If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver,...
If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver, remember A Kettle of Fish, 900 Pacific St. An enjoyable restaurant that features fresh fish/seafood. (Salmon from the Pacific Northwest, lobster, prawns, crab, scallops, clams, mussels, smoked Alaska cod.) Marvelous desserts. Entrees: $9.95/$21.95. This restaurant is popular with locals. Call ahead for reservations, (604) 682-6853.
If you’re in a rush at lunchtime, try the Olympic Oyster & Fish Company, 1094 Robson St. (around the corner from the Meredien Hotel). A funky little place with 10 stools, two counters. Fast service. Specialty: fish and chips.
A few doors away, the Old Heidelberg, 1164 Robson St., prepares a smorgasbord, “all you can eat”, for $6.25. In this same neighborhood, there’s a French restaurant called the Cote d’Azur that prepares marvelous homemade fish soups. Entrees include chicken in green pepper sauce, calves liver in a cream sauce with shallots and raspberry vinegar, rabbit in mustard sauce, roast duckling in Pernod. Surprisingly inexpensive ($19.95 tops).
The Cote d’Azur is sheltered in an old (1904) three-story Victorian mansion at 1216 Robson St. Recorded French melodies. Lace tablecloths from Normandy. Candlelight. Red roses. A fireplace at one end of the dining room. The perfect spot for romantics. Eddie Cordes is your host. Telephone (604) 685-2629.
Hotels/Germany: Germany’s National Tourist Office has a couple of interesting hotel offers this year. One is the popular WunderCheck that can be purchased from travel agents and is redeemable at about 100 hotels throughout Germany. Rates: $42 per person for accommodations, breakfast, taxes, gratuities. In some instances, the host even provides dinner. The other offer is a DanubeCheck (same price) that’s good at 15 hotels along the Danube River in Germany/Austria.
This year’s B&B; listings in Germany include zimmers with an average price of about $10/$20 per person. Look for signs in front of homes reading zimmer frei. Also gaining favor: farm stays.
For details concerning the vouchers, B&Bs;, farm stays and campgrounds, plus other information on Germany, write to the German National Tourist Office, 444 S. Flower St., Suite 2230, Los Angeles, Calif. 90071. Or call (213) 688-7332.
Budget Hawaii: We’ve had inquiries lately concerning inexpensive Hawaii packages. Your travel agent has details about the one-week vacations offered by Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays. Prices come out to $520 for the round-trip air fare (summer season rate), a hotel for seven nights, transfers, a memory album. And if you can wait till after Labor Day, you’ll pay even less. A choice of three hotels: the Pleasant Holiday Isle, the Aston Hawaiian Monarch, the Aston Waikikian.
Contact your travel agent or Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays, 2404 Towns Gate Road, Westlake Village, Calif. 91361. Telephone (800) 242-9244.
Moscow Clinic: If you fall ill in Moscow this year, a new clinic will be at your disposal. It’s operated by Europ Assistance, which has provided medical help to travelers worldwide for more than 25 years under the guidance of Travel Assistance International. Western medical expertise (including medical personnel). Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Supervised by George Welle, a longtime Moscow resident. Pamphlets in English are being distributed to hotels throughout Moscow. The cost of a consultation is $60.
Call Travel Assistance International at (800) 821-2828.
High and Mighty: After 10 years as a balloon pilot in Peru, Africa and New Mexico, Alan Ehrgott came down to Earth in Coloma, Calif., where he and his wife Cindy operate a B&B.; This is no ordinary inn. Besides accommodations, Ehrgott takes his guests on balloon rides. Skims rivers and white-water rapids. A great opportunity to photograph wildlife on the ground. Ehrgott’s Inn (an 1852 farmhouse) is in the heart of Gold Discovery State Park (a short stroll from Sutter’s Mill). Picnic sites close by. Rates for B&B; and a ride in Ehrgott’s balloon: $185 per person. For an extra $75, Ehrgott will take you white-water rafting, lunch included. Sounds steep, but ballooning is expensive.
