Who says Hong Kong is expensive? Travelers on a budget can book a room at the YMCA (only a door or so from Hong Kong's famed Peninsula Hotel) for about $25 a night (singles for around $20). For a sensational view, stroll diagonally across the street to the Regent Hotel with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Order a drink in the bar and watch the sampans, freighters, ocean liners pass only a few yards away. At night the lights of Hong Kong flash back from the opposite shore.
For reservations at the YMCA, write to P.O. Box 95096, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Note: The Y is only a three-minute walk from the Star Ferry and just around the corner from Nathan Road with its hundreds of shops.
Killington, Vt., is one of the East's popular ski resorts. Takes in Sunrise Mountain, Bear Mountain, Skye Peak, Killington Peak, Snowdon Mountain, Rams Head Mountain. More than 100 trails, 18 lifts. Dozens of inns, condominiums, motels, lodges, chalets. Heated swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs. Sleigh rides, ice skating, snowshoeing.
Five-day ski-week packages in a country inn start at about $50 per guest (double occupancy). Includes breakfast and dinner. Killington is in central Vermont. About three hours by car or bus from Boston or Hartford. Free reservation service is offered by the Killington Lodging Bureau. Operates 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Call (802) 773-1330.
A couple of handy guides are available by writing to Killington Ski Week Guide/Lodging Directory, 203 Killington, Killington, Vt. 05751. (Details on restaurants and shopping as well as skiing and other recreational activities.)
A Letter From New Mexico
Larry and Lila Goodman dropped us a note about their new inn at Alto, N.M. "We're six miles from the mountain resort of Ruidoso in the heart of Lincoln National Forest. Five rooms (Victorian, Country Western, Queen Anne, Oriental, French Country), private baths, brass and four-poster beds with comforters, goose down pillows. The inn overlooks the Capitan Mountains. There's skiing, sledding, ice skating, hiking, riding, golf, tennis (depending on the season)."
Breakfast at the Goodmans features waffles, quiches, omelets. Tea and pastries in the afternoon, wine and cheese in the evening. The Goodmans call their B&B "New Mexico's friendliest inn." Reasonable rates: $65 a night per couple. Write to the Goodmans c/o Sierra Mesa Lodge, P.O. Box 463, Alto, N.M. 88312 or telephone (505) 336-4515.
Closer to home, ex-Texan Tom Taylor and his daughter Mary Leah have converted the old schoolhouse Alfred Hitchcock used in his film thriller "The Birds" into a B&B at Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco. Appropriately, they call it the Schoolhouse Inn. Off California 1 about 60 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Four guest rooms, a dining room. Rate: $60 a night for a double. You can't miss it. A picture of Hitchcock leers ominously from an upstairs window. The curious arrive daily to photograph the old building (circa 1880). Address: 17110 Bodega Lane, Bodega, Calif. 94922. For reservations telephone (707) 876-3257. Antique shops and galleries close by. For dining try the popular Blue Boar. (Taylor, an ex-Navy pilot, also operates a new inn, the Estero Vista, in Bodega. Same rate.)
France by Air/Rail
A few weeks ago we mentioned Air Inter's Le France Pass. Now readers are requesting additional information. This pass is good for seven days of air travel throughout France for only $210. In a day of the weakening dollar, it's a good buy. Provides unlimited travel to 30 cities throughout France. Call Jet Vacations, (213) 652-0990, or your travel agent. Meanwhile, the French National Railroads is selling "France Vacances" passes starting at $69 for four days, $130 for nine days and $170 for 16 days. Good for travel on all TGV high-speed trains as well as other lines in France. These are the 1987 rates. Prices in '88 will be going up. Details from the French National Railroads, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 713, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212. Telephone (213) 272-7967.
A magazine dedicated to the handicapped (The Itinerary) sells for $9 a year (six issues). Contains consumer surveys and reports. Concentrates on both domestic and international travel information along with listings of coming events, reviews of travel books/guides, articles by the disabled and family members. Other sections deal with announcements of new products and services along with medical tips. Gift subscriptions for Christmas are being accepted. To subscribe send the recipient's name and address along with the donor's name and a check/money order to The Itinerary Magazine, Subscription Department, P.O. Box 1084, Bayonne, N.J. 07002-1084. Copies will begin with the January/February issue.
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