It's called "Changing Wheels," a deal whereby U.S. RV owners can switch rigs with others overseas. Loads of opportunities in Britain where the company is based. Other possibilities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand. There's a $40 fee for joining. Covers the cost of a directory with names of RV owners taking part in operation switch. Only don't send money, the operator advises. Wait until after you get other details from Changing Wheels c/o C.W. House, 84 Fallowcourt Ave., London N12 OBG, England. If you can figure a deal, it could make for a cheap vacation. No rent. Only an airline ticket between you and a spin down the open road in some foreign country.
Bill Prentiss, the ex-manager of New Orleans' popular little Maison de Ville in the French Quarter, has switched to the Grenoble House, a small, all-suite hotel a block off Bourbon Street. This is a wedding together of three town houses that date from 1834. "More like a country inn," says Prentiss. Seven suites with kitchens. A swimming pool, Jacuzzi, a couple of landscaped courtyards. Prentiss promises sweet silence. "Even our street-side rooms are quiet," he says. Croissants, orange juice and coffee for breakfast. Bottled water in the refrigerator. Matched glassware. Rates start at $85 a day. Grenoble House, 329 Dauphine St., New Orleans, La. 70112. (Only a block or so from several fine restaurants--Arnaud's, Galatoire's, Antoine's.)
Nassau's Small Hotel
Mary Ann Barnes of Marina del Rey wants the name of a "friendly, inexpensive hotel in Nassau." My vote goes for Nettie Symonette's cheerful little Casuarinas Hotel on Cable Beach. Nettie is a handsome, gracious, gregarious Bahamian lady who makes it her business to see that her guests enjoy themselves. This is a family-operated hotel. Small. Personalized service. A couple of swimming pools, two restaurants, a bar. Accommodations range from studios to two-bedroom apartments with their own kitchens. Your travel agent can book you or call toll-free (800) 432-5594. Casuarinas Hotel, P.O. Box N-4016, Nassau, Bahamas.
Anyone who is planning a trip to Alaska would do themselves a favor by getting a copy of "The Milepost Travel Guide." Nearly 500 pages of information on our northern state. Tells all about cruising, motoring, camping, hotels, sightseeing. An excellent buy for $12.95. If it isn't available in your bookstore, write to the Alaska Northwest Publishing Co., 130 2nd Ave. S., Edmonds, Wash. 98020. (Include an extra buck for postage.)
For the Disabled
Help for the disabled is the theme of a newsletter published by Mariam Allen-Brownson, who won't let her own handicap slow her down (she's wheelchair ridden). With co-publisher Mary F. Smith, Allen-Brownson puts out her quarterly newsletter to stimulate travel among other disabled would-be travelers. In a recent issue she told how she learned to ski! Subscriptions to LTD Travel cost $15 a year for the four issues. Or you can get a sample copy for $2. Allen-Brownson promises to refund your money if you aren't satisfied. Write to LTD Travel, 116 Harbor Seal Court, San Mateo, Calif. 94404.
Connecticut for Romantics
Marcie Thomas of Van Nuys is planning a trip to Connecticut. Says she's looking for "romantic inns and restaurants" and asks "any recommendations?"
Last fall I stopped by The Golden Lamb Buttery at Hillandale Farms in Pomfret Center. I said at the time: "Were I a honeymooner I'd go no farther."
The Golden Lamb is a restaurant that operates out of an old barn. Lots of antiques, a pond out front and an inn out back. Sheep graze in the pastures. Guests go on hayrides during the cocktail hour. Later they dine by candlelight. Lots of hanging plants, romantic melodies. One of those very special places. Not cheap, but not outrageous either. Besides, if you're a romantic it's worth it. For reservations call (203) 774-4423.
Here's another: The Griswold Inn, 48 Main St., Essex, Conn. The Gris has been operating continuously since 1776. Seven dining rooms, guest accommodations with brass beds, country wallpaper. And a pretty village to boot. For reservations telephone (203) 767-0991.
Fallbrook, Calif.--June Le May, Palm Springs: "Enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and excellent cuisine of Le Bistro restaurant, Jackson Square, 119 N. Main St., Fallbrook, Calif. 92028."
Carmel, Calif.--Jackie Pickell, San Diego: Praises Tuck Box English tearoom, Dolores Street between Ocean and 7th Avenue in Carmel. "English decor, a quaint tiny tearoom."
Napa Valley, Calif.--Arlene Rogers, Santa Monica: Praises a B&B named Hospitality House, 4455 Linda Vista Ave., Napa, Calif. "Wine and cheese in the afternoon, continental breakfasts, maps of the area. Twin-bedded room for two was $58 or there are queen rooms for $48 plus tax. We loved it!"
Ireland--Ruth Palmberg, La Habra Heights, Calif.: Recommends the Rosemount B&B, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Ireland. "Extremely clean, excellent breakfast, $21 for two."