Argentina: Expert guide
Luis Schuller, Parque Belgrano, Dpto. 11, Salta 4400; 011-54-387-425-2287, www.4x4salta.com. “Knowledgeable guide speaks several languages, including English, is flexible and has an upbeat personality. The Salta region is lovely and is a well-located base for rafters and mountain bikers. Schuller took us on local trips to wineries, fincas and nearby villages.” Day trips from $50 per person, including breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
Jo Sassone, Dana Point
Arizona: Winter retreat
Rancho Sonora Inn and RV Park, 9198 N. Highway 79, Florence 85232; (800) 205-6817, www.ranchosonora.com. “We revisited this inn after seven years and found it -- situated in an oasis of saguaros and other desert plants -- even more delightful than the first time. Even a dreary winter day could not dampen our joy at staying in one of the antique-furnished rooms. Sumptuous continental breakfast. Close to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 Center.” Double rooms start at $69.
Peter and Ann Weisbrod, Laguna Beach