Oregon Coast B&B is 1st to be Awarded Green Lodging Certification - A 119 year story from Shipwreck to Shipshape

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Sandlake Country Inn is the ultimate recycling story. How a shipwreck was recycled into an award winning Oregon Coast eco-friendly, green lodging bed and breakfast.

Sandlake Country Inn is the 1st B&B on the Oregon Coast to be certified as a green lodging property by the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's Green Certification Program.

The story of the Sandlake Country Inn http://www.sandlakecountryinn.com began on Christmas morning in 1890, when Ezra Chamberlain received an unusual gift - one million board feet of virgin red fir bridge timbers dumped on his beach by a shipwrecked wooden full rigger, the Struan. By 1894, homesteader W.C. King had lugged enough of the 3x12 bridge timbers to his homestead to build a sturdy farmhouse. In 1989 the house was purchased and turned into Sandlake Country Inn Bed and Breakfast. Now a historical landmark and the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including voted Most Romantic Hideaway and rated 4 lips by Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest, the current owners/innkeepers, Diane and Ron Emineth have continued the recycling story. "Sandlake Country Inn is the 1st B&B on the Oregon Coast to be certified as a green lodging property by the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's Green Certification Program."

The Oregon Bed and Breakfast's (OBBG) Green Certification Program has been developed through a partnership with Sustainable Travel International. To learn more about the OBBG Green Lodging Certification Program, click here http://www.obbg.org/green.html

Going green doesn't have to mean that you can't enjoy luxury! In fact, most of the B&B guests over the years have no idea that when they stayed at Sandlake Country Inn they were staying at a green lodging property.

Since Diane and Ron Emineth purchased the inn 7 years ago, they made a commitment of their business practices to promote the sustainability of the planet's natural resources. Here are a few things they are doing to help:
Buy locally when possible
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products with all natural ingredients
Use durable products instead of throw away
Use e-mail for most all business communications
All bubble baths & lotions are environmentally friendly...no chemicals, all natural products and not tested on animals
Purchase lotions & bubble bath in bulk & provide each guest room with reusable glass containers instead of disposable travel bottles
When an appliance breaks, they replace it with an energy efficient appliance.
Purchase a TerraPass for each of their vehicles to eliminate it's carbon footprint
Replaced light bulbs whenever possible with florescent or CFL bulbs
Encourage their guests to reuse their towels if they feel comfortable doing so
Reusable grocery bags when shopping

They will soon make Green tags available to their guests who want to help mitigate the carbon footprint of their trip. Sustainable Travel International is providing U.S.-based Green Tags from the portfolio of activities managed by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. BEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping stabilize our rapidly changing climate by providing high-quality, Green-e certified renewable energy certificates they call Green Tags. BEF operates projects that meet strict eligibility and performance criteria based on national standards.

For more information contact:
Diane Emineth
Sandlake Country Inn
8505 Galloway Rd
Pacific City, OR 97112


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