17 of Oregon’s Inspiring Sustainable Boutique & Lifestyle Hotels


Oregon’s coastline, forests, and cities offer abundant space for eco-adventure and leisure. With enchanting natural landscapes to protect, hotels state-wide have implemented eco-friendly policies to support the environmentally conscious tourism movement. The following hotels employ visible sustainability policies showing their commitment to environmental preservation. Many hotels participate in TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Program, a certification program designed to make it easy for travelers to find hotels committed to green practices. Others are LEED-certified, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership, or certified B-Corporations®, a social and environmental performance certification holding businesses responsible for their impacts. While some resorts do not have third-party certifications, they clearly outline their green initiatives for guests to explore. While visiting the lush state, why not stay in a sustainable boutique or lifestyle hotel throughout Oregon’s network of environmentally friendly lodging.

1. Ace Hotel, Portland

Green Certifications: n/a

From Ace Hotel’s prime location, guests can stroll around downtown Portland, from the Pearl District to Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore. Regarding sustainability, Ace Hotel uses eco-friendly materials for furniture, with sustainably farmed wooden bedframes and desks previously used in the army. In addition, visitors can use Ace Hotel’s fleet of bikes to explore the region in an eco-friendly manner. Their organic bed sheets offer an opportunity to relax in comfort, and their all-natural, toxin-free bath and cleaning products ensure visitors a healthy, sustainable stay.

2. The Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg

Green Certifications: LEED Gold Certification 

 In the lush wine country of Willamette Valley, you will find The Allison Inn & Spa. Their ongoing dedication to sustainability is evident through their solar hot water system, photovoltaic cells, and sedum green eco-roofing. During their construction process, the hotel imported mature trees and gardens, resulting in a net agricultural gain. Their ongoing eco-friendly practices include using a locally-sourced culinary program, energy-efficient electronics, motion sensor thermostats, refillable toiletry bottles, and electric and hybrid car parking.

3. Ashore Hotel, Seaside *Kind Traveler Partner*

Green Certifications: Certified B-Corporation®

Ashore Hotel sits on Seaside’s mesmerizing, rugged coastline. This well-placed accommodation is a women-led, Certified B-Corporation® supporting environmental stewardship, social justice, and their local community through their business endeavors. Adventure along the coast with their cruiser bikes or relax in the hotel premises while enjoying their local food and drink options and eco-friendly bath products. Additionally, Ashore Hotel exemplifies its commitment to sustainability through its room temperature control system, recycling program, and electric vehicle stations. 

Give and Get with Kind Traveler: When booking your stay at Ashore Hotel through Kind Traveler, guests can donate to North Coast Food Web, a charity dedicated to keeping the Pacific Northwest’s community healthy and strengthening the food system. Your $10 donation will provide fruit to local students as a healthy, free snack option. 

4. Heathman Hotel, Portland

Green Certifications: Green Seal Silver Certification

Amid Portland’s museums, theaters, and galleries, Heathman Hotel is an iconic, historical lodging. This forward-thinking hotel, set in a 1920s building, purchases renewable energy from a local power provider, subsidizes mass transit, and uses low flow fixtures and energy-efficient climate control and water heating. Visitors can dine in their plastic straw-free restaurant or ride their complimentary bikes around town. As a member of the Provenance Hotel Group, Heathman Hotel follows the company-wide Green-for-Green program, which incentivizes guests who opt out of housekeeping services. Moreover, the company-wide initiatives include using eco-friendly cleaning products throughout the building.

5. Hotel Eastland, Portland 

Green Certifications: TripAdvisor’s GreenLeader’s Program: Gold Level

Near the MODA Center and Oregon Convention Center, Hotel Eastland is a modern and luxurious boutique hotel with panoramic views of downtown Portland. Hotel Eastland makes strides towards environmental protection by implementing conscious movements towards energy efficiency, recycling, and waste reduction. Moreover, they provide guests with Tesla and electric car chargers as an incentive for eco-friendly transportation.

