Because of a huge backlog in our...

Because of a huge backlog in our mail, today we’re devoting this column to readers eager to share tips on inns and such from California to Europe. In particular, they’re keen on B&Bs.;

California--Gerald D. Gallop, Los Angeles: “American River Inn, P.O. Box 43, Georgetown, Calif. 95634. A 21-room B&B; filled with antiques. Delicious breakfasts, wine and cheese in the afternoon. Close to white-water rafting areas on the American River. Rates: $50/$90 double.”

California--Carol Quinn, Vista: “A delightful B&B;, The Rockin’ A, 1531 Orchard Lane, Julian. Mini-farm ambience. Hearty country breakfasts and very accommodating hosts. Rates: $85/$95.”

California--Liz Miles, Canyon Country: Enjoyed the Kaleidoscope Inn, 130 E. Dana St., Nipomo, Calif. 93444. “Located seven miles north of Santa Maria and about 10 miles south of Pismo Beach. The old Victorian house is immaculate. Robes in the rooms, beds are turned down in the evening. There’s candy, fresh flowers. Breakfast is out of this world. Rates: $65/$70.”


California--Louis and Joan Christopher, Los Angeles: “A unique experience at East Brother Light Station, 117 Park Place, Point Richmond, Calif. 94801. This is a four-room B&B; in a lighthouse on a one-acre island in San Francisco Bay. On the National Register of Historic Places. Boat transportation, a delicious five-course dinner with wine and full breakfast costs $275 per night for two people and is worth it.”

California--Marty Delman, Los Angeles: “Had a delightful stay at the Beverly Heritage Hotel, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. The rooms are large, attractive. There’s a pool, spa, exercise room. Three blocks from South Coast Plaza. A ‘semi-secret AAA rate’ of $65 per room.”

California--Emily and Jerry Taitz, Chatsworth: “Yank Sing Dim Sum restaurant, 427 Battery St., San Francisco, is in the financial district across the street from the Embarcadero Center. Spotlessly clean. Serves the most delicious Chinese delicacies we’ve ever tasted. Prices start at $2.25 per plate.”

Oregon--Gerald D. Gallop, Los Angeles: “Spent two delightful days at The Meadow Lark, Jacksonville, Ore. 97530. This is a country retreat, six miles from Medford, about 15 miles from Ashland and the Shakespeare Festival. A colonial farmhouse with five rooms on six acres with fruit trees. Rates: $55/$85 a night.”


Oregon--Marolyn O. Dunlap, Manhattan Beach: “Highly recommend McGillivray’s Log Home B&B;, 88680 Evers Road, Elmira, Ore. 97437. Rates: $50 a night per couple. Excellent breakfasts.”

Hawaii--Cynthia Cottrell, Gardena: “Recently visited Maui, Kauai and the Big Island and stayed in reasonable oceanfront condos starting at bargain rates of $65/$75 per night for a one-bedroom for two persons. Contact Condo Group at (213) 516-1253.”

New Mexico--Hope Grey, Pasadena: Praise for Casas de Suenos, 310 Rio Grande S.W., Albuquerque, N.M. 87104. “Had one of the most delightful experiences ever. A bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, gourmet breakfast was $85. Other rates: $65/$200.”

Georgia--Trevor and Diane Morris, San Marino: Praise for Brunswick Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, 825 Egmont St., Brunswick, Ga. 31520. “It was delightful. Hosts are your friends. Rates: $70/$85.”


Wyoming--Charles Berney, Van Nuys: “A memorable experience at the Flying A Ranch, Route 1, Box 7, Pinedale, Wyo. 82941. They take only 12 guests. Weekly rates: $875 per person double occupancy, $975 single.”

Alaska--Gerry Hendrix, Artesia: “Bed and breakfast at Jewell’s by the Sea, P.O. Box 1662, Petersburg, Alaska 99833. Paid $50 a night. On the sea, a terrific view, wonderful breakfast and a great hostess.”

Mexico--Cathie and Syd Brown, Claremont: “Two personable, helpful guides in Oaxaca are Sergio Merlin y Sibaja and Alfonso Hernandez y Perez. Paid $20 for each guide. Their address: Apartado Postal 6, Sucursal D, Oaxaca 68130, Mexico.”

Ireland--Edward J. Collins, Santa Maria: “I rented a car from Sydney Moorhead at Bunratty Car Rentals at Shannon Airport. Highly recommend this company to anyone planning a vacation in Ireland. Their service is outstanding. Bunratty also rents cars at Dublin Airport.”


