Sustainable Travel to Healdsburg, California Part 1: Staying at LEED Gold-Certified H2 Hotel


Living Roof at H2 Hotel in Healdsburg California

Tucked into the rolling hills filled with the vineyards of Sonoma County’s wine country, just off Highway 101 and about a two hours’ drive north of San Francisco, rests Healdsburg, California. Along with the sustainability movement taking hold in the area’s wineries, the downtown H2 Hotel has spectacularly demonstrated its commitment to revitalize, restore, and rejuvenate, championing environmental stewardship in every way, from the hotels’ innovative, artistic and ecologically-focused design to the complimentary refillable glass bottles of water they provide to their guests.

This is the first of a two-part article of my environmentally-mindful exploration of Healdsburg, joined by my husband-photographer, John Ivanko, with a focus on our stay in the H2 Hotel. Part 2 will delve into the delicious farm-to-table dining, ecotravel diversions and the plentiful opportunities to shop local in town.

Eco-Lodging at H2 Hotel – LEED Gold Certified

You know you’re in the right place when you look up and see the wavy roof with thousands of native succulents, such as the tight rosettes of the ghost plant and shrubby Cotyledon, growing on top. Welcome to H2 Hotel, a US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Certified Green hotel in the center of Healdsburg. There are solar thermal system panels used to heat the swimming pool’s water and a small PV system on the roof, too. Nearly all of the water is cleverly captured on the roof and grounds, filtered and then used for irrigation.

Solar Thermal and Solar Electric Panels on Roof of H2 Hotel

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