Butterfly Garden

The Environment

At The Fairbanks House, we believe that your comfort does not have to be sacrificed by our commitment to the environment. Our desire is to offer you the best possible experience without having you notice just how “green” you are.

What You’ll See

  • Recycling bins in each guest room
  • Pitchers of water, rather than water bottles
  • A reflective roof on all buildings resulting in a 30% reduction in energy use
  • Native plants
  • Drought-tolerant plants
  • Herbs are grown organically on site
  • A large variety of berry-producing shrubs for migrating birds
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Butterfly garden
  • BeeKind earth-friendly upscale toiletries made with no petroleum products
  • Biodegradable packaging for in-room amenities

Behind the Scenes

  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Best practices for water use
  • Elimination of 75% of overhead watering – further reductions planned
  • Environmentally-safe cleaning products
  • Paper products made from 100% recycled paper
  • Highest efficiency HVAC systems
  • Locally sourced produce and dairy
  • Farmers Market purchases whenever possible
  • Donations of all “gently used” items from inn to local charities for re-use

Produce Gardens

  • Raised beds made from recycled materials surrounding the backyard gazebo
  • Herb bed featuring year-round harvests for inclusion in breakfast and hors d’oeuvres
  • Several raised beds of seasonal produce
  • Tangerine, orange, Meyer Lemon, grapefruit, and lime trees
  • Blueberry bushes lining the backyard walkway
  • More to come…