In recent years organic holidays have become increasingly popular with more and more people wanting to experience a "healthier" holiday.
But where do you start when trying to find a good one.
Linda Moss has put together the perfect resource for a new wave of environmentally-thoughtful travellers.
Organic Places to Stay UK and Ireland
was shortlisted for the People's Book Prize in the Non-Fiction Titles category.
It received the most votes for the June Non-Fiction Titles and was put forward as a finalist for the annual People's Book Prize Awards 2010
This completely revised and updated edition of Organic Places to Stay gives you all the information you need for an 'organic holiday'.
With almost 600 entries (over fifty of them in the Republic of Ireland), along with a number of new symbols to show the distance from public transport and whether organic food is available on-site or within five miles, it is a must-have for anyone seeking an organic holiday.
There has been a significant increase in the profile of all things organic, green and environmental over the last few years, including an interest in the availability of locally produced food and drink products while on holiday and much has been written about places to stay where there is an emphasis on food and regional cuisine.
Farmers' markets, farm shops, and food and drink festivals - the largest being the Organic Food Festival in Bristol - have become opportunities for days out for both locals and tourists to see for themselves the variety of local food that is now on offer.
Many places have their own small restaurant, a few of which are certified organic, and others may have a certified organic kitchen garden, orchard or vineyard.
Around two thirds of the places listed offer meals, usually breakfast although lunches and evening meals are often available as well. Meals are prepared using local organic produce whenever possible. On average this will be at least 50% organic but many offer a much higher percentage, up to 100% organic.
Quite a few establishments will grow their own produce, while some use wild or natural foods; most will aim to use fresh local produce rather than imported food.
Other places offer self-catering on organic farms or smallholdings, where you will find information about the availability of organic food; whether you can buy the farm's own organic produce, have an organic vegetable box delivered or find organic produce in the local area.
Fresh produce, local specialities, slow food, home baking, homemade products such as jam, juice, ice cream, yogurt, cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, olive oil, wine - you'll find all these and more.
"Linda Moss has put together the perfect resource for a new wave of environmentally-thoughtful travellers. There's no erroneous embroidered 'fluff' to wade through either, the book is fact-packed with all the information you need to choose a holiday destination that will tick all the boxes that are important to you, your family and the planet."
Tracey Smith, writer and broadcaster re sustainable living and author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas.
‘What a wonderful guide this has proved to be. An essential travel guide for anyone who cares about the environment.’
‘A great companion to have for those spur of the moment breaks away. As a foodie I love to sample the local produce and enjoy discovering new places to stay.’
'If you are serious about staying in good quality accommodation offering the finest organic produce and excellent service, this book is the one for you.'
For further information on any of the above please visit www.organicholidays.co.uk
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