Ireland--Charlene and Clark Edgewort, La Verne: “An immaculate B&B;, Brookfield House, Coolgarrive, Aghadoe, Killarney, County Kerry. About $17.50 for room, high tea, dinner. Convenient to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Killarney Lakes.”

England--David and Carol Geddes, Santa Ana: “Highly recommend Prof. Peter Gravgaard, 85 The Grove, Moordown, Bournemouth BH9 2TY. His historical tours are based on a theme or character in history or literature. Attractive hotels, excellent meals. You will never regret taking one of these trips.”

England--Kathi Derevan, Irvine: “A newly renovated B&B;, the Scarcroft Hotel, 61 Wentworth Road, York. Paid $68 U.S. for two persons, including a large breakfast.”

England--Norbert E. Talbert, Diamond Bar: “The Portland Bloomsbury, 7 Montague St., London WC1B 5BP. Double room: $155/$170, including full breakfast and tax. The hotel reopened in mid-May after a complete renovation. A fine restaurant and 24-hour room service.”


England--Nancy and Douglas Brown, Glendale: “Lithwaite Country Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. Beautiful view overlooking the lake. Excellent meals. Rates for a double with breakfast and dinner for two: $133/$145.”

England--Madeleine Wood, Rolling Hills Estates: Enjoyed Mary and Graham Shillabeer’s Bridge House, Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 3AA. Rate: $24 per person per night. “Home-baked bread, cakes and pies. The proprietor will meet you at the airport or train station and give tours to local historic castles and surrounding countryside.”

England--Joan A. Wagner, Woodland Hills: “Hiking guides Margaret and Ken Ward, c/o Lord Winston’s Walking Tours, East Wing, The Manor, Moreton Pinkney, Daventry NN11 6SJ.”

Poland--Carol P. Peckham, Palo Alto: “An excellent guide in Poland, Piotr Moszkowski, 80-216 Gdansk, Sobieswiego 64/2. He arranges history and sightseeing tours, home-stays with Polish families, hotel accommodations. Obtains theater and opera tickets.”


France--Lewis and Annyce Reck, Los Angeles: Enjoyed the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory, 5 Rue de Berri, Paris 75008. “Good food, atmosphere, service.”

Austria--Arthur Steinmetz, Newport Beach: “The most magnificent B&B; with all the modern conveniences in a picturesque Alpine village for $25 a night. Spectacular mountain views, English-speaking hosts, heated pool, sauna, satellite TV, hiking trails, mountain bikes, skiing and fantastic mushroom collecting in August/September. Only two hours from Munich Airport. Contact Frau Peyton-Doppler, Landhaus in Neuberg, 116 Neuberg A-5532, Filzmoos.”

Germany--Michael Vickers, Del Mar: “Hotel Am Zoo, centrally located at Kurfurstendamm 25, 1000 Berlin 15. Doubles: $125/$140 with breakfast buffet.”

Soviet Union--Nena and Dick Kelty, Glendale: “A 20-day tour of the Soviet Union led by Prof. Robert S. Feldman, director of Russian and East European studies at Cal State Fullerton. His expertise and enthusiasm enhance the whole experience. Contact East-West International Tours, Inc., 909 E. Yorba Linda Blvd., Suite H, Placentia 92670.”


Denmark--Jenny Erickson, Westlake Village: “In southern Jutland, Hotel Skibelund Krat, Skibelund Krat, 6600 Vejen. Offers the best in Danish food, hospitality. Rates: $80 per couple including value-added tax, a room with a bath and a grand breakfast buffet.”

Turkey--Sterling and La Vonne Haaland, Ridgecrest: “Barut’s Guesthouse, Ishakpasa Cad. No. 8, Sultanahmet-Istanbul, Turkey. Within walking distance to all of the sites of old Istanbul. Rates: $30 for two.”

Belize--Liberty Arnold, Los Angeles: “Captain Morgan’s Retreat on Ambergris Cay is a tropical paradise on the Caribbean Sea, just a half-mile from the Barrier Reef. It’s run by an expatriate American couple, Frank and Edith Dobos from Ohio, who create a true family feeling. Cost: $125/$145 per day double, which includes three excellent meals. Diving, snorkeling, fishing and sightseeing. Excursions to Mayan ruins. The U.S. contact is Magnum Outdoor Specialists, 714 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, Minn. 56502.”

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