Happy Earth Day! Today serves as a great reminder to be good to our planet, not just today but always. We know it can sometimes be hard to do the eco-friendly thing, but everyday actions and choices can really make a big difference.
When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, there are so many things to consider. Is having a green venue at the top of that list for you? Well you’re in luck because New England just happens to have some of the best green options around. Here are three we’re loving right now!
1) Sweet Berry Farm – Middletown, RI
This working farm is conserved through a partnership with the Aquidneck Land Trust. Your event can either be outdoors on the orchard or for smaller events, there is an indoor barn. The farm’s seasonal fruits, vegetables, and flowers can all be incorporated into your wedding, in addition to other local growers, producers, and vineyards to create the ideal natural table décor, local wine pairings and even green keepsakes and gifts. Having your wedding at Sweet Berry helps sustain the viability of farms and preserve open spaces. Oh yeah, and it’s also pretty darn beautiful!
2) Zukas Hilltop Barn – Spencer, MA
Whether planning an indoor or outdoor affair, this scenic property set in the rolling hills is a great option for keeping your day as environmentally friendly as possible. Zukas is committed to the cause, and their efforts include using vegetables, berries, herbs, and florals either from their own gardens or from local farms whenever possible, donating leftovers to a food pantry or local families in need, offering farm raised and antibiotic-free meat and poultry, using water pitchers instead of bottles and laundering linens on-site to conserve transport fuel.
Photo Credit: Zukas Hilltop Barn
3) Stowe Mountain Lodge – Stowe, VT
This eco-friendly resort has so much to offer. It can accommodate your guests on-site, has plenty of dining options, and a full spa and golf course.
Their green commitment earned them the Audubon International’s esteemed Signature Sanctuary certification, with environmental efforts including: low flow shower heads and toilets, compact fluorescent light bulbs in all guest rooms, recycling bins available for guest use in rooms, use of eco-friendly cleaning products by housekeeping staff, environmentally friendly micro-fiber bed linens, a recycling program for all bath products and containers, and motion detectors in back-of-house spaces to determine needs for heating, air conditioning, and lighting.
The property also works with local artisans who have shown a commitment to the environment to craft many of the furniture, pottery, and glass pieces used in its decor.
Photo Credit: Stowe.com