A slice of Mayberry hospitality

Wisconsin couple re-creates Sheriff Taylor's home as a B&B

August 06, 2006

CLEAR LAKE, WIS. -- Marsha Scheuermann met her husband Dave in an Internet chat room where they shared their passion for the 1960s TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. Eventually, they fell in love and married.

Today, they live in a replica of Sheriff Taylor's home, and they run a bed-and-breakfast there called the Taylor Home Inn.

ROAD TRIP USA

Avalon Travel / $29.95

Bible-sized at 890 slick-finished pages and subtitled Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways, this fourth edition catalogs 35,000 miles of American blacktop on six north-south routes and five east-west routes that travel the nation. Every page, it seems, holds a visual treat -- photos of vintage postcards, canceled stamps, old road signs or travel illustrations. Author Jamie Jensen finds room to mention all the little things that form a culture -- art, music, history, colloquialisms, institutions, consumer goods. Ultimately, what at first appears to be a travel guide too big to tackle becomes an encyclopedia of Americana that's difficult to put down.

TONI SALAMA

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Option covers work emergencies

Access America, a travel insurance company in Richmond, Va., has added optional coverage for trips canceled or postponed because of work. BizPack reimburses travelers for deposits and other expenses when they cancel or interrupt trips because they are required to work. For $19 per adult, customers can add the provision to the company's "classic" and "deluxe" comprehensive plans, which also pay if they cancel because of illness or other emergencies. 800-284-8300 or accessamerica.com.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

AIRLINES

Southwest adds flights to Dulles

Southwest Airlines will begin serving Washington Dulles International Airport on Oct. 5. It will offer nonstop flights between Dulles and Chicago (Midway), Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa Bay, Fla., with connecting service to Los Angeles and 34 other destinations. One-way tickets from Dulles to Chicago, Orlando or Tampa Bay start at $79.

JetBlue Airways is the best-liked among low-cost carriers, and Continental Airlines tops the list for "traditional" airlines, according to an annual survey of 9,334 passengers by J.D. Power and Associates and Aviation Week.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

GEAR & GADGETS

For the 21st-century baby and her minder, the stroller that just strolls just won't do. Better she should have the Jeep No. 153 Liberty Limited Stroller, with built-in entertainment for both the one doing the sitting and the one doing the pushing. The child gets to play with an electronic toy steering wheel -- with a horn, car sounds and music -- mounted onto a removable snack tray with built-in juice-box and cup holders. A "Parent Tray" attached to the handle has built-in speakers, a jack and a space for a portable music player so everyone can groove together on the go. The stroller can be folded using one hand, and comes with two removable cargo bags. Designed for children less than 40 pounds. Jeep Liberty No. 153 Limited Stroller is about $150. 800-789-5337; www.gear.jeep.com.

JUDI DASH

CRUISES

Riverboat goes to Amsterdam, Brussels

EasyCruise will operate a 50-cabin riverboat sailing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Brussels, Belgium, and back each week, starting Aug. 11. Bookings can be as short as two nights. The easyCruiseTwo will be docked in Amsterdam on Thursday and Friday nights, after which it overnights in Rotterdam and Antwerp in the Netherlands and Brussels heading south, and then again in Antwerp and Rotterdam returning north. Cabins start at $24 per night for two, including port charges. The riverboat is geared for the nightlife crowd, with port calls lasting until the wee hours. EasyCruiseTwo's 2006 season ends Nov. 4. For reservations, call 650-385-0563 or visit easycruise.com.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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