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What’s 31 Feet, Has Wheels And Eats Gas?

Travel and Leisure | Posted by Screenprint Sal
Oct 03 2015

Seven years ago, when someone first suggested that my family and I embark on a recreational-vehicle vacation, I laughed. RVs, after all, were for footloose retirees, not for young families. And who wanted to travel like a turtle, carrying their home with them? That I’d never tried it and had based my reaction solely on misconceptions nearly prevented me from discovering one of the best-kept secrets in the world of great vacations. Fortunately, my husband, son, and two daughters had the good sense to embrace the idea with unbridled enthusiasm – so off we went.

effigyToday, our five-some has traveled some 25,000 miles through 32 states in search of America. We’ve rolled along back roads and superhighways, taken in nature, history, sports, and adventure. And we have found exactly what we were looking for in the likeliest and the least expected of places. More than anywhere else, our journey through the Midwest in a borrowed,

Old School RVs Keep People Comfortable

Travel and Leisure | Posted by Screenprint Sal
Sep 26 2015

If you think that the golden age of antiquing – when collectors could descend from their grandparents’ attics or walk out of a neighborhood garage sale with an undiscovered treasure in hand has long since passed, take heart. Vintage recreational vehicles and old-fashioned camping gear provide abundant opportunities for collectors in search of a new niche. Articles of nostalgia may be found in every part of the country, priced low or even offered “free for the taking.” These RV’s, trailers, camp furniture, and other items may not be around for long, though – not because they’re being snatched up, but, as David Woodworth, of Tehachapi, Calif., says, because “they’re all being thrown away.”

Setting Up Camp

Woodworth, with 30 pre-1937 RV’s in his possession, has the world’s largest collection of antique camping vehicles. His odyssey into the world of “auto camping” began 18 years ago when he first took his two young daughters on short

Traveling With Pets? Know This…

Travel and Leisure | Posted by Screenprint Sal
Sep 21 2015

In his travelogue Travels With Charley: In search of America (1962), John Steinbeck writes of his cross-country jaunt with his brainy black poodle. “Now, Charley is a mind-reading dog. There have been many trips in his lifetime, and often he has to be left at home. He knows we are going long before the suitcases come out, and he paces and worries and whines and goes into a state of mild hysteria, old as he is.” As Charley surmises, sometimes pets must be left behind, but there are a surprising number of hotels, motels, campgrounds, cabins, and inns that welcome well-behaved, housebroken, leashed, flealess furry friends.

Just think about the heroine of Kay Thompson’s Eloise (1969), who lived at the Plaza, a hotel in New York City. “I have a dog that looks like a cat,” says Eloise. “His name is Weenie.” Size is, indeed, one of the restrictions for pets who sleep over at