San Francisco: Victorian inn
The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast, 198 Haight St., San Francisco; (415) 863-3699, (888) 763-7722. "This charming 1883 Victorian was an actual parsonage. It features five large rooms with goose-down comforters, fresh flowers and a breakfast of culinary delights. It's within walking distance of the War Memorial Opera House and the historic streetcar route on Market Street." Doubles from $140 (two-night minimum).
Ireland: bright B&B
The Waterloo House, 8/10 Waterloo Road, Dublin 4; 011-353-1-660-1888, www.waterloohouse.ie. "This B&B in the beautiful, tree-lined Ballsbridge area of Dublin was an unexpected delight. The 17 bedrooms are in an 1830 Georgian townhouse complete with the bright red front door typical of Ireland. The high ceilings, warm colors, cozy furnishings and modern bathrooms made the stay very pleasant." Doubles from $157.
Jim and Jane Marmack
Britain: leafy, lovely
The Old George House, Leafield village, Oxon OX8 5NP; 011-44-1993-878-632. "A very old home beautifully furnished overlooking a village green in this charming Cotswold village. Breakfast is served in the sunny conservatory looking onto the lovely landscaped garden full of rare plants and with stunning views. A gourmet village pub is a short walk away, and Oxford only 25 minutes. It's a one-hour train ride from London." Doubles from $130.
Crete: historic hotel
Hotel Palazzo di Pietro, Agion Deka 13, Old Harbour, Chania, Crete, Greece; 011-30-282-102-0410, www.palazzodipietro.com. "The Bitzanakis family warmly welcomed us to their beautiful hotel in a restored Venetian building dating to 1200. The hotel is in the heart of the old town of Chania, near the harbor, beaches, shopping and many tavernas. There are seven suites and rooms, all large with private bath, air conditioning, refrigerator. All rooms share a roof garden with scenic views." Doubles from $125.
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