Earth Day Means Celebration and Preservation
at Maine's Inn by The Sea
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, March 7, 2013 -- Inn by the Sea is Maine's premier luxury beach resort and only Virtuoso property, boasting dramatic Atlantic views, the soft white sand of Crescent Beach, and one of the "greenest" resumes in New England.
Earth Day on April 22 is always an occasion at Inn by the Sea, which has Maine DEP Green Lodging and Silver LEED® certifications and has been lauded as one of TripAdvisor's Top 10 Environmentally-Friendly Accommodations and a Top 10 American Green Hotel by MSNBC.
"A decade ago, 'green' was all about saving money," says Rauni Kew, Director of Green Programs at Inn by the Sea. "But now we think that a truly green resort is about preserving a sense of place, preserving your unique traditions, and celebrating local people, food and culture. It also means educating your staff, your suppliers and your guests."
To celebrate Earth Day 2013, Inn by the Sea is reaching out to the local community and welcoming busloads of Portland area school kids to sandy Crescent Beach. While the kids are coming to help clean up the beach after a long winter, Inn by the Sea believes that educating them is even more important. That's why the Inn has arranged for an Audubon spokesperson will talk to the children about the endangered Piping Plover, as well as the importance of protecting and preserving the sand dunes for erosion and wildlife habitat.
Inn by the Sea's Green initiatives include:
- Creating a "Rabbitat" for endangered New England Cottontails by removing invasive non-native species and re-planting the area with indigenous shrubs.
- Creating a habitat for migrating Monarch butterflies.
- First hotel in Maine to build a LEED certified spa, heat with biofuel, be carbon neutral; first hotel in New England to have dual flush toilets. Click here for a detailed list.
- Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich of the Inn's Sea Glass Restaurant, a leader in Portland's regionally sourced food scene, is on the steering committee of the Gulf Of Maine Research Institute's Sustainable Seafood Program.
Editors Note: Earth Day interviews can be arranged with Rauni Kew. A short (1:31 second) video with Rauni Kew on Inn by the Sea's green policies is available and can be downloaded for editorial use. High-res images of the Inn, the gardens, and Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich are also available upon request.
Inn by the Sea is located on a mile of sandy beach just seven miles south of Portland's chic little port city, offering guests a relaxed but elegant Maine coast experience in 61 luxuriously appointed one and two bedroom suites and now its newest line of Ocean View Beach Suites unveiled this summer. Recently selected one of Travel + Leisure's 2012 World's Best 500 Hotels, Inn by the Sea is Maine's only Virtuoso property and has made Forbes Traveler's list for Top Ten Green Hotels in the US and Canada. www.innbythesea.com
Most major carriers fly into Portland International Jetport (PWM). JetBlue has non-stops service and great low fares from JFK, only 45 minutes flying time from New York. The Inn is a two hour drive from Boston and Amtrak offers rail service into Portland from Boston, New York and Washington D.C.
Inn by the Sea
Rauni Kew, Director of Green Programs & Public Relations
212.447.1010, Cell 917.769.8401