* California: Ginny Fairbrother, La Mirada: Harbour Lights Resort, 911 5th Ave., San Diego 92101; tel. (619) 233-3300, http://www.sunterra.com. "In the heart of the Gaslamp District. Our room was perfect and well equipped, with a little balcony looking down on 5th Avenue. It reminded us a little of New Orleans. The location is ideal; you can walk everywhere." Rates: $129-$185.
* Germany: Richard Beigel, Long Beach: Montana-Hotel Rhden, Am Zainer Berg 3, 38723 Seesen, Harz; tel. 011-49-5384-96960, fax 011-49-5384-969696, http://www.hotel-montana.de. "Near the Harz Mountains, a hotel belonging to a northern German chain. Nice, clean, moderately priced rooms." Rates: $47 double; breakfast buffet $5.
* Ireland: Janis Woolpert, San Luis Obispo: The Shores Country House, Cappatigue, Castlegregory, County Kerry; tel./fax 011-353-66-713-9196, http://www.kerryweb.ie/destination-kerry/castlegregory/shores/
shores.html. "One of its competitors described the Shores Country House on the upper Dingle Peninsula as 'probably the best B&B; in Ireland,' and I agree. Proprietor Annette O'Mahony and her family provide six excellent guest rooms, all with private bath, beautifully decorated with all the amenities. On a scenic site overlooking Brandon Bay." Rate: about $66, double.