To those of us who choose to forgo meat and fish in favor of a mainly or altogether plant-based diet, hotel stays often involve trying to creatively eat around pieces of bacon or satisfying yourself with an apple and a slice of toast with marmalade.
Snack and indulge in fine cuisine without worries of it affecting your conscience! Whether for their lavish breakfast spreads, use of sustainable and local produce and care for the well-being of their guests, each of these places stand apart from the pack. Welcome to the finest vegetarian and vegan hotels!
Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast
Breakfast at the Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast in Boulder, CO can only be described as fresh: whether it’s an intimate breakfast on the sun porch, fresh flowers abound or the lush gardens that surround the property. Best of all, their breakfast is completely organic and can cater to guests’ dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. The inn is completely meat-free and many of their recipes have been featured in the press.
Our picks: Fine Loose-leaf organic tea, fresh fruit, homemade breakfast bread, homemade granola, and egg scramble with sautéed veggies and cheese.
Stanford Inn By The Sea
The rustic Stanford Inn By The Sea is perched above Mendocino Bay and furnished with warm pine and redwood. Their chef prepares delicious breakfasts using locally harvested, in-season products, including exotic additions like seaweed and chanterelle mushrooms. All ingredients are both sustainable and organic as well as completely vegan.
Our picks: The BBQ Portobello mushrooms with tangy orange-chipotle BBQ sauce, cornbread and chipotle aioli garnish or their famous Sea Palm & Root Vegetable Strudel with local sea palm in sesame phyllo with a stir-fry of broccoli, shiitake, bell pepper and cashews.
Brook Farm Inn
Vegetarians will be well taken care of at Brook Farm Inn. Their breakfast breads, produce, and products are all furnished from local artisans and growers with a focus on providing guests with slow, healthy food. There are abundant vegetarian options among the buffet choices including Irish oatmeal with a variety of toppings and massive platters of fresh fruit. The charming Inn also provides afternoon tea, served promptly at 4 p.m. with Strawberry, Coconut Chocolate or Honey Lavender Scones and your choice of Harney Teas. Plus, you’re encouraged to raid the guest pantry for cookies and hot chocolate if you get hungry late at night.
Our picks: Spinach-Mushroom Baked Eggs, the Dijon baked eggs or the Cinnamon Baked French Toast with local Maple syrup for those with a sweet tooth.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
The Dreamcatcher is located within earshot of Ocean Park beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The property welcomes guests to its eclectic bohemian rooms, complete with hammocks for mid-afternoon naps. Guests have access to yoga and meditation classes or rent bicycles to ride along the beach promenade.
The Dreamcatcher’s 3 course Vegan or Vegetarian brunch is lovingly created by chef Jerome who has specialized in vegan and veggie cooking since 2003. The menu changes every day to keep things fresh but you can expect homemade hemp milk, kombucha and abundant local fruit. Should you prefer to skip the restaurant reservations in favor of making your own dinners or beach lunches, two vegetarian kitchens are free for guest use, as well as a herb garden to add some homegrown flavor.
Our picks: We spotted chia pudding, quinoa salad and pancakes with mountains of fresh fruit on the breakfast menu.If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with one of the Vegan Nights with Chef Jerome.
Fairmont Kea Lani Resort
The Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea, Maui has an incredible menu comprised of classic family recipes including touches of farm-fresh Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese influence. This delicious blend of flavors find their way into all aspects of the menu—they offer vegan, macrobiotic, raw, gluten-free, sugar-balanced and heart healthy options that don’t sacrifice on the overall theme at Kō, the restaurant.
Our picks: The spicy Thai coconut curry with Kula squash, shiitake mushrooms, purple molokair sweet potato, kabucha pumpkin, Maui onion and brown rice.
Park Lane Guest House
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The Park Lane Guesthouse was built by owner and operator Shakti in historic SoCo corner of Austin. The property is shaded by a massive heritage live Oak tree with a natural pool and abundant organic gardens growing veggies, fruit, herbs and flowers. Beyond the garden, there is also a chicken coop full of delightful chickens, fed on kitchen compost. The same eggs are used to cook up Shakti’s incredible vegetarian breakfasts.
The most important meal of the day is made to order and can be taken in the privacy of your cottage or your deck.
Our picks: The organic omelet is made from fresh Park Lane eggs, organic cheddar and organic garden-grown rosemary. Vegan breakfasts are also available and include the delightful fresh ginger lemon and rosemary buckwheat waffles, topped with pineapple and birch syrup.
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Tucked away among the brightest greenery but a quick drive from the airport, the plantation style Old Wailuku Inn treats guests to a cozy stay.
The house boasts many of its original 1924 features particularly the beautiful native Hawaiian ohia hardwood floors. The inn feels like worlds apart from the resorts of Maui with dense tropical gardens offering a respite from your day to day world. Breakfast consists of a rotating menu prepped by the innkeepers, starting with many locally-sourced fruits like succulent Maui Gold pineapple, mangos and the exotic apple bananas with many fruits coming directly from the property’s grounds. The coffee flows abundant and menu items are available for both vegetarians and vegans.
Our picks: The menu changes weekly but waffles piled with delectable seasonal bananas, pineapple or mango and caramel sauce could be served to us any and all days.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
The retro-romantic Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village, New York is steeped in NYC history with former guests including Jack Kerouac and Julie Andrews. While their diets may not have called for special attention, yours might so the lovely Margaux restaurant offers plenty of options. The far is market-driven French, Mediterranean and a touch of Cali with tons of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Our picks: Get the vegetarian farmer’s board with avocado hummus, spicy sweet potato with quinoa tabbouleh and the spicy kale salad with fresh jalapenos.
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