Virginia Green Travel Stars

Various pictures from Virginia Green Awards Ceremonies

Green Travel Stars recognizes the efforts of participants of Virginia Green, Virginia's campaign to promote environmentally friendly practices in the tourism industry. Contact us at if you have questions.

Apply for the 2018 Travel Star Awards

Applications for the 2018 Travel Star Awards are due November 9, 2018.  There are four categories of awards:

  • Green Program: Applicants will be judged against similar facilities on how comprehensive and effective their greening programs have been in terms of reducing environmental impacts, involving staff and engaging customers.
  • Most Innovative & Impactful Green Project: Applicants will be judged on the project's uniqueness, its environmental benefit and the potential for other tourism facilities to learn from the project.
  • Best Green Supplier: Applicants will be judged on how their green products and services are helping Virginia Green participants in their own greening efforts. This category is primarily for members of the Virginia Green Suppliers Network, but is open to all Virginia Green participants.
  • Green Team All Star:  Nominate the green team member that has brought your program to the next level.  Nominations are judged based their leadership, initiative and dedication to green programs.

Awards will be presented at the 6th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference & Awards at the new Madison Hotel & Conference Center in Harrisonburg on April 24-25, 2019.  

2017 Travel Star Awards

On March 2, 2018, the 2017 Travel Star Awards were presented at the 5th Annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Green recognized 19 Virginia Green Travel Star Awards for outstanding green tourism practices.16 additional tourism businesses were recognized as Virginia Green Travel Leaders for their efforts. Read about projects and programs implemented by winners in the 2017 Virginia Green Award Summary.

Green Attraction of the Year  Khimaira Farm, Luray
Green Brewery of the Year  Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Nellysford
Green Caterer of the Year Full Circle Catering, Lexington
Green Event of the Year Venture Richmond and SportsBackers, Richmond
Green Hostel of the Year Hostelling International Richmond, Richmond
Green Hotel of the Year Hilton Richmond Downtown, Richmond
Green Bed & Breakfast/Inn of the Year Oak Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast, South Boston
Green Restaurant of the Year Cary St. Cafe, Richmond
Green Winery of the Year The Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg
Green Supplier of the Year   Vastly, Charlottesville 
Green Convention Center of the Year Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach
Green Conference Center of the Year Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg
Green Vacation Rental of the Year Sandswept, Virginia Beach
Innovative Green Project

Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, Farmville

Keep Virginia Beautiful, Henrico 

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach

Virginia Living Museum, Newport News 

Virginia State Parks, Richmond

2017 Travel Leader Award Winners

  • Back INN Time Bed & Breakfast, Kilmarnock
  • Birdsong Pleasure Garden, Luray
  • Clay Corner Inn Boutique Hotel and Spa, Blacksburg
  • Coelacanth Brewing Company, Norfolk
  • Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa, Virginia Beah
  • Hampton Inn Washington Dulles South, Chantilly
  • Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Harrisonburg
  • Inn at Riverbend, Pearisburg
  • InterExchange Summer Work & Travel Program, Virginia Beach
  • Mountain Song Inn, Willis
  • Panache Catering Co., Middletown
  • Peabody's 'Hip Little Stay' B&B, Luray
  • Port City Brewing Company, Alexandria
  • South Court Inn, Luray
  • The Westin Richmond, Richmond
  • Westin Reston Heights, Reston

2016 Travel Star Awards 

For more information about the 2016 winners click here

2015 Travel Star and Travel Leader Awards

For more information about the 2015 winners click here


Virginia Green is a partnership program supported by

Logos for Virginia is for Lovers, VRLTA, and DEQ

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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