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West Coast Bed and Breakfasts Mix Business With Pleasure

Jun 10, 2008
If your employees let out a collective groan when it's time for that yearly corporate retreat, surprise them with a bed and breakfast business event. Many inns along the West Coast have full-service meeting facilities, and the charm and comfort of a bed and breakfast will inspire your employees. Here are some great choices for your next business meeting.

Southern Calif. B&B Inns

If your co-workers are searching for a Southern California bed and breakfast, the Blue Lantern Inn is a perfect choice. Located in the seaside town of Dana Point, the inn boasts views of the harbor and coastline. The inn is about an hour south of Los Angeles and just minutes from Laguna Beach. The innkeepers offer two different meeting rooms. The Library Meeting Room can fit up to 40 guests for a theater-style seminar or banquet, and more than two dozen for meetings. The inn also has a traditional conference room that can accommodate up to 15 people. Both rooms include amenities such as overhead projectors, television with DVD player and high-speed wireless Internet access. Meeting rates also include on-site parking and special amenities such as homemade treats and gourmet coffee and teas. All of the guest rooms include a fireplace and jetted tub; several also have an ocean view.

Bay Area Location

Leave the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley or San Francisco and plan your next business meeting at the Seal Cove Inn, just outside of the seaside village of Half Moon Bay. The idyllic bed and breakfast is like a French Country retreat, surrounded by trees and wildflowers. Meetings or business events for up to 14 people can be accommodated, and there is Internet access available, as well. The innkeepers provide morning and afternoon refreshments. If your co-workers are staying at the inn, they'll also enjoy a full breakfast and rooms with king-size beds and fireplaces.

Washington Coast Bed and Breakfasts

Get away from the usual workday grind and plan an island business retreat. The Saratoga Inn on scenic Whidbey Island is about 30 miles north of Seattle and can accommodate up to 12 of your business associates in its meeting room. Audio-visual equipment can be rented, but the rates include amenities such as notepads, pens and freshly baked cookies and muffins. The bed and breakfast has 15 guest rooms, as well, each with a fireplace. Overnight guests also enjoy the inn's signature full breakfast.

Located right in the middle of all that Seattle has to offer, the Inn at Harbor Steps is a sophisticated spot for your next business event. The boutique hotel can accommodate up to 12 guests for meetings or special events. The full-day meeting rates include high-speed Internet access, notepads, pens and morning and afternoon snacks. A full range of audio-visual equipment can be rented. If you need to book business guests, the inn has plenty of beautifully decorated rooms, most of which have a fireplace.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner is an frequent inngoer and enjoys B&Bs. To find more info on Southern California bed and breakfasts or bed and breakfasts in California, visit the Four Sisters or iLoveInns sites.
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