As soon as an advance in technology became available, Dr. Locke incorporated it into his 19th century home and medical practice. In addition, he operated his businesses with a sense of stewardship for the land and its resources. He looked beyond the present and evaluated what he did in terms of the future. His philosphy mirrors our philosophy of caring for the inn, our guests, family and community.
The first thing you may notice in entering the drive is the juxtaposition of solar panels on an 1858 barn. Inevitably you will notice the solar arrays in the field. This system is now supplies nearly 100 percent of our electiricy which is fed into the grid. The Prius in the driveway is further evidence of our commitment to a cleaner, healthier environment.
We adhere to the Slow-Foods philosophy and purchase directly from local orchards and ranches. We shop within a limited distance from the inn, buying from suppliers who also purchase responsibly. Dining at the Lockeford B&B is an intimate experience as diners relax, converse and watch the cook prepare each course of the meal. Our inn-grown herbs, vegetables and fruit are supplemented with fresh local produce and products. Organically-grown items are used whenever possible.
We are working toward a sustainable landscape. The inn gardens are constantly changing to foster California native plants and trees and water conservation. We also compost and use vermiculture to give back to the rich soil in our landscape.
The Inn at Locke House is a certified Green Hotel (score 23 out of 24 as San Joaquin County does not allow gray-water recycling.) Green Hotels criteria include both products and practices. Energy Star appliances, lighting, alternative energy, biodegradable and natural bath amenities and cleaning products, sustainable luxury bed and bath linens, durable service items, plus accommodating guests with allergies and chemical sensitivities are eco-friendly tenets we have incorporated into all aspects of running the inn.