Ocean Blue Blog
By Karisa Boyce
Located right on Long Beach, a unique peninsula formed by the Columbia River, Adrift Hotel + Spa offers a sustainable and luxurious stay for all their guests. Winners of Washington Lodging Association’s Good Earthkeeping Award, this hotel has adopted a section of the beach and does their best to make sure their hotel is running as sustainably as possible. Not only have the staff sponsored Ocean Blue Project through the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018, they have gone above and beyond to offer a free 3 night stay as a special promotion through Ocean Blue.
Ashore Hotel is Ocean Blue Project’s sole hotel sponsor for the Seaside Beach cleanup during the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018, set for April 14, 2018. Ashore Hotel is under the same management as Adrift Hotel + Spa, located in Long Beach, Washington, who has been recognized as one of the most sustainable hotels in Washington. Each room is uniquely decorated and comes with the old-fashioned metal keys that Ocean Blue appreciates over the more disposable plastic key cards.
If you are planning to stay at the Gearheart Ocean Inn, located less than 3 miles north of Seaside, you will find yourself in a beautifully restored boutique property in one of 12 attached cottages. Sustainability practices at Gearheart Ocean Inn include the encouragement of guests to limit water usage, and they recycle partially used soaps through Clean the World in Florida that makes new soaps and distributes the new products to people experiencing homelessness. They also support Ocean Blue Project beach cleanups through the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018.
Powder Creek Ranch is over 360 acres nestled into a valley in the heart of the Oregon Coast Range. Surrounded by forest on three sides with the Nestucca River running for a half mile on one side, this sweet bed and breakfast also serves as a sort of wildlife refuge. With friendly visits from deer in the backyard for over 40 years, a resident herd of elk, and wild geese and ducks on the ponds, outdoor recreation abounds at Powder Creek Ranch. The staff pride themselves in making each guest feel at home, complete with home-cooked meals that meet every guest’s dietary needs. Powder Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast’s sustainability is shown through their support of Ocean Blue beach cleanups, providing wildlife with safe habitat, and their meals consist of fresh home grown foods and canned preserves.
Located at the famous site where William Clark carved his name and date into a tree marking the end of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Chautauqua Lodge is a proud supporter of Ocean Blue’s National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018. They recycle glass, metal cans, and paper/cardboard from the guests in their 120 rooms and replace all light bulbs that go out with LED bulbs. Management of Chautauqua Lodge is also in the process of replacing all toilets with water saving versions.
This breathtaking retreat is located in a Marine Protected area and Shorebird Conservation Area just 8 miles south of Yachats in Oregon. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, four rustic suites and a cozy cabin are situated on an ocean bluff. Ocean Haven has a respect for the fragile nature of marine habitats and they “place an emphasis on sustainable practices before profitability”. That is why the staff is dedicated to environmentally friendly practices. They limit the use of lighting and water usage while avoiding the use of pesticides and herbicides altogether, and have created a lifestyle that integrates cleaning plastic from beaches into daily life.
The owners put their employees first and keep them working all year round at this family friendly get-away. As tourism slows down in the winter for the Cannon Beach area of the Oregon coast, many employees experience layoffs, but not at The Blue Gull Inn! The owners at The Blue Gull Inn and The Inn at Haystack Rock, also in Cannon Beach, are supporters of the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018 too.
The Sylvia Hotel is one of Ocean Blue’s earliest beach cleanup supporters. The hotel offers magically themed rooms that make your stay at on the Oregon coast even more of an adventure. They are located very close to the famous Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon, home of Oregon Ocean Day and Oregon’s World Oceans Day celebration.
As a landmark of Manzanita for over 70 years, Spindrift Inn is the perfect getaway if you are planning a peaceful retreat to Manzanita, Oregon. Another proud supporter of Ocean Blue’s beach cleanups, Spindrift also encourages guests to limit linen use to lower water consumption.
The owner of The Cottage at Otter Rock is an environmentalist who brings back plastic from the beach after every visit. Offering her family home for special guests, this healing cottage is well insulated and located near a marine preserve. Guests bring their own linens, cutting down on energy and water usage. The Cottage at Otter Rock is another proud supporter of the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018.
Volunteer's Help Save Oregon Beaches
7.07.2018 - Long Beach Long Beach, WA
Thank you like minded beach cleanup sponsors:
Adrift Hotel and Spa
Powder Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Alaskan Brewing Company
Gearhart Ocean Inn
Block 15 “People's Pint”
Blue Gull Inn
The Cottage at Otter Rock
Hopworks Urban Brewery
King Tides of Oregon Storm Watching 2018
Author Karisa Boyce
As a graduate of 2017 in Bio-cultural Anthropology with a Certificate in Medical Humanities, she places her efforts as a grant writer for education and outreach for Ocean Blue's’ eighteen established state chapters and growing. She strives to diversify education for Ocean Blue’'s Board and partnerships while working on issues that directly impact the lives and health of people, because environmental justice cannot be achieved without social justice.
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