Cedar House Inn Awarded TripAdvisors GreenLeader™ Status

Cedar House Inn has been awarded the Gold level GreenLeader into the new TripAdvisor  GreenLeaders  program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodationstripadvisor greenleaders across the U.S.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.

Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a Green status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.”

The TripAdvisor program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

For more information on the eco-friendly practices we use at the inn visit being green.

We are pleased to also note that we have received this special designation every year.

Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

Byron Herbert Reece, “Georgia’s Appalachian Poet/Novelist” spent most of the forty plus years of his life, laboring as a subsistence farmer on his family’s homestead.  His love of literature and gift for writing led to the publication of four volumes of poetry and two novels, all of which received national critical acclaim.  The Farm and Heritage Center seek to acknowledge and honor both his literary legacy and his life in Southern Appalachia.  The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center is located one mile north of Vogel State Park (north of our inn) on U.S. Highway 129 and south of the town of Blairsville.

Explore the farm and heritage center, learning about “Hub” Reece and his life as a farmer in the mountains of North Georgia.

Visitors to the site will find a Welcome Center with a gift shop and museum area; a Poetry Trail that highlights Reece poems representing the four seasons, inscribed on stone boulders;  Mulberry Hall, the poet’s writing studio;  five barn buildings housing 13 exhibits which feature home and farm artifacts, implements, and enterprises that portray life in Appalachia during the first half of the 20th century; and  the Reece Gallery & Theater, located in the loft of the main barn, which will display photographs, books, copies of Reece’s writings, and other Reece material, along with the showing on a large screen TV of the award-winning video, “Voices … Finding Byron Herbert Reece.”  In addition, visitors to the site stroll down a scenic walking trail along beautiful Wolf Creek.

At the Welcome Center, there will be brochures available that will guide visitors through a tour of the various exhibits.  Docent-led tours are available by reservation to large groups, such as school children and tour busses for a fee.  Admission is charged but current members of the Reece Society will be admitted without charge.  The restoration of the farm represents many years of dedication and hard work by the Byron Herbert Reece Society. The newly constructed Pavilion is available for family reunions, weddings, and other events, for a fee.

The Farm & Heritage Center will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.  For further information, contact the Reece Society at [email protected], or visit the Society’s website at www.byronherbertreecesociety.org. For directions visit maps.

Come stay with us and visit the farm just 30 minutes north of the inn (see map below).

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

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Free Range Versus Pasture Raised Eggs

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At Cedar House Inn we care about animal welfare and eating healthy eggs. Our breakfast ingredients contain organic milk, pasture raised eggs and seasonal veggies from our permaculture garden.

Many do not know that there is a big difference between free range and pasture raised eggs. We only use pasture raised eggs at the inn unless they are not available from the local farmer. Then we purchase pasture range organic at the grocery store. Pasture raised are healthy eggs for you.

Free range chickens (as defined by the USDA) have access to the outside but have no requirements on how much time they must spend outdoors. They also do not have any requirements for the size of the roaming area. Producers of free range eggs can label their eggs “free range”  even if all they do is leave a little door open in their giant chicken houses. Often chickens do not  go outside since they have not learned that behaviour. If they go outside there is often no bare dirt to scratch in or bugs to eat.

Pasture raised chickens stay outside and eat all kinds of seeds, green plants, insects, worms along with grain or mash. They have a hen-house with nesting boxes for egg laying and are free to come and go. They tend to be happier chickens and lay more nutritious healthy eggs.

If you have the option for healthy eggs, pasture raised chicken eggs are the preferred choice for nutrition and animal welfare.

For more information about our organic breakfast at the inn visit breakfast.