The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

Readers recommend

Virginia: Local favorite

99 Main Restaurant, 99 Main St., Newport News 23601; (757) 599-9885. "This place is hard to find but is a local favorite. French and American cuisine with white tablecloths and crisp, attentive service. Open kitchen, memorable food and wines." Entrees from $19 to $35.

Barry A. Brown and Priscilla Kastner

Placentia *

Hungary: Central location

Peregrinus ELTE Hotel, 3 V. Szerb utca, 1056 Budapest; 011-36-1-266-4911 phone, 011-36-1-266-4913 fax, . "Unbeatable location in the center of the Inner City and near Vaci utca, a pedestrian shopping street. Rooms are clean, quiet and comfortable; ours overlooked the serene courtyard of the landmark Serbian church. Helpful desk clerks speak fluent English. Ample Hungarian breakfast buffet." Double rooms about $108.

Carol Schroerluke

Santa Monica

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