6. Inn at Nye Beach, Newport

Green Certifications: n/a 

When visiting Newport, the eco-lodging at the Inn at Nye Beach is ideal. This hotel is on the historic site of the Vikings Cottages and even contains salvaged wood and other materials from the historic site within its framework. The hotel’s innovative green features include using Energy Star appliances, water-saving showers and toilets, low-energy fluorescent lighting, locally manufactured sustainable furniture, and solar-generated electricity. The Inn at Nye Beach also uses on-demand tankless water heaters, low VOC paints, and Integra Fabrics made from post-consumer goods. 

7. Kimpton RiverPlace Portland 

Green Certifications: Green Key Eco-Rating Program Certification, IHG Green Hotel Certification

From the Kimpton RiverPlace Portland, visitors can soak in skyline or waterfront views straight from their hotel room. On their stay, travelers receive an in-room yoga kit and complimentary bikes. In addition, guests can stay active with the hiking and kayaking opportunities in the proximity. In addition, Kimpton’s hotel brand was the first to be recognized companywide by the Green Key Eco-Rating program. For a sustainable dining experience, guests can grab a meal at King Tide Fish & Shell, where they serve freshly caught seafood and local wines, beers, complete with a view of the river.

8. Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland

Green Certifications: Green Key Eco-Rating Program Certification

Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland includes an adult game room, weekly live music shows, city views, and an evening wine hour; you may never want to leave! Being a part of Kimpton’s family of boutique hotels, Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland supports the environment with incentives to opt-out of daily linen changes and for guests with hybrid vehicles. Moreover, they implement energy-efficient bulbs and appliances, reduce printed materials, and serve wine from local Willamette Valley vineyards. Moreover, their mini-bar includes local gourmet treats, a sweet move towards sustainable living.

9. The Nines, a Luxury Hotel Collection, Portland

Green Certifications: LEED Silver Certification 

The Nines, located near Pioneer Square and the Central Business District, incorporates contemporary luxury and sustainability into its trendy and elegant space. The Nines uses renewable power and a water plumbing system that saves up to 500,000 gallons of water every year for their luxury property. Its restaurant’s menu provides guests with seasonal organic and locally sourced produce, complete with mushrooms from the on-site garden and honey from their rooftop beehives. With an 80% recycling rate, Green Seal-certified cleaning products, and smart thermostats, the Nines employs innovative strategies to tackle sustainability. Moreover, the Nines partners with Urban Gleaners to donate unused food, working against food scarcity in the community.  

10. Old Parkdale Inn, Hood River Valley

Green Certifications: Certified National Wildlife Backyard Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation 

Within Oregon’s Hood River Valley, Old Parkdale Inn is taking strides towards eco-friendly tourism. The gorgeous bed and breakfast is surrounded by fruit orchards and the Columbia River Gorge, perfect for a white-water rafting adventure. Guests can enjoy a breakfast prepared with the region’s famous produce and use the Tesla and Clipper Creek chargers available for electric vehicles at the hotel. Furthermore, Old Parkdale Inn is recognized by Oregon as a Bike Friendly Business, displaying their action towards minimizing their carbon footprint.

11. Oxford Hotel, Bend

Green Certifications: n/a

For a chance to explore Bend and Mount Bachelor, stay at the luxurious Oxford Hotel. With waterfalls, volcanoes, and lakes nearby, visitors will not fall short of outdoor experiences. This eco-friendly lodging uses 100% renewable energy, fluorescent bulbs, energy-efficient heating, cooling, and mechanical systems, and all-natural mattresses in guest rooms. Along with these impressive strides towards sustainability, Oxford Hotel sources organic amenities from local sources, offers complimentary valet for electric vehicles, and implements an in-room recycling program. 

12. River’s Edge Hotel and Spa, Portland

Green Certifications: LEED Silver Certification 

River’s Edge, situated amongst the trees along the Willamette River, was Oregon’s first hotel to earn the LEED Silver Certification. It is a perfect stay for eco-travelers and nature lovers looking to embrace Oregon’s natural landscape. Enjoy local wine and seasonal food at their on-site restaurant, Rosswood, or use their complimentary bicycle rentals to explore the surrounding region. Within your hotel room, you will find Green Natüra bath amenities that are earth-friendly, cruelty-free, and wrapped in recyclable paper.

