March 24, 1996
Early this fall, I was searching for a European vacation that offered interesting sights, exceptional food and lodging, and the opportunity to be outside and active during the day. I chose a walking tour of the Tuscany countryside with a small company called Tre Laghi Travel (2627 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123; telephone  777-8183.) I was not disappointed. Our group of nine people was treated to heavenly destinations and we stayed at country estates, town villas and rustic farmhouses.
November 4, 2001
Diana Homer is right about accommodations problems at Yosemite National Park ("Lodging a Complaint," Letters, Oct. 21). My wife and I recently stayed in a cabin at Curry Village in the park. We knew it to be rustic, but we expected it to be clean for $95 plus an energy surcharge. There was no pad beneath the sheet, which the maid did not tuck in. By morning I found myself lying directly on the filthiest mattress one could imagine. It was disgusting. RON PALMER Ojai We recently returned after a couple of days in Yosemite National Park enjoying the fall colors and the beautiful weather.
November 2, 2003
"Polynesia: Afloat on Society's Fringe" [Oct. 19] brought back memories: In October 1964, on the way to Australia, I flew UTA French Airlines to Tahiti. Upon landing, I was surprised to find myself welcomed as Tahiti's first American jet tourist. It was night, and they put me up in a lovely hotel on Papeete's outskirts, where I awoke to a virgin paradise. Papeete was different then. I moved to the Green Hotel, six rustic rooms on the waterfront, with Stirling Hayden's Wanderer moored beside it. Jack Carpenter San Juan Capistrano Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1987
In your front-page article (Dec. 23), Burma is portrayed as an isolated, decaying and disorganized socialist autocracy, which, although "picturesque," has a "backward economy." People in Burma may use ox carts, 40-year old jeeps, and patronize the black market, but Rangoon is remarkably free of urban problems that make most growing Third World cities virtually unlivable. Such rustic items may also be a small price to pay for avoiding foreign debt. The article admits that neutrality and political stability have prevented Burma from making any new enemies since World War II. How many other countries can boast this?
November 14, 1999
After reading the article "Bearly Out of the Woods" (Oct. 31) by Greg Miller, I was compelled to reply. My husband and I have been going to Silver Lake Resort in the Sierra for more than 25 years, and we have never encountered a bear. The reason: We know better than to put trash out at night, and we close and lock the door. Yes, the cabin Miller mentioned is small, but nothing like the Unabomber's, and there are larger cabins to rent. And yes, there are no phones or televisions in the cabins.
August 13, 1998 |
"Perhaps you're a closet Victorian," said a friend of mine dryly to one of our dinner companions, observing with relish the frilly setting at the Secret Garden. Moorpark is a farm town that would look at home in, say, Montana, and until recently the dining scene here has been limited mainly to steak joints and Mexican restaurants. The Secret Garden adds a charming new dimension. It's in a converted old ice cream shop, and the ornate decor suggests both rustic California and fin de siecle splendor--a combination you more often see up in the gold country.