Our reader recommendations

Each week in "Readers Recommend," the Travel section shares tips on worthwhile lodgings, restaurants, tour guides and other resources on the road. Here is a roundup of some of the recommendations published in the last year. Although the information here was correct when it was originally published, some details may have changed. Please contact the source to confirm prices, hours and other information.

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United States


Rancho Sonora Inn and RV Park, 9198 N. Highway 79, Florence 85232; (800) 205-6817, . "We revisited this inn after seven years and found it even more delightful than the first time. Close to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument." Doubles start at $69.

— Peter and Ann Weisbrod, Laguna Beach

Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 9736 N. Ft. McDowell Road, Scottsdale 85264; (480) 837-7779, . "Twelve miles outside Scottsdale, this wildlife park offers an opportunity to interact closely with happy, healthy animals. Lions, panthers, bears, wolves, tigers, giraffes etc. in a natural setting." Admission: adults, $14.95; seniors, $13.95; children 3-12 years, $6.95.

— Peggy Cordero,



Burton Inn, 4022 Burton Drive, Cambria 93428; (800) 572-7442, . "This beautifully decorated downtown inn is on a quiet side street next to several good restaurants and shopping. The staff is first class." Doubles start at $99.

— Reed Hanks,

Oceanside, Calif.

Cayucos Sunset Inn, 95 S. Ocean Ave., Cayucos 93430; (877) 805-1076, fax (805) 995-2999, . "This Central Coast inn is beautifully decorated. Our room had a casual Country French decor and featured a huge bath with a Jacuzzi tub for two and separate shower. The bedroom had a fireplace, small refrigerator and a private patio." Doubles start at $189.

— Linda Johnson, Cerritos

Fess Parker's Wine Country Inn & Spa, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos 93441; (800) 446-2455, fax (805) 688-1942, . "Beautiful inn is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of L.A. Generous-sized guest rooms, a cozy fireplace and lots of big, comfortable pillows and bedding." Doubles from $248.

— Richard Carter,


Ashworth House, 4953 Ashworth Road, Mariposa 95338; (209) 966-5504, . "Spacious suites and rooms on picturesque acreage near Yosemite National Park. Decks offer outstanding sunset views." Doubles from $70.

— David Trask,

Mission Viejo

Reed Manor, P.O. Box 127, Mendocino 95460; (707) 937- 5446, . "On a hill overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific, this inn is a class act, with sweeping views and within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the Mendocino Art Center. Rooms are beautifully furnished." Doubles start at $175.

— W. Robin White,

South Pasadena

The Seasons Bed & Breakfast, 2934 Bedford Ave., Placerville 95667; (530) 626-4420, . "Charming inn with four lovely rooms and beautiful garden. We loved staying in the cottage, a private retreat in the garden. Fabulous breakfasts in the main house, built in 1859." Doubles start at $115.

— Sharon Budge,

Santa Monica

Petit Soleil, 1473 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo 93401; (800) 676-1588, (805) 549-0321, . "Wonderfully quaint bed-and-breakfast is an easy walk (four or five blocks) from downtown San Luis Obispo. Each room has a theme and unique décor." Doubles $125 weekdays, $179 weekends.

— Tracy Jones and Brian

Kfoury, Santa Monica

and Fountain Valley

The Victorian Rose, 896 E. Main St., Ventura 93001; (805) 641-1888, "Victorian Gothic church built in the late 1800s has been restored and renovated into a unique five-bedroom B&B. Fantastic rooms decorated with antiques and large stained-glass windows." Doubles start at $99.

— Mark and Leslie Bellegia, Diamond Bar


Calypso's Seafood Grille, 1 Seagate Blvd., Key Largo; (305) 451-0600. "Casual dockside cafe is worth a trip from anywhere in South Florida just for dinner. Last time, I ordered a yellowfin tuna special with a sour cream sauce and caviar — unbelievable. Even if you're not a fan of sangria, order theirs anyway. It's sensational." Entrees from $10.95.

— Vicki Paris Goodman, Long Beach


Hilo Bay Hostel, 101 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo 96720; (808) 933-2771, fax (808) 935-1183, . "This new hostel — it opened in February [2003] — 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.

