Air France and KLM offer connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Tallinn, Estonia, with early May fares currently starting at $820 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Vabaduse Valjak 3
Well-located Soviet-era hotel on the edge of the old city. Double rooms start at about $75.
Radisson Blu Hotel Olumpia
Top of the line, built for the 1980 Olympics (sailing events were held in Tallinn). Double rooms from about $120.
Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel
Pikk 29/Lai 24
Small and delightful three-year-old hotel in the heart of the Old Town. Double rooms from about $105.
WHERE TO EAT
Eat on the deck, and don’t miss the pork and sauerkraut. Entrees from about $16, three-course meals from about $32.
An Italian change of pace featuring salmon tartare and spicy linguini with seafood. Entrees from about $13.
Raekoja plats 10
Outdoor dining on Town Hall Square. Robes and blankets provided on cool evenings. Entrees from about $11.
WHAT TO DO
Estonian History Museum
Great Guild Hall, Pikk 17
Excellent exhibits on the history of the country and the Guild Hall itself. Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 1 to Aug. 31; closed Wednesdays, Sept. 1 to April 30. About $4.
Stunning modern art museum, named European Museum of the Year for 2008. Most days 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Longer hours Wednesdays; closed Mondays. About $7.
The Song Festival Grounds
The grounds are a public park and open free 24 hours a day. A tower with spectacular views is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Check the Web site for the concert schedule. Some are free, but others require admission.
There are also free concerts at the Dome Church and many other venues all summer. The Birgitta Festival (www.birgitta.ee) at the Pirita convent holds a variety of events in August.
One of several Livonia shops in the city selling local specialties such as linen tablecloths, wool shawls, sweaters and hats, and amber jewelry. Ask for Ludmilla.