What does "Eco-Boutique" mean?
The mission of the owners of the RedTail Inn is to to provide luxury, boutique-style accommodations, but with a mind to being kind to our Earth. As we went through the restoration process, we were careful to reuse or recycle everything we could from the original home (the old wood is even being reused by craftsman furniture builders). We also made a conscious choice to locally source new, eco-friendly and sustainable materials as needed. For example, our gorgeous front door was made by a local craftsman out of sustainably grown, locally sourced Douglas Fir. Our high-end linens are even made right here in the NorthWest! We furnished the Inn largely in antiques (see photos throughout the website), thus reducing consumption of new materials. Any new furniture was purchased at local businesses, to support the local economy.
The Inn was painted with low-VOC paint and floored with Marmoleum and other low impact flooring. We installed energy-saving, tank-less hot water heaters (endless hot showers!) and high efficiency heating and cooling systems. We added top quality insulation, installed all high ranked Energy Star appliances, and put in double paned windows and doors. Every single light fixture runs on LED bulbs, even the antique chandeliers! All of these upgrades dramatically reduce the Inn's consumption of fossil fuels.
In the next year, we will be installing solar panels on the Inn, and a backup battery array, thus allowing the Inn to go to a complete net-zero. The RedTail Inn will be the first of its kind in Southern Oregon.
To accommodate for our like-minded guests, an electric car charging station is available at the Inn and electric bikes are available for our guests to rent at a local shop a couple of blocks away to tour around the quaint town of Ashland. Our town boasts miles of bike trails; you could even bike all the way from Mt. Ashland to Medford if you so desired!
Our Inn is located one block from all the best restaurants and shops in town and is only four blocks from the Shakespeare theaters. This allows you to not even need a car for your entire stay, thus giving you a low carbon footprint vacation.
In keeping with the history of the house, our property boasts beautifully landscaped, turn of the century style gardens, all of which are maintained organically. We have fruit bushes and trees and and incorporate edibles and herbs into the landscaping, thus allowing our guests the ability to truly “eat locally” when staying at our Inn.