Whirlpool Restaurant, Niagara Parks

Niagara Reimagined: This Ain’t No Grade School Getaway

Beyond the rushing falls and flashing casinos lay Ontario’s only 56-kilometer outdoor adventure museum. A collection of parks, gardens, cycling and hiking trails; Niagara Parks is changing the way visitors experience the historic and picturesque region.

With its gorgeous scenery, top notch eats, outdoor adventures, and of course natural wonders, Niagara is the perfect getaway for active travellers. This trip turned from wine sipping and wax museums to unexplored wonders all skipped on my 8th grade class trip. Continue Reading →

Noah in the pool by miriam porter

Checking In: Melia Nassau Beach Hotel

It’s 6am and I suddenly wake up to the wind blowing lightly on my face. Then I hear the ocean waves lapping against the shore and I start smiling. I am not sure if it’s a dream or it’s really happening because it is just that awesome. I look to my left and see my son Noah sleeping soundly wrapped in a white comforter in the big cozy bed next to mine. I sleepily look to my right and immediately freeze.

It’s definitely real! I am in paradise, otherwise known as the Melia Nassau Beach. Continue Reading →

Sunset on the Private Terrace

Melenos, Lindos Boutique Hotel: A Collector’s Love Letter

On the island of Rhodes, Greece sits a luxurious boutique hotel. It rests beautifully beneath the ancient Byzantine temple Athena (circa 10th century BC) overlooking the Aegean Sea. Melenos is a collection of exclusive suites and villas where guests can experience serene sophistication lovingly conceptualized and meticulously curated by owner and collector Michalis Melenos. A collector of art and ancient artifacts, Michalis built Melenos to so guests from around the world could enjoy his pieces discovered during his many journeys of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. Continue Reading →

Fairmont Scottsdale

The Ultimate Spa Day at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel in Arizona

In the heart of the Sonoran Desert is an expansive Spanish colonial oasis, just outside of McDowell Mountain Regional Parktucked in North Scottsdale.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, one of only four AAA 5-diamond hotels in Arizona, lives up to its name in every way: I felt a bit like royalty in my Deluxe King room with one of the best views in the hotel. Continue Reading →

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Checking In: Au Vaillantbourg B&B in Quebec’s Eastern Townships

As a long time traveller to far-flung places, I’ve had few occasions to stay in a proper bed-and-breakfast. Tents, cabins and the homes of welcoming locals are all forms of shelter used by those of us who wander the lonely edges of the world. Traditional B&B’s, especially those of the Little House on the Prairie variety, seldom materialize on such journeys.

But on a recent foray into the overgrown fringes of Quebec’s Eastern townships, I stumbled upon one. And it was hard to avert my gaze from Au Vaillantbourg B&B. Continue Reading →

Conrad New York City hotel

Checking In: The Conrad Hotel New York City

In a past life, the ritzy Conrad New York City was once a budget hotel.

It’s certainly hard to tell today. In 2012, this luxurious Lower Manhattan Hilton hotel was renovated into contemporary glass building with 463 sleek and chic suites. Stepping inside, it feels downright sexy and stylish. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a striking lobby atrium that soars 16-storeys high and glows luminescent blue and purple. Talk about dramatic entrances. Continue Reading →

Montréal Marriott Château Champlain Hotel

Checking In: Montréal Marriott Château Champlain Hotel

There is certainly no shortage of hotels and B&Bs in Montreal, but the Marriott Château Champlain stands out. Nestled between historic statues and the greenery of Dorchester and Dominion Squares, this contemporary hotel offers first-rate hospitality and a convenient location at a reasonable price. It’s also fun that the locals have affectionately dubbed this hotel as “the cheese-grater” for its 1960’s-era architecture. Continue Reading →