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August 2017

CHICAGO- One of the best things about travel to me is stepping into a really cool hotel with great atmosphere and history and thinking, “Wow, this is my home the next few days.” That’s exactly the way I felt when I walked into the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in this great city the other day. I didn’t know much about it before I got here, but I came away from the trip with this being my favourite hotel in town. The 42-story south tower was built in 1929 as a playground for the Shriners, and you’ll find wonderful exterior touches ... continue reading →

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THIS ITEM WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON CANOE.COM/TRAVEL on TUESDAY Aug. 8… LIKE A LOCAL CALGARY – This is a series where I check out various cities and look at the sorts of places you don’t always find in the tourist guides; fun restaurants and bars and shops where you’re likely to find a good number of locals as well as visitors. Today we take a look at the increasingly cool scene in Calgary. DINING Vin Room Mission: Vin Room is a hip spot on 4th St. SW offers up a wide variety of foods, everything from charcuterie to lobster nachos ... continue reading →

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NIAGARA FALLS – The power is indescribable and the majesty almost impossible to comprehend. I managed a trip to the base of Niagara Falls with the folks from Hornblower Cruises on the weekend, and it was better than ever. I also got a chance to see the falls from the top of the wonderful Niagara Sky Wheel, had a fine lunch on a shady patio on a perfect summer’s day and took in a bit of shopping at the Outlet Collection at Niagara. I’ve seen Niagara Falls probably a dozen times or more. But nothing prepared me for the first ... continue reading →

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