HammanLocated in a desert climate, Santa Fe takes water conservation and other environmental practices very seriously. However, you can bask in the city's eco-friendly ways without losing your wallet or peace of mind. Come stay at a calming resort with biodynamic gardens, eat organic ice cream with an innovative twist, and shop for sundries made solely from hemp.
Sunrise Springs: This 70-acre green resort brings art and nature together to create a tranquil getaway. Walk in the biodynamic heirloom gardens that grow the herbs and vegetables used in the restaurant (not open during winter); relax in the spa or the Japanese tea house; or take yoga, tai chi, or raku pottery classes. The hotel is committed to proper recycling and composting, as well as using biodegradable spa products and in-room toiletries.
Tara's Organic Ice Cream: Serving the certified organic ice cream, Tara's brings natural elements into every scoop. The owner and chef, Tara Esperanza, has incorporated local ingredients to invent more than 80 out-of-this world flavors, including green-chili pistachio, hibiscus granita, peach agave sorbet, and adzuki bean with black sesame. You can also purchase organic ice cream brownie sandwiches or cakes at the shop.
Santa Fe Hemp: At Santa Fe Hemp, you can discover this natural fiber's wide variety of purposes. The shop sells everything under the sun, from hemp clothing, hats, bags, and socks to housewares. Prices vary by item, but you can feel good about every purchase, as hemp is a highly renewable resource, maturing in a short period of time and requiring no pesticides or herbicides to assist in its growth.
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(Photo: Sunrise Springs)