Jamaica is gearing up for the fall/winter season with some tempting rentals. Interworld Tours lists more than 200 private villas. Available for a week, a month or the entire season. Some are on the sea, others face the Caribbean on a hillside. Many with swimming pools. Each is served by a staff of four, including a cook, gardener, housekeeper, laundress. These villas are spotted around Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay. As many as 10 bedrooms. One two-bedroom villa (private pool) rents for $849 a week, including a rental car and air fare from the West Coast. Contact Interworld Tours, 300 Washington St., Marina del Rey, Calif. 90292, or call toll-free (800) 221-3882. The toll-free number outside California is (800) 845-6622.
Riding the Rails
If you fly to Europe this winter with KLM, the airline will get you a $99 pass good for unlimited rail travel for nine days through Holland, Germany, Switzerland. The ticket is valid through March 31. Taking part in the offer are the Netherlands Railways, German Rail and Swiss Rail. In addition to the train offer, KLM will arrange hotel accommodations for as little as $10 per person. See your travel agent for details or call KLM in Los Angeles.
Close to home, Paul and Andrea Custer welcome guests to the four-story Knickerbocker Mansion at Big Bear. Wood-burning fireplaces. Five guest rooms, two baths. This plus a carriage house with four Victorian rooms, all with private baths, and a suite that sleeps up to eight persons. The Knickerbocker was built in the '20s by Bill Knickerbocker, Big Bear's first damkeeper. Rates start at $75 a night in the mansion, $85 in the carriage house, $60 (per couple) in the suite. A two-night minimum on weekends. Paul and Andrea Custer schedule several astronomy weekends with a lecturer from Griffith Observatory. The Knickerbocker also features moonlight hayrides. Hot gingerbread and apple cider served by the fireplace. For reservations write to P.O. Box 3361, Big Bear Lake 92315, or telephone (714) 866-8221.
Resorts, lodges, condominiums in seven Western states are represented by Central Report Reservations in Sun Valley, Ida. This same company can arrange for lift tickets, ground transfers, sleigh/balloon/glider rides. There's an 800 number to call. Operators provide "unbiased information" concerning lodges, resorts, condos, says CRR. Callers are supplied with loads of literature. Central Resort Reservations publishes a tabloid-size newspaper that describes Park City and Deer Valley in Utah; Sun Valley and Ultimate in Idaho; Mt. Bachelor, Ore.; Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Jackson Hole, Wyo., and the following ski destinations in Colorado: Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Winter Park. For a free copy call toll-free (800) 635-4156.
Even if you can't afford to travel to all those exotic spots you read about around the world, you can dream. Dozens of storybook adventures are listed in the 1987 catalogue by Mountain Travel. Descriptions of journeys to 50 countries on all seven continents. Trips by foot, Jeep, elephant, camel. In Borneo there's a 20-day hike up Mt. Kinabulu plus travel by longboat to visit Stone Age tribes. Mountain Travel tells of a cruise around the island of Spitsbergen (only 170 miles from the North Pole) aboard a 70-foot ketch. Opportunities to photograph polar bears, reindeer. Other journeys to Nepal, North Africa, China, South America, India, New Guinea, Borneo, Japan, New Zealand, Britain, Europe. For a free copy of the catalogue write to Mountain Travel, 1398 Solano Ave., Albany, Calif. 94706.
Here's an unusual new freighter cruise. The Chilcotin Princess will sail year-round to dozens of logging camps, Indian fishing villages on a 1,200-mile route from Vancouver, B.C., beginning in February. These are six-day trips. Twelve passengers in six deluxe cabins with picture windows, bath/shower facilities. A special introductory fare of $547 in February. No age limit for passengers sailing on the Chilcotin Princess. For details contact World Freighter Cruises, 180 S. Lake St., Suite 335, Pasadena 91101, or telephone (818) 449-3106.
San Francisco on the Cheap
Al Garfield of Pacoima asks for the name of an inexpensive hotel in San Francisco. Try The Adelaide Inn (5 Adelaide Place, San Francisco 94102). Not elegant, but clean, cheap. Sixteen rooms. Shared baths. Known as "San Francisco's unique European pensione." Rates from $26 single, $30 double including a continental breakfast. Convenient to downtown San Francisco. Only two blocks off Union Square (between Geary and Post streets.). For reservations call (415) 441-2261. Ask for Serge, formerly with the Mayflower Hotel in Los Angeles.
Vermont--Norma and Rex Binmore, Anaheim: Enjoyed the 156-year-old Inn on the Green. Route 100, P.O. Box 104, Weston, Vt. 05161. Rates: $55/$70.