It's called the "San Francisco Book" and it's packed with information. Lists hotels, motels, B&Bs, shopping, sightseeing (Alcatraz to the zoo). Details on side trips to the wine country, coming events. Names more than 275 restaurants--everything from Armenian to Vietnamese. A total of 80 pages. A second guide lists lodgings alphabetically. Hundreds of accommodations in San Francisco and surrounding counties. All price categories. Order both copies by sending $1 to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, Department VP, Box 6977, San Francisco 94101.
Meanwhile, if you're planning a trip to San Francisco soon, put April 19 on your calendar. This is when the 19th annual Cherry Blossom Festival gets under way at Japan Town (sushi bars, temples, teahouses, taiko drum concerts, judo contests, koto recitals). For details send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Visitor Information Center, P.O. Box 6977, San Francisco 94101.
"Maui on $25 a day" is the pitch being made by a lodging company that calls itself The Maui Connection. You can arrange for a condominium/car rental deal for under $25 per person a day, double occupancy. The rate for a week in a studio figures out to $335 per couple, including the car. Additional adults, $55. Kids under 16 pay nothing. Other rates run to $372 for a one-bedroom condo to $444 for two bedrooms. More than 400 units between Wailea and Maalaea. For other details telephone (800) 628-4776.
This note from Rita Connally of New Zealand: "Lived in Los Angeles for a number of years. Now living in New Zealand. Would like to offer my services to your readers. For anyone contemplating a trip to New Zealand I would be only too pleased to assist them. I meet people on arrival and drive them to their hotel or motel. I can make hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast reservations. I conduct tours of Auckland and visit places tourists don't usually get to see. I can arrange a rental car for them or plan their itinerary (group tour if they prefer). Also do special outings such as golfing, trout and deep-sea fishing, skiing, skin diving, scuba diving, sailing, nature walks, white-water rafting, etc." For details write to Connally, 2/10 Ursula Place, Bucklands Beach, Auckland, New Zealand. Promises to reply to all inquiries.
Tennis star Bjorn Borg does the introduction to a new 60-page booklet titled "Sweden." Details on air, sea and rail travel, tour packages, car rentals, hotels, youth hostels, cottages, camping, boating, discounts, shopping, currency. Another 80-page booklet lists hundreds of hotels throughout Sweden. For free copies write to the Swedish Tourist Board, 655 3rd. Ave., New York 10017.
Connie Meyers of Buena Park asks for the name of a B&B in Ashland, Ore. (the town that's famous for its Shakespearean festival). A brochure describes 17 B&Bs. Everything from a 100-year-old Victorian to a Cape Cod-style inn surrounded by pines with a great view of the valley. Others with hot tubs, old-fashioned verandas, rag rugs, queen-size beds, antique furnishings. The last time I was in Ashland, Jim and Nancy Beaver were opening their Chanticleer B&B, 120 Gresham St. (seven bedrooms with private baths, air conditioning, antiques, fresh flowers, comforters for the beds, a parlor with a fireplace). For the brochure listing all 17 properties, send $1 to the Ashland Bed & Breakfast Assn., P.O. Box 3159, Ashland, Ore. 97520.
Language Study Vacations
More and more Americans are traveling overseas to learn a language. Here are four opportunities:
--Andree Penney will give lessons in her 17th-Century French country house near Avignon this summer. Outings to geological sights, chateaux, museums, festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Orange, Nimes, Arles, Avignon. Meals are part of the package. Contact Penney, 18 Mandrake Way, Irvine, Calif. 92715. Telephone (714) 786-7701.
--Jacques Pauwels of Claremont will emphasize conversational French and grammar at a French university in Valbonne near Cannes this summer. The program includes an 11-day tour to Heidelberg, Frankfurt, the Black Forest, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Venice, Lugano, Lucerne and Paris. Contact Prof. Pauwels, 1175 W. Baseline, Claremont, Calif. 91711, or telephone (714) 626-0219.
--Spanish, German and Italian (plus civilization courses) will be taught at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in Spain, the University of Bergamo in Italy and the University of Dresden in East Germany this summer. Contact Prof. Rodrigo Palacios, 17624 Harvest Ave., Cerritos, Calif. 90701. Telephone (213) 860-1841. Excursions are part of the program. "Lots of honest-to-goodness fun" as well as study, the professor tells us. Enrollment is limited. (Students will board with families or else at the school dorms.)