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TRAVEL QUESTIONS FOR KAREN:

Dear Travelers,

I hope you will understand that because of the overwhelming number of questions received each day it is impossible for me to answer every one. I will select questions to answer based on what I believe will benefit and interest the greatest number of travelers. Also, please make your questions as specific as possible and know that I do not have the luxury of time to plan or detail personalized travel itineraries.

If your question is not selected, I sincerely apologize, as given the time, I would answer them all. If your question is selected you will be informed that it is published on our website as well as receive the answer by email.

Kindest regards,
Karen

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Category: Website

Question:
Where on the website is the "Click Here to Leave a Comment". It says you must be logged in, but I can't find that page?
Asked by Eileen Hogan [Apr 1, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Eileen,

There is a login box on the top right hand corner of any of our website pages; click on "Click here to Login".  You will need to provide a little information to establish yourself as part of the Karen Brown Community on our site. Once you have established a login, then when you are logged in you will see a prompt "Click here to leave your own Review" that replaces the prompt "Login to leave your own Review".

In terms of posting comments - when positive, the properties will welcome the opportunity to thank you; when "constructive", it seemed only fair that they could know the origin of the complaint and have an opportunity to address issues based on the individual guest stay.  Also, in order to earn credits and discounts for submitting reviews, voting for properties or sharing personal discoveries - our website needs to recognize you to assign your account.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Karen Brown Community!

Happy Travels,

Karen

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Category: Germany

Question:
Hello Karen, I discovered your travel book (from 1994) on Germany at a used book sale! I've just gotten your 2010 Germany book and am trying to use this website to book a room in Bavaria--Marktschellenberg. However all attempts bring up "no hotels found." Your book lists on pg. 218 the Gasthof Zur Kugelmuhle but no web site to contact them. Please help, as the trip is coming up in May. Thanks, Elaine
Asked by Elaine Hawes [Mar 31, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Elaine,

Thank you for using our guide and recommendations.  Not every property we recommend in our guide participates for a nominal fee on our website.  There is no charge to be in our guides as we want nothing to influence our selection or editorial, however, we do have a fee to cover our website administrative costs if they want to have a page on our website. Unfortunately, the Gasthof Zur Kugelmuhle has not opted for exposure to our internet audience.  

If you want to use our website to make reservations, I would recommend the Alpenhotel Zechmeisterlehen ( http://www.karenbrown.com/Hotel_Guide/Germany/Bavaria/Schonau_am_Konigssee/Alpenhotel_Zechmeisterlehen/372.php )

Enjoy your time in Bavaria!

Regards,

Karen

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Category: France

Question:
In your book you list Le Manoir du Butin as a recommended hotel, but it is not on your website now. It sounded good to me, but am afraid it may have been omitted because of problems. Please advise. I have used your guides many years and found them to be excellent. Thank you.
Asked by Mary Lois Leonard [Mar 29, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Mary Louise,

We recommend the Manoir du Butin in our published guide but they do not participate on our website.  We do not have a fee to be in our guides as we want NOTHING to influence our selection or editorial, but we do have a fee to cover our administrative costs if they want a page and exposure to our website audience.

Enjoy your time in France!

Karen

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Category: Ireland

Question:
Dear Karen... Our family is travelling to Ireland again for a wedding and an added week of vacation. We have stayed in so many of your wonderful recommendations but are surprised to find that choices from older guidebooks have been dropped...and that there are no longer recommendations for Dublin or Kilkenny (towns). What causes you to drop a property? THANKS for your informative itineraries and for the marvelous places we have found through you. Julie Harrington, Denver CO
Asked by Julie Harrington [Mar 28, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Julie,

What a wonderful, romantic occasion for a return trip to Ireland!  There is not a simple answer to why we decide to "drop" properties from our guides.  Some of the reasons might include:

1. We have received too many complaints from readers. We feel even if we love a property, if enough readers write in about a poor experience, we believe we must accept that we have "missed" something and do not feel comfortable continuing to recommend a property for fear that another reader will select it for one of their precious vacation nights and not have a good experience.

