Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Stuck At Home? Virtual Farm Tours Allow Kids To Visit Dairy Farms Without Leaving The House

While school closures continue and millions of kids are stuck at home, dairy farmers share a unique opportunity to visit a farm without leaving the couch.

Virtual Farm Tours, produced by American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), are available for children in grades Pre K – 12 and use video technology to connect children to dairy farms and the farmers who own and operate them.

From the milk in their cereal to the cheese on their pizza, most kids don't know where their food comes from or how it is produced. Last fall, three virtual tours were filmed at Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, N.Y., Will-O-Crest Dairy in Clifton Springs, N.Y., and JoBo Holsteins in Gettysburg, Pa., to educate kids on agriculture, animal care, and sustainability. Additional Virtual Farm Tours can also be found on ADANE's YouTube page.

For more educational materials, visit ADANE's website to download lesson plans.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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Bentley Mulliner Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition.

CD Staff

Bentley Mulliner has added to its new car limited edition Continental GT Convertible to the line-up, the Equestrian Edition.

This one of a kind Continental GT Convertible embodies a myriad of distinctive features, building on the strengths of Bentley’s iconic open-top Grand Tourer. Inspired by the greatest racecourse in the world and home to the most exhilarating and prestigious event of the horse racing calendar, The Cheltenham Festival, the sole example of the Equestrian Edition has been specially commissioned by Bentley Bristol and hand-built by Bentley Mulliner in Crewe. To celebrate the car’s inspiration, it was recently photographed at Jackdaws Castle – the famous state of the art equestrian training facility and home of Jonjo O’Neill Racing, just 10 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse.

Horse and rider silhouettes adorn all four seats, that are finished in the aptly named sustainable Saddle hide. A Cumbrian Green secondary hide complements the bespoke theme. The same horse and rider silhouette accompany the Bentley Mulliner branding in the front fascia, where lavish gold detailing stylishly accentuates the straight grain Walnut single veneer and boxwood inlays.

Continuing the interior theme, the diamond quilting now synonymous with Bentley Mulliner is crafted utilizing an authentic Tweed fabric, with a contrasting light blue stitch introducing a modern touch and providing a distinctive feature to the door inlays and rear quarter panels. Bentley Mulliner has applied its trademark branded treadplates to complete the bespoke interior of the Equestrian Edition.

To the exterior, a specially commissioned and distinctive shade of green called Spruce is paired with Blackline Specification, which replaces bright chrome with gloss black versions to all exterior bright ware, bezels, radiator grill, and exhaust outlets. Bold 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels in gloss black complete the specification.

The car comes equipped with both suites of Bentley’s state of the art driver assistance technologies namely; Bentley Touring specification that includes Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Bentley Safeguard Plus, Night vision and Head-up display, and Bentley’s City Specification incorporating Top view camera, Traffic sign recognition, City assist, Pedestrian warning, Reversing traffic warning, Automatic dimming mirrors and Hands-free boot opening.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Featured Cowgirl: Bobbi Jeen Olson

by Mike Satterfield

Bobbi Jeen Olson practically grew up on the back of a horse, riding with her mom before she could even walk. So it is no wonder that she has made her living as a cowgirl. Better known as “The Arizona Cowgirl” Bobbi Jeen is an actor, model, and perhaps most interesting Stuntwoman.

She always wanted to be an actress, like many she started out as an extra but her talents behind the reigns and in front of the camera quickly landed her some key roles. The stunt work started out with Walker Texas Ranger (the episode where Walker goes back in time and plays a ranger in the 1800). Bobbi Jeen was a featured Saloon Girl and the stand in for Jamie Rose, when the director needed a stunt double for Jamie Rose, Bobbi Jeen quickly stepped up and told the director that she could do it. That impromptu performance as a stunt rider has allowed her to rob armored stage coaches, throw spears, drive “runaway wagons” and many more adventures.

