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Eco-Friendly Getaways

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Posted by Jennifer Miranda, Associate Editor

It seems that everywhere you turn, everything's turning up green. (No, I'm not referring to our unusually verdant foliage this summer—thanks to three straight months of rain in the Northeast.) From using environmentally friendly cosmetics (just ask Cara, our Beauty Expert) to creating green registries to composting after their receptions, brides are getting behind the green movement and ushering in a new era of global responsibility. Now, I'm not suggesting that there isn't a long way to go, but every little bit counts, right?

So, I'm wondering: How many of you have taken eco-friendly travel into account when it comes to planning your honeymoon? I personally think carbon offsets are a cop-out, but it's better than nothing. What about eco-conscious hotels? These days they're just as luxurious and offer many of the same amenities as their classic counterparts. Here are a few tried-and-true places to get you started on your search.

The Nines looks like a high-design haven (and it is), but it's also LEED Silver certified and uses electricity from renewable sources—all within the quirky environs of lush, leafy Portland, Oregon.

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Image courtesy of The Nines

Hotel Punta Islita in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is a traveler favorite (seriously, the awards speak for themselves) tucked into a lively community of rural villages and committed to eco-minded living.

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Image courtesy of Hotel Punta Islita

Fairmont Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya in Mexico is strategically situated before a pristine, carefully conserved coral reef, making it the perfect spot for sustainable sunbathing.

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Image courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

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