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Warm Weather Hotels – Lord Balfour

Warm Weather Hotels – Lord Balfour

Room Mate Lord Balfour, Miami Beach, Florida. Step into the lobby of this friendly boutique hotel, and you’re greeted by a wall of 20 sculptural hands, each holding a vanity mirror, as if to say, “Look at you, wise traveller, staying in this stylin’ place.” Housed in a 1940 art deco building … Continue reading … Continue reading

Key West Two Ways

Key West Two Ways

At the southern tip of the Florida Keys, more than 200 kilometres from Miami and a long way from normal, Key West offers amped-up outdoor activities and a laid-back cuisine scene. Seafood is king in Key West, but a certain pie reigns as its most famous food…Visit WestJet Magazine online to continue reading my recommendations … Continue reading

Sonoma Girlfriend Getaway

Sonoma Girlfriend Getaway

“Drive it like you stole it,” says Dane Rudolph, the lead instructor at the Audi Autocross Challenge. He has watched me complete a cautious lap on the twisty-turny autocross track and is now urging me to get more aggressive. “Trust the car,” he says. “Don’t over think the technical. Keep hustling.” Despite years of carpool … Continue reading

Maui Two Ways

Maui Two Ways

This island is the stuff of tropical dreams. Whether your Hawaiian fantasies resemble Kodachrome snapshots of hip-swaying hula dancers or HD videos of big-wave surfers, Maui delivers. Vintage Hawaii.  Call it kitschy, Hawaiiana or just plain retro fun, these activities offer a taste of classic Hawaii.  Journey back in time to when pineapple was king during … … Continue reading

Finding love & butter on the Oregon coast

Finding love & butter on the Oregon coast

The Chetco Seafood Market and Restaurant in Brookings Harbor is empty except for one other couple. We settle into a corner table and turn our attention to the blackboard where today’s catch is offered—all with chips and all guaranteed to be fresher than fresh. The other couple—a grown son and his mother, we’re guessing–is already … Continue reading

Foodie tours bring you Seattle’s best

Foodie tours bring you Seattle’s best

In a city where the coffee culture is so competitive you can buy a latte at a gas station, where the latest Zagat restaurant guide boasts 3,165 contributors, and where locals talk about food as enthusiastically as they do about football, a wise visitor gathers a little insider intelligence before diving in to Seattle’s culinary … Continue reading

Girls gone soft on Maui spa getaway

Cowhide surfboards. Bathtubs brimming with something akin to lime Jell-o. A waiter who acknowledges every request with a throaty “my pleasure” suggesting something even naughtier than the dessert menu. Maui certainly serves up surprises on a girls’ getaway. When my L.A.-based sister Robyn and I decide to abandon our men folk and kids and enjoy … Continue reading