Below are reader recommendations on where to stay in some of the world’s most popular destinations, as they appeared in the Travel section over the last year. They have been conveniently organized by country and state. Please note that some prices or other details may have changed since publication. Be sure to check with the hotel, inn or B&B.
Coffs Harbour--Carolyn Uhri, Sherman Oaks: “The Waterside, 80 Tiki Road, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450; telephone 011-61-2-6653-7388, fax 011-61-2-6653-7300. Four-room boutique hotel halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. On river, near beach. Outstanding meals.” Rates: about $46-$56 per person; dinner from $25.
Exeter--Joseph Rizza, Long Beach: “Norfolk Reach, 84 Motor Road, Deviot, P.O. Box 56, Exeter, Tasmania 7275; tel. 011-61-36-394-7681. Tranquil B&B on 72 acres of forest, a short drive from several Tamar River vineyards.” Rate: about $63 double.
Kingscote--Esther Cole, Ventura: “Graydon Holiday Lodge, 16 Buller St., Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA 5223; tel. 011-61-8-8553-2713, fax 011-61-8553-3289. Self-contained, self-catering units near Kingscote center. Helpful owner.” Rates: about $47-$51 double.
Timboon--Ethel Arter, Temecula: “Port Campbell Bed & Breakfast, RMB 7250, via Timboon 3268; tel. 011-61-3-5598-6260. Along Great Ocean Road west of Melbourne. Hosts Gus and Judy Ward make you comfortable.” Rates: about $41-$61 double; breakfast $3-$7.
Sooke--Fred Zimmer, Banning: “Cooper’s Cove Guesthouse, 5301 Sooke Road, Sooke, BC V0S 1N0; tel. (250) 642-5727, fax (250) 642-5749. Vancouver Island B&B with ocean view, friendly hosts and breakfasts by Angelo Prosperi-Porta, one of five chefs on Culinary Team Canada 1994.” Rates: about $79-$92 double.
Vancouver--Penny Lampman, Upland: “Kenya Court Guest House, 2230 Cornwall Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 1B5; tel. (604) 738-7085. Beautiful suite overlooking the bay. Delightful hosts.” Rates: from $85-$105 double, with breakfast.
Victoria--Linda Kressh, Sherman Oaks: “Wooded Acres Bed and Breakfast, 4907 Rocky Point Road, Victoria, BC V9C 4G2; tel. (250) 474-8959. Fabulous custom-built log home, with hot tub, on three acres of forested land.” Rate: about $79 double.
Bath--Anne Bay, Fountain Valley: “Apsley House Hotel, 141 Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3PT; tel. 011-44-1225-336-966, fax 011-44-1225-425-462. Lovely stone house, former country residence of 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). Beautiful furniture and paintings.” Rates: about $114-$184 double, with full breakfast.
Berwick-upon-Tweed--Maureen Baker, Corona: “Pat and John Lauder, Threeways, Norham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumber-land TD15 2J2; tel. 011-44-1289-382-795. B&B on the Scottish border, near castles and good fishing. I loved it!” Rates: about $33-$37 per person.
Filkins--Sharon Rice, Lancaster: “Cottage-by-the-Church, Chapel Lane, Filkins, Gloucestershire GL7 3JG (off A361 between Burford and Lechlade); tel./fax 011-44-1367-860-613. Charming 17th century cottage in a picturesque Cotswold village. Delicious country breakfast.” Rate: about $39 per person.
Fulbrook--J. Frank Brennan, La Canada: “Bee Cottage, Fulbrook, Burford OX18 4BZ; tel./fax 011-44-1993-822-070. Comfortable suite in turn-of-the-century cottage in lovely Cotswold setting. Sightseeing tours by arrangement.” Rate: about $89 double, with breakfast.
Grasmere--Julia Banks, Altadena: “Raise View, White Bridge, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9RQ; tel. 011-44-15394-35215, fax 011-44-15394-35126. Guest house in Lake District, with wonderful views of farmland. Best breakfast (included) of our trip.” Rates: about $41-$48 per person. Open February to mid-November.
Helston--Patricia Walsh, Murrieta: “The Gardens, Tresowes, Ashton, Helston, Cornwall TR13 9SY; tel. 011-44-1736-763-299. B&B in 200-year-old cottage in quiet hamlet. Gourmet dinners by candlelight (about $21).” Rates: about $32-$35 per person.