Bobbi Jeen has worked on projects for CBS, Animal Planet, PBS and a number of other networks and film projects. But it’s not all glitz and glamour the life of a hard riding stuntwoman has its costs. “While jumping off a cliff for Animal Planets-I Shouldn't be Alive, I knew they hadn't brought the right bag yet I jumped anyways. The first jump the bag sucked me in and I couldn't roll out of it, hurting my ankle..the next jump got me good and I was rushed to the hospital. It took out 6 months before I was working, riding & roping again…We have those gut feelings-those little voices for a reason and when we do, we should listen!”

In addition to her work on film, you might recognize Bobbi from her print work in magazines promoting some of the top brands in the western world. Being one of the top requested western models in the county means that Bobbi Jeen has represented brands like; Cowgirl Kim, Country Life, Lone Eagle Studio, and Meredith Lockhart there is good chances you have see her work in countless regional and national publications.  Her love for the western lifestyle is her driving force. Promoting the western lifestyle through, acting, modeling, stunt work and TV hosting that promotes the values of the west has made her career more difficult, but it has its rewards. “Being able to  pick and choose the projects that will BEST represent who I am and the positive, inspirational, motivational message that I'm trying to convey; Stay true to yourself, be anything and everything you want to be, treat others the way you want to be treated, lead by example and Dream so big , if only half of it comes true, it's still amazing!”

Many industry insiders told Bobbi that sticking to her guns would mean she could never make it in the entertainment industry, but her long resume of film accomplishments and her upcoming roll in the feature film Deadly Sanctuary alongside Daniel Baldwin would suggest otherwise.

When she is not on the road Bobbi resides on her family ranch near Stanfield, Arizona, transitioning from fashion model to cowgirl. Once owned by legendary film star John Wayne the working ranch is Bobbi’s daily connection to the western way of life that she promotes in the hope to pass the values and heritage of the American Southwest on to the next generation. On any given day you may finder her working cattle at the ranch, speaking at local events, teaching youngsters the cowgirl/cowboy way of life, or riding off into the sunset on the silver screen. No matter where you know Bobbi Jean from you know she is living life the cowgirl way.

Connect with Bobbi Jeen at

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Stetson and Resistol still made in the USA

by M. Satterfield

There is something romantic about a cowboy hat, originally designed out of necessity as our forebearers explored the vast and wild west, it quickly became a style icon inextricably linked to the American individualist... the cowboy, the adventure, the hero. Mainly thanks to the advent of the moving picture and the rise of western film stars in the 1920s. Hats have always been used as symbols in popular media imbuing their wearer with intent and reflecting personality traits from the tall crowed 10-Gallon hat worn by Hoss on Bonanza to Indiana Jones' famous fedora. So when the opportunity to tour the factory of two of America's most storied hat brands, Stetson and Resistol,  I jumped in the Suburban and headed to Dallas.

The Stetson legacy started in the early 1860s when John B. Stetson was traveling the Great American West, having grown up the son of a hatter in New Jersey, he fashioned his own fur felt hat while exploring the territory of Colorado. The story goes that a cowboy in Colorado saw Stetson in his wide-brimmed hat and paid him a $5 gold piece for it, and the first "cowboy hat" was sold.

Upon returning to the east Stetson opened his own hat company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he would release the first hat to bare his name, he called it "The Boss of the Plains." To sell his hats Stetson sent samples to retailers across the Southwest with a letter asking for a minimum order of a dozen hats, the hats were a hit and in less than a year, Stetson built his first factory. By 1886 Stetson was the largest hat maker in the world, expanding his US factory and opening factories abroad to meet demand. Stetson hats would go on to become the official hat of the US Calvary, Royal Candian Mounted Police, and some of the most famous cowboys and cowgirls in the world.

The Resistol brand was founded in Dallas Texas when in 1927 hatmaker Harry Rolnick and millionaire E.R. Byer launched the brand under the Resistol name some say it is because their hats could resist all weather, others say it was because of the unique headband design that made it resistant to sweat stains. Either way, the hats were a hit thanks to the brands focused on producing the highest quality and fashion-forward hats of their day.

With Resistol acquiring its own fur cutting and felt processing plant as well as a rough body production plant, allowing them to be one of the only manufacturers in the world to control the hat making process from raw material to finished product. The quality spoke for itself and Resistol hats could be seen on the likes of John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and even LBJ which helped solidify their reputation as one of the finest hat makers in the world.

