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Hotels .. Bed & Breakfast Inns


Borrego Valley Inn Photo © Alice Joyce

Borrego Valley Inn: A charming Bed & Breakfast in the town of Borrego Springs, the Borrego Valley Inn is set within the very heart of the Anza-Borrego Desert. [Desert Travel destinations on Alice’s Garden Travel Buzz] In this small town, the local community sets out the welcome mat to visitors, from the local cafe to bars and restaurants, you won’t see chain eateries. The spirited independence of townsfolk lends a special ambiance to the magical, resonant landscapes of Anza-Borrego.

Willows Hotel - Chicago

The Willows Hotel – Chicago: Whenever I’m visiting my hometown, my stopping point is invariably The Willows, a small hotel located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park/Lakeview area. I like the convenience of public transportation, nearby restaurants, and the complimentary continental breakfast served in the inviting lobby. Whether traveling solo, with my husband, or for a family reunion, I aim to book a stay here at least once a year to enjoy the cultural hub that is… Chicago!

Hotel MonacoPortland -I  often choose a Kimpton Group boutique hotel when traveling, and Portland’s Hotel Monaco boasts Green Seal/Silver Tier certification and a AAA four-diamond rating. The hotel’s eco-attributes include baskets to recycle glass & paper (just like at home), and complimentary bicycles. A pet-friendly establishment, to be sure, and a great central location downtown.

Ambrose Hotel Garden Photo © Alice Joyce

Ambrose Hotel – Santa Monica: An inviting hideway if you’re traveling to Los Angeles, the LEED certified Ambrose Hotel is in a quiet Santa Monica neighborhood, walking distance to Montana Avenue shops and restaurants. An Asian influence distinguishes the sequestered front garden, a calming setting, while the interior decor puts a contemporary twist on Arts & Crafts style. The hotel offers convenient free parking and a continental breakfast buffet. The Getty Center and Getty Villa in Malibu are an easy drive from The Ambrose: Los Angeles Destinations on AGTB.


Hotel Principe Serrone: Located 80 km from Rome in the hill town of Sermoneta, Hotel Principe Serrone is a comfortable small hotel that’s perfectly situated for a visit to the magical landscape of Ninfa, a few kilometers away by car.

Great Britain

London: A small group, the Elegant English Hotels provide my home base in London. Since The Willett closed in Sloan Square, my choice is The Gallery in South Kensington, very near the Victoria & Albert Museum. A second hotel, The Gainsborough is directly across the street on Queensberry Place. Travel Britain on AGTB.