Stay at Ventana Big Sur
Set amid a 160-acre woodland forest, this sprawling escape blankets a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with views and prices to match. But the operations of this gem in the Hyatt hotel portfolio showcase a commitment to sustainability. Furniture is made from felled trees onsite, many workers live on the property to reduce travel emissions, much of the food locally and sustainably sourced, and the gorgeous landscape (drought-tolerant and native species irrigated with recycled grey water) is especially charming due to the commitment to a more circular approach.
Sip sustainable wine
California’s wine industry is a world leader when it comes to producing natural and organic wines. Statewide, there’s a Down to Earth celebration in April, when sustainable wineries throw special events, and the Napa Green initiative features tours and itineraries focused on producers that support nature restoration and renewable power. Better yet, numerous wine regions in the state offer cycling rentals and tours that allow (non-tipsy) riders to indulge in zero-emission explorations of fields and vineyards.
Palm Springs biking tours
A place for Hollywood party pads and golf courses, the region’s unique landscape offers plenty of its own rewards. Travelers can rent a mountain bike and begin with a tour of the region’s architectural treasures, spying the city’s legacy of excellent midcentury modern residential design. Then, explore the Indian Canyons, ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and stop in a palm tree oasis. It’s a unique blend of nature, and nature-inspired design.