I woke up this morning in a lovely suite in the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The curtains in the bedroom area were open a foot or so and my view from bed was of a gryphon shaped gargoyle perched over the corner of the tenth floor. I thought to myself, “This is a hotel.”
As the first luxury resort in Turks and Caicos, the Grace Bay Club has served as a premier relaxation destination for over fifteen years. In that time, the resort has continually expanded, launching The Villas at Grace Bay, The Hotel, and now The Estate: twenty-two ultra-luxury residences and penthouses on the edge of the ocean.
Las Vegas can be a very strange and surreal place especially if you are not a fiend for the kind of casino gambling action that has made the city famous throughout the world. But in the last decade or so Las Vegas has been evolving into a destination that is not just for the ravenous gambler, but for vacationers looking for unique experiences…
As you drive up the long road in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick toward the Fairmont Algonquin, there is a sudden feeling of travelling back in time. In fact, there is an immediate impression as if you had actually been placed inside the Movie Dirty Dancing and are pulling into Kellerman’s.
My recent visit to the new hotel/real estate development called Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic has left me just this close to being speechless. I have been to many resorts in the world and many swanky, fancy hotels – but when I got a load of Cap Cana, and the Caleton Villas where I was staying on the property, my jaw dropped and it literally took me two days to get used to the magnificence of the place.
Stuart McLean has the tour schedule of a rock star. Every year he can be seen on stages small and large from one end of the country to the other, and it’s all for his very popular CBC Radio show, the Vinyl Cafe.
“Waitsfield is a lot like Brigadoon,” Tim Piper says to me over breakfast at the Round Barn Inn. “Once you find your way here, you may never want to leave again.”
Hawks may not be that rare in Ontario, but few people see more than just a glimpse of them, and even fewer will have the opportunity to see these beautiful birds up close, or watch as one gracefully soars through the air. For those interested in falconry though the Wye Marsh is giving hopeful enthusiasts some personal time with a trainer and his birds as part of their new “Introduction to Falconry” workshops that are currently being offered on select Saturdays (including Saturday, October 13th, 2007), and it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
In a city the size of Glasgow it would be easy to get lost among the restaurants. There are dozens of famous eateries in the city and picking one among the crowd can be a bit daunting. It becomes much easier however when you discover a chef like Michael Caines.
Scotland has always held a special fascination for me – from the castles, culture, scenery, and even the food, I’ve wanted to explore the land that one of my ancestor’s once called home. Lots of countries offer something special that you won’t find anywhere else, but for me Scotland’s allure was the connection I felt to its history.