Peaks of Otter Lodge, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, recently earned a certificate of environmental commitment from the Virginia Green Travel program, as well as a Corporate Champion award from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.
The Corporate Champion Award recognizes the support that Peaks of Otter Parkway gives through the Parkway Partners check-in program. Guests are invited to donate $1 each night of their stay to support the foundation’s work.
“The lodge doesn’t just run an amazing place, they give back,” said Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. “They help make a positive difference in the experience for all the visitors.”
The Virginia Green certification program acknowledges the property’s excellent commitment to reduce environmental impacts and implement sustainable practices in lodging and dining operations. It is a partnership between Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Travel Association.
“Gaining this certification is another way we show our commitment as stewards of our national parks,” said Jean Hoell, general manager at Peaks of Otter.
Ashley Street, food and beverage manager, worked with Virginia Green representatives to gain the certification.
“It is a way to enhance our visibility on the Parkway, and to be noticed by our guests as a ‘green’ property,” Street said.
Delaware North has operated Peaks of Otter Lodge for the National Park Service in Bedford, Va., since 2013.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jean Hoell (front, seated), general manager at Peaks of Otter Lodge, poses with the award from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with other key associates. From left to right: Ashley Street, food and beverage manager; Savanna DiYorio, sales coordinator; Tommy Ransone, facilities manager; Alex Kolitwenzew, executive chef; Lynn Hall, retail supervisor; and Lauren Staton, front office supervisor.