Top Ten Eco-Resorts in North America, Caribbean, and Central America

Gaia Napa Valley Hotel, American Canyon, California
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel, California
Affordable green luxury at the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel (courtesy, Gaia Napa Valley Hotel)

8. Gaia Napa Valley Hotel, American Canyon, California
The 130-room Gaia Napa Valley Hotel deserves kudos for being the first property in America to be awarded LEED-certified gold. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Buildings reach LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council by earning points in six categories, including the design of a sustainable site, which is Gaia's forte. The tiles and carpets are recycled, the wood is harvested from a managed forest, and the manicured grounds have flourished without the need of fertilizers. But enough greenspeak, let's talk about the property, located an hour drive from San Francisco in the heart of wine country. The Gaia features a heated outdoor pool and hot tub in which to relax after a day of wine tasting and biking. Or better yet, head to the spa and indulge in a vinotherapy treatment with grape extracts, Chinese herbal bath, or Thai coconut scrub. Rooms start at $89 a night.

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 8 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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