New Mexico: On tour
Aventura Artistica, 1442 Camino Del Mar, Suite 216, Del Mar, CA 92014; (800) 808-7352, www.newmexicotours.com. “Nicely paced tours with small, congenial groups. Owner Christy Rojas shared cultural and natural wonders of her New Mexico homeland on the ‘Exactly What I Needed Tour’ for women. Visited museums; attended performance at Santa Fe Opera; shopped in Santa Fe, Taos and Santa Ana.” Tours from $1,000 to $1,400 per person, double occupancy.
Hawaii: Budget digs
Hilo Bay Hostel, 101 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo 96720; (808) 933-2771, fax (808) 935-
1183, www.hawaiihostel.net. “This new hostel -- it just opened in February -- has a downtown location near the bus station. Good beds and clean showers. Also, fast Internet access, free coffee, friendly manager. Volcano tours available.” Dorm beds $18 per night; private rooms start at $38.
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