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August 29, 2004

Montana: Historic hotel

Grand Union Hotel, Grand Union Square, P.O. Box 1119, Fort Benton 59442; (888) 838-1882, www.grandunionhotel.com. "Montana's oldest operating hotel -- and a famous landmark -- recently was restored and has 26 elegantly appointed and furnished rooms, all with large baths. The hotel's dining room directly overlooks the river and has one of the region's top chefs. For anyone traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail in Montana, this hotel should be a must: It is in historic Fort Benton, once the head of navigation on the Missouri." Doubles, with breakfast, from $89 to $119.

Kenn Morris

Los Angeles

Italy: Actor's villa

Il Colletto Bed and Breakfast, 31 Via del Colletto Zacconi, Camaiore (LU) 55041; 011-39-335-365-654, www.ilcolletto.com. "Elegant, beautiful and reasonable B&B is run by the family of noted Italian actor Ermete Zacconi, who built the villa at the start of the 20th century. Breakfast on the terrace was delicious and the scenery lovely. Close to Porto Venere, the gateway to Cinque Terre." Doubles, with bathand breakfast, from $123 to $160.

Dr. James Honigman

Los Angeles

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