London--Hanne Marie Pick, Laguna Hills: “Craven Gardens Hotel, 16 Leinster Terrace, London W2 3ES; tel. 011-44-171-262-3167, fax 011-44-171-262-2083. Quiet, mid-size hotel with helpful staff in Bayswater district.” Rate: about $149 double.
London--Annette Bobell, Lake Forest: “Langham Court Hotel, 31-35 Langham St., London W1N 5RE; tel. 011-44-171-436-6622, fax 011-44-171-436-2303. Well-located, recently renovated 56-room hotel with helpful staff.” Rates: about $284-$320 double.
London--Jean Bailey, Pointe Claire, Canada: “Alison House Hotel, 82 Ebury St., Belgravia, London SW1W 9QD; tel. 011-44-171-730-9529, fax 011-44-171-730-5494. Small, comfortable rooms in center of town.” Rate: about $93 double, with breakfast.
Newton Poppleford--Hazel Brewster, Oceanside: “Southern Cross Guest House, High Street, Newton Poppleford, Devon EX10 0DU; tel. 011-44-1395-568-439. Centuries-old cottage, with tearoom, in village four miles from Sidmouth seaside resort.” Rates: about $29-$39 per person, with breakfast.
Northleach--Sally Stember, Rolling Hills Estates: “Cotteswold House, Market Place, Northleach, Glos. GL54 3EG; tel./fax 011-44-1451-860-493. B&B in charming, quiet town in Cotswolds.” Rates: about $82-$127 double.
Rode--Patricia Sparks, Fullerton: “Irondale House, 67 High St., Rode, Bath BA3 6PB; tel./fax 011-44-1373-830-730. B&B in 18th century house. Helpful owners and hearty breakfast. Great location for exploring Bath, nine miles away, and nearby areas.” Rate: about $107 double.
Salisbury--Jane Mailander, Rancho Palos Verdes: “The Old House, 161 Wilton Road, Salisbury SP2 7JQ; 011-44-1722-333-433, fax 011-44-1722-416-144. Lovely brick house B&B with fruit trees and big garden, less than a mile from train station. Welcoming hostess and splendid breakfasts.” Rates: about $71-$80 double.
Sandbach--Albert Munson, Garden Grove: “The Fields, 36 Hassall Road, Winterly, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 4RL; tel. 011-44-1270-761-858. Rural setting with lawns, flowers, grazing horses. Easy access to Manchester airport. Breakfasts cooked to order.” Rate: about $70 double.
Seven Oaks--Charles Tellalian, Beverly Hills: “The Red House, 23 Bayham Road, Seven Oaks, Kent TN13 3XD; tel. 011-44-173-246-0506. Owners Angela and Anthony Rudd have a lovely suite in their home a short distance to many National Historic Trust sites. Lovely breakfast and advice regarding area.” Rate: about $65 double.
Stratford-on-Avon--Don Laffoon, Laguna Niguel: “Caterham House Hotel, 58/59 Rother St., Stratford-on-Avon CV37 6LT; tel. 011-44-1789-267-309, fax 011-44-1789-414-836. Warm hosts give you guidance. You might share breakfast with a Royal Shakespeare Co. actor.” Rates: about $121-$136 double, with breakfast.
Stratford-on-Avon--Hal Landy, Woodland Hills: “King’s Lodge, Long Marston, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8RL; tel./fax 011-44-1789-720-705. Two apartments and one cottage, with kitchens, six miles southwest of Stratford-on-Avon on four acres with duck pond.” Rates: about $259-$509 per week, for two to six people.
Wareham--Ron Dandrea, Brea: “Ashcroft Bed & Breakfast, 64 Furzebrook Road, Stoborough, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AX; tel./fax 011-44-1929-552-392. Restful place on way to Cornish coast. Lovely gardens, full breakfasts (included), wonderful dinners (from $13).” Rates: about $56-$77 double.
Yeovil--Rosemary Caterson, Rancho Palos Verdes: “Village Vacations, Brookmead, Rimpton, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8AQ; tel./fax 011-44-1935-850-241. Tour service and B&B run by Christine and David Hale from their home, two hours southwest of London.” Rate: $1,030 per person for six nights, including room, all meals, daily tours and transport from London airport.
