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September 30, 1990|JERRY HULSE

The latest edition of Sanford Cohen's "World-Wide Home Rental Guide" lists hundreds of villas, condos, houses, castles in Europe (Austria, Belgium, England, France, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain) as well as Mexico (Acapulco, Cozumel, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta) and the Caribbean/Bahamas (Abaco, Anguilla, Cayman Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grenada, Jamaica, Paradise Island, Puerto Rico, St. Bart's, St. Croix, St. John, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Turks/Caicos, Tortola, Treasure Cay). Others in the United States (California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North/South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C.).

Cohen's guide contains thumbnail sketches of properties with addresses, rates. Here's an example: In Costa Rica, a three-bedroom/three-bath home with a swimming pool on Carillo Bay rents for $1,300 per week, including car and staff. (Contact Don Burlingame, 352 Somerville Road, Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920.) Just outside Rome, Robert Pace is renting his two-bedroom apartment with a garden and swimming pool for $350 a week. (Write to Pace at Via S. Maria Della Speranza 11, 00139 Rome, Italy.)

Subscription rates for Cohen's guide (updated twice annually) are $18 per year, $30 for two years, $42 for three years. Write to World-Wide Home Rental Guide, P.O. Box 2842, Santa Fe, N.M. 87504.

Maine: It's called the Blue Hill Inn. Loads of atmosphere. The sort of place you'd expect to find grandma turning out cookies and pies during the holidays. Travelers have been overnighting at the Blue Hill since 1840. Makes it the oldest continuously operating inn in Maine. Federal-style architecture. A garden with elm trees. Eleven rooms (some with fireplaces), private baths, 19th-Century antiques. Recently refurbished. The Blue Hill is about an hour by car south of Bangor, Me., 45 miles west of Bar Harbor at the foot of Blue Hill Mountain. The inn occupies a spot in the village's historic district. Rates: $130 B&B per room or $160 with breakfast and six-course dinners.

The Blue Hill Inn, P.O. Box 403, Blue Hill, Me. 04614. Open year-round.

Singles: M.D. of San Bernardino asks where she can book a cruise for singles. "I'm recently divorced and am anxious to take a voyage with other singles." One of the old standbys is Singleworld. The company has been conducting tours/cruises for more than 30 years. Currently, Singleworld is booking cruises on the Norway, the Celebration and the Nordic Empress. Sailings for various age groups. Besides cruises, Singleworld handles a flock of tours to Europe (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, etc.). For a 32-page catalogue, contact your travel agent or write to Singleworld, P.O. Box 1999, Rye, N.Y. 10580. Call (800) 223-6490.

Week's Best Bet: I like Mazatlan. Great beaches. Some good restaurants. The Shrimp Bucket still packs 'em in. One of the season's best buys is a four-day, three-night package for $356 (round-trip air from LAX and accommodations at the Granada Country Club). Other arrangements at the Castillo Beach Hotel ($404) and El Moro Tower ($464). These packages are offered in conjunction with El Cid Mega Resort and Delta Airlines. Besides the flight/accommodations, prices include airport transfers, a 15% hotel tax, a welcome cocktail and the $6 Mexican departure tax. Prices are per person, double occupancy. (El Cid provides other less expensive economy packages.)

See your travel agent or call El Cid at (213) 827-1148.

Ski Lodge: If you can't afford to go skiing in Europe this winter, consider Canada's Whistler Mountain and the Austrian-style Durlacher Hof. Looks for all the world like the snapshot of an Old World inn. Difficult to tell whether you're in Innsbruck, St. Anton or Lech. The Durlacher is outside Vancouver. A chalet-like lodge. Features down Duvets, European furnishings, a huge fireplace, authentic Austrian cuisine. As the mountain's newest pension, it's described as "a little patch of Austria" by proprietors Erika and Peter Durlacher. Only a few miles from Vancouver in an alpine setting that brings to mind a village lost in the Austrian Alps. Rates: $89/$109, or there's a three-night ski package ($249) with passes, five nights ($395), seven nights ($515).

The Durlacher Hof Inn, 7055 Nesters Road, Box 1125, Whistler, B.C. VON 1BO, Canada. Call (604) 932-1924.

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