Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville’s Great Green Restaurants Scene


We didn’t know much about Asheville, North Carolina– much less its Green Restaurants– despite it being just a 3-hour drive from our hometown of Atlanta. But when we decided to stop there to visit our friends Cristina and Hal of Travel For Wildlife en route to the Outer Banks last month, the folks at Explore Asheville were delighted to educate us about the mountain town’s eco-friendly awesomeness. In retrospect, we’re glad they did.


As it turns out, Asheville is the greenest dining destination in America. Out of 80 members in the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, 17 are certified as green restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), the nation’s leading authority on the subject. Their certification standards for green restaurants are pretty intense, grading them on everything from energy consumption and chemical pollution reduction, to water efficiency and waste reduction, to sustainable food and furnishings. In order to maintain their ranking, green restaurants must continually improve sustainability year after year.


Since we were only there 2 days, we only had a chance to visit 3 of Asheville’s green restaurants. But we loved the city’s laid-back “Greenwich Village in the Mountains” vibe so much, we’re already planning a return trip later this year. Read on for our reviews of Bouchon, The Green Sage Cafe, and Posana

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Green Global Travel Founders Bret & Mary, Halloween 2011

Dressed Up For Halloween, 2011

40 Fascinating Facts You Might Not Know About Bret & Mary


Remember MySpace? One of our favorite things about the pre-Facebook social media maverick was the getting-to-know-you memes that seemed to get passed around among friends on a daily basis. In our ongoing mission to let you get to know you the real people behind the passionate ecotourism/conservation advocacy, we wanted to share some details from our respective personal lives. So here are 40 fascinating facts you might not know about us– some funny, some sad, and some just plain odd. To paraphrase the Ghost of Christmas Present from Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, “Come in, and know us better!”

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Salman Rushdie, Author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children

Photo courtesy of Salman Rushdie

Legendary Author Salman Rushdie

On India’s History & the Midnight’s Children Movie


From Allen Ginsberg and Arthur Miller to Jon Krakauer and Stephen King, I’ve had the chance to interview some seriously influential authors over the course of my career. But never have I interviewed one as divisive as Salman Rushdie, who recently granted us a 1-on-1 interview to promote the new Midnight’s Children movie, an artful adaptation (from Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta) of his breakthrough novel.


Born Ahmed Salman Rushdie in Bombay, India in 1947 into a Muslim family of Kashmiri descent, he started his career as an ad copywriter before becoming a full-time author after his second novel, Midnight’s Children, won the Booker Prize for its unique combination of historical fiction and magical realism.


Of course, Rushdie ultimately became best known for his 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses, which sparked violent protests from Muslims incensed by the creative license the author took in his novel based on the life of the prophet Muhammad. Outraged by blasphemy and a perceived mocking of the Muslim faith, a fatwā calling for Rushdie’s death was issued by Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989.


Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

Rushdie Poses With the Book That Earned Him Death Threats


For over a decade now, Rushdie has lived in the United States, serving since 2007 as Emory University’s Distinguished Writer in Residence in our hometown of Atlanta. He’s been busy writing, working on a sci-fi series for Showtime (which he told me may or may not come to fruition) and releasing Joseph Anton: A Memoir, which details his life during the Satanic Verses fatwā. He also wrote and executive produced the Midnight’s Children movie.


The semi-autobiographical story, which was loosely based on Rushdie’s childhood, deals with India’s rough transition from British colonial to independence, and the extremely bloody partition of the nation. We were delighted to sit down with the knighted author to discuss the new film adaptation, India’s evolution, and the lasting impact the end of the colonial era had on his homeland.

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Camping Mountains

Photo by J.M. Garg via GNU Free Documentation License

Our Favorite Camping Stuff


Every year in April, hundreds of hikers from all around the world descend on Springer Mountain, where they begin the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine’s Mt Katahdin. Whether you’re a badass thru-hiking backpacker or simply a weekend warrior looking to get away from it all, having the latest outdoor adventure gear can obviously help make braving the elements a lot easier. Check out some of the coolest hiking and camping stuff we’ve tested recently:

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Faces of Peruvian Children of Nueva York Village

PHOTO GALLERY: The Faces of Peru


When people think about visiting the Amazon Rainforest, their first consideration tends to be nature and wildlife.  After all, with 2,700,000 square miles (representing more than half of the world’s remaining rainforests), the Amazon offers a remarkable amount of biodiversity. The region is home to more than  40,000 plant species and over 2,200 types of fish, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, 378 reptiles, and approximately one-fifth of all the bird species on the planet.


So, when we were initially invited to visit the Peruvian Amazon with ecotourism operators International Expeditions last year, the people of Peru were honestly the last thing on our minds.


But, as amazing as our wildlife encounters deep in the Amazon’s tributaries were (especially meeting the rare baby manatee), one year later the memories that stick out the most in our minds involve our time with the region’s Ribereños, or river people. What follows are some of our favorite photos of the Faces of Peru, including shots taken in the streets of Lima and the remote villages of Nueva York and San José

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Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
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Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
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New Zealand- Kapiti Island
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Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
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Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities


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Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

America’s Best Volcanoes
AK- Denali National Park
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
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Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
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