Bob and Sharon Porter of Gualala, Calif., have published a handy map that pinpoints 25 towns/villages along a 209-mile route from San Francisco north to Leggett, Calif. Tells about B&Bs, vacation rentals, motels/inns, camping, restaurants, galleries. Among the lodgings are the Sea Horse Guest Ranch (six rooms on 700 acres), the Old Milano Hotel (a National Historic Monument with ocean views), St. Orres (cottages with fireplaces and more ocean views) and the Little River Inn (faces the storm-tossed Mendocino Coast). For a free copy, write to the Porters, P.O. Box 999, Gualala, Calif. 95445. We also mentioned a magazine-size booklet several Sundays ago that provides pages of details on the same area. Available for $1 from the Redwood Empire Assn., 1 Market Plaza, San Francisco 94105.
Five Scandinavian nations have gotten together to offer a hotel pass for travelers. Costs $17 for two adults (including two children). Provides discounts of 15%-40% at hotels operated by Danway in Denmark, Arctia (Finland), Inter Nor (Norway), Sara (Sweden) and Icelandic (Iceland). The pass must be purchased before you leave the United States. Your travel agent books reservations for your first and last nights. In between, bookings are made as you leave each hotel (call ahead daily as you check out). Discount rates guaranteed. Other details from the Scandinavian National Tourist Offices, 655 3rd Ave., New York 10017.
The skies are mostly blue all day, but the ranch is drier than a saloon during Prohibition. At Gunnison, Colo., the Waunita Hot Springs Ranch caters to families, forbids alcoholic beverages. Serves only coffee, tea, hot chocolate, punch. Guests ride, fish, join float trips, Jeep rides, overnight campouts. The ranch has a hot springs pool that remains a constant 95 degrees. Meals are served buffet style. Family vacationers are welcomed June through Labor Day. Winter visitors are accommodated mid-December through early April (cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding). Space for 45 guests in carpeted rooms with private baths. Summer rates: $495 per person per week. The ranch is eight miles north of U.S. 50 between Monarch Pass and Gunnison. If you write ahead, the hosts will meet your flight (no charge) at Gunnison Airport. See your travel agent or write to Waunita Hot Springs Ranch, 8007 County Road 887, Gunnison, Colo. 81230. Telephone (303) 641-1266. (Note: This ranch is at an altitude of 8,946 feet.)
Meanwhile, a ranch in Montana has the hook out for guests in search of special comforts. Triple Creek Mountain Hideaway is a 400-acre retreat that attracts "the world's most affluent vacationers," according to the owner. Features fully stocked bars, steam showers, hot tubs, king-size beds. Guests fish year-round (lakes, ponds, streams). There's tennis, swimming. In winter go cross-country skiing, snowmobiling. Breakfast is served whenever you pop out of bed. The chef packs picnic lunches for riders, hikers; also serves gourmet dinners. The ranch is open May through February. Rates, $145/$350 per couple per night. Includes meals, drinks. Contact Triple Creek Mountain Hideaway, West Fork Stage Route, Darby, Mont. 59829. (The airport at nearby Missoula, Mont., is served by Northwest, Continental, Delta.)
If you're thinking of taking in the fall foliage in New England, now's the time to start planning. The 30th anniversary issue of "The Original New England Guide" zeros in on Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine. This 200-page publication describes dozens of attractions, destinations. Contains more than 100 color pictures. Tells where to go, what to do, whatever the season. Copies available at bookstores or from Mt. Morris Service Center, H. T. Travel File, P.O. Box 1620, Mt. Morris, Ill. 61054. Price: $2.95 plus $1.50 for postage.
For other details on New England, write to Yankee Holidays, 20 Spring St., Saugus, Mass. 01906. These people supply information free. Brochures, etc. Among travel sources in New England, Yankee Holidays tops the list. They'll load you down with information on every corner of this special corner of America.
New York continues to draw big crowds of Californians. Now the Department of Commerce has come out with a free discount book. A total of 500 coupons that could save you hundreds of dollars. Reductions on car rentals, campgrounds, hotel/motel rooms, B&Bs, restaurants, museums. Covers 11 vacation areas of New York state, from Manhattan to the Adirondacks, the Catskills and Niagara Falls. Details on wineries, resorts, sports events. For a free copy of the "I Love New York" discount book, drop a post card to Savers, Box 992, Latham, N.Y. 12110.