Ethical Escapes: An Eco-conscious Explorer’s Guide to Boone, NC

Travelers are eager to explore getaways that do good for the soul and the planet, yearning to find more in a destination than a one-off at a sustainable hotel or restaurant.

Boone, North Carolina is that destination!

Ethical Escapes: An Eco-conscious Explorer's Guide to Boone, NC
Courtesy of Explore Boone NC

Boone, North Carolina — located 5 hours north of Atlanta — has emerged as a top destination for those seeking an ethical escape. It’s a place where social and environmental responsibility is woven into every aspect of a visitor’s experience. 

The community’s shared commitment to preserving the awe is palpable, and the area offers no shortage of ways visitors can take part in its mission.

Here are some of the ways you can experience Boone, NC, in an eco-friendly way…

  • Where to Eat: Grab a seat at F.A.R.M. Café, right in the center of Boone’s King Street. Expect a new themed meal every day, with fresh, seasonal vegetables, sustainably raised meats and more. The café uses a pay-as-you-can model with suggested donations, practices composting, and utilizes imperfect produce from local farms for nutritious meals delivered to regional shelters.
  • Where to Stay: From the NC GreenTravel-recognized and historic Lovill House Inn to a solar-powered A-frame built by one of The History Channel’s “Mountain Men,” guests can rest easy knowing the place they stay has purpose.
  • Where to Play: Those looking to volunteer while they vacation can visit RiverGirl Fishing Co. to embark on educational eco-tours and pick up trash while floating along the New River. (Pro Tip: Collect the most trash to score a free fly-fishing lesson!)
  • What to See: Experience the magic of discovering a rare colorful salamander near a clean mountain stream. Zipline through trees, wander through wildflowers or watch fluffy snowflakes fall from above. Let the Milky Way take your breath away along the Blue Ridge Parkway, where light pollution is minimal at night.

You can find more amazing ideas at The Eco-Conscious Travelers’ Guide to Boone.

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Ethical Escapes: An Eco-conscious Explorer's Guide to Boone, NC