Hotels

The Wild, Wild Westley – Calgary’s Newest Boutique Hotel

It took a wagon load of optimism to plan a new boutique hotel in downtown Calgary when 4th  Avenue was as deserted as the main street of a spaghetti western at high noon. But Canadian, family-owned Silver Hotel Group saw potential in a perfectly square, 70’s era, former oil and
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Winter at the Georgetown Inn - Photo Courtesy Georgetown Inn
Small Hotels are Huge at Alberta’s Charming Inns

Hiking or snowshoeing through the forest. Making snowmen and snow angels. Roasting s’mores as you warm up by the fire and breathe in the crisp cool air. Relaxing by the fireside with a book, or soaking in a jetted tub. Playing board games. Unplugging from the distractions and stresses of
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Searching for the sign of a good motel - photo by Emily Overes
Motel Hell-O: Tales of Stays Gone Wrong and How to Avoid Them

Sometimes even the most road-ready travellers, those paragons of research, and disciples of detail manage to wind up in less than stellar accommodations. What happened? And how can you avoid falling into the same trap? Meet five seasoned travel correspondents, people you would never expect to find spending the night
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Another Groovy Hotel Zed Opens in Tofino

We’ve been to the Victoria location and we’ve seen the Kelowna hotel, and now we can’t wait to visit the new Hotel Zed in Tofino! Please read the press release below all about the new Hotel Zed Tofino located at 1258 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC: With a luxurious take
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Why Waterton Lakes National Park Should Be On Your Family Go-To List

Have you ever been completely blown away by a destination? That was my experience on a recent trip to Waterton Lakes National Park. Even the scenery sneaks up on you here, as the Alberta prairies abruptly crash into the Rocky Mountains, leaving you with jaw-dropping views in every direction. Waterton
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Punta Cana Dominican Republic - Private beach bar at Royal Level Occidental - Photo Sabrina Pirillo
Family + Besties = Moments at the Occidental Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Travelling somewhere tropical with the whole family, (especially when it’s winter in Canada) makes for a great getaway. What makes it even better is grabbing a few of your besties and their family to get the best of both your world’s together – a girls weekend meets family vacation. Punta
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Family-Friendly Puerto Morelos, Mayan Riveria, Mexico

When I think of the Mexican resort of Cancun, I picture college kids on spring break partying hard. So as a mom to an elementary school-aged child, it wasn’t on my list of ideal family-friendly spots. Thankfully, I had my eyes opened wide with a recent stay at the nearby
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Interrupting road trip
Destination Delayed – The Beauty of Interrupting a Family Road Trip

“Mommy, I LOVE CALGARY! I wish we could live here!” my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter exclaimed while staring out at the City’s core from the 24th floor of the gorgeous Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve always liked Calgary just as much as the next
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Hawks Cay Resort: Why This Florida Keys Oasis Should Be on Your Family’s Vacation Radar

Saltwater sprays my face and I grin, sinking back into my seat on a small boat powering through the Atlantic Ocean en route to the Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area, home to some of the best snorkelling in Florida’s Middle Keys. It’s day three of our stay at Hawks Cay
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The freshly carved front desk at 1 Hotel - photo Debra Smith
A Star is Born – 1 Hotel West Hollywood

True Green A lot of hotels say they’re environmentally responsible. Most of the time that consists of not changing the sheets or towels unless you ask them to. That’s not really being green in my book. I recently had the pleasure of staying at a genuinely environmentally conscious hotel –
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