2.  On a revisit, we feel it no longer maintains the standards or comfort, cleanliness or welcome for which is was originally selected.

3. We have found more properties in the area that offer better ambiance, comfort, welcome and or value.  Since our recommendations are "selective" as opposed to "comprehensive" we feel part of our "job" is to offer you a selection of the best rather than throw into the mix one you might regret staying at knowing there was something so much better "down the street"!

4. They no longer offer rooms for overnight accommodation.  Because of today's economy, we have sadly found in the last few years that many properties have sold since the offers of purchase have been so tempting and far more lucrative than what they earn as a business, or they have simply reverted back to a private residence since the number of tourists has dramatically waned and it isn't worth the effort of staying open as a business.

As a final note, if you are comparing properties that are on our website against our recommendations as published in our guides, it is important to know that not every property we recommend opts to participate on our website. There is no charge to be featured in our guides as we want nothing to influence our selection or editorial.  However, we do have a nominal administrative fee to be featured on our website. 

Enjoy Ireland and thank you for using our recommendations and for your kind note!

Karen

 

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Category: General

Question:
I am planning a trip to the Rhone Valley and Burgundy. Can you recommend some "wonderful" wineries for us to visit?
Asked by Rebecca Sellet [Mar 26, 2010]


Answer:

This is most definitely a challenge as there are SO MANY wonderful wineries to visit all over France!!  However, you will be rewarded with both gorgeous scenery and incredible wines in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley.  There is a wonderful website ( http://www.burgundy-wines-tourism.fr/ ) that offers information about all the Burgundy Wineries: history, location, maps,  and this website ( http://www.vins-rhone.com/pages/home-en.asp ) is an equally wonderful resource for the Rhone Valley.

I would suggest choosing some vineyards that you might be familiar with and include visits to wineries that produce a simple label to those that boast Grand Cru!  The experience will be completely different.  I personally love to simply drive the most scenic wine routes and then let the appeal and character of the vineyards we pass tempt us to their "Cave".  You will see "Degustation" (wine tasting) signs throughout both regions and their existence is evidence that someone is available (even if you have to find them in the fields!) to help you sample their bounty. 

I also love to sample local wines when I dine - always asking the Sommelier for his or her recommendation - making it clear I want something "local" and not necessarily the "region's finest" - and then the next day's journey is often routed in search of that particular wine and vineyard.

A final recommendation would be to ask your hosts where you stay for their personal favorites.  Chances are when you are based in a wine region that their relative or best friend might be in the business and their recommendation/introduction might result in a very personal tour and memorable experience.

A votre sante!

Karen

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Category: General

Question:
Hi Karen, we will be traveling from Salon De Provence in France to Paris, by car, and wanted to stay overnight somewhere halfway. Could you recommend some B&B's/hotels of a charming nature. Cost is not important. Thank you for your time. Regards Penny.
Asked by PENNY MADDEN [Mar 24, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Penny,

Northern Burgundy would serve as a wonderful place to break your journey and is conveniently located about half-way between Provence and Paris. One suggestion would be to stay in the city of Beaune (which is an easy city to navigate in and out of) as it has lots of little restaurants, shops and after spending most of the day in the car it is nice to have a charming town to explore.  I personally love the Hotel Le Cep (hotel and restaurant).  There is also a fabulous B&B just on Beaune's outskirts, La Terre d'Or - but it is not within reasonable walking distance to town on the assumption that you might want to stretch your legs and it would require that you get in the car once again to go to town for dinner.

Other suggestions would be the very beautiful, Chateau Andre Ziltener in Chambolle Musigny - I love it - but they do not have a restaurant so you couldn't just settle in for both dining and accommodation and I believe you would have to drive to the nearest restaurant. AND yet another recommendation would be in Gilly (no town to speak of), the Chateau de Gilly offers both a wonderful setting of chateau and moat, lovely rooms, a bar and a great dining room.

