Spend some of your Vermont vacation at Little Gnesta, A Swedish-Inspired Bed and Breakfast (B & B), just south of the Quebec border in walkable downtown Newport, Vermont, steps away from Lake Memphremagog. You'll love that Little Gnesta is a designated GREEN HOTEL in the Green Mountain State (www.vtgreenhotels.org). This status is awarded to lodging establishments that have made significant efforts improving environmental management at their businesses.
Since 2012, Little Gnesta has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Additionally, in 2013, the Gold Level GreenLeader Award from Trip Advisor was awarded to Little Gnesta because it is committed to green practices like recycling, water efficiency and alternative energy.
See the TripAdvisor link below to read the comments that may be helpful for you choosing to stay at Little Gnesta.
So, you might ask, what is Gnesta? It is a small town, about the size of Newport, south of Stockholm, Sweden. During a bicycle tour of the area, Little Gnesta's owners discovered that a surprising majority of the names on the gravestones in Gnesta’s cemetery were a variation of their paternal grandmother’s maiden name. They felt like they belonged. We hope that you’ll have the same sense of belonging while visiting Little Gnesta Bed and Breakfast.
Every inch of Little Gnesta has been restored/renovated according to Swedish aesthetics and with your comfort in mind. Throughout the renovation, they have been mindful of the environment by choosing organic linseed oil paints, a wood boiler that incorporates a local/renewable heating source, and when possible, reusing and conserving original architectural elements.
"At Little Gnesta B& B, we're always looking for ways we can be more sensitive to the environment in which we all live," said Little Gnesta's owner Ruth Sproull when explaining the significance of the environmental management plan, which maps out future improvements and is a requirement of the Green Hotel program. "The way we see it, being a good environmental citizen not only makes good business sense, it's the right thing to do," she said.
Little Gnesta B & B partners with Newport City Renaissance, the city's downtown revitalization program, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Newport Natural Food Market and Cafe, Vermont Outdoor Guide Association and local and regional chambers of commerce.
Read more about Little Gnesta in the attached stories below from The Boston Globe Sunday Travel Section (August 2011) and Vermont Public Radio (April 2012).