At www.virginia.org/green, interested travelers can scope out the state's eco-friendly attractions, events, trails and more. Take, for example, the green deal section, which highlights money-saving trips by region, or the green restaurant guide, listing dining establishments like CROC's 19th Street Bistro - offering organic eats.
What qualifies as green in Virginia though? A light list is noted on the site, including the following mandatory (and slightly ambiguous steps):
- Optional Linen Service
- Eliminate/minimize Styrofoam Disposables
- Water and Energy Conservation
- Green Event
As always, however, Green Globetrotter salutes every project that increases awareness of travel that leaves a smaller footprint. Check out the site and share your thoughts. In addition to accommodations, you'll find birding trails, details of state parks, and even mountain biking suggestions.
A visitor of northern Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, I can attest to the absolutely stunning scenery and spectacular hikes that await outdoor explorers! (Don't miss Stony Man Trail.)