All of the properties above are featured in our guides and on our website.

I hope my suggestions serve to help!!!

Enjoy your trip!

Karen

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Category: General

Question:
Karen, Do you plan on ever releasing guidebooks about South America, specifically Chile or Argentina?
Asked by Elizabeth Witt [Mar 22, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Elizabeth,

We would most definitely like to - but do not have plans to research in the near future.  However, I hope our readers will share the places they have found by contributing to Reader Discoveries. I appreciate all you have contributed to the World of Karen Brown Travel! Thank you.

Kindest regards,

Karen

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Category: General

Question:
Is the Andalusian Express Train still running in Spain? Thank you, Linda Graubart
Asked by linda graubart [Mar 14, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Linda,

I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you - I have been waiting for an answer from the Spanish Tourist office. After repeated requests, I have decided to pursue other avenues.  I have found reference to the Andalusian Express but I cannot verify that it actually still exists as one of the old historic trains.  I believe the route is now handled by one of Spain's fast speed trains.  Per an article I found on the website:

 

Posted by Leo Cecchini on Wednesday, October 28th 2009     

The one train trip I recommend in Spain is the high speed AVE from Madrid to Sevilla by way of Cordoba. This new train replaces the old “Andalusian Express.” It takes just under two hours to get to Cordoba and then about 45 minutes to Sevilla. It is the only major trip in Spain where the train is cheaper than a plane.

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention and I apologize for the incorrect information as published in our guide.

Kindest regards,

Karen

 

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Category: France

Question:
My wife and I, following your recommendation, have booked a suite at chateau ziltiner near Dijon, France for September 1-5, 2010. We have also just purchased your suggested itinerary for touring the Burgundy region. Can you please recommend a driver/tour company to show the Burgundy region to my wife and me? We are not interested in wine tasting; rather, we would like to see and learn about the various villages and their history. Thank you.
Asked by A Karen Brown Traveler [Mar 11, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for using our recommendations!  And, I am pleased to say you have chosen well with the Chateau Hotel Andre Ziltener - it is truly one of my personal favorites!!!!

I would suggest you contact them for their recommendation of someone local to drive you around and introduce you to the region.  They are extremely service oriented and I would feel very confident with someone they personally endorse.

However, another option would be to contact the tourist office in Beaune. For your convenience, simply  Click here to link directly to the information on their website specific to private tours.

Enjoy your travels in Burgundy!

Best,

Karen

 

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Category: California

Question:
Why do you list the Squibb House in Cambria as the best B&B in California (back page of your 2010 book)? We have used your books for many European Inns and B&Bs and found them terrific. The Squibb House is the most minimal place we have ever stayed it lacks even basic amenities. There is no heat in the bathroom (we had the Garden Room recommended in your book), no radio, alarm clock, or TV, no manager on the premises, no way to leave a wake-up call (telephone access is limited to emergency calls or use of a telephone card, which we did not have with us.) We did wake up early however, because the white curtains somewhat covering the windows are so thin that they do not keep out any light. Also, the room is far overpriced compared to what is offered by other B&Bs in Cambria. We cannot understand how you would even list the Squibb House let alone rank it as the best B&B. We are saddened by this experience because we feel that by loosing trust in your recommendations we have lost a valuable travel resource. Joan Mandel
Asked by Joan Mandel [Mar 7, 2010]


Answer:

Dear Joan,

I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with the Squibb House although, I greatly appreciate your feedback.  We sincerely value reader comments based on their own experiences and most definitely take them into consideration when updating guides. 

The award was not for the Best B&B but for Best Value and is a result of votes as collected by our readers.  It is not a Karen Brown Award, it is a Karen Brown Readers' Choice Award.  We would welcome your votes for next year's candidates.

Kindest regards,

Karen 

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