— Pat Mulligan,


Ridge Realty Rentals, 10 Hoohui Road, Suite 301, Kahana 96761; (800) 326-6284, . "Villas at Kapalua, Maui, overlook the Pacific Ocean. White sand beaches, championship golf courses, fine dining just steps away. Complimentary resort shuttle." One-bedrooms from $845 weekly.

— Lisa Moses,


Hawaiian Oasis Bed and Breakfast, 74-4958 Kiwi St., Kailua-Kona 96740; (808) 327-1701, . "Hawaiian-style building with four private units sits on two 2 acres of tropical palms; close to secluded beaches, good places to eat, snorkeling and sea kayaking." Doubles start at $125.

— Joe Metro,

San Francisco

Koloa Landing Cottages, 2704-B Hoonani Road, Koloa, Kauai 96756; (800) 779-8773, . "Cute places, with flavor of old Hawaii and everything you could want for a beach getaway: towels, chairs, snorkeling gear, belly boards. Near Old Town Koloa; walking distance to Poipu Beach." From $85 per night for a studio to $200 per night for a three-bedroom, two-bath house.

— Joyce Harrison, Idyllwild

Blue Horizons Bed & Breakfast, 3894 Mahinahina St., Lahaina 96761; (800) 669-1948, . "Convenient, quiet four-suite B&B, with private baths, near all activities. Friendly atmosphere." Doubles start at $89.

— Tom Feasby,



Hodgdon Island Inn, Barters Island Road, Box 492, Boothbay 04571; (207) 633-7474, . "Wonderful B&B is perfect for fall foliage trips to the East Coast. Our balcony room overlooked a small inlet where sailboats were moored." Doubles from $105.

— Kristine M. Mackey, Irvine

Holbrook House, 74 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor 04609; (207) 288-4970, . "Charming B&B; we stayed in a private cottage with two bedrooms and a sitting room, but the main Victorian house has a dozen other rooms. Short walk to town." Near Acadia National Park. Doubles start at $90, including breakfast and afternoon tea.

— Patti Garrity, Manhattan Beach


Beech Wood Inn, 2839 Main St., Route 6A, Barnstable Village 02630; (800) 609-6618, . "Delightful B&B in the mid-Cape area is 10 minutes from Hyannis and well located for day trips all over Cape Cod. A classic old Victorian; themed rooms with antiques and fireplaces." Doubles from $100.

— Connie and Lynn Hughes, Laguna Beach


Park Avenue Mansion Bed & Breakfast, 2007 Park Ave., St. Louis 63104; (866) 588-9004, . "Wonderful, renovated Victorian home in historic Lafayette Square district of St. Louis made us feel as though we were stepping into the past. Four stories with a large, terraced garden. Sumptuous breakfasts." Doubles from $89.

— Theo A. Lentz, Northridge


1868 Crosby House Bed-and-Breakfast, 175 Western Ave., Brattleboro 05301; (800) 528-1868, . "A park-like Victorian garden sets off this Vermont B&B. Although built in 1868, it has all the modern amenities. Our room was lovely and comfortable without being overdone." Doubles from $120, including breakfast.

— Denise and Michael White, Huntington Beach


Hampton Inn Col Alto, 401 E. Nelson St., Lexington 24450; (540) 463-2223, fax (540) 463-9707, . "Wonderful rooms are available in a historic house that's within walking distance of good restaurants and shops. It sits up on a hill and is part B&B and part regular motel; you choose whether to stay in the renovated 1827 mansion or in the motel section." Doubles in the mansion start at $180, in the motel at $90.

— Nadine Roth, Pasadena


Inn to the Woods, 46 Elena Drive, Friday Harbor 98250; (888) 522-9626, . "Lovely four-room B&B northwest of Friday Harbor offers a private retreat with views of the lake, forest and flowers. Our suite had a private deck with a two-person spa. Nicely furnished living room. Breakfast, snack basket and tea." Doubles from $139.

— Kristi Koivula,

Carlsbad, Calif.

Trumpeter Inn Bed-and-Breakfast, 318 Trumpeter Way, Friday Harbor 98250; (800) 826-7926, . "This pastoral estate is one mile from Friday Harbor and enjoys a panoramic view of the San Juan Valley, False Bay and the snowcapped Olympic Mountains. Gourmet breakfasts, afternoon sweets, travel and dining assistance, first-class accommodations." Doubles start at $105.

