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September 21, 2003

Canada: Country inn

Gowrie House Country Inn, 840 Shore Road, Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia B1V 1A6; (800) 372-1115 or (902) 544-1050, www.gowriehouse.com. "This inn, built in the 1830s, is an award winner, with spacious rooms and public areas that are beautifully decorated with antiques. Rooms have working fireplaces and air conditioning; some have Jacuzzi baths. Grounds are immaculate, and innkeepers have a wealth of information on the area. Great place to base exploration of the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton or to catch the Newfoundland ferry." Doubles from $105.

Danielle Desmond

Long Beach

England: Great view

Above the Bay, 5 Brackenfield, Windermere, Cumbria LA 23 3HL; 011-44-

15394-88658, www.abovethebay.co.uk. "Delightful, newly refurbished B&B overlooks beautiful Lake Windermere and is a two-minute walk to the quaint, historic village of Bowness. Perfect location for a visit to Beatrix Potter's home or as a base for visiting lakeland walking trails. Excellent rooms and three-course breakfasts." Doubles from $79.

Ed Robinson

Long Beach

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