Sunday, January 9, 2005; Page P05
GARY ANTHES really captured the Bodie we visited last August ["Bodie: Is Anyone Home?," Jan. 2]. But he was too quick to dismiss Bridgeport as a base for visiting that ghost town. Besides being 10 miles closer than Lee Vining to Bodie, Bridgeport has its own "handful of modest accommodations."
We stayed at Cain House, a turn-of-the-century B&B that participates in Stash Tea's free nights program -- which we first learned about in The Post's Travel section. (Thanks, Flight Crew!) Breakfast there was both good and filling, and there are great Sierran views from the front porch. We had a nice dinner next door at Restaurant 1881, a AAA four-diamond-rated restaurant with a modern American menu. There's also good pizza at Virginia Creek Settlement about five miles south of town, and Casa Michaela is a friendly Mexican place about a mile away.
LOVED JERRY Haines's piece on CNN International ["I'll Be CNN You . . . ," Dec. 26]. Having lived overseas for years, I much prefer it to American CNN. Who cares about Scott Peterson anyway! I would subcribe immediately to cable if I could get CNNI as part of the basic service; let's hope CNN persuades D.C.-area companies to carry it as a non-premium channel. Washington should be a match made in heaven for CNNI, don't you think?
THANK YOU for the information about alternative bus lines [Coming and Going, Dec. 26]. However, you didn't comment that the two stops on Vamoose, etc., totally leave out (a) those who live close to Union Station, that is, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast D.C.; and (b) those who are making connections to other destinations, either by bus or train, at Union Station.
IT IS simply not true that the Mount Washington cog railway will offer skiers "for the first time ever, anywhere on Earth" the opportunity to ride such a railway to the top of a ski slope" ["The Little N.H. Cog That Could . . . Ski," Dec. 19]. In Switzerland, such service has been available and used by thousands of skiers annually for many decades. You can ride up and ski down at Zermatt, on Mount Rigi (two different cog railway lines), and on Mount Pilatus, the steepest cog railway of them all.
JUST BACK from a stay at the London Elizabeth Hotel (4 Lancaster Terrace, Hyde Park, London, 800-721-5566, www.londonelizabethhotel.com), our favorite due to great staff, excellent ticket connections and location (walk to Paddington, across the street from the Lancaster Gate tube station, across the street from Kensington Gardens). It has a "one pound equals a dollar" promotion through March.