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Green-Travel Initiatives & Luxury Lakefront Lodging

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June 2008 Detroit Lakes Newspaper Article Features Gardens Tour

Eco-Friendly Land-Use Initiated by The Lodge on Lake Detroit

Making Choices, Not Compromises!

BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit is located on the shore of a beautiful Minnesota lake. The success of The Lodge depends on the combination of a quality Minnesota lake resort experience, that includes in no small part, the beauty of the lake and its surrounding environment.

To help ensure the lasting beauty of the Lodge's lakeside location, owners, Scott and Chris Mehlhaff have been actively engaged in restoring and preserving the shoreline of the lake for years.

They also engage in operating as eco-friendly a hotel and resort as possible, so that their guests may enjoy their Minnesota vacation with the knowledge that their luxury stay is having a minimal environmental impact.

Ecological Lodge Initiatives:

  • Our exterior gardens (including our Rain Garden)) enhance all of our ecological initiatives at The Lodge.
  • Use of fluorescent lighting.
  • High efficiency heating, cooling & laundry equipment.
  • Elimination of most disposable paper & plastic items used for our complimentary hot breakfast by using washable dishes & utensils.
  • Our lobby bar, serves a wide variety organic, bio-dynamic & sustainable wines (such as Cono Sur)) , liquors (such as Rain) and beers.
  • Use of organic ingredients for appetizers & catering.
  • Use of eco-conscious in-room amenities with environmental packaging.
  • As part of our commitment to be eco-conscious, our day spa features Pevonia Botanica, an organic, leading skin & body care product line whose philosophy is to maintain an affinity with nature & its resources, and Jane Iredale mineral cosmetic line, which contains no fillers, potential sensitizers such as FD&C dyes, preservatives or fragrance.
Minnesota Lake Resort
BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit today proudly announced it has been accepted as a Silver level GreenLeader into the new TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program
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TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ Program

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property's listing on the TripAdvisor site.   [details]

Minnesota Lake Resort
Minnesota Eco Friendly Hotel Resort offering Cono Sur Wine from Chile.
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Lakeshore Restoration & Rain Garden Lodge Projects

Because of our proximity to Big Detroit Lake, we were concerned about protecting our lake from run off. A typical treatment for run off is a settling pond, a treatment that would have involved creating large, unattractive, deep holes surrounded by rocks on our property to hold water. We decided to explore a rain garden alternative. Since that was a newer idea to our area, we had to consult with a Minneapolis engineer who had the expertise in this regard. The Lodge project ended up being one of the biggest commercial plantings of its kind in the state that year, using approximately 4,000 indigenous perennials.   [details]

Minnesota Lake Resort
Minnesota Eco Friendly Hotel Resort offering Organic Wines
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Fine Eco-Friendly Wine - Cono Sur

All of our wines at The Lodge represent Organic or Sustainable growth and wine-making practices. We are proud to offer these leaders in the green movement within the wine industry.   [details]

Minnesota Lake Resort
Minnesota Eco Friendly Hotel Resort offering Cono Sur Wine from Chile.
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Eco-Friendly Bath Amenities - BeeKind

The Lodge on Lake Detroit is pleased to offer the new Beekind™ Collection of bath and body products from Gilchrist & Soames®. These unique products were chosen because they are the ideal combination of environmental responsibility and personal luxury.

Beekind offers a signature formulation with extracts of honey & certified organic extracts of red clover, calendula, lemongrass & chamomile. The Beekind paper bottle represents a 59% reduction in packaging material by weight, as well as a 92% reduction in waste space after use compared to rigid plastic bottles.

Along with the eco-friendly packaging and formulas, A portion of net sales supports honey bee and sustainable pollination research at the University of California at Davis.   [details]

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