You can find towns with a touch of Italy, Denmark, and Bavaria without leaving the U.S.
NORTH BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO
STAY A pensione with shared baths, the San Remo Hotel sits in the heart of the city s Italian district. (800) 352-7366, www.sanremohotel.com.
EAT At Ristorante Ideale you ll feel as if you re dining at a trattoria in Rome. (415) 391-4129.
PLAY Sample focaccia and Sicilian sausage during the Mangia North Beach walking tour. Five hours, $80. (415) 925-9013.
STAY From the Royal Scandinavian Inn, walk to the bakeries, windmills, and clog shops of "Little Denmark." (805) 688-8000, www.solvangrsi.com.
EAT At Paula s Pancake House, fill up on crepelike Danish pancakes topped with strawberries. $6. (805) 688-2867.
PLAY Free Winterfest events, from a parade to a tree lighting, usher in the holidays. (800) 468-6765, www.solvangusa.com.
STAY The elegant Enzian Inn looks as if it has been plucked from the Bavarian Alps. Complimentary breakfast. (800) 223-8511, www.enzianinn.com.
EAT At Café Mozart, the Hofbrauhaus platter for two includes Wiener schnitzel and bratwurst. $48. (509) 548-0600.
PLAY Wooden soldiers rule at the Nutcracker Museum. $2.50. (509) 548-4573.
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