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The Airstream Classic travel trailer still boasts a similar look to its original model, but it has been updated with the latest features to keep you feeling comfortable on the road. Here are some of the best features the Airstream Classic travel trailer has to offer: #1: Climate Control With the push of a button you can control the climate inside the trailer, including the temperature and [...]

06 September 2017

You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Seen The Sistine Chapel In Person

Of all the beautiful architecture in the world, nothing compares to the Sistine Chapel. Not only is it covered in murals painted by Michelangelo and other master artists – it’s where Popes are elected and Papal ceremonies are held. Instead of consideringthe usual vacation spots this summer, expand your sense of adventure and head for a chapel with living history depicted in art on the walls. [...]

31 August 2017

Landmark Mont Gabriel resort marks 80th year with a chic makeover

What makes a legend? In the case of Mont Gabriel Resort & Spa, it is 80 years of fine hospitality, superlative sports, hearty cuisine and great value.This Laurentian landmark still is hot. It is full on weekdays with blue-chip clients visiting for university retreats, charity golf tournaments and business conferences. And it is jumping on weekends with families and couples who want to be outdo [...]

26 August 2017

The tropical overwater bungalow — long a symbol of relaxation and luxury — turns 50

The overwater bungalow – that iconic symbol of the paradisiacal tropical vacation, standing in clear blue water on stilt legs – turns the big five-oh this year. The thatched huts, often outfitted with such luxury amenities as plunge pools and glass floors to better see the fish below, are a staple on the bucket lists and Pinterest boards of aspirational travellers the world over. Yet their ori [...]

23 August 2017

Two boys orphaned after parents die on family hike in New York

It was Sunday afternoon in the Zoar Valley Gorge, a western New York nature oasis with flowing waterfalls and sheer cliffs, when a pair of hikers traversing its deepest floor came across the bodies.At the base of the gorge, on a ledge near the water, lay a young married couple, William and Amanda Green, and their 4-year-old son Alexander. The boy was critically injured. His parents were dead.Unbek [...]

23 August 2017

A charming auberge in the heart of Eastern Townships wine country

The good times roll heartily at Auberge des Vignobles in Dunham, at the heart of the convivial wine route in the Eastern Townships.I visited on a beautiful late-summer afternoon, and the pastoral, tranquil countryside was hopping with visitors having lunch with wine, tasting wine and buying wine.Dare I say that a sojourn here is as alluring as a voyage to vineyards in Burgundy or Napa Valley? The [...]

18 August 2017

Checking In: Montebello manoir is reborn

Manoir Chamberland in Montebello redefines the experience of an inn. This gorgeous new getaway is classy, not cosy, and professional, not homespun.Opened in July, the Manoir is owned by Dominique Primeau, a gifted interior designer from Vancouver, and his partner, Ross Pattee, an official at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. They had a near-religious epiphany when they saw this vintage [...]

14 August 2017

Checking In: Montebello manoir is reborn

Manoir Chamberland in Montebello redefines the experience of an inn. This gorgeous new getaway is classy, not cosy, and professional, not homespun.Opened in July, the Manoir is owned by Dominique Primeau, a gifted interior designer from Vancouver, and his partner, Ross Pattee, an official at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. They had a near-religious epiphany when they saw this vintage [...]

11 August 2017

In Mexico City, a child-friendly culture that adults will love, too

It is 248 steep steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, but the views are worth the exertion.From the pinnacle of the third-largest pyramid in the world, you can see the unearthed complex of Teotihuacan (the City of the Gods), located 30 miles outside Mexico City. At one point, it covered eight square miles and was home to 100,000 people, making it the largest city in the pre-Columbian America [...]

08 August 2017

Checking In: Auberge Le Havre Sutton updates an 1842 treasure

A faded star of Sutton is sparkling once again.Auberge Le Havre Sutton, the fetching new incarnation of the outdated Agnes Horth Inn, has opened under new ownership after a major overhaul to decor, dining and drinking.It is perched high on a hill between Sutton, the village, and Mont Sutton, the ski area. An aristocratic, vintage country cottage, it has an entirely new life, with a youthful, energ [...]

04 August 2017

A hot destination: Radioactive Ukraine

The button that could have started a nuclear holocaust is grey — not red.I learned this after climbing into a nuclear rocket command silo, 12 floors below ground, and sitting in the same green chair at the same yellow metal console at which former Soviet officers once presided. Here, they practiced entering secret codes into their grey keyboards, pushing the launch button and turning a key — a [...]

03 August 2017

Local artist's new St-Sauveur B&B is inviting, quaint and comfortable

Raymonde Perron wants you to do more than simply sleep and eat at her new B&B in St-Sauveur. She wants to you have a sensory experience.Perron is an artist and art teacher, and the Gîte de l’Artiste Perron is her gallery. You can gaze at canvases of flora and wetlands, and study the genre she calls “expressive realism.”The Lower Laurentians’ newest B&B is on a quiet, tree-lined re [...]

27 July 2017

Checking In: Spa Eastman Updates Wellness for 21st Century

Spa Eastman, one of the most comprehensive wellness getaways in Canada, is marking 40 years at the top. That is an extraordinary feat, given the radically changing world of wellness. Spa Eastman has not only kept up, it has been a consistent leader in healthy food, exercise, alternative medicine and beauty and body treatments. You can lose a few pounds or enhance your spirituality. [...]

07 May 2017

Checking In: Practise the art of French Living at rural Vermont B&B

Laure Torkler brings international savoir-faire and a French twist to her distinctive B&B near Burlington, Vt. A former diplomatic press attaché and United Airlines flight attendant, Torkler was born in France, has lived in Europe, New Zealand and Asia, and speaks five languages – French, English, German, Italian and Spanish. That’s a lot of worldliness for Underhill, a very [...]

29 April 2017

Checking In: Hôtel 71 adds Contemporary Touch to Old Quebec

Vogue meets vintage. The modern Hôtel 71 is in seamless sync with historic Quebec City. The venerable neighbourhood around the Old Port is known for its cobblestone streets and quaint shops. It’s living history. Not so at Hôtel 71. True, it operates in a solemn, neo-classical former bank building, but the rest of this boutique property is contemporary and colourful. And although it [...]

22 April 2017

Checking In: The Burrard in Vancouver channels a 1950s retro vibe

Read More.. The Burrard Hotel in Vancouver is as much of a 1950s classic as a T-Bird or The Fonz. Originally opened 60 years as the Burrard Motor Inn, it has been overhauled and transformed into a modern few-frills boutique hotel. But the adorable mid-century vibe lives on. You can’t miss the colourful, curvy neon sign on busy Burrard St. And in the lobby, two turquois [...]

08 April 2017

Checking In: Hôtel Beatnik Near Bromont is Casual, Comfy — and Cool

If a lodging establishment is called Hôtel Beatnik, it’s gotta be cool, right? The new Hôtel Beatnik outside Bromont in the Eastern Townships lives up to its handle. It’s a funky makeover of a former summer camp with rustic-modern cottage decor and whimsical 1950s-inspired accessories. The Beatnik is a casual, comfortable, affordable getaway. And yes, it’s cool. Beatnik’s outst [...]

29 March 2017

What to Look for in a Vacation Home

When you’ve earned your financial freedom and found a vacation spot you can’t wait to revisit, the next logical step is to purchase a vacation home. It gets you out of an uncomfortable hotel room while you travel and provides a space for you and your family or friends to relax. This is probably a one-time luxury without a do-over, so it’s important to find the property that matches your ne [...]

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