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Friday, November 12, 2010

Amherst's Artha Bed and Breakfast earns green recognition from state

From an article by Nick Paulson in the Stevens Point Journal:

AMHERST -- Since 1971, Marguerite Ramlow and her husband, Bob, have renovated their rural property seven miles south of the village of Amherst, making it more sustainable and eco-friendly with every step.

And since they opened Artha Bed and Breakfast almost four years ago, that process has accelerated.

Solar panels provide electricity and heat water. The wood paneling comes from maple trees felled in a windstorm. Even the sheets, towels and cleaning products are organic.

"We want to show people they can live sustainably and be very comfortable," said Marguerite, who, along with Bob, runs the Artha Sustainable Living Center, which includes the bed and breakfast.

This week, the couple were rewarded for their commitment. Artha, 9784 County Road K, was named honorable mention on a list of the top "eco-elegant" B&Bs by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

The department's Travel Green program showcases top destinations for ecotourism, and being featured so prominently should be a boon to an already sound business.

"Just having our name out there will make people aware there is a place like this nearby," Marguerite said.

A blurb by Travel Green describing the center mentioned the renovated farmhouse, solar heat and other information the center offers B&B guests.

"Guests come for the hands-on workshops and retreats on solar water heating, gardening and yoga," the blurb states.

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