- Hidden Villa Hostel , Silicon Valley, Ca -http://www.hiddenvilla.org/hostel.php
- The oldest operating hostel
in the United States, it was originally founded by Josephine
and Frank Duveneck in 1937. Nowadays it is run by a non-profit
organization with the mission of "Inspiring a just and sustainable
future through our programs, land and legacy". With a beautiful
setting on a 1,600-acre organic farm and wilderness preserve
in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain, it offers miles
of hiking trails. The main building was rebuilt in 2001 to showcase
environmentally sustainable technology and design.
Bay Eco Hostel, California
- A proposed new facility, part
of the Centre for Sustainable Living, the Eco-Hostel is designed
to offer lodging for 92 people in double occupancy rooms, dorms
and eco-cottages, on a three acre waterfront site. The Centre
provides environmental research, sustainability conferences,
Green business incubation, exhibits and tours and hands-on workshops.
Rocky Mountain National Park -http://www.shadowcliff.org
- An eco-friendly mountain sanctuary
and retreat run by Bridging The Gap, whose vision is to make
the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment,
economy and community. Accommodation is in the larger lodges
or simple cabins. Catering can be provided for larger groups,
otherwise self-catering facilities are provided. Fantastic hiking
and they run a series of sustainability workshops.
- Gramms Inn Hostel , tampa -http://www.grams-inn-tampa.com
- Crazy hostel in Tampa with music
themed rooms and a simulated railroad Station Depot and Sleeper
Car, over-sized in ground Jacuzzi and BYOB Bar in the courtyards.
- Hostel in the Forest, Brunswick -http://www.foresthostel.com
A centre for the promotion and teaching of environmental sustainability
-it is both a spiritual retreat, and a hostel for travelers.
They teach a hands-on approach to a sustainable lifestyle with
activities such as alternative building and organic gardening.
Accommodation is in geodesic domes and a bunkhouse built by volunteers
in 120 acres of forest and wetlands. Strong on green issues -especially
use of energy and recycling, they take a stand against plastics,
which you will be asked to take home with you.
- Hedonisia Eco Hostel, Hawaii -http://www.hedonisiahawaii.com
- Describes itself as one of the
most eco-friendly hostels in Hawaii -their aim is to "Reduce,
Reuse and Recycle". They have just ten spaces on offer,
over a 4 acre rainforest site. There are a variety of lodging
options -tent, hut, cotage or love-bus. They also run a volunteer
programme with a variety of interesting roles from artists to
- Pahoa Hostel and Poho'iki Organic Farm, Pahoa -http://www.pahoahostel.com
- Set on an organic farm with
many varieties of fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables, their vision
is for a new age atmosphere where guests can teach/study yoga,
dance, healing, massage, music, permaculture, nutrition, spirituality,
philosophy, and other new age practices. Work exchange for accommodation
is possible (two hours per day)
- St. Ignatius camp and hostel -http://www.camp-hostel.com
- Beautiful scenery is the backdrop
to this simple yet comfortable hostel and tipi site beneath the
mission mountains in an indian reservation.
- New York
- Eco-Hostel at The Farm, Summertown -http://www.thefarm.org/etc/inn.html
- A "Hippie Heritage"
rustic eco-hostel located within the center of The Farm,
one of the USA's most successful intentional communities, and
home to Gaia University. The hostel is a converted multi-family
dwelling dating from early days of the Farm -it was originally
constructed from scrap Army tents and recycled windows, lumber
and nails. There are three dormitories, three private bedrooms,
two cabins and a campground which provide a comfortable lodging
- Developed as a sustainable living
centre, HI Austin has been collecting power from the solar panels
on its roof, replacing them with second generation PVs in 2003.
The hostel is a member of the City of Austin Green Choice Programme,
supporting wind power, and is big on recycling. As well as serving
the wider public, they often provide accommodation non-profit
groups, and especially encourages those concerned with environmental
- Anvil motel bunkhouse, Jackson Hole -http://www.anvilmotel.com/bunkhouse.htm
- Good simple old-fashioned bunkhouse
with 25 bunk beds -clean, comfortable and inexpensive.
- Washington DC
- Energy Star rated hostel, that
sets out to be a 'steward of the environment'. They are big on
using recycled materials, and low emissitivy building products.
The aim to spread the word with information and movie nights
on environmental topics.
- See also Eco
lodges in the United States.
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