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| The Hangover-Free Zone | “Tequila? There’s an actual place called that?” Si, claro. Yes, there really is. It’s in the Mexican state of Jalisco, some 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara. The colonial town of Tequila (founded by Franciscan monks in 1530) and, surrounding it, the sprawling fields of red volcanic soil planted in row after row […]

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| Green Travel News | The Perennial, a new “mega-sustainable ” San Francisco restaurant opening early next year, will feature an aquaponic greenhouse … in which kitchen waste will be fed to fish … whose waste will fertilize a “living pantry” … where microgreens and vegetables are harvested to order. In the words of Eater San Francisco, The […]

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| A Green Field of Dreams | It’s on a beach walk along wind-swept Lake Huron in the Thumb—do as all Michiganders do and think of the state as mitten-shaped and you get the picture—that we meet Paul Weideman. He is playing with his big, boisterous dogs. We begin to chat. A friendly guy, we soon […]

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| In the Land of Chipichipi | We could feel the air cool and freshen as we began to ascend la Ruta de la Niebla, the Way of Fog, into las Alturas, the highlands of Mexico’s Veracruz state. Whereas down on the brown sands of its Gulf of Mexico beaches it had been hot and humid and there was […]

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| Sabor Mexicano Farm | It’s a perfect afternoon in Northern California’s Russian River resort area of Sonoma County, hot but not too, and a smiling and jovial Jorge Saldana is doing what countless numbers of his countrymen back in Mexico are doing on this and every Sunday—happily grilling under deep blue skies, surrounded by hungry people […]

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| Green Certified in the Zagori | Pindus Mountains, northwest Greece. The village, Mikro Papigo, is one of 48 picturesque and ancient settlements arrayed like an amphitheater in the Zagori region. It’s dark when I arrive, past 9 p.m. I know the village is car free, by necessity. Its narrow, cobblestoned lanes were designed for donkey transport. […]

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| Macedonian Green Elegance | It’s in the shadow of Mount Olympus, home to the ancient Greek gods and highest mountain in Greece. Nearby is the traditional village of Agios Dimitrios, population maybe a thousand and surrounded by farm and forest. This is Macedonia, on the western Greek mainland. The hotel is called Ktima Bellou, which means “land of the Bellou family,” […]

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| Quiet, Beautiful, Green | The drive is gorgeous, and after a week on dry and treeless Greek islands, what a relief to see green forests and flowing water. My destination is the Eleonas Agrotouristic Hotel in the town of Rovies; it’s on the island of Evia (also known as Euboea), two and a half hours […]

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| Resort To Green | Let’s say you’re wandering the desert. Not just any desert. The particular desert that has been transformed by automated sprinkler systems and relentless developers into strip malls, chain restaurants, housing and hotels into today’s Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, Calif. Let’s say you now find yourself in the city of Indian […]

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In another sign green travel has gone mainstream, budget-priced Econo Lodge hotels are celebrating the first anniversary of their Room to be Green program.

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