|Eco-friendly recognition for Cape Breton Two Cape Breton resorts were featured among the best eco-friendly places to stay across Canada, in the April 2009 edition of National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages and the Crown Jewel Resort Ranch received the ranking, based on criteria including sustainable practices and community engagement, as well as information obtained from detailed questionnaires. (See the entire National Geographic feature here.) Located off the Cabot Trail in the North River Valley, Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages also won a Micro Business of the Year award in 2006 from the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment.
Owner Earlene Busch says the recognition from National Geographic means a lot and further reinforces her marketing efforts towards building the Inn's profile. "I am absolutely thrilled. This is the first time we had international recognition, and as a result of the publicity, hits on our website have gone up 30 per cent".
Busch, a native of Boulder, Colorado, fell in love with the natural beauty of Cape Breton, which inspired her to create a place that instilled respect for the environment while providing guests with a relaxing and enjoyable experience they will never forget. "Our guests are well-travelled and like the outdoors. They usually come from top-level professions and are subject to stress in their daily lives," said Busch. "When they come here, they feel relaxed and they go back home refreshed."
The Inn employs a wide variety of sustainable practices, including using non-toxic soaps and cleansers, serving organic food, and using solar energy for heat. They use no herbicides or pesticides and encourage guests to join in their recycling efforts. The Inn's organic food includes lamb, pork, chicken, seafood, veggies, and berries.
The name Chanterelle is derived from a local golden mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, which grows in abundance over the Inn's 150 acres.
In the Baddeck Valley, Crown Jewel Resort Ranch offers numerous activities for the eco-minded traveler, including horseback riding, dog sledding, fly fishing, bird watching, kayaking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Crown Jewel Resort Ranch also offers organic food and its menu items often change on a daily basis.
Owner Nahman Korem says the international recognition from National Geographic couldn't have come at a better time: "We are pleased with the recognition because it validates the business direction we took when we opened the resort seven years ago. This will help us promote our resort to target international visitors to come here." Korem says his operation is very unique from other inns, resorts, and cottages: "The diversity and the multitude of things that we have here is magnificent - from growing our own food, to our air runway, local culture, and our eco expeditions." For more information on both resorts, visit www.chanterelleinn.com and www.crownjewelresort.com.