The Coloma Country Inn, 345 High St., Coloma, Calif. 95613. Telephone (916) 622-6919.
Discovering France: A new 72-page Discovery Guide is being mailed free by the French Government Tourist Office. Divides France into nine regions. Maps and itineraries are included. Subjects: accommodations, sightseeing, shopping, events. Ask for the FGTO Discovery Kit and the France Fun Club (more than 150 admission-free coupons for museums, castles, etc.). Dial the FGTO hot line weekdays: (900) 420-2003. Other contacts: your travel agent or write to France Discovery Guide, French Government Tourist Office, P.O. Box 2658, Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 11779.
Inn of the Week: Southern comfort is featured at the Rhett House Inn in Beaufort, S.C. This is the original home of a Southern aristocrat. Homespun quilts, fresh flowers. Eight guest rooms, all with private bath (three with fireplaces). Rates: $60 and up. Rhett House Inn is within walking distance of shops/restaurants. Only a block from Beaufort’s restored waterfront (good for strolling/eyeballing traffic on the Intercoastal Waterway).
Your hosts will prepare a picnic lunch. Bicycles available. Only a short ride to the beach. The inn is convenient for day-trips to Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah.
Rhett House Inn, 1009 Craven St., Beaufort, S.C. 29902. Call (803) 524-9030.
California Hideaway: Closer to home, Mary Davies continues to get high points for the inn in Northern California she calls Ten Inverness Way. A one-time family summer home with four guest rooms, private baths, a hot tub. Antique beds with handmade quilts. A living room with a fireplace (the perfect escape for readers, snoozers). Guests insist that Davies’ banana buttermilk/buckwheat pancakes alone make the trip worthwhile. This is rural country. Not far from Point Reyes National Seashore.
Ten Inverness Way, Inverness, Calif. 94937. Telephone (415) 669-1648. Rates: $90/$110. This is no giveaway, but the hostess is pleasant and her inn is homey.
In the same area, Manka’s Czechoslovakian Restaurant, 30 Callender Way, Inverness, is popular with travelers. San Franciscans drive miles to dine here. For reservations, call (415) 669-1034.
A Small Hotel: When Manou and Vesta Mobedshahi opened The Sherman House in San Francisco several years ago, it was an instant success. Many regard The Sherman House as one of the world’s finest small luxury hotels. Now the Mobedshahis have opened a second hotel, The Savoy. Caters to the “price-conscious guest.” Rooms start at $84. Provence-style furnishings. Down-filled mattresses, pillows, fresh flowers.
The Savoy, 580 Geary St., San Francisco, Calif. 94102. Call (415) 441-2700.
Rent an Island: If you get lucky and hit the Lotto and have all those bucks to burn, here’s a thought: rent an island. Drake’s Anchorage Resort Inn rises on an exquisite small island in the British West Indies. Only a five-minute boat ride from Virgin Gorda and a short flight from St. Thomas. You can rent the entire island (125 acres, four beaches, two villas, a dozen ocean-front accommodations) for $2,300 a night (up to 20 guests) or $7,500 for five days. (Obviously, this isn’t for the bargain hunter.)
If you don’t win the Lotto and can afford only a night or so, the rate per couple with breakfast, lunch and dinner comes to $215 a day double in the low season (April to Dec. 17) or $165 single, plus tax and service charge. Or there’s a one-week honeymoon package ($1,100 per couple) with meals, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling. No telephones, no dress code, no stress. Just peace and clean air.
Reservations: Drake’s Anchorage Resort Inn, 209 Harvard St., Suite 207, Brookline, Mass. 02146. Telephone (800) 624-6651.
For the Record: In last week’s Travel Tips, an item on home stays in the Soviet Union, arranged through Laguna Beach-based Traveling Shoes, said land arrangements cost $1,400 for one week. The price actually covers two weeks . For more information, call (714) 752-9036.