You may have heard of the farm-to-table trend, where restaurants are going back to nature by serving dishes using ingredients straight from the farm. And these days, some hotels are also getting into the act, which means you get to see the process … from the ground up.
If you want to talk about green hotels, check out the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
Its roof is actually a 4,000-square-foot kitchen garden and — get this — three beehives.
And you don’t even need to be a guest to see it: anyone who has high tea at the hotel also gets a personal tour of the gardens and hives.
The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, North Carolina, has a very cool feature: its rooftop garden not only supplies herbs for the kitchen, but it also insulates the building.
And it has two beehives with a whopping 40,000 bees that produce honey that’s used in special menu items.
The hotel, which just received LEED certification, offers garden tours led by an employee that they call–you guessed it–Mother Nature.
And now there’s even a garden in the middle of Baltimore, at the Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel.
The hotel planted a 600-square-foot garden with more than 400 plants, vegetables and edible flowers.
The neat thing here is that since it was just planted, guests can watch its progress and then return in a few months to see those ingredients used in the menu.
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Or find more green experiences like this in our Eco-Travel section.
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