If you’re a Zipcar member, you are already doing your part to save the planet by reducing vehicles on the road, but sometimes you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and leave those errands behind! Looking for a local “GREEN” getaway? Here are our Top 5 destination ideas and travel packages for April. Relax, rejuvenate and return a new you!

1. Golden Arrow Resort – 4-5 Hours from NYC in Lake Placid in the Adirondacks of New York, and SO worth the drive. This resort is making news in eco-friendly operations! Indulge in spa treatments, go hiking with your
kids or “Make Your Own Maple Syrup April 7th – 10th $89 per person – includes one night’s lodging and a 3-hour tour
…a 3-hour tour. http://www.golden-arrow.com

2. Howe Caverns – 3-4 Hours from NYC in the Central Leatherstocking Region of New York. Holy Stalagmites – this is cool! Strap on your miner’s hat and take a romantic lantern or an adventure tour 156 feet below the Earth’s surface! Make sure you bring home some of their homemade fudge! From $109 per night – includes one night’s lodging and tour. http://www.howecaverns.com

3. Grounds for Sculpture – 2-3 Hours from NYC near Princeton, New Jersey. Art meets food! Now that’s our kind of daytrip! Grounds for Sculpture is a 35-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ with an outdoor permanent collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, special events, tours, workshops and three fine dining restaurants include the highly-rated Rat’s Restaurant. Admission $12 adults, Kids 5 and under FREE! http://www.groundsforsculpture.org

4. Lehigh Valley – 1-2 Hours from NYC in Eastern Pennsylvania. Seven of Pennsylvania’s covered bridges are located in the Lehigh Valley! Wind your way around gorgeous bucolic vistas as you take the self-guided tour. Lehigh Valley also attracts whitewater rafters and wine enthusiasts (9 wineries). Stay at a historic bed and breakfast or sleep under the stars at a campsite. Easily a day trip or an overnight getaway, check out the specials at http://www.discoverlehighvalley.com

5. Highlands – 1 Hour from NYC on the northern Jersey Shore. Bed and breakfasts, hiking, biking, Twin Lighthouses, Sandy Hook Beach… and Gunnison nude beach! (oh my). Highlands has it all! They also have great seafood restaurants and special events throughout the year. From $169 a night – Sandy Hook Cottage B&B also offers sailing packages, biking packages and a seafood lover’s package in April for an additional cost. http://www.sandyhookcottage.com

And for more local getaway ideas, come to: EscapeMaker.com’s Green Getaways, Local Food & Travel Expo Saturday, April 30, 2011 – 11am-5pm. Skylight One Hanson – $10 Online, $12 Door. Sponsored by Zipcar, Amtrak and I LOVE NY. For tickets and more info go to http://www.escapemaker.com/travelexpo