Pat Honey and

Ken Kruger, Malibu



Coral Point Lodge, 54 Harbour Ave., PMB 56 Mackay Mail Centre, Shute Harbour, Queensland 4802; 011-61-749-469500, fax 011-61-749-469469. "This lodge off Airlie Beach is a great stop for anyone heading for the Whitsunday Islands. It has gorgeous views of the harbor and is run by a helpful family. Also, balconies, refrigerators, pool and color TV." Doubles start at $59.

— Francie Hansen, Newport Beach


Welcome Hotel, 5 Rue du Peuplier, 1000 Brussels; 011-32-2-219-95-46, fax 011-32-2-217-18-87, . "Charming and immaculate B&B-style hotel — it claims to be the smallest hotel in Brussels — has tasteful, well-maintained rooms at low prices with continental breakfast included. Friendly service, fresh flowers in rooms. In the heart of the city." Doubles start at about $80.

— Dennis Damon,

Vista, Calif.


Au Git'Ann, 1806 St. Christophe, Montreal, Quebec H2L 3W8; (514) 523-4494, . "Fairly new B&B made our first Montreal stay pleasant. Quiet and nicely decorated with warm, colorful walls. There's a small kitchenette and sitting room for guests. Close to a main subway stop in the Latin Quarter." Doubles start at $56 with shared bath; $86 for private bath.

— Suzanne Michaud,

Santa Barbara

Olympus Resort B&B, 3018 Manzer Road, Sooke, British Columbia V0S 1N0; (800) 580-0026, . "This classic timber lodge is on the ocean 30 minutes west of Victoria. Easy or challenging nature hikes are as close as the backyard, or you can relax in the hot tub over the bay, or take an adventure fishing tour." Doubles from $92 with breakfast.

— George and Mary Nagle, Palm Springs

Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts, P.O. Box 130, Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0; (250) 726-8235, fax (250) 726-8558, . "Unimaginable beauty and wilderness at these resorts on Bedwell Sound, a short boat ride from Tofino (Vancouver Island). A tent camp, the Outpost, and a floating hotel, Quait Bay, offer luxury, pampering and gourmet food." Three-night package including meals, activities and round-trip airfare from Vancouver is $2,700 per person, double occupancy.

— Kim Hester, La Jolla


Hotel Carrera, Teatinos 180, Santiago; 011-56-2-698-2011, fax 011-56-2-672-1083, . "Renovated luxury hotel in downtown Santiago has well-appointed rooms and a charming, English-speaking staff. Pool and lounge area are on the roof of this high-rise and are beautiful, as is the view of the city with the Andes in the distance. Convenient location." Doubles $110 with breakfast.

— Laura and Ken Perry, Newport Beach


Sacha Lodge, Pilchicocha Lake; 011-5932-256-6090, . "This Swiss-run lodge in the Amazon Basin provides comfortable accommodations in the deep jungle. Rooms have private baths and hot water besides private decks with wonderful forest views. Guides lead hikes in the jungle."

— Marna Geisler,

Pacific Palisades


Putley Coach House, Putley, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2QP; 011-44-1531-670684, . "Delightful, affordable B&B in the English countryside — a super old coach house — has modern, comfortable rooms, a kitchen and a sitting room for guests. Close to the Welsh border in a serene and beautiful area of Britain." Doubles from $70.

— Yvonne Newton, Victorville

Primrose House Bed & Breakfast, 56 Boston Gardens, Brentford, London TW89LP; 011-44-208-568-5573, . "Immaculate, tastefully decorated Edwardian home near the Thames that survived World War II. Seven miles by Underground to the center of London; close to Heathrow Airport." Room with shared bath, $78; with private bath, $94.

— Barbara Spring, Carlsbad, Calif.

Rules, 35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7LB; 011-44-20-7379-0258, . "Theater-district restaurant is the epitome of English decor, with excellent food and a nonsmoking policy. Advertised as the oldest restaurant in London, Rules is decorated with drawings and artwork documenting its past as a gathering place for literary and theater notables such as William Thackeray, Charles Dickens and Clark Gable." Open daily until midnight. Entrees start at $24.

— Norah and Bob McMeeking,

Santa Barbara

Traveller's Rest, Buxton Road, Quarnford, Leek Road near Buxton, SK17 0SN; 011-44-1298-23695. "Fantastic, rustic restaurant is a nice stop for folks headed to the potteries near Stoke-on-Trent. Meals are delicious and presented as you might find them in a trendy place in L.A. Inexpensive; our tab for four adults, with drinks and desserts, was $60." Entrees start at less than $10.

