California: Sierra getaway
Poppy Hill Bed-and-Breakfast, 5218 Crystal Aire Drive, Mariposa 95338; (800) 587-6779, fax (209) 742-6273, www.poppyhill.com. “Lovely country home in a peaceful setting. Wonderful breakfasts, gracious hospitality and a hot tub under the stars. Near Yosemite.” Doubles start at $100.
Sharon Budge, Santa Monica
France: Apartment life
Paris Sleeps, 47 Rue des Cartes, 75005 Paris; (626) 568- 3073 or 011-331-43-54-64-66, www.paris-sleeps.com. “Great accommodations in apartments on the Left Bank. Friendly, helpful proprietor. Best way to get to know Paris’ rive gauche.” Studios from $850 per week; one bedrooms from $1,050.
Tom Milner, Cathedral City
Ireland: Scenic spot
Silver Birch Bed-and-Breakfast, Kingobbin, Ballinspittle, Kinsale, County Cork; telephone/fax 011-353-21- 477-8111, www.silverbirchkinsale.com. “Beautiful views of green hills and valleys from this spotless home near Kinsale. Private baths, helpful hostess, delicious breakfasts.” Doubles start at $52.
Pat Smith, Fullerton