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From LAX, nonstop service to Amsterdam is available on KLM; connecting service (change of planes) is available on Continental, Northwest, United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Delta, US Airways, Air France and British. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $880.
To call the numbers below, dial 011 (international code), 31 (country code for the Netherlands) and the local numbers.
WHERE TO STAY:
Het Wapen van Hunsingo, Hoofdstraat 82, 9968 AG Pieterburen; 595-528-204, http://www.wapenvanhunsingo.nl . This hotel — where many mud walkers stay — has 12 small, clean rooms. The friendly staff speaks English. There's a small restaurant. Doubles $64-$76.
Mercure Hotel Haren-Groningen, Emmalaan 33, Haren (Groningen); 505-347-041, http://www.mercure.nl . This chain hotel in nearby Groningen is functional and modern. It's a great base for discovering the north of the Netherlands and the Wadden Islands. Breakfast buffet available. Doubles $107, with breakfast.
Hoofdstraat the Abdij van Dokkum, Market 30A, Dokkum; 519-220-422, http://www.abdij.nl . Former 14th century monastery, recently renovated, has spacious rooms and a small restaurant. Doubles $84.
WHERE TO EAT:
Restaurant Waddengenot, Hoofdstraat 93 9968AB Pieterburen; 595-528-558, http://www.waddengenot.nl . Eclectic, with good food. Entrees from $10.
't Centrum Groepsrestaurant, Hoofdstraat 82a, Pieterburen; 595-528-64. This is a popular jumping-off point for mud walkers, serving inexpensive breakfasts, coffee, sandwiches and dinner.
't Feithhuis Stadscafé Restaurant, Martinikerkhof 10/zz, Groningen; 50-313-5335. Great people-watching in this upscale cafe in a university city, although the food is average. Sandwiches about $10.
Guides: Contact Stichting Wadloopcentrum, Postbus1, 9968 ZG Pieterburen; 595-528-300, http://www.wadlopen.com ; or Dijkstra Wadloopcentrum, 10 Wadloopcentrum, Pieterburen; 595-528-345, http://www.wadloop.nl . Most guides speak English. Prices range from $15-$25, with the return ferry trip about $12.
Walking shorts or a swimsuit are suggested, not jeans, which will weigh you down. Because the weather is unpredictable, take a T-shirt, sweater, windbreaker, socks and high-top sneakers, plus a change of clothes in a waterproof bag or backpack. Take sunscreen and food.
TO LEARN MORE:
Netherlands Board of Tourism, (212) 557-3500 http://www.holland.com .
— Candice Reed