As a small, locally owned and operated business, Snug Hollow Farm B&B is a big trend-setter in Kentucky’s growing ecotourism industry.
By establishing Snug Hollow as a working farm and bed and breakfast, innkeeper Barbara Napier has protected 300 of the most beautiful, pristine acres in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is an original Kentucky Farm Stay and member of Eco-friendly Inns of North America.
Through her celebrated vegetarian cooking and focus on local, organic, sustainable food sources, Napier has created awareness of the slow food movement and promotes clean food. Her bestselling cookbook, Hot Food & Warm Memories, is an inspiration to many who would like to experience the pleasures of tasty, healthy eating.
Snug Hollow upholds and fosters these sustainable tourism guidelines:
- Employing local staff to assist in all daily operations of the B&B.
- Growing food in organic gardens on the farm, bartering or buying from local community growers, and when possible buying certified organic products to ensure that money is returned to the local communities.
- Keeping the accommodation small to minimize environmental impact on the fragile ecosystem of the hollow.
- Advocating protection of Kentucky’s ecosystems through an emphasis on interpretation of the natural and cultural history of the Appalachian region.
- Encouraging sensitive wildlife observation practices on the property that include keeping a respectful distance to minimize noise and stress and leaving habitats pristine.
- Taking an environmental approach to waste management through recycling, reusing and composting, purchasing items with limited packaging, and encouraging simple living practices.
- Taking an environmental approach to architectural design by orientating buildings to maximize favorable solar conditions, taking advantage of natural light during daylight hours and adding solar heat gain during the winter months.
- Taking an environmental approach to energy consumption through convection cooling with limited seasonal air conditioning, convection, wood and passive solar heating, the use of outdoor solar lighting and energy efficient light bulbs.
- Taking an environmental approach to natural resources by limiting water consumption, using products such as biodegradable cleaning agents made with natural ingredients and allowing guests to determine the frequency of their linens being washed.