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Category: North America

The Yukon will leave you spellbound

To most folks, the idea of taking a vacation in the Yukon during the winter seems absurd. The geographically-challenged might first wonder where the Yukon is actually located. Then when they find out it’s in the far northwest corner of Canada, they immediately imagine enduring howling winds, thirty below temps and unfathomable amounts of snow and ice amid miles of forbidding wilderness, and emphatically say, “Thanks, but no thanks!” But, to those in the know, this remote Canadian Territory is a region of dramatic beauty with a rich history, vibrant culture, incredible natural wonders and limitless landscape that’s ripe...

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Casa Velas: A Boutique Treasure in Puerto Vallarta

When a friend and I were invited to experience Casa Velas, we were expecting just another nice Puerto Vallarta hotel. We had both visited the area numerous times, but were unfamiliar with this 80-suite boutique hotel. Upon our arrival we were escorted to comfortable sofas and offered a refreshing glass of a cold herbal tea and fruit mixture and shoulder massage to relax us after our flight. Attractive woven bracelets were placed on our wrists, so hotel staff would know we were guests. After we enjoyed our warm welcome, we were escorted to our lovely suites, each of which...

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Don’t Expect Ordinary When you Journey to the ‘Edge of the World’

Kissing a codfish was never on my life’s to-do list. In fact, up until recently, I could honestly say it was not even in the realm of remote possibility. But there I was at Skipper Hots Bar in Straitsview, Newfoundland, puckering up to smack a big one on this buggy-eyed cod. I had been talked into taking part in a “Screech In,” a ceremony that folks in this Canadian province like to conduct to make visitors feel at home. Newfoundlanders are well-known for their friendliness and hospitality and they definitely live up to this reputation, though their methods are...

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Luxury Gets Au Naturel in Mexico at Hidden Beach Resort

Looking to take a walk on the wild side? If you are looking for something risque and adventurous mixed with ocean side luxury, look no further than the Mexican Riviera at Hidden Beach Resort. Located just one hour from Cancun is the secret, tucked-away oasis of Hidden Beach Resort. At the private gated entryway, two stone frog statues greet you as a fitting symbol of cleansing, renewal and transformation. Continue through the massive solid wood doors and on the other side is a real-life, modern-day Garden of Eden. The reception area looks like that of any other upscale resort hotel. The...

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Riviera Nayarit: A Luxury Mexican Vacation

For a long time, I’ve avoided visiting Mexico because of all the travel warnings and negative media coverage–not to mention naysayers and friends with misguided advice and fear-mongering.   Despite the warnings, I took a leap of faith and hopped a flight down to Riviera Nayarit recently. Precautions are always necessary when traveling abroad, but maintaining a high level of situational awareness is essential whenever you travel, and I found Mexico to be no different. I was a solo, female traveler and I must say, it was one of the better trips I’ve taken in a long time.  ...

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Bewitching Baja

I’ve seen many Oscar-worthy productions in my life, but perhaps the most memorable was performed by a pod of gray whales at Lopez Mateos in the Sea of Cortez. Our panga, or small boat, was surrounded by these magnificent creatures as they spy-hopped, spouted, rolled over and displayed their distinctive flutes to an audience of starstruck onlookers. The dramatic show reached its climax when several of the moms proudly brought their seven-week-old calves to the side of our craft and we reached out to touch them. It was pure magic and I like to believe that both whales and...

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Luxury and History at Quebec’s Auberge Saint-Antonine Hotel

Located on one of Quebec City’s richest archeological sites, the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel literally sits atop centuries of history. The hotel integrates three historical buildings of the 18th and 19th century, as well as a wharf and battery structure that dates back to the end of the 17th century. Directly across from the St. Lawrence River near the port in Quebec City’s Old Town, this famous hotel has been a member of the Relais & Chateaux Association since 2005. It also boasts a CAA-AAA Four Diamond rating as well as being named one of the top hotels in the...

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Know the Major Attractions in Mexico

A vacation to Mexico is sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Whether you are staying in Mexico City, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, or you plan to travel around and see as much of the country as possible, your trip is bound to be full of memories that you will treasure forever. Palacio de Bellas Artes The Palace of Fine Arts is often described as the most important cultural center in Mexico City, and possibly the entire country. The Palace has exhibitions and theatrical performances aplenty and it is the best place to see a combination of dance, music, visual...

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Halifax’s North Atlantic Panache

The beguiling charm of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is bound to lure you in. The historic city, located on the salty shores of the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by one of the largest harbors in the world. The three-kilometer boardwalk along the harbor passes tall ships reflective of a bygone era. Don’t be surprised if you hear the sound of foot stomping and fiddle playing in the distance; a staple of the maritime culture and Nova Scotia’s long ties to Scotland. The aroma of a fisherman’s feast permeates the air along the boardwalk. Meander past food kiosks serving up fresh oysters,...

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Glam Surfing at Rancho Pescadero

Sitting in the raised hot tub overlooking the stunning pool and bar area of the elegant boutique resort, Rancho Pescadero, guests congregate in the hot, bubbly water. Many are here to surf during the day, while their spouses take a yoga class or sit in one of the “floating” chaise lounges in the pool with a cool hibiscus margarita. You don’t have to be a surfer to stay at this luxury boutique resort. Guests range in their mid-40s to -60s. No party animals allowed here. Just well-off people, ready to relax, eat great organic food, take long walks along the...

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Culinary Splendor in Charlottetown

Canada’s Prince Edward Island has long been touted as “the gentle island”. With its small rolling hills, verdant potato fields and pastoral vibe, it’s a place that makes you want to linger lazily and watch the purple hue of the evening sky unfold. The capital city of Charlottetown is where the birth of the Canadian nation evolved one hundred and fifty years ago. This small idyllic city is on the edge of a bustling harbour. The tree-lined streets invite you to meander. The grand old Victorian homes and colonial buildings provide a sense of old world charm. The location...

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