Go Green in Floyd, Virginia.
By Hope S. Philbrick
If you tell people that you’re going to visit Floyd, Virginia, if they’ve heard of the place at all they might tell you it’s full of hippies. Don’t believe them: The small town is populated (and visited) by a range of folks from conservative to liberal, traditional to free-spirited, reserved to flamboyant, young to old, rich to poor.
It’s a slice of Americana in rural southwestern Virginia.
Part of what may foster its reputation: Floyd is home to several artists and musicians as well as farmers and food producers who embrace earth-friendly, biodynamic products and processes. It’s relatively easy to find vegan options on menus here, but the same menu might also offer steak.
Healthy eating and conservation aren’t just for some subculture: Anybody can recycle. Everybody should eat their veggies. An overnight at Hotel Floyd proves that it’s easy to Go Green without compromise—and without joining a commune.
Hotel Floyd was designed green with the mission to “limit the impact on the environment and to protect it for future generations.” Among the hotel’s earth-friendly features:
- GeoExchange heating and cooling system, which uses renewable energy below the earth’s surface—the EPA has said it’s “the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available today.”
- sustainable fabrics made from 100-percent post consumer recycled materials
- low water toilets
- eco-friendly soaps and detergents
- energy management systems to control room temperature
- bamboo flooring—bamboo is a grass that grows fast; it takes 120 years for an oak tree to mature, but bamboo takes only three years
- eco-friendly paint
- recycling programs
- and more.
Hotel Floyd is part of the Virginia Green program, which encourages and recognizes green practices throughout the state’s tourism offerings. Virginia Green participants voluntarily commit to reduce their impact on the environment. Choose them to Go Green and build a guiltless travel itinerary.
Hotel Floyd is located in downtown Floyd, which means that you can leave your car in the parking lot and explore the boutique shops, restaurant and entertainment options by foot.
Hotel Floyd even makes it possible to get acquainted with the town without leaving your room: Each guestroom is individually decorated with furniture and art crated by local artisans along a theme that expresses some important aspect of Floyd County. As one example, The Parkway Room is decorated with blue and green hues that evoke the peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains while the artwork on its walls depicts sights along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Hotel Floyd offers everything you need and nothing you don’t. Rest easy.
- Free wireless high-speed Internet
- Flat screen TVs in every guestroom with lots of channels, including movie channels
- In-room coffee maker with basic supplies
- Mini-refrigerator and microwave in each guestroom
- Currently has 16 rooms and suites, each one uniquely decorated. A new building that will offer an additional 24 guestrooms will be opening spring/summer 2014.
- Locally made furniture and artwork
- Electric car charging station available
- Two-bedroom two-bath suites available
- Two pet-friendly suites
- Wheelchair accessible
- Located in downtown Floyd within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues
- Free parking
@21plusTravel Tip: Smile. Don’t be surprised if everyone you meet in Floyd is nice—as in really, super, beyond-the-usual-just-being-polite nice. This is a small town with a big heart.
120 Wilson St.
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