A “Green” Inn

Protecting the Environment

green_hotels_logoThe Chester House is committed to doing all it can to conserve and protect Vermont’s and our country’s environment and natural resources. It makes so much sense, especially in a state as beautiful as Vermont!

We will do all we can to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving our natural resources, reducing waste generation, recycling, purchasing recycled products where appropriate; and reducing our use of toxic materials, without taking away from our guests’ experiences of a first-class bed and breakfast. We are committed to pollution prevention, continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements.

Specifically, we have replaced as many as possible of the Inn’s light bulbs with the coil energy-efficient type. We have provided a night light in every bathroom.

We have replaced the shower heads in most of the guest rooms with Low Flow water-saving ones, which reduces water consumption for showers by 50% to 60% while still allowing guests to enjoy a powerful and invigorating shower.

green-recycling-symbolIn 2006, we were environmentally responsible when we replaced the roof of the Inn with an alternative roofing product. We used a faux slate tile made of recycled materials from post-industrial waste. No mining (slate) or oil drilling (asphalt) was needed to produce these polymeric tiles. They are made of recycled rubber and plastic. The tiles also offer long life and can themselves someday be recycled, which will mean less roofing material that will be hauled to landfills. The use of these materials means less energy consumption and less natural resource depletion and pollution. They also are less toxic for both the planet and its occupants. And an added bonus: the Inn never looked so good!

We recently replaced the Inn’s hot water heater and dishwasher with more energy efficient models. Whenever we add or replace an appliance in the future, we will seek out the most energy-efficient brand/model.

We have the Inn’s furnace and fireplaces serviced regularly so that they perform as efficiently as possible. All of the Inn’s windows have been replaced with energy-efficient ones, and we are improving the Inn’s attic insulation.

At the markets, we look for locally grown food. We use biodegradable cleaning products as much as possible.

We do all we can to limit the amount of the Inn’s trash that winds up as garbage landfill. Rather than throw everything into plastic bags and use a garbage pick-up service, as some businesses do, we take the Inn’s used newspapers, office paper, cardboard, glass, steel cans, aluminum, #1 and #2 plastics, batteries and old paint to a recycling center where it all gets recycled and doesn’t become problematic for future generations. Even our unsoiled egg cartons (and we use a lot of eggs!) get re-used by local producers.

All our grass cuttings, raked leaves and other yard waste is returned to the earth and not carted away in a garbage truck.

We have purchased “Local Color Paint,” which is produced by a Vermont program to divert unwanted leftover latex paint from being solidified and landfilled and, instead, turn it into a valued product. Latex paint is one of the largest waste streams by both volume and weight. Every partial can of leftover paint collected from area businesses and residents is inspected for quality and sorted by color. Selected paint is re-blended, double filtered, and packaged for resale, saving natural resources, diverting waste from the landfill and creating a product that utilizes local resources.

We give our guests who stay more than one night the option of letting their damp towels dry naturally on bathroom towel racks during the day while they are out. This helps conserve both water and electricity.

We were delighted to hear that a recent survey of travelers revealed that:

  • 40% are concerned about the environment
  • 38% said they have stayed at an environmentally-friendly lodging facility
  • 9% specifically search for environmentally-conscious lodging
  • 78% said they choose not to have their towels changed, when given the option
  • 34% said that they would pay more to stay at an environmentally-friendly lodging facility.

We just try to run our lodging business in an environmentally-responsible way, and we hope that our guests appreciate our efforts.

Client Testimonials

Interested in staying with us? Read some comments our guest's have left for us:

The Chester House has been a delightful home during my stay. Especially memorable are your culinary presentations and care shown to every guest.

You have both obviously devoted years on the decor, ambiance and historical presentations. Thank you for your T.L.C.

Pat E.

Concord, CA

Thank you very much for making our stay in Chester so special.  We had a wonderful time at the Chester House Inn and we plan on coming back for another visit real soon.

Danielle & Joey

Lindenhurst, New Jersey

On behalf of the Monitoring Team, I would like to thank you for your hospitality this week.  My team was very pleased with your establishment and the reports back to me during the week were glowing.  You were very gracious and flexible.  We will certainly recommend you to our co-workers and friends!

