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After a hectic day of meetings, business lunches and flight layovers, how does coming back to a room with homemade oatmeal cookies, a wood-burning fireplace and an antique four-poster bed sound? Well, for business travelers who prefer the intimate setting of a bed and inn to riding up 30 floors on the hotel elevator, it sounds downright heavenly.

Staying at a quaint bed and breakfast inn while away on business is becoming a more common option in rural, suburban and even urban areas. "Not everyone wants to stay in big ," says Lisa Shaw, author of The Business Traveler's Guide to Inns & B&Bs (Williams Hill Publishing), a Windows-based computer directory of bed and breakfast inns throughout the United States. "Many travelers choose to stay at small inns rather than large hotels because it's a way to get to know the area better."

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