The Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, Mont., built in 1882, harks back to the upper Missouri River's steamship era. (Tim Map)

Each week in "Readers Recommend," the Travel section shares tips on hidden gems in the U.S. and abroad.

Here is a roundup of some of the lodging recommendations published in the last year. Although the information here was correct when it was published, some details may have changed, especially room rates abroad because of the weakened dollar. Please contact the source to confirm prices and other information.

United States


Creekside Inn at Sedona, 99 Copper Cliffs Drive, Sedona 86336; (800) 390-8621 or (928) 282-4992, "This secluded getaway, which features B&B amenities, has reflecting pools, deer, ducks and squirrels. It is on a private road adjacent to good food, two great golf courses and souvenir shops. Try the Creekside Suite, which faces a creek. Relaxation and privacy in a wonderful environment." Doubles start at $160.
John Helvin
La Mirada


Tootie's Texas Barbecue, 68-703 Perez Road, Suite A1, Cathedral City 92234; (760) 202-6963, "This upscale barbecue features meats that have been slow-cooked for up to 17 hours. They'll put your barbecue on a jalapeƱo cheese bun, a plain white bun or on corn or flour tortillas. Portions are generous and prices reasonable. Owners Willard Sterling and Steve Vinson are native Texans." Entrees from $6.25 to $11.95.
Nina Murphy
Redondo Beach

Elam Biggs Bed and Breakfast, 220 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley 95945; (530) 477-0906, "This comfortable B&B in Grass Valley is named after its first owner, an early hardware store owner in town. It is an easy stroll to downtown and only a few minutes' drive to Nevada City. Owner Peter Franchino, a Burbank native, is a talented magician and, if you ask, he'll perform some sleight-of-hand tricks for you. It's the only B&B I've visited more than once." Doubles, with bath, from $85 to $120.
Matt Proietti
Lake Arrowhead

Blackberry Inn, P.O. Box 1064, Groveland 95321; (209) 962-4663, "Tastefully decorated bed-and-breakfast near Yosemite has cozy private rooms. Breakfast was outstanding. Owners have years of experience in the area and helped us make the most of our trip to the Sierra Nevada." Doubles from $120 to $150, depending on season. All rooms have baths; some have fireplaces. Breakfast included.
Liz Tenney
Los Angeles

Kern River Inn Bed and Breakfast, P.O. Box 1725, Kernville 93238; (800) 986-4382, "This delightful five-bedroom house overlooks the Kern River, just across the road. Each room has a private bath, a TV-VCR and either a whirlpool tub or a working rock fireplace. It's kid-friendly. , with nutritious snacks left out around the house and kids' videos available. There are lots of nearby activities - whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, exploring the surrounding town of Kernville or just lazing on the peaceful veranda. watching the world and the river drift by." Doubles from $125, with breakfast.
Peter Levitan
Sherman Oaks

Farmer's Daughter, 115 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036; (800) 334-1658 or (323) 937-3930, fax (323) 932-1608, "I was in L.A. on an impromptu business trip; my cousin recommended this hotel because of the prime location, reasonable prices and new look. It is indeed a gem, small and hip and with many amenities. But what I really appreciated was the free Internet access available in each room." Doubles from $99.
Theodore Zaferis