A step back in time to a Vermont country village


October 30, 1994|By Kim Wesley

If you're looking for fully restored Colonial and mid-19th century homes with historical style, Country Village Rentals in Stowe, Vt., has the perfect winter getaway.

Take a hot bath in a claw-foot tub and snuggle up under a 1790 quilt and you might feel transported back a couple of centuries. Nestled in the foothills of Vermont, the 1790 House and the Stowe Village House are removed from the hustle, bustle and traffic of a big city. Yet, just a short stroll away, dining, art galleries and shops await.

Country Village rentals sleep from eight to 12 people, and include such modern amenities as washer/dryer, dishwasher and full kitchen. For rental rates and information, call (800) 320-8777.

Texas rail trips

DRC Rail Tours of Houston, which has been traversing the Copper Canyon in northern Mexico since early this year, has recently begun offering trips to West Texas, with a side trip by bus to Big Bend National Park.

The four-day tour -- aboard a restored South Orient Express train with Vista Dome and observation-parlor cars dating from the 1940s and '50s -- follows the original South Orient tracks from Fort Worth to Presidio, Texas.

The next train trip to West Texas will be Jan. 21; other departure dates from Fort Worth are Feb. 4 and Feb. 16.

Trips range in price from $999 one way to $2,620 for the round trip to Presidio. Prices are for one person, double occupancy. The price includes the side trip by bus to Big Bend National Park, hotel stays, all meals, guided sightseeing and transfers. For details, call (800) 659-7602.

Coastal Christmas

Who needs a Christmas tree when you can head to Eureka, Calif., for a holiday in the redwoods. The Eureka/Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together a brochure of its "Coastal Christmas" festival. The brochure outlines more than 70 holiday events, featuring extravagant decorations, fine dining and musical entertainment. Call (800) 346-3482 to receive a free copy.

Books that travel well

Here are the 10 best books to take on a long trip, as selected by "a very literate crowd" of America Online users and editors of Weissmann Travel Reports:

"The Brothers Karamazov" by Feodor Dostoevski; "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry; a journal ("jot down your own experiences"); "St. Joan" by V. Sackville West; books on tape: "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury and "Virtual Light" by William Gibson; "A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold; "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie; "Shogun" by James Clavell; "She" by H. Rider Haggard; "Candide" by Voltaire.

Winter at Tivoli Gardens

For 151 years Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen has been only a summertime tradition, but this year the park's 110,000 colored lights will also serve as Christmas decorations. The park restaurant and shops will be offering traditional Danish fare and goods. Enjoy a meal of pork roast, duck and goose served with red cabbage and glazed potatoes, sweet dumplings and glogg. Or pick up some Royal Copenhagen Christmas ornaments at one of the booths. Productions of Dickens' "Great Expectations" will be performed at the Glass House Theatre.

Admission in winter is free while the park is open -- Nov. 18 through Dec. 23, and Dec. 27th through New Year's Eve, Tuesday to Saturday noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

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