Dijon--Lou Griesser, Kapaau, Hawaii: “Ho^tel du Jura, 14 Ave. Foch, 21000 Dijon; tel. 011-33-3-80-41-61-12, fax 011-33-3-80-41-51-13. Comfortable rooms with air-conditioning. They also recommended a fabulous restaurant, at the Ho^tel du Nord, Place Darcy. Dinner was under $20.” Rates: about $62-$100 double.
Foissy--Peter and Sara Rutenberg, Los Angeles: “La Cure, 21230 Foissy (par Arnay-le-Duc); tel./fax 011-33-3-8084-2292. A lovely vicarage with gardens just behind the church in the tiny hamlet of Foissy, near wine region. Three bedrooms, each with private bath, in the main house, plus a guest house.” Rate: $65 with breakfast.
Menerbes--Peter and Sara Rutenberg, Los Angeles: “B&B Lieu-dit le Roucas, 84560 Menerbes; tel. 011-33-4-9091-0999. A restored 18th century farmhouse near the medieval hilltop village of Menerbes in the Luberon wine district, 30 minutes southeast of Avignon. Superb Provencal dinners.” Rate: about $80 with breakfast.
Monceaux-au-Perche--Kevin Gillogly, Van Nuys: “Renouard House, 61290 Monceaux-au-Perche; tel./fax 011-33-2-3383-6795. Renovated 18th century stone house with two fireplaces, two bedrooms, 90 minutes west of Paris.” Rates: about $865-$1,250 per week.
Paris--Thom Hendrickson, Seal Beach: “Le Grand Ho^tel Jeanne d’Arc, Blvd. St. Marcel 43, 75013 Paris; tel. 011-33-1-47-07-43-17, fax 011-33-1-47-07-87-17. Comfortable hotel on Left Bank near Gare d’Austerlitz and Metro. Shower and TV in room.” Rates: doubles from about $80.
Paris--Luci Pruitt, Anaheim Hills: “Paris Sleeps, c/o Gail Burns, 2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 104, Pasadena, CA 91107; tel. (626) 568-3073. Reasonably priced apartments. My 18th century one was two blocks from Notre Dame.” Weekly rates: $650-$1,500.
Paris--Harriette Pullen, Culver City: “‘Golden Tulip Alliance St. Germain-des-Pres, 7-11 Rue de St. Benoit, Paris 75006; tel. 011-33-1-42-61-53-53, fax 011-33-1-49-27-09-33. Left Bank hotel with friendly, English-speaking staff. Fabulous buffet breakfast (about $13).” Rates: from about $313.
Pontlevoy--Suzanne Lynsky, Mission Viejo: “Craig Cantor, La Barauderie, 41400 Pontlevoy; tel./fax 011-33-254-325-944. Our family rented from Cantor ‘Le Petit Souper,’ an 18th century limestone cottage with cast-iron fireplace, antiques and a full kitchen in the quiet Loire Valley countryside. We were delighted!” Rates: about $676-$793 per cottage per week.
Ste. Marie de Touraine--John Connolly, Palos Verdes: “La Gueulardiere Ho^tel-Restaurant, R.N. 10, 67 bis, Avenue du General de Gaulle, 37800 Ste. Marie de Touraine; tel. 011-33-2-47-65-40-71, fax 011-33-2-16-47-65-69-47. About 20 miles south of Tours. U.S.-educated host Francois Chapron. Gourmet lunches, dinners (about $11-$31).” Rates: about $50-$88.
St.-Paul-Trois-Cha^teaux--Elaine Franklin, Burbank: “L’Esplan, 15 Place de l’Esplan, 26310 St.-Paul-Trois-Cha^teaux; tel. 011-33-4-75-96-64-64, fax 011-33-4-75-04-92-36. Reasonably priced hotel-restaurant in Provence north of Orange. Lovely owners.” Rate: about $74 double, dinner from $19.
Sospel--Luanne H. Perez, Fillmore: “Domaine du Parais, La Vasta, 06380 Sospel; tel. 011-33-4-93-4-15-78. Charming, secluded 19th century Italian villa and cottage B&B in a green mountain valley about 45 minutes north of Monaco. Owner speaks English.” Rates: about $49-$70 double, with breakfast.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen--Gary Bassett, Huntington Harbor: “Hotel Aschenbrenner-Garni, Loisch Str. 46, Garmisch-Partenkirchen 82467; tel. 011-49-88-21-95-97, fax 011-49-88-21-95-97-95. Newly refurbished hotel with stream in front and beautiful Alps view. Buffet breakfast included.” Rates: from about $88 double.