— Diane Case, Anaheim

Above the Bay, 5 Brackenfield, Windermere, Cumbria LA 23 3HL; 011-44-15394-88658, . "Delightful, newly refurbished B&B overlooks beautiful Lake Windermere and is a two-minute walk to the quaint, historic village of Bowness. Perfect location for a visit to Beatrix Potter's home or Lakeland walking trails. Excellent rooms and three-course breakfasts." Doubles from $79.

— Ed Robinson,

Long Beach


L'Eveche, Rue de l'Eveche, Cite Medievale, 84110 Vaison-la-Romaine; 011-33-4-90-36-13-46, fax 011-33-4-90-36-32-43, . "Lovely B&B in the wonderful medieval village of Vaison-la-Romaine. Our room was tastefully decorated with antiques. The village includes an outstanding Roman city that visitors can walk through." Doubles from $83.

— Betty Bruns, Encino

Hotel Château de Rochecotte, Saint-Patrice, 37130, Langeais; 011-33-24-79-61-616, . "This beautiful château hotel in the Loire Valley is about a half-hour drive west of Tours. Expansive grounds with swimming pool and terrace. Beautifully appointed large doubles with bath." Doubles, $152.

— Tom and Renee Tobin, Rancho Cucamonga

Auberge de Venise, 10 Rue Delambre, Paris; 011-33-1-43-35-43-09. "This small, excellent Paris restaurant, originally called the Dingo Bar, was the site of the first meeting of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, an encounter recorded by Hemingway in 'A Moveable Feast.' Good food at reasonable prices." Dinner entrees $34-$39.

— William E. Webster, Bakersfield

Blue Vans, Paris; 011-33-1-3011-1300, fax 011-33-1-3011-1309, . "The Blue Vans are an excellent means of transportation between Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport and almost any Paris hotel. Telephone operators speak excellent English, and so do the drivers. Rates are reasonable, and service is reliable." Per-person rate $25 each way; $17 each for two or more.

— John and Deborah Dunbar, Highland

Paris Vacation Apartments, 86 Blvd. de Clichy, 75018 Paris; (781) 862-3304 or 011-336-1244-64-78, . "Several apartments available, mostly in Montmartre. The Rue Lepic studios overlook wonderful street markets; there are complete kitchens and tiny modern bathrooms with showers." Studios from $450 per week, one-bedrooms from $700, two-bedrooms from $1,200.

— Joan Riddle,

Garden Grove

L'Hostellerie des Monts de Vaux, Route de Geneve, 39800 Poligny; 011-33-3-8437-1250, fax 011-33-3-8437-0907, . "This gem of a four-star hotel, in the Jura region of France near the Swiss border, is a converted 18th century house perched about 2,000 feet above the small town of Poligny. The carefully decorated, spacious rooms look out on a lovely garden." Doubles start at $100.

— Bob Stock, Los Angeles

L'Auberge du Presbytère, Place de la Fontaine, 84400 Saignon; 011-33-4-9074-1150, . "Ultra-charming, small, rustic hotel in a picturesque medieval village in eastern Provence. Top rooms have excellent views. Excellent location for exploring the Luberon area with its ocher cliffs and fields of lavender." Doubles with bath start at $68.

— Ray Singer, Malibu


Mülenhof, Hauptstrasser 33, 77948, Friesenheim-Oberweirer; 011-49-7821-6320, . "This hotel in the Black Forest is ideally located for day trips into France and the Black Forest. Staff is warm and helpful; some speak English." Doubles start at $87.

— Dick Kraft,


Zur Ziegelhütte, Am Bahnhof 6, 65510 Idstein; 011-49-6126-70277, . "This small, super-clean hotel is in the charming town of Idstein about a half-hour from Frankfurt. A lavish breakfast is accompanied by fresh flowers and candlelight." Doubles start at $104.

— Marlies Chalabi,

Los Angeles

Hotel an der Oper, 10 Falkenturmstrasse, 80331 München; 011-49-89-29-00-27-0, fax 011-49-89-29-00-27-29, . "Charming family-owned and -run hotel in Munich with clean, comfortable accommodations. Staff outstanding and English-speaking. Close to everything. Fresh flowers in rooms and a variety of room types, some with small kitchens." Rates start at about $165.

