What do the Green Guacamole Margarita, Stories of the Cosmos, Go Green by the Shore, and Wine Cave movie screening have in common? They are among the special features being offered by lodging establishments in celebration of Earth Hour on March 23 at 8:30 p.m. and Earth Day on April 22. How will your property mark these two events?
The Green Guacamole Margarita will be offered during Earth Hour at La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale (Ariz.) Princess. That evening guests will arrive at the front drive, which will be lined with luminaries, before being welcomed into a candlelit lobby. All of the resort’s fountains will be shut down, lagoon fire features and decorative lights in the trees will be turned off and the ballroom foyers will be dimmed. Resort guests will be invited to join in the program by turning off any lights in their room, and colleagues will be encouraged to take Earth Hour with them by shutting off lights at home.
Behind the scenes, engineers at the Fairmont will adjust temperatures on central heating and cooling systems, and will shut down all hotel televisions and computers not in use. Earlier in the day, youngsters in Bobcat Billy’s Kids Club will salute Earth Hour by making Solar S’mores, a complimentary activity at the East Pool, using a solar oven.
Stories of the Cosmos Provided by Naturalists
At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif., guests and local residents will be invited to celebrate Earth Hour through Stories of the Cosmos. Held on the Eco-Adventure Center’s Connect the Dots outdoor game board, Stories of the Cosmos will feature naturalists who will guide guests in discovering the Big and Little Dipper, Hercules, Orion, Pleiades, Taurus and Scorpio, all constellations that can be seen in the night sky from Dana Point in March.
During Earth Day and throughout the month of April, guests who book the Go Green by the Shore package at the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., will enjoy an eco-friendly weekend getaway with overnight accommodations, Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s hybrid or electric car rental, and bike rentals. Upon arrival, guests will receive a Forget-me-not flower and Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook. Additionally, guests will experience dinner in a natural setting with organic cuisine at the Inn of the Seventh Ray.
Additionally, during the month of April, Shore Hotel will donate $1 to Surfrider Foundation for every Green Screen e-postcard taken at the hotel. Guests are encouraged to take a picture using the touchscreen kiosk to send e-postcards via e-mail or posted to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Disney in a Cave
At the Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort property in Napa Valley, Calif., there will be a Wine Cave movie screening on Earth Day. Calistoga Ranch will invite guests to their Wine Cave, a space deep within a hillside, for a screening of “Disneynature: Earth.” Throughout Earth Month, guests will receive a departure gift of a local olive tree sapling to bring Mother Nature home with them.
At the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, busloads of Portland area school kids will be welcomed on Earth Day to sandy Crescent Beach. The children will help clean up the beach after a long winter. The Inn has arranged for an Audubon spokesperson to 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.
Earth Hour and Earth Day (or Earth month if you so choose) are great opportunities to show your guests that you recognize the frailty of our planet. The events are also great times for educational and voluntary activities as well as special promotions. Have fun and be creative. Be sure to let me know what your property or company has planned. I can be reached at email@example.com, or by phone at (216) 848-1406.
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