In honor of Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012, we would like to present a few ways that you can help preserve the environment, as well as the cultural and economic health of your chosen travel destination, by “green-ing” your vacation!
Green Transportation Tips
Of course, using a car that gets the best gas-mileage is an obvious way to conserve precious resources! Also, if you choose to rent a car, the rental companies are getting better and better about offering green choices, just ask them about it when you are looking into renting a car! If you choose to fly… believe it or not, the bigger the better! The more people that can fit on that plane, the less fuel per person is used! And perhaps a choice you haven’t thought of- take the train! Amtrak is adding more lines all the time, and getting more and more reliable as well!
There are a couple of ways you can make green choices for lodging! First of all, choose a company that is locally owned. That way your money is going to preserve and build up the local economy! Secondly, choose lodging that has done as little damage as possible to its surrounding environment in the process of being built. Renting a cabin in the Smokies is a great example of this, as cabins are built to nestle you right into the surrounding beauty of nature! Thirdly, choose a lodging company that is striving to go green in their business practices. ERA in the Smokies is striving to go green in several ways! A few examples… we have seriously cut down on paper waste, both by going digital with the great majority of our advertising, and by reusing scrap paper as much as possible. We also choose environmentally friendly cleaning products as much as possible, and strive to cut down our energy consumption with utilities as much as we can! A fourth way you can go green with your lodging choices is by doing YOUR best to avoid wasting precious resources! Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth… even on vacation!
Well your food doesn’t literally have to be the color green! But you can make green choices when it comes to your food, even while on vacation. When you eat out, choose local restaurants. More and more restaurants are hiring locals, buying their supplies, both edible and otherwise, locally, even buying organic foods, composting, and conserving energy and resources any way they can! Our Smoky Mountain community has many locally owned, unique, and delicious eateries!
What better place to enjoy nature than the lush Great Smoky Mountains?! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts 1,600 species of flowering plants, 450 species of non-flowering plants, 66 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 50 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. And this lush nature is not limited to the park itself! There are any number if ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the Smoky Mountain area! From hiking, to kayaking and canoeing, from whitewater rafting to enjoying a picnic outside, the sky is your limit!
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ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.