Today Stetson and Resistol are still manufactured in the USA by Hatco Inc, using some of the original machines from the Resistol factory dating back to the early 1930s. Each hat passes through the hands of several employees, just as they did over 100 years ago. The company is still making their own felt hat bodies to this day, making them the last manufacturer in the USA to produce fur felt hats from start to finish. Straw hat bodies are made by artisans overseas, but the unfinished hats are shipped to the Garland, Texas factory to be shaped, trimmed, and finished by hand.

As the largest traditional hat maker in the world, Hatco Inc. produces hats under the Stetson, Resistol, Dobbs, Charlie Horse, and Wrangler Hat brands. If you happen to be in Garland you can swing by the factory outlet to pick up a hat direct, but to shop online or find a retailer near you visit or

Enjoy more photos from the factory below:

Monday, August 26, 2019

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by Kathy Satterfield

Rodeo. Just the word alone conjures up visions of rough and tough cowboys, wild horses and bucking bulls.  But Rodeo is much more than that.  It’s more than a sporting event that tests the skills of cowboys and cowgirls.  Rodeo helps keep the Wild West American heritage alive, romanticized perhaps; but it does stir up a deep feeling and longing for days gone by.
Rodeos entertain crowds all over the world, drawing people from all walks of life. Each rodeo offers different attractions like livestock shows, clay shooting competitions, beauty pageants, mutton busting, concerts and other events.

The connection between man and the love of the land; ranching, riding, and roping, is stirred at a rodeo. It is inspiring to watch the competition between animal and man.  The discipline the cowboy and cowgirls have to overcome their fear, fear of riding fast, fear of falling off as you grab the steer horns, fear of getting your boot stuck in the stirrup as you leap from your horse to tie a calf, fear of 2,000 pounds of bull stepping on your back or leg…this is a dangerous sport.  These cowboys risk a lot to entertain the audience, even if the reward is great when you win.

You also see deep respect for the rodeo animals, be it horse, bull, calf or steer. I would go so far to say that the animals are pampered, and why shouldn’t they be? They work hard or should I say play hard for their keep.  The health and happiness of the animals is important not only for their owners but for the riders and audience.

Something you will see at the beginning of most Rodeos is the parade of athletes which are the cowboys and cowgirls riding in that day’s events, also the Rodeo Queen and her court and the singing of the National Anthem.  This is a proud group, proud to be Americans, although not all participations are Americans, proud of the cowboy/cowgirl way of life, proud for many to be people of faith and proud to represent their sport.

It’s a way of life that sticks with you even when you are no longer participating in rodeo events.  It has a way of working its way into your very being, attitudes, and beliefs.  A firm foundation for a good life and endeavor.

Original Cowgirl® Clothing is right there too. The rodeo, ranching, riding, roping mindset is embedded deep within each of us here at Red Barn Ranch. You’ll see it in our tees, tanks and thermals, and other products, each celebrating some aspect of the cowboy/cowgirl way of life.   Long live Rodeo, and the cowboys and cowgirls who keep it alive.

Happy Trails,

Kathy Satterfield
Co-Founder - RBR Inc.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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Original Cowgirl® Blends Modern Trends & Retro Style With New Vintage-Inspired Collection

RBR Wholesale today announced the launch of a new collection, a line of vintage-inspired graphic tees, tank tops, and accessories that embody a retro period-specific vibe.

The collection includes exclusive licensed apparel from western fashion designer Jess Snell. Jess is force behind Rockin' B Clothing, which creates one of a kind western wear for stars like country music stars Kacey Musgraves and Stephanie Quayle, and TV Personality Sabina Kelley.

"We love partnering with Jess, she is an amazing talent and it is exciting that Original Cowgirl® can offer her fans something of she has designed that can be worn every day." - Kathy Satterfield, RBR Wholesale.

The line also includes designs from the RBR Creative team that call back to the styles of 50s, 60s, and 70s. Inspired by road trips, the southwest, and the ranch where the brand was founded.

