Guide to Green Eco Travel in California

I live here in Southern California, so I noted with great interest the article in Plenty Magazine listing the most green ecotravel destinations, state by state, including those here in California, which are as follows:

Tomales Bay Oyster Co Bivalve farm sells namesake oysters, mussels, and clams. Waterside picnic area for prime shucking. 15479 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA. 415-663-1242;

Buell House Save-the-planet politicos Mark and Susie Tompkins Buell’s peace sign–fronted barn is a legend in Bolinas. Tricky hike to Alamere Falls, but it’s worth it for the 50-foot cascade directly into the ocean. Off Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA.

Monarch Grove Sanctuary Some 25,000 monarchs arrive from the Canadian Rockies and Alaska to new digs in Butterfly Town, USA. Locals work to preserve their habitat and that of the Australian eucalyptus. October through March. Ridge Rd, Pacific Grove, CA. 831-648-5716;

Post Ranch Inn Architecture fit for its surroundings. Morning yoga, afternoon nature walks, and evening astronomy sessions. They know what you like. Off Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA. 800-527-2200;

Los Feliz Lodge Live like an Angeleno who has compost, conscious lighting, vintage furnishings, and nontoxic laundry supplies. 1507 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA. 323-913-1443;

Three Twins Ice Cream Certified-organic farmers’ market fave. Biodegradable and compostable servingware. 610 1st St, Napa, CA. 707-257-8946;

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture The roots of Nader Khalili’s futuristic subdivision and school. Called anything from eco-domes to super adobes to moon cocoons. Tours by appointment. 10177 Baldy Ln, Hesperia, CA. 760.244.0614;

La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve Swim past the lounging sea lions, snorkel into a protected underwater ecosystem with Garibaldi fish and endangered giant black sea bass. 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 619.260.1880;

Green Fusion Design Center Healthy for your home and the earth. Retail shop, gallery, and educational center. Green through and through, from the building to the initiatives. 14 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo, CA. 415-454-0174;

Roots Restaurant in the Orchard Garden Hotel San Fran’s first green hotel adds restaurant with same standards. Grass-fed beef, biodynamic beer in elegant whitewashed setting. 466 Bush St., San Francisco, CA. 415-399-9807;

Smiley’s Schooner Saloon & Hotel No signs and no tourists in this famously secluded, activist-minded coastal town. More than 150 years old and not ashamed. Drink up; stay the night. But don’t expect modern conveniences. 41 Wharf Rd., Bolinas, CA. 415-868-1311;

Helios House Ironic concept that’s not Frank Gehry’s. A station that pumps BP gas, but much else is designed to save—from the energy-efficient solar panels to the water filtration. 8770 W. Olympic Blvd at the corner of Olympic & Robertson, Los Angeles, CA. 310-855-9346;

Akasha Locally roasted fair trade coffee and goodies flavored with artisan sea salt and non-irradiated spices. 9534 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA. 310-845-1700;

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