If you’re traveling to Colorado, write for...

Times Travel Editor

If you’re traveling to Colorado, write for a copy of the “Denver & Colorado Guide” c/o the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Box 101, Denver, Colo. 80202. Lists hotels, motels, B&Bs; in the Denver area. Other details on restaurants, sightseeing. One section is devoted to day trips from Denver. You’ll also find ski information on Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone Resort, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Vail, Winter Park (background on lifts, tours, accommodations). This is a slick, 76-page full-color magazine. And it’s free for the asking.


Or if Rome is on your horizon, try for a copy of “A Guide to Rome.” Published by American Madeline Grimoldi who has lived 17 years in the Eternal City, searching out little-known hideaways and keeping updated on the well-known landmarks. Grimoldi’s guide contains information on restaurants, shopping, concerts, museums, galleries, sightseeing. She’s included an English-Italian vocabulary. Maps of Rome with bus routes, metro stations. The 74-page magazine sells for about two bucks at newsstands in Rome. You can also write for a copy although postage jumps the price to $3.50. But I don’t recommend sending checks through the mail (and never, never cash). Grimoldi’s address: Via Sicilia 24, 00187 Rome, Italy. (My advice: Buy a copy after you arrive in Rome).


Partners-in-Travel, the club that encourages singles to travel together, is busy with a new service that enables singles to do trips at discounts amounting to as much as 50% (tours, flights, cruises, charters). Designed for the single traveler who is prepared to push off on short notice and willing to share hotel rooms, cabins aboard ships. According to Partners-in-Travel these are trips with confirmed reservations. No standbys. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Partners-in-Travel, P.O. Box 491145, Los Angeles 90049. Ask for information on “Quick Getaways.”

Holidays the Inn Way

Several California inns are scheduling special activities for the holidays. Everything from candlelight tours to caroling, costume parties, a Victorian Christmas dinner. Holiday decorations set the mood. Trees, holly, stuffed stockings. All the magic of Christmas. Begins with Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Day. For a copy of the guide with all the details, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Going Home for the Holidays, c/o the Yellow Brick Road, 2445 Northcreek Lane, Fullerton 92631.


Holland Discounts

For $15 you can obtain a Holland Culture Card. Provides information on more than 250 museums, tourist sites in Holland. Private galleries, artist studios, etc. An extra $7.50 gets you the new Holland Leisure Card. Good for discounts on domestic flights, car rentals, sightseeing excursions. (Flash the Leisure Card and drinks are on the house at 30 Romantik restaurants). Contact The Netherlands National Tourist Office, 605 Market St., Suite 401, San Francisco 94105.

Student Exchange

Students ages 12 to 22 are being offered a three-week trip to Europe next summer for $995. Includes room and board with a European family and the round-trip flight. In return, the U.S. student is required to host a European student in the United States for three weeks. The program is designed by Penfriend International Travel Exchange, 1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1774, Los Angeles 90067. Penfriend matches the U.S. student with a European student of the same age, interests. Penfriend describes its offer as “unbeatable.”


It costs $22 to keep current with sailing dates, ports of call, prices of passenger-carrying cargo liners. This is the annual subscription rate for the “Freighter Space Advisory.” Published every two weeks in Pasadena. Contains news of special discounts, booking information. A recent issue tells about a 16-day trip from Tahiti to 10 villages in the Marquesas Islands, visits to the Tuamotu atolls. This ship carries 12 passengers. Prices from $1,680. No age limit. For other details about the “Freighter Space Advisory,” contact World Freighter Cruises, 180 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena 91101.

Reader Recommendations

Wyoming--Dorothy Ryall, Yucaipa: Enjoyed the Corral Motel, Box 442, Afton, Wyo. 83110. “They issue a $2 discount coupon to each person for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Motel rates, $32 for two persons.”

Australia--Dr. Mitchell Pelter, Encino: “A farm stay in the Australian outback in an area rich in wineries, ancient aboriginal cave paintings. Saw kangaroos, koala bears, exotic birds. This is a 700-acre sheep station. The home is a 24-room villa complete with indoor spa. Charge is $A45 a day. Write to Fyans Lodge, RMB 2030A, Stawell, Victoria, Australia 3380.”

Ireland--William F. Wagner: “Pleased to recommend Coffers Steak & Wine Bar, 6 Cope St., Dublin, Ireland.”


France--Dorothy Geiger, Northridge: A French amusement park near Calais. “A zoo, rides, superior foods. Truly a wonderland, a la Walt Disney, only smaller. Address: Bagatelle, C.D. 940-62155 Merlimont, France.”

Holland--Margaret Kartalian, Van Nuys: “In The Hague recommend a visit to Harput restaurant, Theresia Straat 208. Meals under $10. They love Americans.”

Scotland--Lillian Lake, Laguna Hills: Central Hotel, Glasgow GI 35F. “A single room with bath, 25, doubles for 35.”

England--Stan and Evelyn Kyle, Pasadena: Restaurant Le Girondin, High Petergate, York, England. “Prices, 6.50 for a very good three-course dinner and a glass of wine.”

England--Frances J. Romano, San Diego: “An excellent bed and breakfast, Baschurch House, Abbey Forgate, Shrewsbury SY1 1LA England. 15 per couple.”

England--Ray and Sheila Willey, Los Alamitos: The Thatched Cottage, Barnstaple Cross, Crediton, Devon, England. Per person per night, 12.50. “This is a 16th-Century cottage with a superb view over rolling farmland and hills.”


England--Joseph Miller, Los Angeles: “Words cannot adequately express the beauty of the Hawkstone Park Hotel (300 acres), Weston-Under-Redcastle, Shrewsbury SY4 5UY. Tariff is 41 per person daily and includes full English breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits, dinner. Golf, billiards, snooker, swimming, tennis.”

England--L. Kobrinsky, Pacific Palisades: “Carlton House Hotel, The Mount, YO2 2AS England. Cost for one night (single) with a full breakfast, $15.”

England--Rose Hargreaves, Hemet: “My husband and I have just returned from London where we had the good fortune to be guests of the newly remodeled and refurnished YWCA, 118-120 Warwick Way, London SW1. Double-bedded rooms, 20.”

England--Sam and Anne Kaplan, Encino: “A most delightful B&B; on the Devonshire Coast run by Jean and Sid Barrett, 52 Bidwell Brook Drive, Broadsands Park, Paignton, Devon TQ4 5DQ, England. Rate, 7 per person.

England--James B. Harnagel, Pasadena: A bed and breakfast at 22 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LT, England. “You won’t find a more congenial host or such opulent accommodations in a better location. Rate, 12.50 a night.”

St. Helena, Calif.--John and Betty Maynard, Pasadena: Enjoyed Wine Country Tours, P.O. Box 225, St. Helena, Calif. 94574.


Vermont--Sonia Handelsman, Rancho Palos Verdes: Praises Millbrook Lodge, RFD Box 62, Waitsfield, Vt. 05673. Doubles from $32 per day.

Big Bear, Calif.--Jacqueline J. Larimore, Los Angeles: The Krausmeier Haus Bavarian Village, 1351 Midway, P.O. Box 595, Big Bear City 92314. “Hosts Jim and Ruby Cox offer several chalets, all with fireplaces. Very clean. Rates, $65 up.”

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