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The Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association's Green Journey is a “green” self-certification program to recognize member inns who are making a commitment to be good environmental stewards. 

Inns participating in the “Green Journey Program” are on a journey to decrease their environmental footprint and operate their businesses in a socially responsible manner. Participants realize that being environmental and socially responsible, is the right thing to do, good for the environment and good for their community. Participants do not view the Green Journey Program as a fixed goal but rather a journey whereby each year participants seek to advance their environmental goals and achievements.

Under this program Bed and Breakfasts are awarded up to five Green Leaves and one additional green plus symbols (+) based upon their level of participation. Five green leaves and a green + represent the highest level of green achievement. To view Green Journey levels of achievement click here. 

Many Green Journey inns have also been recognized as a green-friendly-sustainable businesses by  Green Routes,” a Minnesota based independent non-profit authentic travel self-certification program.  Green Journey inns so recognized may also display the Green Routes logo.

List below are the Inns on a Green Journey with the number of green leaves signifying their level of achievement.


Dutch Lake Guest House - Howard Lake, Minnesota

Eat local.  Buy from the farmer.  Vacation on a farm.

The Dutch Lake Farm Guest House is an 80 acre, environmentally concious Bed and Breakfast, established in 2009 as a new construction Guest House, using environmentally friendly materials.  The environment is our focus; from the building's thorough insulation, to high R value windows,  utilizing passive solar heating with floor to ceiling windows, recycling, and even growing and harvesting our own vegetables and herbs.  And, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint for every green aspect that we are lacking, we've planted a Christmas Tree Farm, of over 2500 trees to date.  Select your Christmas tree during your stay, we'll mark it with your name, and you can come back to cut it closer to the holiday! 

We feed the birds so bird lovers will enjoy seeing many species in four different habitats; prairie, lake, swamp, and wooded forest.  You can enjoy sitting on your own private dock, use the canoe to paddle the peaceful lake, and delight in all of the wildlife that a country farm has to offer such as deer, fox, and mink.  The Dutch Lake Guest House changes from season to season, offering canoeing, hiking and biking during the summer, and snow shoeing in the winter! 



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Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast - Two Harbors, Minnesota


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Cover Park Manor - Stillwater, Minnesota


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Park Street Inn - Nevis, Minnesota


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Habberstad House Bed and Breakfast - Lanesboro, Minnesota


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The River Nest Bed and Breakfast - Reads Landing, Minnesota


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My Lake Home Bed & Breakfast - Squaw Lake, Minnesota

 



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Pratt-Taber inn - Red Wing, Minnesota


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MacArthur House Bed & Breakfast - Grand Marais, Minnesota


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The Rand House Bed and Breakfast - Monticello, Minnesota


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Whiteley Creek Homestead - Brainerd, Minnesota


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Candlelight Inn - Red Wing, Minnesota


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The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek Bed and Breakfast - Duluth, Minnesota


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Blue Heron B & B - Ely, Minnesota


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Rivertown Inn - Stillwater, Minnesota


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Mitchell-Tappan House - Hibbing, Minnesota


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Scandinavian Inn - Lanesboro, Minnesota

With every business decision, we, the Scandinavian Inn owners, ask ourselves, "Is this decision taking us closer, or farther away, from our environmental objectives?"  You will find that our guest rooms do not feature overly-packaged products, strong fragrances, or high energy-consuming devices.  Instead we offer comfort without clutter, excellence without excess. 

Breakfast welcomes you with fresh fruits, beverages, baked goods, and entrées blending local, free-range, and organic foods all served at an elegantly-set table.  We plan our breakfast menus around available foods at our local farmer's market, and typically travel to and from the market by bicycle.

Linens and towels are dried by freash air and sunshine, as the weather permits.  Lawns and gardens are free of petrochemicals.  The vast majority of our room cleaning and laundry products are plant-based.  (We admit to using a bleach pen and rust remover now and then.)  From Day One, a human-powered reel mower cuts the grass, and a snow shovel clears the walk and drive.

