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The Bear that Disappears

The Bear that Disappears

Of all the very good reasons to take a trip down the Tatshenshini and Alsek rivers, which run from Yukon through British Columbia and Alaska to the Pacific Coast, surely the most compelling is the chance to see one of the rarest animals on Earth. It’s a bear so uncommon, and about which so little … Continue reading

Living it Up in Death Valley

Living it Up in Death Valley

“I’m allowed to eat dirt?” my son asks, an incredulous look on his face. I nod and explain that the white ground we’re standing on is not dirt but, rather, salt, and the friendly park ranger said a wee taste was fine. With that my son pops a pinch in his mouth and the rest … Continue reading

Big Love in Death Valley

Big Love in Death Valley

There will come a moment on your getaway in Death Valley National Park–while hiking between walls of polished marble or standing on a blinding-white salt flat or floating in a spring-fed pool under an ink-black skies awash with stars–when you realize you are falling in love. Because despite its morbid name, arid landscapes, and well … Continue reading

Colonnade Hotel for baseball fans in Boston

Colonnade Hotel for baseball fans in Boston

On game days, bell staff sport Red Sox caps at this friendly 285-room hotel located a 15-minute walk from Fenway Park and adjacent to some of Boston’s best shopping. Stylish guest rooms feature earth-tone furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and, beside every bathtub, a souvenir rubber ducky. Take in a ball game or entertaining ballpark tour, or … Continue reading

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