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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

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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 [...]

26 March 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 [...]

25 March 2017

Checking In: Stratford's Bruce Hotel channels Shakespeare

Like a Shakespearean play, The Bruce Hotel in Stratford, Ont., is a classic. But it is a modern classic, in Canada’s most renowned theatre town. This tranquil and genteel getaway is Stratford’s best lodging bet, with fine food, handsome decor, 25 grand rooms and suites and an indoor pool, all surrounded by extensive grounds. The Bruce is an impressive brick manor with the air of a [...]

18 March 2017

Checking In: Upping the family appeal at Village Vacances Valcartier

“All adults must be accompanied by a child.” It’s not a hard and fast rule, but it is the slogan and spirit of Village Vacances Valcartier, a resort with exceptional indoor and outdoor playgrounds for families. Actually it’s more than a resort. It is a phenomenon. A 30-minute drive north of Quebec City, Valcartier has operated for several years with an elaborate summer-time wa [...]

13 March 2017

Delicious and Educational: A Museum Dedicated to Chocolate has Opened in NYC

Chocolate lovers can add a new destination to their list: Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres. The Manhattan museum has joined Choco-Story outposts in cities such as Uxmal, Mexico and Bruges, Belgium. According to Condé Nast Traveler, it’s one of just six chocolate museums in the world.French pastry chef and artisan chocolatier Torres opened his first [...]

09 March 2017

Travellers Fret About WiFi, but it Might be About to get Better

When it comes to travel, Internet access has never been more ubiquitous — or more underwhelming.Don’t take my word for it. Just ask Wendy Lewis, who says she spends a good part of every trip trying — and sometimes failing — to find reliable and reasonably priced hotspots. Airport lounges make connecting a cinch, she says. But the moment she boards a bus, plane or train, it’s a [...]

09 March 2017

March Break with Parks Canada's Free Pass: Adventure, Awe and a Cure (of sorts) for the Common Cold

Before we get started, there are a couple of things you should know. I don’t like camping. And I had a cold. Yet when I got all choked up during our first 10 minutes at La Mauricie National Park, it wasn’t for the reason you (or my family) might have thought. Standing on the welcome centre’s deck with wood smoke heavy in the air, looking down on chalky trails emerging from shadow [...]

06 March 2017

Checking In: Get More for Your Loonie at Vermont Slopeside Hotel

Burke, Vt., truly is a winter wonderland. The new slopeside Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre, tucked in the wooded peaks of the Northeast Kingdom, is an irresistible getaway with deluxe suites, flavourful cuisine and attractive Canadian dollar deals. The hotel is in its first winter season, but Burke Mountain is marking its 61st year as a local landmark of winter sport [...]

04 March 2017

Checking In: Peupliers is a Star of Charlevoix Food Route

Hospitality steeped in history meets contemporary cuisine at Auberge des Peupliers, one of the oldest year-round inns in Quebec. Peupliers is a charming white clapboard Normandy-style farmhouse overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the town of La Malbaie in Charlevoix. The main building dates back nearly two centuries and it speaks eloquently of its past with original hardwood floors, pi [...]

25 February 2017

Checking In: Mont Orford condo-hotel Grows Bigger and Better

“Wow.” That was my reaction when I drove up to the newly expanded condo-hotel, Espace 4 Saisons, at the foot of Mont Orford. The cosy Auberge aux 4 Saisons d’Orford has relaunched, bigger and better, as a sleek contemporary condo-hotel with lots of appealing new features. Highlights include a new wing of snazzy studios and suites, dramatic party terrasses for summer, an impre [...]

25 February 2017

Strange Driving Laws Around the World

While driving, we care about the general laws, maintain speed limits, follow the signals, etc. Pretty much the usual straight-forward laws that come to our mind when we think of driving. Knowing all the traffic rules of any country is particularly important during road trips in foreign lands. But if you think a speeding ticket is your only concern, knowing these bizarre and strange laws from [...]

23 February 2017

Disney's Iger Announces 2019 Opening for Star Wars lands

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California's Disneyland and Florida's Walt Disney World in 2019.The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include attractions and entertainment alongside aliens and droids. The attractions represent the parks' larges [...]

16 February 2017

Checking In: Get Back to Nature for Valentine's at Kanatha-Aki

If lounging on bison skins in front of a fireplace sounds seductive, Kanatha-Aki Nature Centre in the Laurentians might be your ideal Valentine’s stop. I say “might” because you won’t have warm covers and flickering flames in a fancy hotel room with central heating. Nope, at Kanatha-Aki your overnight stay could be in an authentic teepee in the woods or a cabin on a hilltop [...]

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