Travelers who have praised that superb little San Francisco hotel, Petite Auberge, will be pleased to learn that the owners have opened a new European-style hotel at Carmel, the Cobblestone Inn. Fireplaces in each room, fresh fruit, flowers. Complimentary tea, sherry, wine, hors d'oeuvres, a morning newspaper. Guests who leave their shoes and golf clubs outside the door will find them polished when they awaken. The management also packs picnic lunches. For reservations write to the Cobblestone Inn, P.O. Box 3185, Carmel 93921, or telephone (408) 625-5222. Rates: $65 and up.
For readers who have requested additional information on the Cobblestone's sister hotel (Petite Auberge, 863 Bush St., San Francisco 94108) here are the statistics: This is a French-style country inn, only 2 1/2 blocks off Union Square. And it's a gem. Radiates Old World goodliness. Twenty-six rooms with brass fixtures, burnished wood. Petite Auberge has been a smash hit since opening its doors in April, 1983. Free shoeshines, free books, sherry, a splendid breakfast. Rates $85 and up. For reservations telephone (415) 928-6000.
A new hotel is doing business on Cannery Row in Monterey. Forty-two rooms (three with saunas), wood-burning fireplaces, feather beds, down comforters. Each afternoon at 4 o'clock guests are served tea, sherry, desserts, and there's free valet parking . It's called the Spindrift Inn. On the waterfront. Expensive. Rates: $129/$189 a night.
Other news: A couple of huge new hotels are scheduled to open on The Row. Three-hundred-room behemoths. Imagine. Insensitive developers with their avarice never seem satisfied until they spoil the lovely places. And probably they'll not give up until the charm of Cannery Row is just a memory.
Better news: Good comments about a restaurant with unusual warmth called Fresh Cream, 100 Pacific St., Heritage Harbor, Monterey. For reservations telephone (408) 375-9798.
Youth isn't really wasted on the young. Not according to Jacques Pauwels who teaches languages at a prep school in Claremont. With an associate, Mrs. Clara Ivey-Soto, Pauwels will lead a group of students on a tour this summer to Spain, Morocco and France. A mixture of French/Spanish lessons with sightseeing. Classes will be held at Cannes on the French Riviera with excursions along the coast between St. Tropez and Nice and beyond to Monaco and San Remo, Italy. Earlier the group will visit Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Granada and other Spanish destinations. After this they'll do Paris and environs. Dates are June 23-July 28. For details write to Pauwels at the Webb School of California, 1175 W. Baseline Road, Claremont 91711, or telephone (714) 626-3587 (days) and (714) 626-0219 (nights).
Castle Life in Germany
Germany's Mad King Ludwig had a fetish for the good life. Today's travelers can follow in his footsteps. Accommodations provided in castles, mansions, historic inns throughout Germany. Some surrounded by moats, others featuring their own hunting lodges. To get a fix on the locations, drop a post card to Hans Baumann at the German National Tourist Office, 444 S. Flower St., Suite 2230, Los Angeles 90071, or telephone (213-688-7332. Ask for a copy of the 1985 "Gast im Schloss Directory" (translated: "Guest in a Castle"). A choice of more than 50 historic properties. Something to crow to the neighbors about when you return home: "Hey, I lived it up in a castle in Germany!"
Britain on the Cheap
Pat Hellenberg belongs to an association of B&Bs in Britain called Guestaccom. More than 200 members. Average room costs about $13 per night, including breakfast, taxes, service. Hellenberg calls her converted farmhouse The Barn Owls (London Road, Colwaltham, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1LR, England). "We offer personal service, a warm welcome," says Hellenberg. Other members of Guestaccom welcome visitors throughout England, Scotland, Wales. Seaside cottages, farmhouses, country homes. A guide listing all 200-plus members is available. Send $1 or four international reply coupons (available at your post office) to Guestaccom, 190 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, England BN3 2DJ.
New York Guide
New York has published its 1985 "I Love New York City Travel Guide." Thirty-six pages. Pinpoints dozens of motels/hotels (all prices), museums, restaurants (covering all five boroughs). Other sections devoted to shopping, spectator sports, nightclubs, Broadway shows. There's also a handy map of mid-town Manhattan. For a free copy write to New York, Box 992, Latham, N.Y. 12110.