— Greg Kimberlin, Glendale


The Gables, Stoneview, Blarney, County Cork; 011- 353-21-438-5330, . "Lovely rooms and helpful hosts at this wonderful B&B, close to Cork, Blarney Castle and woolen mills. Lots of fun pubs in the area; golf course within walking distance." Doubles from $74.50.

— Janis and Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Granada Hills

Castle Leslie, Glaslough, County Monaghan; 011-353-47-88109, fax 011-353-47-88256, . "This wonderful getaway spot makes you feel like an invited guest at a country estate. Beautiful grounds. Row on a lake or visit the stables and go for a ride." Doubles from $234.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L.

Thomas, Thousand Palms

Lagile Lodge, Killeagh (N25), County Cork; 011-353-24-95323, e-mail "Spacious, warm rooms with bath in a beautifully kept country home on a working farm. Beautiful Glenbower woods nearby." Doubles from $69.

— Tom Cody,

Fountain Valley

Elyod House, Ross Road, Killarney, County Kerry; 011-353-64-365-44. "Spotlessly clean and modern Killarney B&B is just down the street from Ross Castle and easy walking distance to the center of town. It borders Killarney National Park and has panoramic mountain views." Doubles from $68.

— William Sinclair, Glendale

Dillanes Farm House, Listowel Road, Doonard, Tarbert, County Kerry; 011-353- 68-36242, . "Excellent accommodations on a working farm. Five minutes to the town center and the Shannon River ferry." Doubles $66.

— Chris Reeves,

Anaheim Hills

Ashleigh House, Cork Road, Waterford; 011-353-51-375-171, . "Great hosts, breakfast, location and website at this B&B three miles west of Waterford. Easy access to Waterford Crystal Visitor Center, Kilkenny and the Waterford & Suir Valley Railroad." Doubles from $69.

— Bill and Adele Enright, Fullerton

The Boulevard Guesthouse, South Mall, Westport, County Mayo; 011-353-98-25-138, . "Lovely B&B in the heart of Westport is spotlessly clean, cheery and has beautiful decor." Doubles from $65.

— Siobhan Maguire,


Woodside Lodge, Golf Links Road, Westport, County Mayo; 011-353-98-26436, . "Newly refurbished, beautiful B&B has gorgeous gardens and is five minutes from the town center. Bathrooms are large." Doubles from $78.

— Mary K. Dana, Huntington Beach

Northern Ireland

No. 108 Superior Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, 108 Seacliff Road, Bangor, County Down; 011-44-2891-461077, . "Breathtaking views of Belfast Lough and the Irish Sea. About 12 miles east of Belfast. Victorian-style home central to all parts of Northern Ireland and Ireland." Doubles from $77.

— James Nicholl, Riverside


Cascina Motto, 7 Via Marzabotto, 28010 Divignano; 011-39-0321-995-350, fax 011-39-0321-995-350, . "Converted farmhouse B&B on 5 acres. There are roses, grass, a swimming pool and a bocce court. The family house has a double room with private bath; there's also a cottage with kitchen, living room and bath. English-speaking owner serves breakfast on the terrace. A 20-minute drive to Malpensa Airport, Milan, or to Lake Maggiore." Doubles from $65, cottage $75, both with breakfast.

— Bob and Maureen Redfield, San Clemente

Trattoria dell'Omo, 18 Via Vicenza, Rome; 011-39-06-490-411. "A feast of homemade Roman specialties, prepared to order at this unpretentious, family-run restaurant near the Termini railroad station. Superb dinner — pasta, a second plate, dessert and coffee about $25 per person, including a pitcher of local wine."

— Margo Kasdan and Martin Fiebert,

Seal Beach

L'Ottavo Colle, Rome (Rome's "eighth hill," billed as the world's largest tethered balloon), Via San Paolo del Brasile in the Galoppatoio (equestrian center) in Borghese Gardens, Rome's biggest park; 011-39-06-32-111-511. "This huge blue balloon carries 30 passengers on a gentle 15-minute ride up 450 feet, offering a spectacular view of the city. A fun respite from ruins and art." Adults $16; children $7.

