No garden-variety tour
Buenos Aires can be an overwhelming city -- think New York mixed with Paris. I highly recommend licensed private tour guide Marcelo Mansilla. He is enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
Marcelo Mansilla, Buenos Aires; 011-15-5654-9032, www.ciceroneba.com.ar.
Rates from $50 for half-day tours.
--John Kopczynski, Los Angeles
For the inn crowd
The Inn at Buck Hollow Farm is fantastic any time of year. The rooms are cozy, beautiful and affordable, the breakfasts delicious and they have an antique store.
The Inn at Buck Hollow Farm, 2150 Buck Hollow Road, Fairfax 05454; (800) 849-7985, www.buckhollow.com.
Doubles from $93.
--Susan and John Fisher, Pacific Palisades