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10 Green Fall Travel Tips

These days, it's not so common to see a deer or a wild turkey. But at Sugar Hollow, you can.

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The 300-acre wooded retreat is on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The upscale cabin getaway now has feeders to ensure wildlife fill the area.

Such ideals are part of Sugar Hollow, but as you travel this fall, here are some green travel tips from the the North Carolina Center for Sustainable Tourism.

1.      Having a map or travel guide can help you find the best things to see and do while exploring North Carolina. When you return maps, guides and brochures when finished to be reused or recycled you help save forests like the many you can see across the state.

2.      Bringing a reusable bag while visiting the many great shopping opportunities around Sugar Hollow is an easy way to help reduce waste.

3.      With so much to see and do in the Cherokee National Forest area, it is easy to run out the door and forget to turn off lights when you leave your hotel, cabin or beach house, but by reducing your energy consumption you help keep the Appalachian Mountain air clean and clear.

4.      Visiting a North Carolina farm is a great way to spend time outside and find farm fresh produce, but remember you are visiting a working farm and possibly a farmer’s home, so for your safety and everyone’s wellbeing, before visiting a farm call ahead and follow all farm rules.

5.      There are perfect picnic spots across Tennessee and North Carolina, and you can help keep these areas clean and pristine by remembering to bring a plastic bag and taking all trash out with you when you leave.

6.      All the natural and scenic beauty you will find in the mountains makes it a great place to take a break off the beaten path, and you can help protect native plant life from being trampled on and over compacting soils by camping and parking on durable surfaces.

7.      It is easy to work up a thirst while hiking the nine miles of trails at Sugar Hollow Retreat.  By using a reusable water bottle you can help reduce the amount of waste you leave behind while visiting.

8.     The area is filled with unique shops, restaurants and other businesses, and when you support local businesses in the areas you visit you help preserve the unique character and culture of your destination.

9.    You can help conserve energy by unplugging electronics and chargers before you leave your home.  Many electronic devices continue to consume electricity even when not in use or left on standby.

10.  If you feel the accommodations and attractions you visit could be doing more to protect the environment, or you want to show your support of efforts already adopted, speak up and let owners and managers know that being green is important to you.

Tourism remains one of the state’s most vital industries. The economic activity and employment generated by tourism spans various economic sectors. Annually, visitors to North Carolina spend more than $16.8 billion, generating more than 190,500 jobs for North Carolinians. State and local tax revenues, as a result of the visitor spending, totaled more than $1.3 billion in 2008.