Area Code -- The telephone area code is 434.

Climate -- The climate is delightful most of the year, but occasional blustery days bring gusts of chilled air from across the lake, causing everyone to retreat indoors. October through April, it's cold enough for a heavy sweater, especially in the morning and evening. Few hotels have fireplaces or any source of heat in the rooms.

Emergency -- Dial tel. 434/349-0209 for emergency assistance or the national emergency number, tel. 066.

Hospital -- The Hospital Civil Dr. Gabriel García is at Calle Romero 18 (tel. 434/342-0285).

Post Office -- The correo, located a half-block north of Plaza Chica, on the right side of the street, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm and 4 to 8pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.