Each week in Readers Recommend, the Travel section shares tips on hidden gems in the U.S. and abroad. Here is a roundup of the 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 dollar's fluctuations. Please contact the source to confirm prices and other information.
Timberline Bed & Breakfast, P.O. Box 126, Girdwood AK 99587; (907) 783-2404, www.timberlinedrivebnb.com. "In August, my husband and I spent a week at this wonderful B&B. Unlike the B&Bs we have in California, you have the 'apartment' to yourself. It has a full kitchen, bath and upstairs bedroom. The hosts, Gail and John, stock it with breakfast foods and beverages, so you fix it yourself when you are hungry. The scenery is beautiful, and the hot tub and balcony are the best." Double rooms from $125.
Carol and Al Coppock Downey
Grace and Bill's Freedom Hills B&B, P.O. Box 502, Freedom Hills, Talkeetna AK 99676; (907) 733-2455, home.att.net/tildegmgermain. "This bed and breakfast in the hills overlooking the Alaska Range, including Mt. McKinley, is absolutely wonderful. The rooms are spotless and newly constructed. Bill Germain, one of the owners, is a fantastic cook and a knowledgeable and charming host. On a clear day, there is no better view of the mountains. This stop was the highlight of staying in inns and other properties for two weeks throughout Alaska." Doubles from $99.
A Memorable Experience B&B, Rosewood Court, Homer AK 99603; (800) 720-9275, Ext. 7374, www.amemorableexperience.com. "We stayed at this wonderful bed and breakfast on the Kenai Peninsula. It overlooks Homer, with spectacular views of Kachemak Bay and the mountains and glaciers beyond. The two bedrooms are spacious, and there is a shared living area with cable TV and kitchen. Hosts Donna and Kevin Maltz made us feel right at home. Not only did they share their expertise on all the activities in Homer, but they also served an exceptional continental breakfast." Doubles from $125 per night (two-night minimum).
Linda and Bob Fleischman
Chena Ridge Rental, 2872 Rangifer Road, Fairbanks AK 99709; (907) 455-6687, www.chenaridgevacationrental.com. "This vacation rental house is like a home away from home, without the traffic, noise and police helicopters. This secluded, serene and comfortable cabin-style house is only a few minutes from the University of Alaska and downtown Fairbanks. The hosts, Duncan and Kristin, are friendly, charming and live close enough to be helpful when needed but far enough away to respect guests' privacy." House rental $99 a night with a two-night minimum, $600 per week.
Cruise West, 2301 5th Ave., Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98121; (888) 851-8133, www.cruisewest.com. "Just wanted to recommend a cruise to the wine country. We sailed around San Francisco Bay, and when we woke up in the morning, we were docked on the Napa River. Tour buses picked us up, and we were off to the wine country. Three wineries and a lovely lunch in a cavern of one of the wineries, then back to the ship. We awoke at Mare Island and did three more wineries in Sonoma. This was one of the most relaxing cruises because it was small and intimate." Prices from $1,149.
Readers' recommendations from 2005
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