A note from Scott McTiernan of the little San Juan Guest Ranch in the Colorado Rockies tells of summer plans. The season opens June 1 with a thrifty package ($700) that includes a room in the ranch house, meals, a horse, sightseeing by Jeep, fishing (McTiernan supplies poles, bait).
New in '89 will be two spring flower photo workshops (June 11-17 and June 18-24). Film is developed nightly with critiques by professional photographer Chuck Dresner. Two "autumn colors" photo workshops are planned for Sept. 24-30, Oct. 1-7. The price remains the same throughout the season, whether guests attend the workshops or just ride, fish and sightsee (or else just laze in the shade of the towering ponderosa pine outside the ranch).
The San Juan is next door to the village of Ouray (the "Switzerland of America"). Meals served family-style. Morning and afternoon or all-day rides. Jeep trips to ghost towns hidden in the San Juan Mountains. This is a small, friendly ranch. Only 25 guests. Meadows reach out to the mountains. A white rail fence, red barn. Dudes come all the way from Europe to saddle up at this friendly little ranch.
Scott McTiernan, San Juan Guest Ranch, 2882 Highway 23, Ridgway, Colo. 81432. Telephone (303) 626-5360.
B.L. of Brentwood wants the name of an "upscale" tour operator. Hemphill Harris is one of the top-of-the-line companies. Trips are aimed at the discriminating traveler. A la carte meals (choose the restaurant that appeals to you, order whatever you wish, give Hemphill Harris the bill and they reimburse you). The company books deluxe hotels. In Sao Paulo it's the Maksoud Plaza, in Rio the Caesar.
Hemphill Harris has prepared eight major catalogues (Europe, Africa, Egypt/Middle East, the Orient, China, South America, South Pacific, India). These are slick, magazine-quality publications. Details on 150 different tours, 1,200 departures. Hemphill Harris also does barge/balloon trips in France.
Catalogues are available from your travel agent or from Hemphill Harris, 16000 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200, Encino 91436. Call toll-free (800) 252-2103 (California), (800) 421-0454 (nationwide), (800) 367-8075 (Canada).
Paris by Foot
Travelers who enjoy seeing a city by foot are being offered a free Paris guide. Describes seven walking tours, dozens of attractions: Place de la Concorde, the Elysee Palace, Rond-Point, Palais de Chaillot, Eglise de la Madeleine, Place Vendome, Palais Royal, Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame, the Louvre, ad infinitum. In the centerfold a handy map pinpoints many of the sites. Other pages devoted to trips outside Paris (Versailles, Chantilly, Fontainebleau, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Malmaison, Chartres, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Giverny, Barbizon). This is a handy little booklet. Free copies by sending a self-addressed envelope to Paris a Pied, Dept. NYCDX, 2039 9th Ave., Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 11779.
Europe by Train
The Eurailpass people have published a new 36-page, pocket-size guide for train buffs zeroing in on Europe. Contains a helpful map showing major rail lines that serve 17 countries under the Eurailpass banner. Details on trip scheduling. Helpful phrases in French, Spanish, German, Italian. Other information on distances (city to city), train frequencies. A lot of travelers are opting for train travel this year. Besides Western Europe, Hungary has been added to the list of countries served by Eurailpasses. For copies of the guide, write to Eurailpass, Box 325, Old Greenwich, Conn. 06870-0325.
Germany on the Cheap
LTU International Airways of Germany will jet you round trip from Los Angeles to Dusseldorf, Munich or Frankfurt for $569 through April (one-way fares, $330). No advance booking, no minimum stay. (From New York you pay $399 round trip, $250 one way.) There's a 33% discount for children. LTU has been flying for 30 years. Serves countries around the world. (Flights to other destinations must be bought in Germany.) Details by calling toll-free (800) 888-0200.
Letter From Britain
John Goldsmith used to cut classical records with such big names as Leopold Stokowski, Ruggerio Ricci. Now he's switched to the tour business. Instead of spinning platters he's spinning through the English Lake District in a Mercedes minibus, delivering vacationers on trips that feature the English countryside.
Only a dozen travelers per tour. Accommodations in Country House Hotels in England's Lake District National Park. Visits to Grasmere, Ullswater, Wasdale, Buttermere. Goldsmith's group hops a lake steamer at one point, a steam train at another. Wild and stirring scenery. Ancient houses/castles. This isn't a cheap tour. Six days: $1,125 per person (accommodations, meals, sightseeing). Contact Goldsmith c/o Land of the Lakes Tours Ltd., The Birches, Cornbirthwaite Road, Windemere, Cumbria LA23 1DG, England. In the United States dial toll-free (800) 441-2558.