Traveling Green From Now On

08/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Interested in an off the grid getaway? Travel eco-friendly and affordable.

Located in Venice Beach, California this delightful trilogy of one time crack houses were completely renovated, catering to an environmentally conscious restructuring. The Eco Cottages are consciously and meticulously restored integrating organic earth-friendly and re-purposed materials. While at the Eco Cottages you'll discover no stone was left unturned in making your stay memorable as well as educational. The Eco Cottages make a perfect family surf vacation affordable and eco-friendly.

For your convenience each cottage has a remote control fireplace gas heating system, on demand water heater, solar panel roof tops, recycled plastic milk carton hot tub, which uses ozone and UV to clean the water. Also included are Wi-Fi, iPod dock, hidden HD flat screen television, long distance telephone service and this is just the beginning.

Every appliance is energy star certified and is accompanied with bio-degradable laundry detergents and soaps for your convenience. A full kitchen is at your disposal with hospitality organic fruit, wine, coffee and creamer. If you are interested in having a dinner party or creating an intimate dinner for two, the Santa Monica Co-op is only a few miles away. There are luxurious bathroom floors made of recycled Bathroom Cork Flooring, organic queen size beds, bed linens, towels, and robes to make your stay difficult to leave. Each cottage has one bedroom as well as a comfortable organic pull out sofa bed.

The Eco Cottages are conveniently sandwiched four blocks east from Abbott Kinney outdoor street shopping mall. There are several independent coffee shops as well as independently owned retail stores. Walking Abbott Kinney was a delightful surprise to a persnickety eco-tourist like me. Strolling four blocks west leads to the center of downtown Venice Beach with a bird's eye view of the Pacific Ocean waves. When you stay at the Eco-cottages the options for a fun filled day are endless. If you decide to spend the afternoon exploring this lovely beach town or decide to take it easy at the Eco-Cottage, you'll come to realize, you've made the perfect eco-friendly decision.

Buying Glocally

If you decide to go surfing while you are in Venice Beach, Mollusk Surf Shop will have what you are looking for. Mollusk's Offers environmentally conscious, works of fine art surfboards from Danny Hess Surfboards. They also offer Comet Skateboards. Both companies use the most progressive incorporation of recyclable and sustainable materials available today. Mollusk's has wetsuits and surfboards rentals available for your convenience. Mollusk also features art shows and has live shows for an evening out on the town.

Find the perfect locally made and eco-friendly gift for anyone and everyone in your life. Portage Bay Goods has gifts and unique eco-friendly treasures. Whether you travel or are getting ready to go back to school these Impuckish messenger bags are a great find at Portage Bay Goods, Perfect for traveling with your laptop, you will have enough room to transport books for going back to school.

Music Is Food For The Mind

The new voices of music are on the internet. Internet radio seems to be popping up everywhere. Leading the pack is Seattle based Hollow Earth Radio. Hollow Earth Radio offers a diverse selection of sometimes meandering shows or a delightfully themed surprise which will awaken your ear palette. Now you can discover a band or listen to an interview of an artist before they become a household name.

An endless variety of Seattle's favorite bands can be found at K Records. Heading the label of this eco-conscious community is Calvin Johnson. Whether he's traveling by train or public transportation to shows, Calvin's minimalist lifestyle is a refreshing alternative to the music industries mass consumption. The K records reissue of The Microphones has made it possible for folks to discover and fall in love with once again.

Eco-Conscious Restaurants

Seattle has a restaurant treasure, The Chaco Canyon Café. It's located in the University District, and is open 7 days a week, here are the hours. Truly environmentally conscious in every way imaginable, this eco-haven of fine dining collaborated with Tiny's Organic to bring CSA pick ups back to Chaco Canyon in support of local agriculture and the environment. Chaco Canyon Café composts and recycles 90% of their total waste. Wireless internet is available while enjoying a cup of local fair trade, shade grown, organic coffee or tea. Offering a choice between a raw foods menu or vegan menu, you'll find various dishes beautifully displayed, fulfilling and appetizing. Crowd pleasers and favorites are the Cilantro Pesto Pizza, Nacho Plate, Grilled Vegan Cheese and Soup and Hot Tunaless Melt to name a few. You will leave feeling well nourished and satisfied knowing you helped the environment, local communities and yourself.