UTAH

Heaven in minutes

The Castle Valley Inn is a beautiful, comfortable and affordable selection. Just minutes from the Colorado River, the national parks and Moab. The inn is nestled in the Castle Valley, familiar from movies.

Castle Valley Inn, HC64 Box 2602, Moab; (435) 259-6012, www.castlevalleyinn. Doubles from $95.

--Kenn Morris, Los Angeles

NETHERLANDS

Old-world charm

We had a delightful short stay in Amsterdam this fall. We stayed at the Canal House, which is a connected series of old merchant houses. It is perfectly located, quiet and charming.

The Canal House, 148 Keizersgracht, Amsterdam; 011-31-0-20-622-5182, www. Doubles from $200.

--Mary Anita Robinson, El Cajon