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  • Dave and Sue Sweet: Best tour guides ever in Europe
    Dave and Sue Sweet: Best tour guides ever in Europe

    I spent 17 blissful days touring the unspoiled countryside of France with Dave and Sue Sweet, based in New Zealand. We stayed in a beautiful châteaux in the middle of peaceful meadows. This charming duo has been running small-group tours (only six people) in Europe for 15 years, and...

  • Readers Recommend: Loire Valley inn

    This July my husband and I spent four wonderful nights at the delightful Au Reflets du Cher in France's Loire Valley. Central location (near Tours), on the the river Cher. Beautifully appointed and immaculate with gorgeous grounds. Our hosts Annie and Jean-Claude gave us an warm welcome,...

  • Readers Recommend: Le Argille villa in Tuscany, Italy

    Our extended family of 12 adults and children just returned from a week in Tuscany, Italy, where we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at a private villa in the small town of Strada in Chianti. It sits on a hillside overlooking the Tuscan hills, with extensive grounds, an infinity...

  • Stately 234 Winder Street Inn in Detroit has been restored to glory

    Having just left the Motor City, I can say that Detroit is far from down and out. Of special note is the 234 Winder Street Inn, a bed-and-breakfast in a stately old mansion in the Gold Coast, once an enclave of Detroit's early gentry. The innkeeper, Mona Ross, has lovingly restored the...

  • Hotel du Vin a convenient, cozy stop in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Hotel du Vin a convenient, cozy stop in Edinburgh, Scotland

    We recently spent four nights at the boutique Hotel du Vin in Edinburgh, Scotland. The building has character, with exposed stone walls, a cozy dining room with the bar area suspended above and an outdoor patio. The staff provided excellent customer service, and the breakfast buffet has a...

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