WILDSPRING GUEST HABITAT
PORT ORFORD, OREGON
Think of it as nature with four stars
AMENITIES & FEATURES
Property Type: Eco Resort
Season: October - August
Types of Accommodations: Cabin
Environment: Ocean View from a Forest
Nearest Airport: Eugene
Starting Rates: $198 USD
YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY AMENITIES...
Locally Sourced Food
Water Conservation Methods
Energy Efficient Lighting
Showers in Room
Toilets in Room
Open-air slate hot tub
TV/DVD with 650 DVDs for free incabin movies
ToGo bags of treats each day
Fully equipped kitchen in Guest Hall for guest use
Strong wifi throughout property
Free bicycle use
Free refreshments 24/7 in Guest Hall.
Minimize physical, social, behavioral and psychological impacts
Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities
Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
Provide financial benefits & empowerment for local people
Deliver memorable interpretive/educational experiences to visitors
Raise sensitivities to host countries' political, environmental and social climate
The great outdoors finally comes with an equally great indoors
WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, ecofriendly resort in Port Orford, overlooking Oregon's spectacular southern coast. On 5 acres of old Native American grounds, WildSpring offers luxury accommodations in a naturally beautiful environment.
With only five cabin suites built like small stylish homes filled with art and antiques, set in a peaceful, secluded forest of 100-ft trees, WildSpring makes guests feel more like they’re visiting a private estate than a hotel.
Guests enjoy a Guest Hall with modern guest kitchen, sculpture garden, lounging areas and large open-air slate spa all overlooking the ocean. Enjoy breakfast buffet, spa robes, incabin massages, WiFi, walking labyrinth, flat-panel TV/DVD (with over 650 DVDs), CD/iPod stereo, meeting facilities and more.
WildSpring is a birding site on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail, a member of the Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfast Guild and they won the Governor’s award for Sustainable Travel Leadership in 2013. Best Places of the Northwest gave it their highest rating and Editor’s Choice, and it has been recommended twice in the New York Times and USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and eight times in Sunset Magazine.
The Eco Story
WildSpring is fortunate to be located in an astonishingly beautiful part of our planet. We try to keep it that way. Everything we do here has been designed to have a minimum impact on the environment, and all our choices were made with three questions in mind: Will it be beautiful in a natural way? Will it help protect the environment? Will it make guests feel cared for?
WildSpring is a remarkable place with an incredibly serene energy that creates a sense of connection to the land and to those who have shared it through the years. There is a sense of timeless reverence here, and it’s easy to lie in one of the hammocks looking up at the treetops swaying in the wind and imagine a different life. We hope if our guests are given the chance to be surrounded by this much natural beauty, they will understand on a deep level how special this kind of environment is and be moved to protect it when they return home.
We are carbon neutral.
Design & Development
We planned every aspect of WildSpring to be eco-sensititve from the very beginning.
We used responsible local contractors who would understand the need to be kind to the land within their own community. And, even though we’re in the midst of a 2nd-growth forest of 100 ft trees, we were able to place the cabins and dig deep enough for the infrastructure that we only had to remove two living trees during the entire development.
We used local, sustainable materials whenever code allowed, VOC-free paints, no carpeting, heated wood floors.
Our design concept intended that everything guests see or touch be made of natural materials. We wanted to create an environment that felt organic, but luxurious. We paid attention to every detail and, rather than compromise development by having to make cheaper decisions, we stopped work until we had the money to proceed correctly. All our vegetation is native to this area or suitable to its natural cycles, including a spectacular collection of rhododendrons, sea grasses, ground covers, trees, heritage bushes, junipers and wild irises. The grounds are kept kempt and parklike, but not groomed like a garden, allowing the natural environment to express itself.
Unlike many eco-facilities, WildSpring is not rustic. We wanted to offer comfortable luxury in a natural environment in an eco-responsibly way. Recycling helped. All of the wood furniture in the cabins are vintage and antique pieces we rescued from garage sales in the Hollywood Hills and restored or repurposed, as are most of the lighting fixtures and decorative pieces.
Perched on the edge of the 48 states overlooking the Pacific, our air is amazingly clean and fresh. We didn’t want to interfere with that in any way. All our cleaning products are nontoxic, pH-neutral and scent-free. Our bodycare products are 100% natural, with the lightest of natural scents. We provide scent-free soy candles. All our appliances are low energy and low-flow, and we use low-watt and energy-efficients and CFL bulbs inside whenever possible. The Guest Hall is lit by skylights during daylight. Our landscape lighting is a 12v system, directed to the ground to protect the starry nights (Port Orford is a Dark Skies Initiative city), and on a timer.
We have reduced our energy footprint as much as possible and offset the remaining carbon emissions to achieve a zero footprint.
We keep our grounds parklike, allowing the natural environment to express itself. All plantings are native to the area or suitable to its natural cycles and rainfall. We make sure there are containers to collect water and we planted greenery that is a natural source of food for the gentle wildlife that shares the land with us.
All our stationery and promotional materials use recycled paper.
This area does little to pick up any range of recycled materials, so we store them ourselves and take them where appropriate. We take all shipping materials such as popcorn, bubble wrap and boxes to our local myrtlewood gift manufacturer so they can be reused when they ship their items. The cellophane bags for the chocolate truffles, cabin water glasses and all trashcan liners are compostable.
We buy local and organic produce and flowers whenever possible. We donate unused food to a local individual who distributes it.
Because of the wildlife around us, we are not able to compost here, so we give all our food waste to a local farm for animal feed and composting. We are also trying to find affordable bird-friendly wind power to reduce our use of electricity even further.
Clean the World logo We participate in the Clean the World program, collecting all our slightly used bar soaps from our cabins and sending them to Clean the World Foundation. They are a non-profit organization who collects soaps from over 150,000 hotels rooms that would ordinarily be thrown away, sanitizes and sends them to local homeless shelters and impoverished children. This recycles nearly 69 million pounds of soap and plastic bottles that would normally wind up in landfills, provides green jobs for people who need work to collect, recycle and pack the soaps, and helps improve hygiene and combats deaths due to diseased that washing with soap can prevent.
We invite our guests to participate in water and energy-saving measures with us:
“We kindly ask you to participate in our conservation program by using your towels and sheets more than once. Hang up towels if you want to participate; if not, simply leave them on the floor and we will replace them with freshly laundered ones. As far as sheets, we will change them after three days for extended stays, unless you let us know you'd like them changed that day by putting the special card from your nightstand on the pillow. In addition to decreasing water and energy consumption, you help reduce the amount of detergent waste water that must be recycled within our community. We also ask that you turn lights off in the cabins when you leave the cabins.”
We donate funds and provide free stays for fundraising auctions to a number of environmental and humanist organizations, including Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, World Pulse, Columbia Land Conservancy, Bioneers, Kalmiopsis Audubon Society, Rotary Club, Public Counsel in Los Angeles. We support organizations like these who share our goals to protect the land and help the disenfranchised. Currently we have over $7,000 in free stays outstanding for this and for our local community support as well.
We have donated pro bono marketing support to the Conservation Leaders Network, an organization that promotes conservation at the county level across the nation and to our city, Port Orford, to help residents keep informed of the latest developments in government and city services, including our water initiatives, and to help visitors understand the remarkable natural resources in our area, encouraging them to enjoy them and treat them with respect.
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Certified Wildlife Habitat
We are an official birding site on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail, and we are a National Wildlife Federation certified habitat for wild animals. Visit their website for more information about this program.