Eco-Friendly Beach Towns for a Fall Getaway

September 13, 2012Eco-friendly beach towns for a fall getaway

The cool breeze is blowing in and people are sipping on pumpkin lattes. You know what that means. Summer is quickly disappearing and fall is right around the corner. Fall scenery tends to get dreary, so why not change it up with a quick trip to the beach. What are the best beaches to visit during fall? Here are two eco-friendly, quaint beaches that will surely turn your season around for the better.





Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers green amenities and eco-friendly fall adventuresIf you’re thinking about taking a time out during autumn, then try Florida’s Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Located just off the coast of Jacksonville in the “Sunshine State,” Amelia Island is a great, eco-friendly fall getaway that is certified by the state’s Green Lodging Program.

Get to know your surroundings by taking a Segway Tour around the island with family; discover Florida’s environment through Amelia Island Nature Programs; and even let yourself indulge at several dining establishments such as the Sunrise Café, which offers organic cereals, organic sausages, fresh fruits and cage-free egg omelets.

From relaxing spas to exploring the outdoors to delicious cuisine, you can’t go wrong here. According to Orbitz, “Its charmingly nostalgic ambience, array of outdoor activities and temperate weather (balmy all the way through mid-November) makes it a weekend go-to for escapees from the urban centers of Atlanta, Jacksonville and Tampa.”

Click here to learn more about the green island.

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head offers fun, eco-friendly fall adventuresHilton Head Island is quite the popular summer destination, but what about in the fall? Orbitz considers the South Carolina beach town a “top fall beach vacation destination.”

Here are just some of the top green activities you can experience while on the island.

• Hop on a bicycle and take a spin on the bike trails, which weave around 100-year-old trees.
• Relax at Hilton Head’s first Faces DaySpa and enjoy treatments with vegan, organic and fair trade products.
• Visit the Newhall Audubon Nature Preserve where you can explore all sorts of flora and fauna.
• Strike up a conversation, which is a rare occurrence, with an endangered loggerhead turtle, which nests exclusively on along Hilton Head’s 12 miles of beaches.

According to Hilton Head Island Environment and Wildlife, “The Town of Hilton Head Island strives to maintain healthy beaches and creeks, invests in well-planned green space and protects mature tree canopies in order to enhance and support mental and physical health, economic vitality and a high quality of life.”

For more information and exploration, visit Hilton Head Island online.

Hopefully, you’ll have the chance to take a break from fall by visiting one of these eco-friendly beach towns. Just think, less tourists and more privacy. Now, that’s a vacation.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Flickr/Ken Funakoshi, Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Flickr/Lee Coursey