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After putting the 2017 Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid to the test on a mother-daughter college tour of some of the nation’s most sustainable schools, My Ford looks ahead to an epic spring break. Here are four of the most eco-conscious and family-friendly resorts to recharge your spirits and your hybrid.
1. The Bentwood Inn Jackson Hole, WY
Though constructed in 1995, The Bentwood Inn was built from locally reclaimed logs hundreds of years old. The 6,000 square-foot rustic retreat, situated near the heart of Yellowstone, provides an environmentally conscious escape—including all-natural, locally-crafted products in each guest room.
You and your family can get to know the grand landscape of the region by taking advantage of the Inn's on-site Natural History Library and Lecture Series, embarking on a real wildlife safari, or exploring the nearby shopping and dining options in Jackson Hole. In the C-MAX Energi, you can take comfort in maximizing the efficiency of your explorations by using the SmartGauge® with EcoGuide which provides real-time feedback to help you improve your driving performance. Marvel at the right-side cluster display screen which grows lush green leaves and vines as your driving efficiency increases.
2. Zion Lodge, UT
Some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the nation surround Utah’s Zion Lodge. Featuring historic cabins that open right up onto the trails, the lodge has taken great pains to help ensure its surroundings remains unspoiled. Fill your reusable water bottle directly from the lodge’s nearby natural spring and feast on cuisine prepared with herbs from their own community garden—all while your C-MAX Energi juices up at one of the lodge’s charging stations for its next adventure.
3. Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, Monroe, WI
In addition to its greenhouse growing more than 70 percent of all the Inn’s produce for year-round use, this cozy oasis is powered by its very own wind turbine system. Inn Serendipity stands out as a “carbon negative” business actively seeking to reverse environmental damage.
Children are fans of the Inn’s “hammock village” and GaGa Ball games, while adults might enjoy a quiet evening by the woodstove. Or hop back in the C-MAX with its available Intelligent Access key to enjoy scenic drives with the whole family at the push of a button. Inn Serendipity offers a vacation that gives everyone a break, including the planet.
4. Forest House, Saskatchewan, Canada
The C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid and its gasoline engine with supplemental power means you can feel free to explore all the way out to the remote lakeshores of Saskatchewan, where Forest House provides a scenic retreat for those looking to relax responsibly. Featuring solar power, an organic garden, and a self-composting septic system, guests can rest assured that their hosts are doing all they can to protect the breathtaking Boreal forest they inhabit.