Baltimore--Meridee Doud, San Luis Obispo: “The Stone House B&B, Lifeboat Road, Baltimore, Co. Cork; tel./fax 011-353-282-0511. Immaculate B&B in fishing village. Scuba diving, snorkeling available.” Rates: about $30-$33 per person.
Cashel--Charles Peruchini, Los Angeles: “Dualla House, Dualla, Cashel, Co. Tipperary; tel./fax 011-353-62-61487. A 200-year-old Georgian house on a 300-acre working farm with 1,400 sheep.” Rates: about $27-$30 per person, with full breakfast.
Clifden--Richard F. Fleming, Upland: “Ardmore House, Sky Road, Clifden, Co. Galway; tel. 011-353-95-21221, fax 011-353-95-21100. B&B in peaceful location overlooking Clifden Bay. Hosts are congenial, helpful.” Rates: about $26-$27 per person, $23 for dinner.
Dingle--Roz Rutter, Pacific Palisades: “An Doo Neen, Hurley Farm, Kilcooley, Ballydavid, Dingle, Co. Kerry; tel. 011-353-66-55112. Comfortable, spacious B&B in farmhouse near sea. Warm welcome by hostess Mary Hurley.” Rates: about $29 per person, with full breakfast.
Ennis--E. Hannan, Pasadena: “Ardsollus Farm, Quin, Ennis, Co. Clare; tel. 011-353-65-25601. B&B on working dairy farm about 15 minutes from Shannon Airport. View from our window was rolling green hills dotted with cattle and horses.” Rates: about $28-$30 per person.
Furbo--Ken Donelson, Tempe, Ariz.: “Suan na Mara, Stripe, Furbo, Spiddal, Co. Galway; tel. 011-353-91-59-15-12, fax 011-353-91-59-16-32. B&B west of Galway, about 30 minutes from Aran Islands ferry. Great breakfasts, scenery.” Rates: about $27-$30 per person.
Glanworth--Frances Brown, Long Beach: “Glanworth Mill Country Inn, Glanworth, Co. Cork; tel. 011-353-25-38555. Stunning riverside B&B in former 18th century woolen mill. Two restaurants.” Rates: from about $52 per person; lunch from $18; dinner from $37.
Kilkenny--Maureen Fitzpatrick, Fontana: “‘Banville’s Bed & Breakfast, 49 Walkin St., Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny; tel. 011-353-56-70182. Warm home near town’s main street with modern rooms: hair dryers, alarm clocks, etc.” Rate: $27 per person.
Killarney--Marie A. Brant, Ontario: “Carrowmore House, Knockasarnett, Aghadoe, Killarney, Co. Kerry; tel. 011-353-64-33520. Delightful hosts, lovely rooms with private baths and great breakfasts (included) with homemade scones.” Rate: about $25 per person, double.
Malahide--John McOsker, Los Angeles: “Sonas, 39 The Old Golf Links, Malahide, Co. Dublin; tel. 011-353-845-1953. B&B in traditional village about 10 minutes from Dublin airport. Near golf. Knowledgeable proprietor. Superb breakfasts.” Rates: about $32-$35 per person.
Sneem--Maureen Dobbins, Thousand Oaks: “Brookvilla, Tahilla, Sneem, Co. Kerry; tel. 011-353-64-45172. B&B on Ring of Kerry Road overlooking Kenmare Bay--one of Ireland’s premier views. Near fishing, boating, golf.” Rate: about $26 per person.
Tower--Gail Ferguson, Huntington Beach: “Maranatha Country House, Tower, Co. Cork; tel. 011-353-21-385102, fax 011-353-21-385102. Victorian mansion with beautiful private gardens. Spacious, romantic bedrooms.” Rates: about $28-$34 per person, with breakfast. Open April to first week of November.
Siena--Shelley Lawder, Moorpark: “Pieve a Elsa, 92, 53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena; fax 011-39-05-77-92-97-45. Renovated, cozy 14th century farmhouse B&B in Tuscan countryside. Sumptuous breakfast buffets (included). Open March to mid-November.” Rate: about $98 double.