For retail, the collection is available immediately on OriginalCowgirlClothingCo.comand select retailers across the USA, Canada, and Australia.

Wholesale Inquiries should be directed to

About Original Cowgirl®

Launched in 2007, Original Cowgirl Clothing Company was created to serve independent and boutique retailers in the western lifestyle marketplace.

About Rockin' B Clothing

Rockin' B has designed bespoke pieces for country stars Kacey Musgraves and Morgane Stapleton; designed for VH1, CNBC, as well as multiple film projects, music videos and fashion editorials.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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One-of-a-kind Henry Rifle Being Auctioned To Benefit The New Cody Firearms Museum

Henry Repeating Arms and Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT have partnered on a one-of-one hand-engraved New Original Henry Rifle which is being auctioned off to benefit the newly renovated Cody Firearms Museum, boasting the most comprehensive collection of firearms in the United States.

Baron's master engraver, Rob Bunting, embellished the rifle using a design inspired by a Samuel Hoggson factory-engraved 1860's era Henry rifle found in the collections of the Cody Firearms Museum. The full coverage engraving features Hoggson's signature large grape leaf motif, a classic buck scene, and leafy scroll cuts. The serial number denotes the rifle's unique and collectible status, 01CFM2019.

Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms, says, "The Cody Firearms Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in firearms or American history. It's truly an extraordinary collection, and we're very proud that we're able to be a part of the Grand Re-opening." Imperato continues, "Firearms play such an integral role in our nation's history, so we had to jump at the opportunity to ensure that this collection stays around for more generations to enjoy."

The New Henry Original Rifle is a line-by-line reproduction of the first lever action rifle ever put into production, which was patented by Benjamin Tyler Henry in 1860, except for concessions needed to utilize a caliber other than the now extinct .44 Henry Rimfire. It features a brass receiver and crescent buttplate, extra-fancy American Walnut furniture, and a polished blued steel octagonal barrel.

The rifle is a featured auction item on, item #816952721. Online bidding will close during the Grand Re-opening ceremonies at the Cody Firearms Museum on July 6, 2019.

To complement this one-of-a-kind rifle, a unique collector's series is also being offered to benefit the Cody Firearms Museum. The first offering of the series is a unique rifle built on Henry's award-winning Golden Boy, engraved by Baron Engraving. These rifles are available to retailers exclusively through Davidson's of Prescott, AZ and are available to the public at Davidson's Gallery of Guns.

Together, Henry Repeating Arms, Baron Engraving and Davidson's are expected to raise more than $100,000 to support the revitalization of the Cody Firearms Museum.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Dixie Southern Peach

Dixie-Southern Vodka – the largest premium craft vodka brand produced in the Southeast and the largest spirit brand produced in the state of South Carolina – is rolling out Dixie Peach Vodka, a regional collaboration with Lane Southern Orchards, an iconic Georgia farm that has grown peaches for more than 100 years.

Available for order in nine states – AL, CO, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN, with LA roll-out to begin July 1 – Dixie Peach Vodka is made by infusing Lane Southern Orchards' Georgia peaches with Dixie's core Southern Vodka, which is 6x-distilled from All-American corn. Dixie Peach Vodka has a kiss of sweetness and is particularly appealing with lemonade, iced tea, or in a mule, as well as in a variety of creative cocktails.

Dixie creator Matti Anttila, CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits, says, "As the leader in craft vodka in the Southeast, it's our mission to highlight the best of our region. We do that by collaborating with the best partners we can find, showcasing the amazing and varied flavors of the south. The team at Lane has been growing delicious Georgia peaches for generations and it's an honor to partner with them, as well as share their all-American success story."

Mark Sanchez, CEO of Lane Southern Orchards, says: "It was an easy decision for us to partner with Dixie Southern Vodka: we both aim to produce the South's best flavors, and their commitment to working with real ingredients from real farmers is close to our heart. Since 1908, we have been growing peaches on our farms, located in the heart of Georgia's peach country. Sweet Georgia Peaches are a summer tradition in the South, and as Georgia's largest peach grower, we work throughout the year to keep that tradition alive well into the future."

