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Allergy-Free Bed & Breakfast Inns Go Green

Move over ultra-beds and tanning butlers, the newest trend in hospitality is green. For those with allergies and asthma conditions, multiple chemical sensitivity or environmental illnesses, travel is pleasurable again, as BedandBreakfast.com innkeepers come through with low-allergen lodging. It's back to basics with everything from cleaning with vinegar to line-drying sheets for these B&Bs, offering an ideal respite for travelers with sensitivities and allergies. There's no additional cost for going green at these B&Bs where au natural means anything but clothing-optional. Best of all, count on a healthy and hearty breakfast, prepared by innkeepers who take dietary restrictions and healthy living seriously, and of course, smoke-free environments.

If you love to travel but are sensitive to chemical or environmental conditions, be sure to ask a few questions about the relevant items below before booking your stay:

1. Smoke-free environment
2. Pet-free environment
3. Natural cleaning agents
4. Air filtration systems and/or window that open
5. Hypo-allergenic bedding
6. Unscented linens/towels
7. Unscented air
8. No wall-to-wall carpets
9. Special dietary needs accommodated
10. Organic, natural soaps, and shampoos

Here we've listed some of the best picks for allergy-free B&Bs throughout the U.S.

Bed and Bagels of Tucson - Tucson, AZ
This B&B recently went through an "allergy retro-fit" and now offers Saltillo tile floors, scent-free cosmetics, natural insecticides, and a promise of no fresh paint or carpeting odors. With the addition of all cotton bed linens, a chlorine filter in the shower, a switch to non-allergenic cleaning products, and stainless steel cookware, Bed and Bagel accommodates even those with the toughest of environmental and chemical sensitivities. Info: 520-760-5595 or click here.

Manchester Inn B&B - Ocean Grove, NJ
The first inn in New Jersey to install solar power, this B&B is committed to providing a superb guest experience for those who take their health seriously. Their wellness rooms feature special oxygenating and chlorine filtration shower heads, magnetic mattress pads, pillows, and comforters. Pillows are covered with Far-Infrared Technology to provide ceramic-reflective fibers, promoting an advanced sleep system technology. Info: 732-775-0616 or click here.

Fox Hill B&B - Highland, NY
Committed to a healthy lodging experience in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, guest rooms are supplied with natural shampoos, soaps, and hand creams, plus an ergonomic back massager and shower puff. The fitness-oriented will enjoy the in-ground pool and fitness room with treadmill, stationary bike, health rider, glider, yoga mats, free weights, and balance bar. Info: 845-691-8151, or click here.

Country Life B&B - Saratoga Springs, NY

With environmental sensitivities of their own, innkeepers Wendy and Richard Duvall have created a haven for fellow sufferers. Pillows and mattress covers are hypo-allergenic, and all cleaning and laundry is accomplished with unfragranced cleaning products. It's back to the basics here, utilizing vinegar, baking soda, and other natural commodities for a sparkling clean surface. Info: 888-692-7203, or click here.

Walnut Lawn B&B - Lancaster, PA
Committed to maintaining a healthy, chemical-free environment, this B&B uses no strong-scented or aerosol cleaning products or room deodorizers. Air-conditioning and HEPA filters in vacuum cleaners help maintain quality air indoors. A portable HEPA room filter is also available for guest use. Hormone-free eggs and milk from local farms are served at breakfast along with organic fruits in season. Info: 717-464 -1382, or click here.

Walnut Lawn B&B - Lancaster, PA

Committed to maintaining a healthy, chemical-free environment, this B&B uses no strong-scented or aerosol cleaning products or room deodorizers. Air-conditioning and HEPA filters in vacuum cleaners help maintain quality air indoors. A portable HEPA room filter is also available for guest use. Hormone-free eggs and milk from local farms are served at breakfast along with organic fruits in season. Info: 717-464 -1382, or click here.

1807 Phoebe Pember House - Charleston, SC
This B&B's resourceful, allergy-sensitive innkeeper found organic soy-based detergents and fabric softeners work beautifully on towels and linens. The dark hardwood floors are cleaned regularly with plain black tea rather than chemical cleaners, leaving not only spotless floors but a nice sheen too. Vinegar is the main cleaning staple, ideal for those with chemical sensitivities. While feather pillows are still on beds, guests can request hypo-allergenic pillows instead. Info: 843-722-4186, or click here.

Barclay Cottage - Virginia Beach, VA

You'll find wonderfully soft hypo-allergenic mattress toppers and pillows here. Additionally, environmentally sensitive guests will appreciate the fragrance-free detergents used to clean all linens and lack of chemical softener additives. Guests are treated to non-allergenic amenities including soaps and shampoos. Info: 757-422-1956, or click here.

Holly Inn Gardens - Bainbridge Island, WA
Ask for the allergy-free units, and you'll find bedding and toweling washed in fragrance-free detergents. Additionally, non-toxic cleaning products make the fragrance-free units an excellent choice for the allergic. Info: 206-842-8959, or click here.

(Source: BedandBreakfast.com)

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