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Airports Going Green

I was interested to read a recent story in USA Today about several airports’ efforts to try and “green” their facilities. To me, airports seem to be an extension of the carbon footprint we create while flying. Think of it: sitting in a terminal, eating fast food and drinking bottled water, and throwing away items…

The Dems Go Green in Denver

When the Democratic brass and political junkies head to Denver next week, they might be wearing the requisite red, white, and blue, but they’ll be seeing green. In an effort to make this year’s convention, in the words of Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, “the greenest convention in the history of the planet,” leading Democrats, the…

Delectable Dining in Denver

Can I just pause for a moment to say how much I love you readers? Because I can honestly say that your insightful tips made my trip to Colorado terrific in so many ways. First off, you nailed the restaurant suggestions: I booked a table at the Vesta Dipping Grill before I left for the…

So after a whirlwind trip, IT editor Janelle Nanos is still recovering from her tour of the West Coast. She’ll be summing up some of the highlights over the coming days and weeks. I’ll start off by saying that eating well in San Francisco isn’t all that hard to do. The produce there is so…

IT Editor Janelle Nanos is still putting the finishing touches on her posts from her West Coast trip (more SF tips await!), but she’s getting ready to go on the road again. This time, she’s off to Colorado and looking for your suggestions for what to do this weekend. I have to admit that I’ve…

Plan My Trip! Biking the Bay

IT Editor Janelle Nanos is blogging from the West Coast this week and taking suggestions from readers on where to head next. Greetings from San Francisco! I lived in this fair city for the summer four years ago, and I’m having a hard time believing it’s taken me this long to return. As I’m sitting…

IT Editor Janelle Nanos is on the West Coast this week, blogging about her trip and taking advice from readers on where to head next. After gathering some suggestions, she met up with one IT reader for a tour of her favorite neighborhood. She’ll be heading to San Francisco next and is still looking for…

Speaking with Stephen Schneider

While attending the Rothbury Music Festival earlier this month, IT editor Janelle Nanos sat down with Dr. Stephen Schneider, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning climatologist who was running the Think Tank sessions at the festival. Schneider has been talking about climate change since the ’70s, he’s won the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and has served as an…

Hello from the West Coast! I’ve arrived safe and sound in Seattle and have been eager to take advantage of your suggestions. I’ll be sending dispatches from my trip over the next few days—and please feel free to continue to help me plan my trip! Within minutes from arriving in Sea-Tac airport, I worked my…

The Roswell UFO Festival has just ended, but that doesn’t mean extraterrestrial-themed fun has to stop. Architect/designer Gene Frazier and businessman Thomas Armstrong are out to prove that indulging your inner exphile can be a year-round pleasure. The pair have been working on Earth Station Roswell, a resort complex nestled in the famous city where…

Ok readers, here comes a challenge. We at Traveler make a living telling people where to go and what to do when visiting new places. But we also know that the real essence of great travel is having knowledgeable locals tell you where to go. So I’m turning the tables a bit and asking you,…

No, you’re not seeing double. Those are twin brothers marching in last year’s Twins Parade in Montreal. Founded in 1998 by a set of twin sisters from Quebec, the event was designed to provide an opportunity for siblings to celebrate their multiplicity. This year’s festivities, to be held on July 12th, will also include a…

Unlike Carolyn I’m actually heading out of town this weekend for some good wholesome Fourth of July fun in the Midwest. I’m on assignment checking out the first-ever Rothbury Festival in Michigan, a music festival with an overtly green theme. As the daughter of a man who made his way to Woodstock (and who will…

Independence Day Alternatives

As a recent arrival in DC, I’m looking forward to celebrating Independence Day in the nation’s capital, the symbolic home of American democracy. Since last year’s Fourth found me trying to locate hot dogs (unsuccessfully) in a South African grocery store, this year I’m planning on going all out for some traditional July Fourth fun—parades,…

The Trek Against Trash

For the past three months, Jordan Price and Carlie Roberts have been hiking along the Appalachian Trail on a “Trek Against Trash” to raise $150,000 toward Keep America Beautiful’s efforts. As if the hike wasn’t enough, Jordan and Carlie have been picking up garbage along the trail the entire time and stopping to work on…

There have been more rumblings in the aviation world lately about having airlines account for their carbon emissions. Last week, the EU announced their plans to begin instituting a carbon trading program for all flights coming into and out of EU airspace. If the plan is approved, Grist reports, "airlines will have to cut emissions…

Panda Rescue Efforts in China

Over a month has passed since the devastating earthquake ripped through China, toppling schools, uprooting families, and destroying entire towns. And while the citizens of Sichuan Province begin to piece together their lives, the conservation community has begun work to restore the World Heritage panda breeding sanctuaries and hundreds of historic relics that were damaged…

The Washington Post has been running a series of interesting articles about the deterioration of “America’s front yard,” Washington D.C.’s National Mall. The grounds surrounding the monuments and tidal basin are National Park Service property, and the service says they’re owed more than $350 million in maintenance fees. Which means that if you wander the…

The Great White Way Goes Green

Even though the Tony Awards are over, there’s still reason to celebrate on Broadway. Last week, members of the New York theater community and the Natural Resources Defense Council had a joint meeting to discuss how the Great White Way can begin going green. Inspired by An Inconvenient Truth, producer David Stone said that they’ve…

Farewell to Florent

I know, I know, I’ve been blogging a lot about diners lately, but on my recent visit to New York City, I had to take in a veritable New York institution before it closes at the end of this month. Florent is a 24-hour eatery located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, and its…

The Chester Vermont Innkeepers Association has just become the first lodging association in the United States to designate all of its hotels as green hotels, Park Light Inn owner Jo-Ann Jorgenson recently told Travel Mole. The Association, which is comprised of B&Bs, motels, and inns, unanimously voted last November to become green certified and follow…

Breakfast with a Side of Gossip

A rare moment of quiet at Gary’s Handy Lunch in Newport, Rhode Island. I’m just back from a 24-hour trip to Rhode Island this weekend – yes, wedding season has begun – and while I didn’t manage to make it in time for a slice of pizza at Al Forno’s in Providence (not for lack…

Beantown is Greentown

I went to college in Boston, and the city still holds a special place in my heart. From biking along the Charles River to wandering through Beacon Hill, going back always feels a bit like going home. So I was excited to hear that since I’ve left town, the city has been upping its eco-cred.…

Hotel Hip: Worm Composting

Luxury and eco-savvy hotel chain Fairmont is proving that chic suites and green living don’t have to clash. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (Sonoma, California), known for its mineral hot springs and spa, has just recently introduced a worm composting initiative, which it hopes will compliment the resort’s aim to be a sustainable…

Molokai Ranch Closes

We were disappointed when we received a letter from reader Cynthia Burdge of Kailua, Hawaii, shortly after our Stay List came out, informing us that one of our picks, the Lodge and Beach Village at Molokai Ranch, had closed. But we were even more frustrated to learn about the circumstances surrounding it. On March 25th,…