Switzerland's Gasthaus Zum Schiff is a 15th-Century inn on the Rhine--the centerpiece of a small village with a population of 72 inhabitants.
"Including the cows," says innkeeper Ray Theiler.
Gasthaus Zum Schiff opens its doors March 1 and closes down the end of October. Window boxes flow with geraniums. Rooms feature four-poster beds. Woods and rolling hills surround the ancient, timbered building. Guests fish, hike, go boating. Prices start at $18 a day per couple, including a continental breakfast. Dinners about $7.50/$13.50.
Fewer than a dozen other dwellings make up this little village (it's about 20 minutes by car outside Zurich). Guests awaken to the sound of cowbells, the voice of the river.
The address: Gasthaus Zum Schiff, 8460 Ellikon-on-the-Rhine, Switzerland. Or you can contact Theiler in Los Angeles temporarily by dialing (213) 471-3394. He's leaving for Switzerland Feb. 21.
This note from Scotland: "Would any of your readers who are coming to Scotland for their summer vacation and are intending to take in the British Open golf championship at Turnbury Golf Course be interested in an exchange of one's home for a month or so? My wife and I and one of my children would like to visit the U.S.A. We are a working-class family with a clean and comfortable home and of good character. Our home is about an hour from Turnbury Golf Course and one hour from Edinburgh."
Write to Charles Dobbin, 8 Bellisle Terrace, Hamilton Strathclyde, Scotland.
Britisher Mike Stone has published a guide listing 266 small hotels and B&Bs throughout England, Scotland, Wales. Stone inspects each property personally. Rates about 12.50 per person. Includes breakfast, tax, service. For a copy of Stone's guide send three international reply coupons or $1 for the airmail postage (no checks or stamps). Ask for the "Good Guide to Bed & Breakfast in Britain." Address: Guestaccom, Claremont House, Second Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, England BN3-2LL.
Now you can return from England and tell the folks how you attended Cambridge. (Should get you the spotlight at the next neighborhood cocktail bash.) Cambridge is on one of the programs being offered by the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). Other universities in Europe, China, the Soviet Union. An instructor plus a guest lecturer accompanies each tour. AIFS is in its 22nd year. Programs for adults as well as high school, college students. Tours from 10 to 24 days. The latter takes in Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Greece, a cruise on the Aegean.
Travelers signing up for the Cambridge program get time out for fishing, boating, golf, tennis. Excursions to London, Stratford-on-Avon, Woodstock, etc.
Students follow in the footsteps of Bacon, Wordsworth, Walpole, Byron, Pepys, Tennyson. For details, brochures on Cambridge and dozens of other progrms write to Kevin F. Morgan, executive vice president, the American Institute for Foreign Study, 102 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 06830.
Meanwhile, Morgan is recruiting families at home to host foreign students coming to the U.S.
Auto Europe will be renting, leasing motor homes, campers in seven European countries this year. Everything from modest rigs to luxurious models. In London, Auto Europe operates a reception center for arrivals. Sleeping, dining, laundry facilities plus a shopping center, currency exchange. Storage space for extra luggage while you're on the road. Other pickups in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland. Prices start as low as $197 a week with unlimited mileage. Note: Vacationers who rent a vehicle in Italy for 14 days or more get free pickups at the airport plus free hotel rooms the first and final nights. See your travel agent or phone Auto Europe toll-free, (800) 223-5555.
It's a free 70-page directory containing more than 200 hotel packages in New York City. Programs include museums, sightseeing, dinner. As little as $32 per person per night. Some accomodations with kitchenettes, free parking. Visitors take in Greenwich Village, Harlem, Radio City Music Hall, South Street Seaport, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the U.N., Lincoln Center. Copies of the directory from the NYC Visitors Bureau, C/O Packages, 2 Columbus Circle, New York 10019.
California and the European Travel Commission are mailing thousands of free calendars of events to travelers. The California calendar lists more than 500 attractions. Everything from the return of the swallows to Capistrano to the 121st annual Highland Games in Santa Rosa. (Write to the California Office of Tourism, P.O. Box 9278, Van Nuys 91409.) For a calendar of events in Europe, send a stamped (22 cents) self-addressed business envelope to Major Events, European Travel Commission, P.O. Box 1754, New York, N.Y. 10185.