13. Salishan Coastal Lodge, Gleneden Beach *Kind Traveler Partner*

Green Certifications: n/a

Salishan Coastal Lodge is truly an oasis with a spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean and meditation areas throughout the property. Guests can walk along forested Gleneden Beach trails or find adventure at the hotel’s own Aerial Park from the hotel. The Golden Beach property supports environmental efforts by using eco-friendly bath and cleaning products, LED lighting, room temperature control, and EV stations. Furthermore, they participate in a Plant-a-Tree program, 

Give and Get with Kind Traveler: Planning your stay at Salishan Coastal Lodge with Kind Traveler can help support One Tree Planted, a non-profit helping to limit global deforestation and to work to create a healthier climate. Your donation will plant ten trees and help One Tree Planted in their mission to give back to the environment and help protect biodiversity while also giving you a room upgrade.

14. SCP Depoe Bay 

Green Certifications: n/a

For an unmatched view of the charming harbor, book a stay at SCP (Soul, Community, Planet) Depoe Bay. Their use of sustainably sourced materials reflects their mindful ideology, and their minimalist, coastal style displays their reverence for the local environment. In addition, SCP’s implemented their “Holistic Hospitality” vision to help create a better place for the soul, community, and planet. In line with this philosophy, the hotel will plant a tree to show its dedication to environmental stewardship for every guest staying at the premises.

15. SCP Hotel Redmond *Kind Traveler Partner*

Green Certifications: n/a

SCP Hotel Redmond’s warm ambiance and proximity to the Deschutes River make it a must to take in Oregon’s natural beauty. This eco-conscious hotel is within walking distance of eco-adventures such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, and hiking and keeps sustainable living at the forefront of its mission. SCP Hotel Redmond carries locally sourced goods, eliminates single-use plastic bottles and shower amenities, and incorporates energy-efficient systems and solar power. In addition, with its Fair Trade pricing program, SCP Hotel Redmond displays their commitment to providing guests clean accommodations at a fair price. 

Give and Get with Kind Traveler: Show your support for One Tree Planted by booking your stay at SCP Hotel Redmond through Kind Traveler. Their work helps create jobs, build communities, and protect biodiversity worldwide.

16. Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood 

Green Certifications: Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program™

The ideal place for skiing, biking, and hiking, Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge is an iconic spot for thrill-seekers. The R.L.K. and Company, which operates Timberline Lodge, is committed to preserving Mt. Hood, displayed by their continuous acts of environmental stewardship. The lodge uses local goods and agricultural products, LED lighting, upgraded refrigeration with less water and electricity, and biodegradable plastic straws and plastics. In addition, to address transportation, Timberline Lodge funds public transit via the Mt. Hood Express and implements an innovative snow grooming system to benefit the environment and mountain safety.

17. WildSpring, Port Orford 

Green Certifications: TripAdvisor’s GreenLeader’s Program: Platinum Level, Oregon’s Sustainable Travel Program: Gold Level, 2013 Governor’s Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award, Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation

WildSpring cabin is an ideal, eco-friendly getaway. Their cabin suites nestled in Port Orford’s lush forest offer a chance to escape and engage in eco-activities such as kayaking, whale-watching, hiking, or relaxing in the ocean-overlooking hot tub. From the start of construction, WildSpring employed a local contractor and planted native vegetation to ensure a minimal ecological footprint. The property is carbon neutral, applying bird-friendly wind power and low energy, low flow appliances to achieve its sustainability goals. Moreover, the lodging includes 100% natural bath amenities, guest bikes to navigate the grounds, local Oregon wines, and Tesla and universal charging posts for electric cars. Their lack of phones and TV reception will help you find peace and serenity amongst the forest. Finally, WildSpring participates in the Clean the World program, recycling slightly used soaps and sanitizing them to give back to homeless communities.

About the Writer: Hannah Morrison is a travel writer and UC Santa Barbara graduate passionate about sustainability, wellness, and adventure. She aspires to use her work to inspire meaningful connections with people and the environment.