Where the Wild Things are: Rafting Canada’s Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers

The grizzly bear emerges from the bush on the banks of Melt Creek, its low-slung head swinging side to side as it lumbers toward the swift-moving water. Two cubs follow, as oblivious as their mother to the fact that 15 slightly freaked out river rafters are watching from the opposite shore. Moments earlier Brad, leadContinue reading “Where the Wild Things are: Rafting Canada’s Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers”

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 littleContinue reading “The Bear that Disappears”

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 wellContinue reading “Big Love in Death Valley”

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, orContinue reading “Colonnade Hotel for baseball fans in Boston”

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 readingContinue reading “Warm Weather Hotels – Lord Balfour”

Celebrate the Holiday Season in San Francisco

The lead-up to the holidays can be an especially exhausting time for parents. It’s a special time, yes, but — let’s be honest here — it is difficult to embrace the magic of the season when you’re face-planting into bed every night. Perhaps it’s time to hit the pause button, pack up the kids andContinue reading “Celebrate the Holiday Season in San Francisco”

Key West Two Ways

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 for Casual Dining. Thanks to a sub tropical climate and compact geography, it’s easy to get moving in Key West… Visit WestJet Magazine online to continue reading my recommendations for the Continue reading “Key West Two Ways”

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 carpoolContinue reading “Sonoma Girlfriend Getaway”

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 “Maui Two Ways”