Friday Five: Luxe LEED-Certified Resorts

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Eco-friendly luxury at Jackson Hole's Hotel Terra. Photo via hotelterrajacksonhole.com

LEED certification is an internationally-recognized system for identifying buildings that are designed and built to “green” standards. You can be sure that any LEED-certified building includes features that result in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2  emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and more. This Friday, why not consider a vacation at one of these five LEED-certified resorts:

Montage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California: This luxurious LEED Gold hotel is in the heart Beverly Hills and situated perfectly for a weekend of high-end shopping.

CityFlats Hotel, Holland, Michigan: The first Midwest hotel to achieve LEED Gold status, CityFlats has sleek, modern rooms and is walking distance to over 150 small businesses, shops and restaurants in the cute Dutch-influenced town of Holland (on the shores of Lake Michigan).

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada: One of the newer additions to the Vegas strip, LEED Gold-certified Aria is part of the huge City Center complex. You can expect all the amenities, dining and entertainment of a AAA five-diamond Las Vegas resort, and inexpensive room rates are often available on weekdays.

Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, North Carolina: Kudos to Proximity for attaining LEED Platinum status! This locally-owned hotel is in central Greensboro, and nearby attractions include the Farmer’s Club Market (one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the U.S.)

Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Jackson Hole is an area renowned for its natural beauty, so I appreciate the fact that Hotel Terra’s LEED Silver ranking contributes to preserving that beauty. Also, the room decor is a great melding of contemporary and rustic sensibilities.

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