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Vacation for Conservation

Making the “green” choice to shop local — and support sustainable local economies — starts at home and continues when you are on vacation. With the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Green Lodging Partnership, visitors to the Upper Delaware River region are given the opportunity to make a direct investment in sustainability, just by staying with a Green Lodging Partner.

These locally owned hotels and inns have built their businesses in harmony with the environment. They recognize that tourist travel here, and residents live here, for everything this region has to offer. Our healthy lands, clean waters, working farms and forests, and the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities build the foundation of a thriving local economy, providing stable jobs, fresh, healthy foods, clean drinking water for us and for millions downstream, healthy wildlife habitat, and a tremendously high quality of life.

For the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the local businesses in the Green Lodging Partnership, it’s a win-win. The lodgings com­municate their commitment to sustainability to their guests and make a direct investment in the future of this region-and, by extension, the future of a strong tourist economy. For the Conservancy, the funds raised from the program go toward its many community events and initia­tives-in particular, Shop Local Save Land, which connects consumers to local farm and for­est products. The Shop Local Save Land Guide to Farms and Farm Markets and the Guide to Wood Products, Professionals, and Resources are easy-to-use, one-stop resources for finding local businesses and providers. Supporting local farm and forest providers mean that working lands can stay that way-supporting our economy, bringing us delicious local foods, and filtering our clean drinking water.

Participating lodgings in Pennsylvania include The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Woodloch Resort, and The Lodge at Woodloch, all in Hawley; Hotel Fauchere in Milford; and the James Manning House B&B in Bethany. Lodgings in New York include Apple Pond Farm in Callicoon Center, ECCE Bed and Breakfast in Barryville, and The Sullivan in Rock Hill.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy Green Lodging PartnersFor more information on any of the Green Lodging Partners or to make a donation in support of the Conservancy’s work, visit DelawareHighlands.org/greenlodging.