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Friday, April 19, 2013

Did you know the first Earth Day celebration took place in 1970? It was organized as a grassroots “environmental teach-in” after witnessing the effects of the Santa Barbara, CA, oil spill, and became the stepping stone to mark the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, is now considered the largest civic observance in the world.

Even though the commemoration lasts for one day, sustainable practices can be incorporated all year long. Not only can you include important steps around you own home such as turning off the lights when not in use, using energy-efficient appliances and recycling, but also when you’re on the road courtesy of an eco-friendly getaway.

The Bella Ella Bed & Breakfast, Canandaigua, NYThe Bella Ella Bed & Breakfast, Canandaigua, NY

At The Bella Ella Bed & Breakfast, a six-acre horse farm located in Canandaigua, NY, take a dip in the inn’s organic swimming pond or grab you fishing line and see if you can reel in any of the bass or perch that reside there. Each morning the smell of a full country breakfast made with inn’s own homegrown vegetables and fruits will awaken you. If you mention you enjoy eco-friendly sites, the inn will take 10% off your room rate.

Nestled in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, the Melitta Station Inn was a former stage-couch stop built before the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1887. This charming
Santa Rosa, CA, bed and breakfast offers six delightful rooms that run entirely on solar power, with any excess power being recycled back to the local power company. You can save 5% on your stay when you request that the inn only launder your linens and towels after your stay.

Turn Earth Day into Earth “Every” Day by incorporating simple, eco-friendly practices into your daily life. Looking for some ways to get started? Make sure to visit our “Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips” board on Pinterest and learn easy ways to be earth-friendly at home.

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