New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Velas Resorts showcases Chef Xavier Peréz Stone

photo by Vancouver travel writer Christina NewberryVelas Resorts hosted a private dinner in Vancouver last week for 32 journalists and travel advisors. From the first bite of molecular-gastronomic Basque-Mexican fusion cuisine to the last, one message was clear: Velas Resorts may be all-inclusive hotels, but they do not serve your typical all-inclusive food…

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New article for REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living In … Grandview East

The MLS-defined Grandview East, also known as Grandview-Woodland, is the East Vancouver area between Clark and Nanaimo, bounded by Venables to the north and stretching to around 19th Avenue to the south. It is a lively neighbourhood full of East Vancouver flavour, known for its eclectic shopping, dining and great real estate options. With some of the city’s best Italian food, easy transport to downtown and an impressive assortment of heritage homes at lower prices than those on the West Side, it’s become a gathering place for young families looking for a first home with a built-in sense of community…

(REW.ca is the online arm of the largest real estate market newspaper in the Lower Mainland: Real Estate Weekly.)

New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Classic Vacations announces new partnerships; more support for Western Canada

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Classic Vacations welcomed hotelier and agency partners to an exclusive partner appreciation event last night at the historic Vancouver Club, where the company announced it has recently expanded its offerings through exciting new partnerships…

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New Article for Examiner.com: Step back to a glamorous time at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

IMG_3014Arriving at The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is like stepping into another world. The property has no front desk – instead, an attentive innkeeper greets guests on arrival and ushers them to one of eight rooms. As the sun starts to sink, hors d’oeuvres and wine are served. In the morning, there’s a three-course breakfast by the waterfall. If it’s chilly, the grand fireplaces are lit. Truly, it feels like Clark Gable should be sipping cocktails in the great room. Indeed, back in the “two hour rule” days, when Hollywood studios insisted their stars venture no further than two hours away from Los Angeles in case an emergency project should arise, Gable was a guest of the inn…

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New Article for REW.ca: Vancouver’s University (UBC) Neighbourhood

The University of British Columbia (UBC) neighbourhood includes eight distinct neighbourhoods: seven on the UBC campus (Hampton Place, East Campus, Hawthorn Place, Chancellor Place, Wesbrook Place, North Campus and University Boulevard) plus the University Endowment Lands.

The central feature of the area is, of course, the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus, with its almost 50,000 students…

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(REW.ca is the online arm of the largest real estate market newspaper in the Lower Mainland: Real Estate Weekly.)

New article for Ageless Living Magazine: Profile of Sybil Verch

Sybil Verch is on a roll.

She was named the Business Person of the Year for 2014 by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce for her work in the community and with financial services company Raymond James. She’s become a familiar face as the finance mentor on the reality TV show The Hard Way, with plans for a second TV show in the works. She even won the Dancing with the Stars competition at last year’s Ageless Living Expo…

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New article for Ageless Living Magazine: Interview with Brendan Brazier

Brendan Brazier is a man on a mission. Since formulating Vega’s first vegan nutritional smoothie back in 2004, Brendan has become the face of plant-based eating in Canada and around the world. Today, Vega has grown to include a full line of smoothies, bars and supplements, and Brendan has authored four books on living the plant-based lifestyle. He’s also a dedicated runner and former professional Ironman athlete who’s out to tell the world that an athlete’s training diet doesn’t have to include meat. Brendan sat down with Ageless Living to talk about how he discovered the plant-based eating strategies that helped him win the Canadian 50 km Ultra Marathon—twice—and why “balance” is a word that’s just not in his vocabulary…

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New article for REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living In … Kitsilano

From beaches to parks to gardens galore, Kitsilano is Vancouver’s outdoor playground – and a great place to live for those seeking a healthy and active lifestyle.

1. Kits Beach

Kitsilano Beach (Kits Beach to locals) is the place to see and be seen in Kitsilano. On a warm summer day, you’ll find families playing by the shore, multiple beach volleyball games in full swing, and the occasional juggler or street performer working on new moves…

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(REW.ca is the online arm of the largest real estate market newspaper in the Lower Mainland: Real Estate Weekly.)

New article for Examiner.com: Spanish colonial architecture meets mod Moroccan vibe at the Colony Palms Hotel

The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs has a storied past. Originally built in 1936 by the mobster Al Wertheimer, the property started its life as a saloon, speakeasy, and gambling den. Later, as Hollywood’s movie industry grew and celebrities started looking for a nearby spot for a getaway, the hotel became a favourite of the rich and famous: Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rita Hayworth were all guests. Today, the hotel has a new lease on life after a massive $15 million 2007 renovation that retains the Spanish colonial architectural feel but adds a distinctly Moroccan design sensibility.

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New article for Examiner.com: Fortaleza do Guincho – Classic fort turned luxe hotel on Portugal’s Guincho Beach

View from Fortaleza do Guincho by Vancouver travel writer Christina NewberryIf there’s one thing you can say about seaside forts, it’s that they are guaranteed to have a good view of the ocean. (All the better for spotting enemy ships.) Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Guincho Beach, the Fortaleza do Guincho hotel near Cascais, Portugal, is no exception. Originally built in 1642 to defend the coast near Lisbon, the fort served a military purpose during the Seven Years War of the 1700s and the Liberal Wars of the early 1800s. Once peace came to the Portuguese coast, the fort was abandoned for a century before being restored as a luxury hotel…

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