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Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips

June 08, 1986|JERRY HULSE | Times Travel Editor

More and more travel consultants are getting into the discount business. In answer to reader requests, here's an updated list of sources:

--Superseats, 19709 Ventura Blvd., Suite B, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91364. Telephone (213) 873-7004 or (818) 999-4920. Outside California call toll-free (800) 247-3939. Superseats is an airline reservations discount network.

--Spur of the Moment Tours & Cruises, 10780 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, Calif. 90230. Telephone (213) 839-2418. For a recorded message dial (213) 838-9329. Outside Los Angeles call 800) 233-2129.

--Fare Finders, 8621 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90211. Telephone (213) 652-6305.

--Vacations to Go, 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 309, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90211. Telephone (213) 680-1756 or (800) 624-7338.

--Worldwide Discount Travel Club, 1674 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, Fla. 33139. Telephone (305) 534-2082.

--Stand-Buys Ltd., P.O. Box 10291, Chicago, Ill. 60610. Telephone (312) 943-5737. Toll-free number is (800) 255-0200.

--Moments Notice, 40 East 49th St., New York 10017. Telephone (212) 486-0503.

Cottage in the Cotswolds

A note from reader Jeanette Obrymski: "I own a cottage in the Cotswolds of England which I rent out to vacationers. It's 400 years old (sleeps five), situated in the village of Brampton. This is an excellent location for sightseeing in Oxford, Stratford-on-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge. London is only 65 miles away. Summer rates: $50 per night, $90 per weekend, $300 a week." Write to Obrymski, 1 W. California Blvd., Suite 212, Pasadena, Calif. 91105, or telephone (818) 357-9400.

Family Camp

Old-fashioned family vacations will be featured again this summer at Sequoia National Forest. Three-day or one-week choices. Montecito-Sequoia's third annual vacation camp will operate June 22/Sept. 1. Preschool and nursery programs offered for children. Family activities include riding, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, tennis, archery, hiking, fishing. Evening variety shows. Moonlight boating on the lake. Campfire sing-alongs. A choice of hotel-type lodge rooms or rustic cabins. To get a fix on the area, it's 65 miles east of Fresno off California 180, about five hours by car from Los Angeles. Details by calling toll-free (800) 227-9900 in California or (800) 451-1505 outside the state.

Offbeat New York

Tired of staying in hotels in the Big Apple? Laura Tilden say she has the answer. It's the B&B routine. Says she can save you up to 50% of the cost of a hotel room. A minimum of two nights' stay required. Apartments owned by architects, artists, writers, actors. Greenwich Village crash pads, East Side brownstones, apartments overlooking Central Park. Free brochures by writing to Tilden c/o New World Bed & Breakfast, 150 Fifth Ave., No. 711, New York 10011.

World of Maps

Maps To Anywhere is the name of a new shop in Hollywood. Stocks thousands of maps, city guides. These people also deal in voltage converters, travel irons, money belts, language tapes, water purifiers. Open 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 1514 N. Hillhurst Ave. (second floor). Telephone (213) 660-2101.

Another source for travel maps, books: Phileas Fogg's, 540 University Ave., Palo Alto, Calif. 94301. Fogg's claims to stock the largest inventory of travel books and titles in California. Write for a free catalogue. Says owner Virginia Cassell: "Despite all the publicity about terrorism and the cancellations of trips to Europe, books about Europe are selling better now than they were last year." Call toll-free within California, (800) 233-FOGG. Open seven days a week.

Windjammer Cruises

More than a dozen windjammer schooners will cruise the coast of Maine this summer for the 51st season. Six days from $350/$465 per passenger. Season extends till late September. Routes determined by wind, weather, tide. Portland to Bar Harbor. Down East lobster bakes on deserted beaches. Schooners anchor at night in secluded coves. Trips begin from Camden, Rockport, Rockland. Details from the Maine Windjammer Assn., Box 317P, Rockport, Me. 04856. Dial toll-free (800) 624-6380.


Carloads of Californians will be motoring through Oregon to Expo 86 this summer. Portland will be a major stop. For a free copy of the 62-page "Portland Book" (tells about dining, sightseeing, accommodations, recreation, shopping, museums, visitor services) write to the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dept. E, P.O. Box 3226, Portland, Ore. 97208.

Note: If you're heading for Florida, send for the new 90-page "Visitors Guide" c/o the Greater Miami & Beaches Tourism Council, 555 17th St., Miami Beach, Fla. 33139. Tells about Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Key Biscayne and Sunny Isles in addition to Miami.

Reader Recommendations

Bahamas--Connie Sparks, Ventura: Praise for Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas. Rates $52/$67 single, $60/$75 double. "Had a great vacation."

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