— Dick Barnes,

Long Beach


Señor Greenberg's Mexicatessen, Boulevard Marina Local C1, Plaza Náutica, Cabo San Lucas; 011-52-624-143-56-30. "Noshers rejoice: Dave Greenberg's Mexicatessen is the real deal, open 24/7. Salami and eggs for breakfast; corned beef sandwiches for lunch; New York cheesecake, apple pie or a root beer float for dessert." Three-omelet breakfasts $2.79, lunches $6, dinners $8.85.

— Nina Murphy,

Redondo Beach

La Posada de Engelbert, Apdo. Postal 152, La Paz, Baja California Sur CP 23000; 011-52-612-122-4011, . "Hacienda-type hotel on the bay in La Paz, once a hideaway for movie stars, has been kept up, is very clean and has the charm of old Mexico. Food is gourmet but reasonably priced." Doubles start at $75.

— Moe and Beverly Grabil, Santa Monica

Villa Scorpio, 93 Quebrada, San Miguel de Allende; 011-52-415-152-7575, . "Once a private home, this antiques-filled B&B is within a five-minute walk of the Jardín, San Miguel's historic central square. Rooftop honor bar and hot tub overlook San Miguel." Doubles start at $100.

— Walter Carlin,

Del Mar, Calif.

Hotel Lagunita, Domicilio Conocido, Yelapa, Jalisco; 011-52-322-209-5055. "Secluded hotel at water's edge has quaint palapa-style units. Yelapa Bay, a few miles from Puerto Vallarta and reached by water taxi, is a good place to spend time on a quiet beach or take a jungle hike. Hotel offers a peaceful way to break up a week or two in the area." Doubles from $50.

— Dave Hillam,

Carlsbad, Calif.

Casa Buenaventura, Carretera Escenica a Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero CP40880; 011-52-755-554-2855, ventura. "Inexpensive, beautifully maintained inn has a small swimming pool and fantastic views of Zihuatanejo Bay. Six rooms, all with private bath and terraces." Doubles from $100, including breakfast.

— Sean Butler,

Los Angeles


Abdul Aziz el Mesbahi, Rue Ahmed Amine, Appt. 3, Immbl. 10, DKT, Fez; 011-212-61-50-36-09, e-mail couscousfesna "English-speaking licensed guide, easygoing, extremely knowledgeable about the mores and history of Morocco and the U.S. Sets a very high standard as a guide. Will meet you at a location of your choice." Full-day city tour $25, half-day $15. Tours throughout Morocco, $35 per day.

— Joy Mosse,

Beverly Hills

New Zealand

Walnut Grove B&B, State Highway 6, Lowburn, RD2, Cromwell; 011-643-445-1112, . "Walnut grove and fruit orchards adjoin this South Island B&B about 45 minutes from Queenstown. Very special rooms with private baths. Hosts know everything about Old Cromwell." Doubles start at $69.

— Gary and Marion Gray, Torrance


Acorn Guest House, 70 Pilrig St., Edinburgh EH6 5AS; 011-44-131-554-2187, . "Victorian guesthouse restored and decorated to create a sophisticated, serene retreat." Doubles start at $60.50.

— Shirley King,

Del Mar, Calif.

Rescobie House Hotel, 6 Valley Drive, Leslie, Fife KY6 3BQ; 011-44-1592-749-555, . "Beautifully restored country house, in the heart of the historic kingdom of Fife, has gorgeous grounds and wonderful food. Lots of old-world charm." Doubles with private bath and breakfast, $112.75.

— Joyce and Terry Vivian, Garden Grove


Cortijo Jacaranda, Alora, Spain; 011-34-650-838-410, . Cozy apartments with kitchens, plus a pool and a play area for children. A quiet retreat after day trips to Ronda, Granada and Seville." Doubles from $125.

— Debra Trembley, Burbank


Hotel Krebs, Bahnhofstrasse 4, CH-3800 Interlaken; 011-4133-822-7161, fax 011-4133-823-2465, . "The grand old Hotel Krebs in Interlaken, a village in the center of Switzerland, is an affordable classic with marvelous ambience. Spend a few glorious hours admiring the view of the Eiger and Jungfrau." Doubles about $100.

— Dick Blue, Tampa, Fla.


Hôtel Les Tipaniers, BP 1002, Haapiti, Moorea, French Polynesia; (689) 561-267, . "Friendly, small French hotel feels like a throwback to small American resort hotels of the '40s and '50s." Double rooms start at $70.

— Carol Schroerluke, Santa Monica