Tlaxcala--R. Honigman, Van Nuys: “Mexican Home Cooking, Apdo. 64, Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala 90000; tel. 011-52-246-809-78, fax 011-52-246-249-98. New school near Puebla where Estela Salas Silva teaches sophisticated Mexican cuisine.” Rate: $1,000 for five days of classes, six nights’ lodging, meals.
Ardelve--Betty Straus, Redondo Beach: “Loch Duich Hotel, Ardelve by Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DY, tel. 011-44-1599-555-213, fax 011-44-1599-555-214. Nine miles from Isle of Skye and an excellent base for Highlands hiking. Proprietor is a native New Yorker.” Rates: about $44-$57 per person, with breakfast.
Callander--Paul Curry, Santa Maria: “Poppies Hotel, Leny Road, Callander, Perthshire K17 8AL; tel./fax 011-44-1877-330-329. Small hotel for aviation buffs. Hosts are retired RAF Group Capt. Ian Keppie and wife Virginia. Spacious rooms. Full breakfast (included).” Rates: about $36-$44 per person. Closed October-March.
Crail--Richard Gilman, Pasadena: “The Marine Hotel, 54 Nethergate South, Crail, Fife KY10 3TZ; tel. 011-44-1333-450-207, fax 011-44-1333-451-145. Small seaside inn in village about an hour from Edinburgh. Generous hospitality.” Rates: about $54-$62 double, with breakfast.
Dollar--Lena Anderson, Arroyo Grande: “Glentower House, Glendevon, Dollar, Perth FK14 7JY; tel. 011-44-1259-781-5687, fax 011-44-1259-781-501. B&B with comfortable beds, great food and gracious hosts. Wonderful hikes in hills nearby.” Rate: about $44 per person double, with breakfast.
Fort William--Judy Hills, Valencia: “Flora MacKenzie, Crolinnhe, Grange Road, Fort William, Inverness-shire, PH33 6JF; tel. 011-44-1397-702-709. Bed and breakfast overlooking Loch Linnhe; perfect for exploring the Highlands.” Rates: about $61-$105 per person.
Pitlochry--Norm Avrech, Pacific Palisades: “Craigatin House, 165 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5QL; tel. 011-44-1796-472-478. Highlands B&B about two hours northwest of Edinburgh. We stayed in a former horse stable--modern appointments, excellent bed. Pitlochry has excellent shopping, restaurants, festival theater.” Rates: about $31-$40 per person.
St. Andrews--Robert Jurgensen, Solvang: “Little Carron Cottage, Little Carron Gardens, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 8QN; tel./fax 011-44-1334-474-039. B&B in a former farmhouse about a mile from Kent, centrally located for golf courses. Bountiful breakfasts.” Rates: about $48 per person.
Sevilla--Joel Lupkin, Calabasas: “Hotel Alfonso XIII, San Fernando 2-41004, Sevilla; tel. 011-34-95-422-28-50, fax 011-34-95-421-60-33. Beautiful, well-run vintage hotel in city center. The staff seems to know only one thing: ‘Please the guest.’ ” Rate: about $348 double.
Geneva--Charles Haner, Valley Center: “Hotel Bel’esperance, Rue de la Vallee 1, 1204 Geneva; tel. 011-41-22-818-3737, fax 011-41-022-818-3773. Downtown hotel owned by Salvation Army but actually nicer than resort hotels we stayed in. Spacious, bright, modern.” Rates: about $79-$142, including breakfast.
Interlaken--Hans Naepflin, El Segundo: “Hotel and Restaurant Schlossli, 3806 Bonigen am Brienzersee; tel. 011-41-33-823-29-28, fax 011-41-33-823-29-46. Lakeside resort near Interlaken, on Lake Brienz, with boating, water-skiing. Excellent meals, friendly staff.” Rates: about $36-$65 per person, with breakfast.
Zurich--Arnold Green, Los Angeles: “The Splugenschloss, Zurich; tel. 011-41-1-201-4286, fax 011-41-1-289-9998. In heart of Zurich. Architecture is fine example of turn-of-the-century classic. Breakfast included.” Rate: about $300 double.
