Visit Bend and Stay Green at the Lara House Lodge

Going green, Green Travel — By on February 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

I’ve been a resident of beautiful Bend, Oregon for 5 years and cannot imagine living anywhere else.  300 days of sunshine a year, minimal traffic and ample outdoor recreational activities, from skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing and more.  No wonder, this city east of the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon offers green travel accommodations for eco-conscious tourists.

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The Lara House Lodge in Bend, Oregon is a green travel destination

When you visit Bend, you can stay green at the Lara House Lodge.  Trust me – this gorgeous 1910 Craftsman bed and breakfast is one-of-a-kind!  Right across the street from Drake Park and Mirror Pond and 2 blocks from downtown, the Lara House Lodge is centrally located in one of the oldest historic neighborhoods in the region.  You won’t even need a gasoline-powered vehicle to get around.  You can walk or ride a bicycle to fine dining establishments, dozens of gorgeous parks and some of the best boutique shopping in Oregon.

Exquisitely appointed rooms (there are 6 of them) allow you the comfort of home in a cozy, yet spacious atmosphere.  A hosted happy hour featuring Pacific Northwest wines and artisan cheeses in the evening allows you to unwind after a day at Mt. Bachelor, or touring the river trail.  The accommodations are so romantic that engaged couples often choose to celebrate their wedding at the historic bed and breakfast.  In fact, its listed as one of the Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest!

 Visit Bend and Stay Green at the Lara House Lodge

Gorgeous green accommodations at the Lara House Lodge

Visit Bend recently reviewed the Lara House Lodge and certified it as a green travel destination for the following reasons:

We use environmentally safe cleaning products, refillable bottles, organic and locally grown foods and those with the least carbon footprint, cloth napkins, we recycle, reuse and reduce usage when possible, we compost, we use reusable shopping bags, we recycle plastic bags, disconnect TV/DVDs  when not in use, we weatherize windows and doors. We use organic yard care products and methods, ie mulching, composting, regulated irrigation. We are very conscious of our earth and try in any way we can to preserve natural resources and keep our earth safe and clean.

The Lara House Lodge is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2011.  It has received many tourism accolades, including Fodor’s Choice Award and Best of Bend in 2010.  Its located at 640 NW Congress Street in Bend, Oregon 97701.

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Beautiful woodwork and fixtures at the Lara House Lodge in Bend, Oregon

If you’d like more information or to make a reservation, call or email Lara House Lodge at 541-388-4064 or 800-766-4064:  Don’t forget to let me know when you’re in town!

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