Clark Anderson of La Puente asks for the name of a "reasonable hotel in San Francisco." Try the Mark Twain, 345 Taylor St. (San Francisco 94102). This is just across the street from the Hilton. Not elegant but comfortable. Courteous staff, free coffee. And only 2 1/2 blocks off Union Square, half a block from the Downtown Airlines Terminal. Singles $46, doubles $56. For reservations call toll-free (800) 622-0873. The toll-free number outside California is (800) 227-4074.
Week's Best Bet
Campus Holidays is scheduling 16-day trips of Britain for only $635. They put you up at university campuses in England, Scotland, Wales. The price includes rooms, a full English breakfast, dinners daily, sightseeing by private motor coach. Figures out to about $40 a day. These are fully escorted tours. Departures July 23 and Aug. 31. Contact Campus Holidays, 242 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, N.J. Telephone (201) 744-8724.
Here's an opportunity to experience a few hours of the "old Hawaii." Island Odysseys is doing two-day sailing cruises from Maui to Molokai and Lanai. On Lanai you camp out on Hulopoe Beach. This is an all-inclusive package. The tab for two days of sailing, snorkeling, camping and four meals comes to $195. Your travel agent can set it up for you, or contact Island Odysseys, 677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 801, Honolulu 96813. The toll-free number is (800) 367-5696.
Cabo San Lucas
There's a big push for summer vacationers at resorts in Cabo San Lucas. About a 30% reduction in room rates. They're featuring parasailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, water skiing, riding. No charge for children occupying rooms with parents in some instances. Contact:
--Hacienda Beach Resort (800) 282-4809.
--Twin Dolphin (213) 386-3940.
--Solmar (213) 459-3336.
--Finisterra (800) 352-2579.
Ran an item here several weeks ago about a company that rents private homes in Britain. Turns out they aren't taking calls presently. So try these sources for information:
--British Tourist Authority, 612 S. Flower St., Los Angeles 90017. Telephone (213) 623-8196.
--In The English Manner, P.O. Box 447, Orinda, Calif. 94563. Telephone (415) 254-6341. (Apartment rentals in London, home stays outside London.)
--British Touring Center, 19 West 44th St., Suite 610A, New York 10036. Telephone toll-free (800) 225-6577. (Apartments in London, country hotels outside the city.)
--Heart of England Cottages, 215 West 1st St., Tustin, Calif. 92680. Telephone (714) 838-8430. (Cottages, mansions, apartments.)
Mexico Language School
School's back in session in Mexico. Youngsters accompanied by parents are being enrolled in language classes at the Center for Bilingual Studies in Cuernavaca. Ages 3 to 16. Dates, July 17 through Aug. 30 at rates of $60 per week. Go for the whole package or just a week or two. Both parents and children study, stay with Mexican families. A giveaway at seven bucks a day for shelter and meals. Details from the local rep for the Center for Bilingual Studies, P.O. Box 1860, Los Angeles 90078, or telephone (213) 851-3403.
The French Connection
A Mill Valley company represents 86 properties for vacationers in France. Farms, country estates, manor houses, chateaux. If you've been unable to book hotel rooms, accommodations are still available from Chez Vous, 220 Redwood Highway, Suite 129, Mill Valley, Calif. 94941, or telephone (415) 331-2535. The same company puts out a catalogue titled "Bed & Breakfast French Style."
San Diego--Dr. and Mrs. Murray West, Yuma, Ariz.: "A bed and breakfast which can't be surpassed for quality and low prices--the Parker House Inn, 3421 5th Ave., San Diego 92103. Rates $35, $45, $80."
Napa, Calif.--Eunice Schmidt, Los Angeles: "Can't praise too highly the Old World Inn, 1301 Jefferson St., Napa 94559. Each of its eight rooms and baths is decorated differently. Breakfast is lavish. Coffee and tea at all hours. Rates per double room: $50 to $97."
Sutter Creek, Calif.--Joan Rosenbrock, Los Angeles: Recommends Hanford House B&B; in Sutter Creek. Rates $70/$100 per night. Telephone (209) 267-0747.
Mexico--Norman Ehrenberg, North Hollywood: Enjoyed a restaurant called La Casa del Almendro, Galeana 180 in Puerto Vallarta.
France--Mrs. Georgia Powers, Orange: "Spent 10 marvelous days in Paris with Let's Go, 749 San Carlos Court, Palo Alto, Calif. 94306."
France/Switzerland--Frank Dessayer, Glendale: High praise for L'Auberge du Bori, 84420 Piolenc, France. "This is a few miles north of Avignon. Rooms: $22/$25. Includes breakfast, service, taxes. Dinners around $12-$20. Also, Hotel Balm, Meggen, Switzerland, west of Lucerne on Lake Lucerne. Terrace overlooks a meadow, woods, the lake. Single room: $44 and worth it."
Belgium--Nona and Sam Gayman, Tarzana: Praise for Hotel Voermanshuys, Oudeburg 14, 8000 Brugge, Belgium. "We paid approximately $32 which included a wonderful breakfast."
Austria--Rod Hatch, Arroyo Grande: Enjoyed Hotel Modersnhof, 8160 Weiz B. Graz (Ortsteil Buchl) Austria. "A converted old farmhouse approximately 20 miles from Graz. A real bargain at 1,000 schillings a night, including breakfast."
Hawaii--Cathy Villa, Ventura: Recommends trips by Kona helicopters, 75-6160 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740. "Our trip was super."
Tahiti--Matt Swagel, Los Alamitos: "For travelers on a budget, try the Royal Papeete Hotel in Tahiti. In the heart of downtown Papeete on Boulevard Pomare. Singles $36, doubles $40."
Ireland--Mrs. J. Stone, Culver City: High praise for a B&B; operated by Mrs. A. Kelly, Ryefield, Monread Road, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland. "Thirty minutes from Dublin. Charming hostess. About $9 per person."
England/Ireland--Carol Rhodes, La Palma: Enjoyed "a large peaceful farmhouse operated by Mrs. M. L. Stevens, Larkbeare Farm, Talaton, Exeter, Devon, England. Also, the friendliest, cleanest home with up-to-date plumbing in Ireland: Glencree, The Sweep, Waterford, Ireland. Both homes cost between $9 and $11 each."
England--Myra and Jim Lawson, San Clemente: Recommend a B&B; operated by Mr. and Mrs. Robin Candy, Carew Howse, Lowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. Rates: $16.50 per night. Breakfast about $1.50. Wonderful dinners around $6."
England--Robert P. Wiley, Westlake Village: "A superb bed-and-breakfast hotel in the Lake District of England--Hollin House Hotel, Church Lane, Lorton, Cumbria CA13 9UN. Rates for room, breakfast and dinner per person about $20, or $125 weekly.
England--Idamay Schwimmer, South Pasadena: "Enjoyed the Red Mullions, 23 London Road, Oxford, England. Better than any moderate-priced hotel we stayed in anywhere. Also recommend Simon's Place, 37 S. Main St., Lexford Town, Ireland. This is the pub of your dreams--friendly, talky people and great food."
Britain--John G. Williams, Palm Desert: A B&B; in central Wales, the Old Castle Farm Guest House, Brecon, England ($11 per person), and Fairspear Guest House, 19 Torquay Road, Kingskerswell, England. About $9 per person.
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