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By Heather Page

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After a hectic day of meetings, business lunches and flightlayovers, how does coming back to a room with homemade oatmealcookies, a wood-burning fireplace and an antique four-poster bedsound? Well, for business travelers who prefer the intimate settingof a bed and breakfast inn to riding up 30 floors on the hotelelevator, it sounds downright heavenly.

Staying at a quaint bed and breakfast inn while away on businessis becoming a more common option in rural, suburban and even urbanareas. "Not everyone wants to stay in big hotels," saysLisa Shaw, author of The Business Traveler's Guide to Inns& B&Bs (Williams Hill Publishing), a Windows-based computerdirectory of bed and breakfast inns throughout the United States."Many travelers choose to stay at small inns rather than largehotels because it's a way to get to know the areabetter."

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