Monday, May 20, 2019

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5 Ways to Cowboy Up in Casper, Wyoming

Every summer, more than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from 100 colleges and universities descend upon Casper, Wyoming, for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). The “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo, this event brings the best collegiate athletes to the middle of Wyoming to compete in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing. And while each day’s performances take center stage, there are plenty of ways to cowboy up in Casper during the CNFR.

1.      Visit Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters
Anchoring downtown Casper, Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters is one of the best Western stores in the country. With 55,000 square feet of space, Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters is home to nine stories, 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots and beautiful hats, with a hat-shaper on staff. Plus, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the store.

2.      Catch Country Artist Ian Munsick at Gruner Brothers Brewing
Arguably one of the best up-and-coming Western artists in the music business, Ian is a native of Sheridan, Wyoming. Today, he calls Nashville home, but is going to be in Casper to attend CNFR and play an acoustic show at Gruner Brothers Brewing on Wednesday, June 12. If you haven’t heard of him, be sure to take a listen to Ian’s music here.

3.      Attend CNFR at the Casper Events Center
While the daily performances are the main event at CNFR, there’s also plenty of other things happening at the Casper Events Center. Slated for June 9-15, 2019, CNFR also features a trade show, foundation style show and Special Olympics rodeo. Plus, country music singer Jake Maurer is playing a post-CNFR show at the Events Center on Friday night.

4.      Taste Brews and Spirits
Casper’s beer and spirits scene continues to grow, with three new breweries joining the culinary scene in the last two years. The anchor of it all: Backwards Distilling Company. Home to made-in-Wyoming spirits, Backwards Distilling is a family company that’s been in Casper for 4.5 years and is a favorite among locals and travelers. Plus, they just opened a new tasting room in downtown Casper. Rounding out Casper’s adult beverage options are Gruner Brothers Brewing, Frontier Brewing Company and Skull Tree Brewing.

5.      Get Down at the Downtown Hoedown
A new event this year that will take place at the recently completed David Street Station, the Downtown Hoedown is Saturday, June 15, and will kick off the city’s summer concerts series. Additional highlights: live music, mechanical bull riding, food trucks and beer.

More information about CNFR and visiting Casper, Wyoming, can be found at

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Hammerli Arms R1 22 C


Hammerli has announced the TAC R1 22 C, the first product in their defense line. It offers the best precision, quality, and value of any .22 LR, AR-style rifle on the market. It features a 13” free-float M-LOK handguard, folding back-up sights, removable flash hider with 1/2x28 threads, minimalist adjustable stock with QD sling point and ergonomic grip.

The TAC R1 C also features an all-aluminum construction of the handguard, upper and lower receivers along with a closed trigger guard. The 1/2x28 pre-installed thread adapter allows for the immediate use of a suppressor, right out-of-the-box. The TAC R1 22 C also features an adjustable gas system that allows the user to tune the rifle to various loads of ammo by only adjusting one screw. This is ideal for tuning for suppressed use and sub-sonic loads.

“We are very excited to release this rifle. With Hammerli’s history and culture of making superior rifle products, the TAC R1 22 C combined all the features that customers want in a quality 22 rifle, at an extremely competitive price. The TAC R1 22 C is set to be the benchmark in the tactical .22 LR rifle market.” said Cody Osborn, Marketing Manager, Hammerli Arms, Inc.

The Hammerli Tac R1 C will begin shipping May 1st with a list price of $349.00.

For more infomation visit

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Top 10 Luxury Eco-Friendly Resorts

