If Israel is on your travel agenda...
If Israel is on your travel agenda and you want to skip the hotel routine, Hometel Israel will put you up in a furnished apartment, home, villa. Opportunities throughout Israel. Everything from one-room studios to deluxe apartment/villas. Properties in Old Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Bat Yam, Tiberias, Eilat on the Red Sea. This same company rents cars. Contact Hometel Israel, 1170 Broadway, Suite 612, New York 10001, or telephone (212) 686-9343.
Companies dealing with discounted travel keep springing up across the nation. Here’s another. This one is called Vacations To Go. Operator says he can arrange reduction up to 65% off regular retail prices. One rule: You must be prepared to leave on short notice. Lots of discounted cruises throughout the world. Other offers deal with airlines, charters, tours. There is a club fee. For details write to Vacations To Go, 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 309, Beverly Hills 90211, or telephone (213) 680-1756.
La Jolla Discovery
I keep hearing good reports about The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla. Built as a private residence in 1923. (Listed as a historic site.) Sixteen bedrooms (some with fireplaces, ocean views). Youngsters over 12 OK. Fresh fruit, flowers in each room. Breakfast on the patio, sun deck or in your room. Rates: $65/$130. (For a few bucks extra, the manager will prepare a picnic basket for your beach outing.) Address: 7753 Draper Ave., La Jolla 92037. Telephone (619) 456-2066.
English Farm Holidays
If the idea of spending a few days on a farm in Britain sounds appealing, try Three Counties Holidays, Newham Bridge, Worcestershire WR15 8LR. Properties in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, the Cotswolds and the Welsh borders. Other details from Alison and Gerald Griffiths (24-hour answering service) 011-44-58-479-428. (All homes have been personally inspected.) Local information from Barbara Martin, 17810 Sabbiadoro Way, Pacific Palisades, Calif. 90272.
A New York-based company deals in rentals of country homes in France: Provence, Normandy/Brittany, the Loire Valley, Dordogne, Armagnac, etc. Mostly rural settings. Ideal bases for exploring other areas of France. One-week rentals except for July/August (two-week minimum). Properties available year long. Contact French Experiences, 390 Fifth Ave., New York 10018.
Europe’s roads are going to be as jammed this summer as a Los Angeles freeway during rush hour. Not everywhere, mind you, but there’ll be heavy traffic on highways leading in and out of the major cities. To avoid getting lost in all this confusion, I’ve devised a plan: I hire a cab to lead me out of town. Relieves a lot of pressure. Meanwhile, if Europe is on your itinerary, Auto Europe has some reasonable rates. Unlimited weekly mileage: $59 in Belgium, $69 in Britain, $63 in Germany, $95 in Italy, $99 in Switzerland, $105 in Austria, $85 in Holland. This is in connection with Auto Europe’s fly/drive plan worked out with Pan Am. Details toll free (800) 223-5555 except for New York--(800) 942-1309.
Minnesota’s tourism people have produced three guides pinpointing 1,400 resorts, hotels, restaurants. Shaped to fit in a pocket or purse. Each guide contains a map, temperature chart. One contains details on 500 resorts, another names 700 restaurants (fast-food to fine dining), third deals with lodges. Copies are free by writing to the Minnesota Restaurant, Hotel and Resort Assn., 20001 University Ave., Room A, St. Paul, Minn. 55104. Indicate which guide you are requesting.
The B&B; craze continues to sweep the United States. A new 135-page booklet names more than 400 B&Bs; and country inns in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Sketches, maps. Everything from a ski lodge in Vermont to an antebellum home in Louisiana and hideaways in California. Travelers can make reservations toll free by calling an 800 number inside the booklet. Contact Bob Ruble, InnServ, P.O. Box 301, Dept. N264, Eaton, Ind. 47338. Cost: $2.50. (Don’t send cash.)
As an aid to the handicapped, the American Society of Travel Agents in cooperation with Holiday Condominiums has developed a listing of 100 resorts with condominiums designed for the physically handicapped. Send a stamped, self-addressed business envelope to ASTA, Dept. NTW, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.
France--Gerard and Jeanne Murphy, Downey: Enjoyed Hotel Chancelier Boucherat, 110 Rue Turenne, Paris. Telephone 272-8683. “Cost us a mere $25 with breakfast.”
Ireland--Shirley Amundson, Santa Barbara: Praises the Westbury on Grafton Street “in the heart of the shopping area of Dublin. Up-to-date bathrooms complete with built-in hair dryers. We felt it was a real bargain at 74 Irish pounds a night plus a 15% service charge.”
Germany--Frances Segublem, Manhattan Beach: “Highly recommend distinguished Hotel Reinbold, Adolf-Kolping Strasse 11, 800 Munich. Telephone 89-597945. Five minutes from central railroad station, Marienplatz and tour buses. About $60 for a double with TV, refrigerator, bath. Includes breakfast. Reservations advised.”
England--Judith Salk, Tarzana: “Had a delicious and inexpensive lunch, from soup to tart, in the Dolphin Hotel pub in the tiny fishing village of Beer near Seaton, Devon, England.”
England--June Dixon, Los Angeles: “For an in-depth tour of London’s famous theaters, contact Stage By Stage Ltd., 8 Warrington Crescent, London W9. Actress Barbara Kinghorn takes travelers backstage for a look at Old Vic and other theaters.”
England--Ida M. Wood, Laguna Hills: “Enjoyed the bed and breakfast operated by Derek and Audrey Robeson-Smith, 22 Roffey’s Close, Copthorne, Sussex, RH10 3QX England.”
England--W. F. Davenport, Santa Ana: Recommends the Colin House, 104 Ebury St., London SW1 W9Q; Hotel Nelson, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, England NR 11DX; Sutherland Hotel, 10 Regency Square, Brighton, England BN1 2FG.
England--Cindee and Harry Welch, Marina del Rey: Enjoyed Ford Farm, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SJ, Devon, England. “Typical rural village but only two miles from historic Totnes. Close to the moors, and there is easy access to Dartmouth and Plymouth. B&B; rates from 10.50 to 12.”
Spain--A. G. Fuloff, Studio City: “Enjoyed the Hotel Castilla, Juaquin Suarez Parra, CTRA. Andalucia 28, Aranjuez, Madrid.”
Fiji--B. Stark, Seal Beach: “Looking for bed-and-breakfast recommendations for Fiji and Cairns, Australia. Please send recommendations to me, P.O. Box 2213, Seal Beach, Calif. 90740.”
Arizona--Jo Nell Corning, Los Angeles: “Just returned from a six-day motor-coach tour of Arizona, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Las Vegas. The price was $290 per person double. Accommodations were first-rate. Contact California Discovery Tours, P.O. Box 1677, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 92693. Telephone (800) 338-3222.”
Capistrano Beach--Jess Wasserman, Los Angeles: Enjoyed the Capistrano Country Bay Inn, 38462 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, Calif. 92624. Telephone (714) 496-6656. “Each of the 30 rooms and suites has a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar with refrigerator, turn-of-the-century furnishings. Breakfast is served in your room or on your patio, which faces the Pacific.”
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