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Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips

August 25, 1985|JERRY HULSE | Times Travel Editor

Trailways has come up with an inexpensive deal for bus travelers. Ten days of travel for $100. Unlimited mileage. Go wherever you wish. Youngsters 11 and under travel free with an adult, those 12 to 16 pay $5 a day. Senior citizens get a 10% discount and members of the American Assn. of Retired Persons are offered a 12% break.

Vermont

Leaf-peepers traveling to Vermont for the foliage season can write for a free foliage vacation kit. Contains a guide to lodging, a calendar of events, a state map. Drop a card to the Vermont Travel Division, 134 State St., Department 5, Montpelier, Vt. 05602. If you're in a rush, send $1 for first-class mail.

Health Brief

St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach operates a clinic that specializes in the health needs for international travelers. Information on infectious diseases, tips on avoiding illness overseas. A consultation fee of $27. Inoculations cost $11 each. For details contact Dr. David Tillman, St. Mary's Medical Center, 1050 Linden Ave. (P.O. Box 887) Long Beach 90801, or telephone (213) 491-9006.

Napa Valley

The grape harvest will be getting under way soon in the Napa Valley. Covers a three-month period ending in November. If you've got a crush on the grape our advice is to avoid the people crush on weekends. It's a bear. (You'll find it less crowded in Sonoma/Mendocino counties if traffic unnerves you.) For information on Napa, a 24-hour hot line will be operating throughout the season. In California call (800) 682-7874. Outside California phone (800) 852-7874.

Korea Free

Ran an item several weeks ago about a tour that's free for veterans (and their families) of the Korean War. Returning servicemen pay air fare only. The five-day tour is compliments of the Korean government. Includes all meals, hotels, sightseeing. (Visits from Seoul to Panmunjom, Inchon.) Details from Net Tours, 150 Powell St., San Francisco 94102. In California telephone toll-free (800) 792-0747. Departure date is Nov. 14. (Eligible veterans must have served in Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953.)

British Shopper

In case you came away from Britain without finishing your shopping, Judy West says she can solve your problems. She's a professional shopper who lives in Surrey. Says West: "I will buy items your readers wished they had bought while visiting England. Like extra pieces for a china tea or dinner service. Or maybe a sweater from Marks & Spencer. Or perhaps a book they cannot find in Los Angeles. All they need do is to write or call me with the details and I will do my utmost to locate the item." West says to send no money. She'll notify you of cost after she locates the items. Write to West, Braeside, Downhurst Road, Ewhurst, Cranleigh, Surrey, England.vl,2

Disabled

Dee Duncan of Santa Barbara specializes in travel services for the mentally handicapped and persons with hearing/sight impairment. Serves both children and adults, offers leisure/educational trips. Duncan provides 24-hour supervision, plans itineraries. Eight years of experience. Staff members include psychologists, therapists, nurses, nurse's aides. Tours range from outings to Ojai and Solvang to the Bahamas and Britain. Contact Dee Duncan, 2820 Holly Road, Santa Barbara 93105, or telephone (805) 687-4484.

Reader Recommendations

Ireland--Christiane Hoogerwerf, Ventura: Recommends a B&B for 8 a night. Write to Mrs. T. Calhoun, Ker Maria, Station Road, Cootehill, Ireland.

Massachusetts--Sue Riesner, Santa Ana: "Enjoyed Konkapot Kitchens restaurant, Main Street, Mill River, Mass. 01244. Innovative cuisine, uses the freshest possible ingredients."

Washington--Jules D. Barnett, Long Beach: Bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Seattle, Wash., at 3498 W. Blaine St. "Price is $42 for two. I would like to keep this a secret but the inn is so wonderful it deserves all the public praise possible."

Virginia--Barbara Johnson, Corona del Mar: Vine Cottage Inn, Hot Springs, Va. About $40-$45 per night.

Vermont--W. R. Perley, Pasadena: Stonebridge Inn, 3 Beaman St., Poultney, Vt. 05764. Costs $54 to $64 per couple, including breakfast.

San Juan Bautista, Calif.--Robert Leinster, Laguna Niguel: "At the intersection of Alameda and San Juan-Hollister Road (California 156) found a sparkling new inn, the San Juan Inn. Paid $44 for a double including a 10% senior's discount. The most sparkling clean room we've found in our traveling experience."

Redlands, Calif.--Mrs. Charles Dougherty, Los Angeles: "A great restaurant on the way to Palm Springs, Joe Greensleeves, 222 N. Orange St., Redlands 92373. Telephone (714) 792-6969."

Santa Rosa, Calif.--Jackie Pickell, San Diego: "A big plus for the Garden Inn, 1500 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, Calif. 95404. Our room was $35 a night."

Sri Lanka--M. G. Seals, Los Angeles: Sea Drift Tourist Guest House, No. 2, Carron Place, Negombo, Sri Lanka. "Clean, inexpensive. About $3 to $5 per person."

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