Holywell--Carol Casselman, Redondo Beach: “Golden Grove, Llanasa, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 9NA; tel. 011-44-1745-854-452, fax 011-44-1745-854-547. Impressive 16th century manor house B&B set in formal gardens, 40 minutes from Chester, England. Charming hosts.” Rate: about $125 double.
Dolgellau--Viji Shook, Los Angeles: “Pentre Bach, Llwyngwril, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL37 2JU; tel. 011-44-1341-250-294. Rustic B&B on Cardigan Bay. A working farm with organic produce. Chef was 1994 Mid Wales Cook of the Year.” Rates: about $79-$96 double; dinners from $27.
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Anchorage--Dr. Jack Share, Sherman Oaks: “Northern Lights Hotel, 598 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage 99503; tel. (800) 235-6546. Nice rooms, friendly staff. Restaurant and microbrewery on premises.” Rates: $49-$154.
Fairbanks--Melinda Peters, Los Angeles: “Fairbanks Exploration Inn, 505 Illinois St., Fairbanks 99701; tel. (907) 451-1920. Excellent B&B, walking distance from downtown. Friendly hosts.” Rates: $65-$150, with breakfast and evening port or sherry.
Scottsdale--Trisha Williams, Rancho Santa Margarita: “Dos Palmas, c/o Barbara Blue, 5837 E. Vernon Ave., Scottsdale 85257; tel. (602) 945-3345. Two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with pool, patio. About seven miles from Phoenix airport.” Rates: $85-$165; three-night minimum.
Alameda--Suzanne Barber, Pasadena: “Krusi Mansion Bed and Breakfast, 2033 Central Ave., Alameda 94501. Beautifully restored Victorian mansion. Marvelous homemade breakfast (included).” Rates: $100-$130 double.
Atascadero--Sanford Lee Shertzer, Goleta: “Lake View Bed and Breakfast, 9065 Lake View Drive, Atascadero 93422; tel. (805) 466-5665. Peaceful, charming B&B without TV about 1 1/2 hours north of Santa Barbara. Overlooks Lake Atascadero.” Rates: $90-$150, with breakfast.
Cambria--Natalie Roberts, Beverly Hills: “The J. Patrick House Bed & Breakfast, 2990 Burton Drive, Cambria 93428; tel. (800) 341-5258. Kind, accommodating and on-the-job innkeepers. Tasty, healthy breakfasts; also afternoon hors d’oeuvres with selection of wine and teas (included).” Rates: $115-$180.
Cambria--Carol Juel, Placentia: “Pelican’s Nest, 310 Cambridge St., Cambria 93428; tel. (800) 927-6163 (McLean Vacation Rentals). Two-story English Tudor rental home half a block from ocean. Super views. Elegantly decorated with lots of antiques. Adults only.” Rates: $150-$180 per night; weekly discounts.
Crowley Lake--Kenneth Daponte, Rancho Palos Verdes: “Rainbow Tarns Bed & Breakfast at Crowley Lake, Route HC 79, P.O. Box 1053, Crowley Lake 93546; tel. (888) 588-6269. Tranquil spot, 15 miles south of Mammoth Lakes, for fishing, hiking, fall foliage trips.” Rates: $95-$140.
Desert Hot Springs--Louie Schechtel, Bermuda Dunes: “Nurturing Nest, 11149 Sunset Ave., Desert Hot Springs 92240; tel. (760) 251-2583. Seven-room retreat, with hot mineral water spa, features massage, ayurvedic and other healing treatments ($70-$100 each).” Rates: $69-$110.
Inverness--Paul Murphy, San Luis Obispo: “Patterson House, P.O. Box 13, Inverness 94937; tel. (415) 669-1383. Craftsman-style 1916 house, beautifully remodeled with bright, airy rooms. Spectacular views of Tomales Bay.” Rates: $107.80-183.70.
Lake Arrowhead--Cecelia Kennelly Waeschle, Beverly Hills: “Prophet’s Paradise, P.O. Box 2116, Lake Arrowhead 92352; tel. (800) 987-2231. Dog-friendly bed-and-breakfast (up to two dogs allowed per room) with lovely owners. Views are reminiscent of Switzerland.” Rates: $100-$160.
Oakdale--Alan Kelley, Catalina Island: “Sunshine Adventures, P.O. Box 1445, Oakdale 95361; tel. (800) 829-7238. They get a ’10' for customer service. When our Class I self-guided raft trip on the Lower Stanislaus River developed Class II rapids, they sent a guide to get us through.” Rate: $15 per person for all-day raft rentals.
