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Five great picks for families seeking affordable summer getaways at B&Bs

School?s out for the summer, and families throughout the USA are seeking affordable getaways with something for everyone from kids to parents to grandparents. BedandBreakfast.com, the largest online directory of B&Bs, representing 27,000 B&Bs worldwide, brings offers five top picks for affordable B&B getaways. Unless otherwise noted, rates quoted are for double occupancy, excluding tax and gratuity, and children of all ages are welcome.

Capay Valley B&B, Capay, CA: Set on a working ranch with over 80 animals ranging from ducks to llamas, take advantage of the Family Package, including a room with two queen beds, TV/DVD player, breakfast for four and a tour of the zoo. You might even see the baby zebras that arrived in March. Kids love the swimming pool and water toys too. The nightly rate for four, including tax is $216. Info: http://www.capayvalleybedandbreakfast.com/, 866-227-2922.

At The Lake B&B, Marion, MT: Families will enjoy pristine McGregor Lake. Evening campfires with s?mores are a highlight, along with canoeing, paddleboating, swimming, and taking in the supreme beauty of this exquisite Northwest location. Room rates begin at $95 per night; children under 12 stay free. Info: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/ppf/inn/626601/Listing.aspx, 406-858-2456.

A Slice of Home B&B, Spencer, NY: Located in the Finger Lakes, just 15 miles from Ithaca, area state parks and Cayuga Lake offer hours of fun and R&R for the whole family. Borrow bikes and take a picnic, or just relax in the hot tub. Plentiful snacks and hearty breakfasts are a highlight too. Rooms for two adults start at $85 nightly; children 12 and under stay free. Info: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/ppf/inn/204355/Listing.aspx, 607-589-6073.

May Farm Bed and Breakfast and Maple Leaf Cottage, Stowe, VT: The Taste of Vermont Package includes four nights in the Maple Leaf Cottage, plus tickets for four to Rock of Ages Granite Quarry Tour, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, gondola ride to the top of Mount Mansfield, Stowe Trolley Riding Tour, and the May Farm moose sighting map. The four-day package costs $530 including all taxes and gratuities. Info: http://www.mayfarm.com/, 800-729-9093.

Country Chalet B&B, Bluefield, WV: Enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, biking and much more in the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia, plus free access to the nearby swimming pools at the Princeton Health and Fitness Center. Families of four are easily accommodated in two second-floor bedrooms that open to the great room, featuring a mini-fridge, TV/VCR and piano. A hearty breakfast for four is also included in nightly rate of $90-110 for the two-bedroom suite. Info: http://www.countrychalet.com/, 304-487-2120.

For more information, visit the BedandBreakfast.com website: Worldwide Bed and Breakfasts Inns Directory.

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