Travel is not just about seeing the wonders of the earth but understanding our impact upon it. With increasing frequency, people are looking to make the shift from "tourist" to "conscious traveler" by finding ways to maximize positive impacts on the locations they visit. Making thoughtful choices about how, when, and where you go on a vacation can make a significant difference. So, this Earth Day, Expedia® analyzed its global bank of over eight million traveler reviews from last year to find the key hot spots for eco-travelers.
Top 10 eco-friendly stays on Expedia according to travelers
  1. Sandos Caracol Eco ResortMexico
  2. Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG, Paris, France 
  3. Siloso Beach Resort, Sentosa, Singapore
  4. Habitat SuitesAustin, Texas
  5. Pakasai Resort, Krabi, Thailand
  6. PARKROYAL on PickeringSingapore
  7. The Green HouseBournemouth, UK
  8. Listel HotelVancouver, Canada
  9. Hotel VerdeCape Town, South Africa 
  10. Sherwood Queenstown, Queenstown, New Zealand
Top 10 sustainable countries around the world
  1. USA
  2. Mexico
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. UK
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Thailand
  8. New Zealand
  9. France
  10. Italy
Sustainable travel is the perfect opportunity to show Mother Earth and fellow inhabitants how much you care. Ready to book your eco-friendly hotel? Just visit or download the Expedia app, which is available to download for free on iOS in the App Store and on Android devices through Google Play.
Take a closer look: Expedia's 10 most recommended eco-friendly stays from around the world
1. Sandos Caracol Eco Resort – Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Situated between dense jungle and the blue of the Mexican Caribbean coast, this Rainforest Alliance-certified destination is among the highest-rated by travelers for the multitude of positive impacts it offers. 
  • Extensive policies governing waste management, resource consumption and natural conservation
  • Opportunities for guests to engage in ecologically sustainable practices: eco-tours, cruelty-free animal interactions, and beach meditation
  • A commitment to the community reflected in celebrations of local indigenous culture, on-site markets that support local artisans, and local partnerships to improve area schools
2. Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG – Paris, France 

Located five minutes by car from Charles de Gaulle airport, the Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG boasts Scandinavian-inspired design, tech-enabled customisable room layouts and a mission to "to reduce the ecological impact of these buildings to a minimum, at every stage of life, from design to operation"—making it the perfect accommodation for digital nomads with green leanings.
  • Rigorous standards for creation/loss of heat and a low total annual energy consumption, supported by green (living) exterior cladding, solar panels, air handling units
  • Proactive efforts to neutralize water impact through use of rainwater collectors
  • Use of sustainable materials, including PEFC wood, carpets made from recycled fishing nets, recycled stone and glass shower units
3.  Siloso Beach Resort, Sentosa – Singapore 

Just off Singapore's south coast lies Sentosa Island, a haven whose southwest coast is the home to the Siloso Beach Resort. Steps from the sandy beaches of the South China Sea, this award-winning eco-resort has taken special care to integrate the surrounding habitat into its design by prioritizing open spaces and preserving established natural features like mature trees and flowing springs. The result? A uniquely organic take on a luxurious beach resort experience.
  • 200 original trees preserved (and 450 planted) on-site; landscape pool fed by underground waters and built according to natural terrain formation
  • 72% of the resort is open-air—and activities including cycle tours, hikes, and other eco-adventures
  • Operations keep ecological impacts top-of-mind, emphasizing locally-sourced foods, limited use of plastics, and reduced energy consumption
4.  Habitat Suites  Austin, TX, USA 

Habitat Suites, a sustainable gem in the heart of Texas' most progressive city, boasts a 30-year track record of forward-thinking environmental stewardship. Habitat Suites has been a charter member of the Green Hotels Association since 1991—and won an Austin Green Business Leader Gold Award in 2018.
  • Widespread use of alternative energy, including solar panels, solar thermal and electric vehicle charging 
  • On-premises organic fruit and herb gardens; clean, local and organic food options
  • Use of plant-based, zero harsh chemical detergents for cleaning; bio-safe guest shampoos and detergents; hypoallergenic suites that include live potted plants and windows that open for access to fresh air
5.  Pakasai Resort – Krabi, Thailand

Spa treatments, boxing and cooking classes plus plenty of space for lounging by the pool—the Pakasai Resort delivers on everything you'd expect from a tropical Thai resort, then sweetens the deal with an impressive list of sustainability efforts. "Krabi's Greenest Resort" was the first in the area to win an ASEAN Green Hotel Award (2014). 
  • Resource conservation efforts include rainwater capture and greywater recycling, energy efficient lighting, biogas production and reduction of plastic use
  • Careful attention is given to reducing carbon emissions through waste minimization program and collaboration with the local community and local organizations
  • Guests are encouraged to make their stay even greener by joining the #GreeningPakasai campaign, which incentivizes visitors to make low-carbon choices around food, transportation, linen services, and local activities
6.  PARKROYAL on Pickering – Singapore

