Iowa Bed and Breakfast Inns Are Eco-Friendly

The beauty of nature is found adorning Iowa B&Bs

Members of the Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association (IBBIA) are involved in activities that foster a healthy, sustainable environment while adding efficiency to business practices and eliminating wasted resources.  These innkeepers consider the sustainability of the materials they buy, and they embrace the use of locally produced services and products.
Our Tara Inn, located in Lansing, Iowa, went ‘green’over 4 years ago by doing everything possible to reuse, recycle, and reduce their operation’s carbon footprint.  Solar lights, rechargeable batteries, cloth shopping bags, and other environmentally friendly tasks have been accomplished.  Plus the innkeeper always buys local produce in season.  Innkeeper can be reached at (563)568-2665.

Dug Road Inn of Decorah is another perfect Eco-getaway with their use of organic linens and low VOC paints and cleaning products.  Guests are served a full breakfast using organic and locally grown ingredients.  And, for the gardener in you, Decorah is the home of the Seed Savers Exchange and the Oneota Coop organic food market.  For full information about staying at the Dug Road Inn contact, Shirleen at (563) 382-9355.

The Garden and Galley B&B in Indianola is located on 9 acres inside the city limits.  With 9 acres for all to roam, guests can spent quiet time enjoying nature via a path to the woods and pond, an apple orchard (guests enjoy picking and eating the apples right off the trees), and there are benches to sit on and swings to swing on.  The acreage wild life includes three types of tree frogs, deer, and a large variety of birds.  The outdoors are often brought indoors as the native flowers, plants and fruits are used at meals, for decorating and often just for visual pleasure.   Contact Esther at (515) 961-7749 for more eco-friendly ideas.

The Hannah Marie Country Inn is located on a grain farm just south of Spencer, Iowa.  Two three-year set-aside acres were planted in the spring of 2009.  Their first year of sustainable vegetables and grains, featuring Japanese and vintage vegetables.  This popular country inn features a labyrinth path to walk, and there is a path in their tall prairie grass and wild flower area where guests can rediscover Iowa’s prairie heritage.  Guided tours of the area are given free.  And families often enjoy their breakfast in a basket to take to under the old apple tree when weather permits.   Call Mary for details at (712) 262-1286.

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