We recognize the need to provide comfort to our guests -- our bedrooms have air conditioning. But we like to give open windows, fans, and natural ventilation a chance first.  In 2007 we took the plunge and installed a geothermal heating/cooling system for our building.  It remains a work in progress, and currently heats about half of our building and cools the entire inn.  We plan to extend the heating to the historic portion of the house, but retrofitting while maintaining the charm of the house will take some work.



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Olcott House Bed & Breakfast Inn - Duluth, Minnesota


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Historic Hutchinson House - Faribault, Minnesota


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Historic Inn on Ramsey - Hastings, Minnesota

Preservation of historic properties is all about reducing , reusing and recycling  We feel very lucky to have literally saved our 1880 Queen Anne from deomolition in 1988. Think of the resources that were used in the building of this. In the process, we saved two by fours from walls that were not original, pulled nails and used them again. We also preferred fixtures that some might have thought had seen their better day and restored to use and admire again (like the copper soaking tub with wood rim or the double pedestal sink from an old barber shop). We recycled used marble and learned not just how to cut it on site but also how to polish it.       

We think constantly of the dedication and master workmanship that went into our two buildings and so many other historic B & Bs in this country. Our stewardship to the past is a part of our mission as good community members and also conservationists. Our "green journey" involves sharing with our guests the wonderful local resources we have (In the business category: Spiral Food co-op, Creative Confectionaire, Reissner's Meat Market, The Dairy Store, Mississippi Clayworks and the many good one of a kind bistros, cafes and restaruants. Natural category: three rivers and two lakes, an outstanding waterfall and a bike and walking trail hugging these waterways in additon to 63 buildings on the National register (a record for a town this size) and two county parks, a state park and a nature center that also practices sustainablity and even our local country club once private now public has won an award for sustainability. We believe wholeheartedly in the mssion of the organization promoting buying locally (www.the350project.net).         



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Nicolin Mansion Bed & Breakfast - Jordan, Minnesota


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Deutsche Strasse Bed and Breakfast - New Ulm, Minnesota


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Green Heron B&B - Grand Rapids, Minnesota


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High Woods Bed & Breakfast - Taylors Falls, Minnesota


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Afton House Inn (Historic) - Afton, Minnesota


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Summit Inn B&B - Center City, Minnesota


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The Ellery House - Duluth, Minnesota


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Solglimt on the Water - Duluth, Minnesota


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Mathew S. Burrows 1890 Inn - Duluth, Minnesota


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Bingham Hall Bed and Breakfast - New Ulm, Minnesota


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Cathedral Hill B&B - St. Paul, Minnesota


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Baptism River Inn Bed and Breakfast - Silver Bay, Minnesota

Stay at a lodging that cares about and strives to limit its impact on the planet.  We have employed many measures to make our inn a place that reflects our values of balance with all life on this earth.  While not perfect, we are always striving to do more. The 3 floor, 6000 square foot log home our family shares with you averages only about $200/ month in heating due to our off peak electric heat, tight construction and thorough insulation.  Of course we do all the obvious things too: recycling, low flow water, energy efficient appliances, florescent lighting and green household products.  We are a Green Routes destination.  Find out more about Green Routes at: http://www.greenroutes.org/



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Moondance Inn - Red Wing, Minnesota


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Poplar Creek Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast - Grand Marais, Minnesota

Eco-friendly, quiet three bedroom Gunflint Trail B&B and cabins on the edge of the Boundary Waters (BWCA), paddle only lake. Silent sport trails on site - hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoe. Canoeing from our dock. Bird friendly. Direct access to the BWCA's longest tracked ski trail- the Banadad and centrally located along the 180 km Gunflint Nordic Trail System.  For information on our green policy click on- Sustainability Statement.



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Carmel Apple Orchard Inn - Staples, Minnesota


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Water Street Inn - Stillwater, Minnesota


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A.G. Thomson House Bed & Breakfast - Duluth, Minnesota


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Outing Lodge - Stillwater, Minnesota


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Round Barn Farm B&B&B - Red Wing, Minnesota


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Faribault, MN 55021
952-303-2325
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