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Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips

September 07, 1986|JERRY HULSE | Times Travel Editor

Here's a chance to obtain a free newsletter that tells how to save substantially on cruises. These are group sailings. (For $15 you get a lifetime family membership in the Voyager Club that entitles members to benefits.) For free copies of the newsletter, write to Cruise Pro, 2900 Townsgate Road, Suite 103, Westlake Village, Calif. 91361 or telephone toll free (800) 258-SHIP (California), (800) 222-SHIP (nationwide), (800) 433-8747 (Alaska and Hawaii).

Cruise Bonus

If you're going to France this year, you can do a two-night, one-day cruise/excursion between Nice and the island of Corsica for only $75. Sail from Nice, awaken with Corsica in sight. Passengers go ashore for a mini-bus tour of the island, north to south, through mountain villages, ancient seaports. After a visit to Napoleon's home in Ajaccio, passengers reboard the ship for the overnight return to Nice. Departures every Friday evening beginning Oct. 15. (If you prefer to remain on Corsica, hotels are available for as little as $15.) Contact International Friendship Service, P.O. Box 3028, Laguna Hills, Calif. 92654-3028 or telephone (714) 458-8868.

New England

A new booklet titled "Great Country Inns of New England" is offered free to readers sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to McKenzie Communications, 56 S. Whitney St., Amherst, Mass. 01002. These inns were given a three-star rating by Mobil in both dining/lodging categories. Only 19 inns in New England won this particular rating. The booklet describes each inn (photographs included). One named The Elms (Ridgefield, Conn.) dates from 1799, features period antiques, four-poster/brass beds, private baths. If you're planning a fall/winter trip to New England, this could be a useful guide.

Hawaiian Wedding

The Maui Prince Hotel at Makena Resort is doing wedding packages. Ceremonies cost $400 and up. Simple to elaborate. They'll provide the priest, minister, rabbi, leis, photographer, champagne. Ceremonies with or without music (guitars, harps, flutes, violins). Formal attire also available (although why in heaven's name would anyone want to wear a tux in Hawaii?). For a few extra bucks they'll send the newlyweds off in a stretch Cadillac or a Rolls-Royce. Details from the Maui Prince Hotel, 5400 Makena Alanui, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753.

Closer to home, weddings and honeymoons in Hawaii are arranged by Teachers Travel, P.O. Box 5513, Santa Monica 90405. Teachers arranges everything from floral bouquets to the honeymoon hideaway. Call (213) 392-1541.

Oregon Travel Package

In case you're still planning a trip to Expo and will be passing through Oregon, there's a nifty travel pack available with various alternate routes. Gives a mile-by-mile description of Oregon's coastline. Other information about state parks. There's also a "Yes" packet with discounts for the off-season. For the "Coast Travel Pack" send $2 for postage and handling to the Oregon Coast Assn., P.O. Box 670, Newport, Ore. 97365 ($3 for the "Yes Pack").

Limousine vs. Taxi

Whether you take a cab or a limousine, it's expensive getting to LAX. For travelers wishing to go in style, Regal Limousine Service will deliver you from downtown to the airport for $35/$40. Same price from the Los Feliz area, Sherman Oaks/North Hollywood; $25/$30 from Santa Monica, Century City, Beverly Hills, Brentwood. For details call (213) 482-1101, (818) 244-6581, (818) 902-1177. (If you want to really whoop it up, Regal provides stretch limousines.)

Reader Recommendations

Washington--Mrs. Judith C. Chong, Hacienda Heights: A B&B, 6208 Palatine Ave. N., Seattle, Wash. 98103. Rate: $35 double.

Washington--Michael Pomykata, Long Beach: "A restaurant I enjoyed in the San Juan Islands called Winston's, 95 Nicholas St., Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), Wash. 98250."

Washington, D.C.--Maureen Maman, Los Angeles: Raves about Jeane Rothman's B&B, 1012 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002. Rates: $40 single/$50 double. "Her home complete with dogs and cats exudes warmth and charm. Built in 1891. U.S. Capitol is within walking distance."

California--Elisabeth Haggblade, Fresno: "Beautifully appointed B&B, 270 Lancaster St., Cambria, Calif. 93428. This is a private home on the beach. Rates: $45 single/$55 double."

California--John Howard Toss, Glendale: Praises Carmel Valley Inn, P.O. Box 115, Carmel Valley, Calif. 93924. Rates from $62.

California--Diane Macauley, Van Nuys: A B&B called Gallery Osgood, 2230 1st St., Napa Valley, Calif. 94559. Rate: $77.

California--Pat Paugh, McKinleyville, Calif.: Enjoyed Chalet de France, Star Route Box 20-A, Kneeland, Calif. 95549. Rates from $70. "This is near Eureka. They really pamper guests. On a mountaintop overlooking the ocean. Features French gourmet cooking. A true lover's haven. Totally secluded from the outside world. A brook ran right by our bedroom window.".

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