California: Backyard fun
Holiday Inn Buena Park, 7000 Beach Blvd., Buena Park 90620; (714) 522-7000, (800) HOLIDAY (465-4329), www.hibuenapark.com. "Fabulous service and an affordable mini-vacation just down the block at this hotel three minutes from Knott's Berry Farm and close to Disneyland. We booked our Heart-to-Heart package online and got a nice room, wine and a relaxing weekend escape." Double rooms from $99.
Ireland: Castle life
Castle Leslie, Glaslough, County Monaghan; 011-353-47- 88109, fax 011-353-47-88256, www.castleleslie.com. "This wonderful getaway spot makes you feel like an invited guest at a country estate. Beautiful grounds. All bedrooms have private bath. You can row on a lake steps from the house or visit the stables and go for a ride. Dining is a five-star event." Doubles from $234.
Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Thomas
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