Pagosa Springs--Ron Percival, Ontario: “High Country Lodge, P.O. Box 418, Pagosa Springs 81147; tel. (800) 862-3707. Five darling log cabins plus 25 rooms, two hot tubs, about an hour east of Durango. Continental breakfast included.” Rates: $60-$65 rooms, $75-$100 cabins.
Petaluma--Elizabeth Schneider, West Covina: “Chileno Valley Ranch Bed & Breakfast, 5105 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma 94952; tel. (877) 280-6664. Elegantly restored Victorian home on 600 acres, a working cattle ranch. Great breakfast, bird-watching.” Rates: $110-$150.
Pismo Beach--Shelly Siecinski, Newport Beach: “Beachcomber Inn, 541 Cypress St., Pismo Beach 93449; tel. (805) 773-5505. Seven-room inn a block from beach. Friendly owners. Immaculate rooms have refrigerator, microwave.” Rates: $71.50-137.50.
Placerville--Hedy Greenfield, Northridge: “Garden Gate Inn, 2960 Coloma St., Placerville 95667; tel. (530) 621-4068. Lovingly restored 100-year-old house on beautiful grounds. Gourmet breakfast (included).” Rates: $95-$110.
San Francisco--Mort Scribner, Arcadia: “Inn 1890, 1890 Page St., San Francisco 94117; tel. (888) 466-1890. Wonderful Queen Anne Victorian B&B, one block from Haight Street and Golden Gate Park. Self-serve kitchen open 24 hours a day.” Rates: $79-$119.
Sonora--Monica Wilson, La Habra: “Barretta Gardens Inn, 700 S. Barretta St., Sonora 95370; tel. (800) 206-3333. Very welcoming innkeepers in 1890s Victorian. Delicious, gourmet full breakfast in the formal dining room or overlooking the gardens.” Rates: $95-$115.
Tahoe Vista--Debra Fishstein, Sherman Oaks: “The Shore House, 7170 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista 96148; tel. (800) 207-5160. Nine-room B&B on north shore of Lake Tahoe. Spectacular views, hot tub, gourmet breakfasts.” Rates: $135-$255.
Indialantic--Ron Marcus, Fountain Valley: “Windemere Inn by the Sea, 815 S. Miramar Ave., Indialantic 32903; tel. (800) 224-6853. On the beach, two miles from Melbourne. Extraordinary gourmet breakfasts and afternoon tea (included).” Rates: $75-$150.
Key West--Dottie Gabriel, Palm Desert: “Knowles House B&B, 1004 Eaton St., Key West 33040; tel. (800) 352-4414. Super-friendly hosts; homemade muffins to die for; near trolleys.” Rates: $70-$175.
Kalaheo--Muriel Posner, Ventura: “Annie’s Bed and Breakfast, 2556 Keoki Place, Kalaheo, Kauai; tel. (888) 332-9173. Delightful one-bedroom suite with ocean view, about 25 minutes from Waimea Canyon. Hot tub on premises. Guests are welcomed with homemade banana bread and fruit basket.” Rates: $70-$75.
Lahaina--Erna Parth, Torrance: “Aston Kaanapali Shores, 3445 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, Maui 96761; tel. (808) 667-2211. Very helpful, accommodating personnel. New restaurant, newly refurbished rooms and newly landscaped gardens, very pleasing to the eye.” Rates: $140-$600.
Napili--Bridgette Moore, Wildomar, Calif.: “Alaeloa No. 3, c/o Marsha Lindsey, 2372 Caper Tree Drive, Tustin, CA 92780; tel. (714) 544-7715. Duplex unit with two bedrooms, two baths near Napili, Maui. Pool, beach. Great spot for families.” Rates: $1,000-$1,400 per week.
Wailuku--Janice Fairbanks, Los Angeles: “The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, 2199 Kaho’okele St., Wailuku, Maui 96793; tel. (800) 305-4899. A B&B that represents 1920s Hawaii at its best, with modern conveniences and luxuries. Great breakfast (included).” Rates: $120-$180.