With 15,000 square meters of greenery and cutting-edge design, the PARKROYAL is equally impressive in what it does and doesn't do. This LEED-certified masterpiece saves 32.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools' worth of water annually and could power an estimated 680 households with the energy saved by its conservation efforts.
  • Highly regulated resource consumption through employment of light, motion, and rain sensors
  • Solar cells and rainwater collection mean zero-energy maintenance of the 15,000 m2 sky gardens
  • Thoughtful construction processes reduced concrete (and associated waste and energy expenditure) use by more than 80%
7.  The Green House – Bournemouth, UK 

Equally suitable for weddings, self-care weekends and romantic getaways, every detail of this eco-hotel has been designed to help guests feel great while doing good. That ethos touches every facet of The Green House, from the building's renewable energy production and Forest Stewardship certified, UK-crafted furnishings to the on-site restaurant's adherence to local sourcing and high animal welfare standards—the company car even runs on bio-fuel from the kitchen's old cooking oil!
  • The use of earth-friendly cleaning products and efforts toward energy conservation
  • Staff are trained in the ethos of sustainability and are encouraged to find new ways to improve the Green House's efforts
  • Environmental efforts extend to the exterior grounds, including bird and bat boxes (to provide a safe place for breeding) and rooftop beehives that produce honey
8.  The Listel Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver, BCCanada

The Listel Hotel dedicates itself to both environmental responsibility and the arts. The hotel provides a location to elevate local and international artists—including a gallery dedicated to First Nations artists from the Northwest Coast—while participating in the city of Vancouver's "Corporate Climate Leader" program, setting an example for sustainable tourism efforts across the globe.
  • Responsible food practices including membership in Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program and a commitment to offering local and sustainable food and wine
  • Conservation efforts including 20 solar panels, a state-of-the-art heat capture program (reducing the hotel's natural gas use by 30%) and water reduction and air quality programs
  • Adherence to a 100% Zero Waste policy since August 2011
9.  Hotel Verde – Cape Town, South Africa

"Sustainable by design, stylish by nature" is the modest motto of Cape Town's Hotel Verde. The first hotel in Africa to offer 100% carbon-neutral accommodation and conferencing, the Cape Town Verde has earned an extensive list of international accolades (LEED Platinum certification and a 6-star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa) for its extensive adherence to sustainable practices.
  • Restoration of the surrounding wetlands now supports indigenous water-wise vegetation and a healthy population of Cape honeybees—as well as an eco-trail, outdoor gym, and eco-pool for visitor use, plus on-site edible food gardens and aquaponics
  • Energy efficiencies include photovoltaic panels on the roof and north-facing facades, wind turbines, energy-generating gym equipment, and geothermal heat
  • Commitment to social responsibility through sustainable procurement practices, waste management, and community involvement
10.  Sherwood Queenstown – QueenstownNew Zealand

Sustainability and connection with nature are behind every detail you'll encounter at the Sherwood Queenstown, a boutique hotel perched on three acres of alpine hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The Sherwood operates based on the belief that "simple respect for nature lies at the heart of any sustainable practice". The hotel's orchards and kitchen garden supply its award-winning restaurant; most rooms offer sweeping mountain or lake views, and all are outfitted with South Island wool blankets and locally-sourced beverages. Mornings start with optional yoga sessions, followed by hiking, mountain biking, skiing or snowboarding.
  • A focus on materiality selection that integrates the building with the landscape, while employing upcycled fixtures, fittings, and furnishings
  • Conscious choices about energy generation—the Sherwood is one of the largest private solar installs in New Zealand and currently generates enough electricity to return the surplus to the grid
  • Selection of food, wine, beer, spirits, and other consumable products that are local, natural, healthy, ethical, seasonal and sustainable in their production and use