Judy C.

Vermont Department of Education

Sometimes when my mind is wandering I will find myself back at the inn.  I immediately get a warm and comforting feeling mainly because you both made two complete strangers feel so welcomed by your wonderful hospitality. 

Our best wishes.

Ken and Janis V.

West Haven, Connecticut

This is an open recommendation to all first time visitors:

These innkeepers take your visit personally.  They talk with you, not to you and really want to make your stay special.  If our room is indicative of the others, it shouldn’t matter which one you select.  Warm, tastefully adorned and most comfortable.  The gathering room is inviting with a gently stoked, meticulously maintained fire.  Breakfasts are a hand-crafted, culinary delight.  This B&B is a value, period.

Bob and Jeri C.

Marlborough, Connecticut

Just wanted to thank you again for the great stay at the Chester House, loved breakfast… we are now thawing out back
in Maui, if you ever get our way, come stay with us. Aloha!

Janna and Richard H.

Maui, Hawaii

As always, we had a great time!  Thank you for everything. See you both again soon!

Lynne and Danny O.

Fairfield, Connecticut

Thank you for being a big part in making our first visit to Vermont a memorable and beautiful one for us. Your Bed & Breakfast is so charming and your love for detail is obvious.  We felt very comfortable in Room #1 and I loved hearing about the history of various pieces of furniture throughout the inn. And your delicious breakfasts were a perfect start for a day of exploring.  Thank you! Your warm and welcoming personalities make us want to come back soon.

Anke R.

Hyde Park, New York

Thanks so much for your hospitality this weekend. My Mom and I had a great birthday weekend and enjoyed the cozy room.
We hope to see you again soon!

Libby F. & Ottile

Astoria, New York

I want to thank you or a wonderful weekend.  We had a very enjoyable, relaxing time the Chester House.  You made us feel like we never left home. You were fantastic hosts. We were a little sad to leave. Vermont is beautiful and we hope to see it in the winter time.  I will definitely spread the word about the Chester House to everyone I know.  The work and dedication you both put in to making everyone “feel at home” shows.  So we thank you again for a very enjoyable weekend.

Christine & Ralph

Deer Park, New York

Kathy and I just wanted to say thank you for your hospitality.  We loved our stay and had a great time checking out the area.  We even had fun finding the Hamilton Falls.   🙂  We look forward to staying at your B&B next year for our 31st Anniversary and really look forward to dining at Bella Luna again.

Ray & Kathy J.

Watervliet, New York

All your recommendations — from restaurants to ski rental to maple syrup — were so helpful… Finally, we were deeply touched by how welcome you made or 10-year-old son, Evan, feel. You made him feel special, smart and grown-up. This was an unexpected gift you so generously gave us. We wish you nothing but great success and hope to see you back on our next trip north to ski.

Lillie, Mark and Evan O.

Tenefly, New Jersey

Thanks a million for everything, for all that you both did to make our stay in your inn an extra special time.  We appreciate so much the warmth and comfort we experienced.  Your gourmet breakfasts and attention to our needs was so much appreciated. as were your dining recommendations. God’s blessings on you both.  Hope to see you again soon.

Mary & Mario T.

Cortlandt Manor, New York

Just a note to thank you for our wonderful stay at the Chester House.  We all agreed it was one of the highlights of our vacation,  We love Vermont, your Inn, and your comfortable hospitality!

Deb, Freddie, & Chris L.

Ogden, Utah

As always, we had a great time!  Thank you for everything.   See you both again soon!

Lynne and Danny O.

Fairfield, Connecticut

We see that you finally received the much needed snowfall and we hope the skiers are all packing up their cars and heading your way. We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay in your beautiful, comfy Inn. The room (#7) was perfect for our 3-person family, and the morning breakfast sent us to the slopes every morning smiling, happy and quite full. We looked forward to coming back every night and sitting in front of the fire in the Keeping Room while we got our evening fix of Olympics.

Lillie, Mark, and Evan O.

Tenefly, New Jersey