Sullivan--Dr. Dale Vanden Brink, Rolling Hills Estates: “The Little House on the Prairie, R.R. 2, Patterson Road, P.O. Box 525, Sullivan 61951; tel. (217) 728-4727. Queen Anne Victorian B&B with pool in Amish country, near golf course, lake and summer theater. Fantastic breakfasts.” Rates: $63.60-$79.50 double; open April 1 to Jan. 1.
Fort Wayne--Donna Rosenthal, Ridgecrest: “Carole Lombard House Bed and Breakfast, 704 Rockhill St., Fort Wayne 46802; tel. (888) 426-9896. The late star’s girlhood home is now a B&B full of memorabilia; great breakfasts. A festival Oct. 3 will honor her 90th birthday.” Rates: $61.05-$83.25.
Dodge City--Don Wagner, Santa Monica: “Boot Hill Bed & Breakfast, 603 W. Spruce St., Dodge City 67801; tel. (888) 225-7655. Elegant Old West Victorian-style B&B across from Boot Hill Cemetery. Gourmet breakfasts by former Ritz-Carlton pastry chef.” Rates: $69-$129.
Natchitoches--Ed Egan, Laguna Hills: “Jefferson House, 229 Jefferson St., Natchitoches 71457; tel. (318) 352-3957. B&B overlooking Cane River, 50 miles from Alexandria. In historic district of town dating to 1714. Superb Southern breakfast.” Rate: $75 double.
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New Orleans--Helen Stockwell, Redondo Beach: “Rose Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, 7214 Pont-chartrain Blvd., New Orleans 70124; tel. (504) 282-8200. Beautifully decorated, air-conditioned inn on Lake Pontchartrain, a short bus ride from French Quarter.” Rates: $75-$145.
Marblehead--Michael Vickers, Del Mar: “Harbor Light Inn, 58 Washington St., Marblehead 01945; tel. (781) 631-2186. Two homes, built in 1729, joined to form B&B. All rooms with private bath; many with fireplace, whirlpool.” Rates: $105-$245.
Gladstone--Harold Samuels, Woodland Hills: “Kipling House, 1716 N. Lake Shore Drive, Gladstone 49837; tel. (906) 428-1120. B&B in beautifully restored 100-year-old house in the Upper Peninsula. Delightful owners. Excellent food.” Rates: $68-$88, including breakfast and evening dessert.
Branson--Ruth DeCurtins, Monterey Park: “Rhapsody Inn, 296 Blue Meadows Road, Branson 65616; tel. (800) 790-3892. Delightful B&B with pool in a wooded setting. Victorian decor.” Rates: $82.50-$110.
Helena--Jerry Durham, Cambria: “The Barrister Bed & Breakfast, 416 N. Ewing St., Helena 59604; tel. (800) 823-1148. Immaculate, elegant Victorian mansion near downtown. Outstanding breakfasts, afternoon snacks.” Rates: $85-$105.
Charlestown--Mark Nelson, San Dimas: “MapleHedge Bed & Breakfast Inn, 355 Main St., Charlestown 03603; tel. (800) 962-7539. Charming inn, built in 1820, along the Connecticut River. Good fall color, winter activities and fishing in the area.” Rates: $85-$100 double, with breakfast and evening wine and cheese.
Albuquerque--Jeffrey R. Blake, Santa Ana: “Sarabande Bed & Breakfast, 5637 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque 87107; tel. (888) 506-4923. Delightful hostess, wonderful breakfasts. About 10 minutes from highway and downtown.” Rates: $99-$149.
Wallace--Robert Bray, Los Angeles: “Claddagh House, 210 Raleigh Road, Wallace 28466; tel. (910) 285-6144. B&B in restored beautiful clapboard house run by Irish-born Mary Merritt, 40 miles northwest of Wilmington.” Rate: $70 double.
Reedsport--Wena Dows, Culver City: “Salbasgeon Inn of the Umpqua, 45209 Oregon 38, Reedsport 97467; tel. (541) 271-2025. About seven miles inland, on the Umpqua River. Comfort in the country. Helpful hosts. Good fishing; putting green.” Rates: $60-$85.
Barre--Joe and Sue Piccolini, Cypress: “The Vermonter, 509 Barre-Montpelier Hwy., Barre, VT 05641; tel. (802) 476-8541. A family-owned motel with adjacent family-style restaurant. Little creek behind grounds.” Rates: from $45.