Fortunately, we were able to do some things right, the recycle center wasn't too far from from our rental so that we recycled the same as we always do. We turned off the a/c during the day while we were at the beach and turning it on before bed for an hour or two. We found out when the local farmers markets were so that we could purchase produce and other goods from local farmers. We used the clothesline to dry our clothes, towels and suits.
Although, I already know that being green is a culmination of multiple decisions and choices we make everyday. My vacation botches were a reinforcement of the importance of developing green habits, planning ahead and being prepared. If you haven't taken your vacation yet you can ease my conscience by not repeating the same mistakes that I made.
If you are on vacation in Saratoga then consider using stainless steel water bottles and travel mugs instead of plastic and Styrofoam cups. For your shopping excursions downtown you can use a designer reusable bag. Happy Vacation!