Friday, April 29, 2011

Green getaways! Learn about eco-friendly trips at this travel expo

By Alex Rush

For your next vacation, think green.

That’s the message travel website EscapeMaker is sending when it hosts an eco-friendly vacation destination expo on Sunday at Skylight One Hanson.

There’ll be wine tastings from New York vineyards, farm-fresh food samples, live music and dozens of weekend getaway deals for the outdoorsy sect.

“It’s a fun way to be conscious of the environment and improve our way of life,” said Park Slope resident and expo participant Ed Fondiller, founder of the Catskill-based Total Tennis, whose eco-friendly camp features meals made from an organic farm and grounds lit by solar panels. 

Plus, like the other facilities and farms featured at the expo, it’s located only a day’s drive or train ride from Brooklyn, so your trip will leave a minimum carbon footprint.

For people who want to travel green without spending green, the Expo is raffling off trips that include a zipline adventure tour upstate and an overnight stay at the lakeside Mohonk Mountain House and Spa.

And if a getaway to a mountain house with a geothermal heating cooling system isn’t enough to drive the green message home, Expo attendees can also take part in a green market quiz game and recycling workshop.

“Recycling seems basic but there are certain items many people aren’t sure what to do with,” said Amanda Gentile of GrowNYC, which runs greenmarkets in the city. “For instance, milk cartons actually go in the glass and metal bin – not the paper bin.”

So even if you don’t book a trip to the Meditation Barn in Vermont, you’re guaranteed to walk away from the Expo with something useful.

EscapeMaker’s Green Getaways at Skylight One Hanson [1 Hanson Pl. near Flatbush Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 230-0400], April 30 from 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For info, visit


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