Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Context brings ‘deep travel’ to Vancouver & Montreal

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Context Travel, named one of the top European tour companies by Travel + Leisure magazine, launched its first Canadian tours in Vancouver and Montreal in May. This week, PAXnewsWest.com joined expansion manager Lily Heise and Vancouver wine docent Louise-Marie Lessard for a trial run of the new Vancouver-based tour Wines of B.C., a Tasting Journey of the Province, with stops at The Wine Bar in Yaletown and Beach Bay Café in the West End…

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Article for Examiner.com: A taste of the good life: Discovering an agricultural utopia in Gilbert, Arizona

IMG_0083Agritopia in Gilbert, Arizona, started with one question: What kind of community would I like to live in? That’s what founder Joe Johnston asked himself when planning how to develop his family’s farm into an experiment in community living that incorporates commercial (certified USDA organic) and community gardens, a 24-hour honour-system farm stand, and housing for residents aged one to 100. Plus: He wanted to be able to walk to work…

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Article for REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living in … Fort Langley

Fort Langley is a historic village known as the “birthplace of BC.” Home to The Fort Langley National Historic site, an early 19th-century Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, the community has a true village feel that comes from its roots as an early settlement rather than a bedroom community.

Situated along the Fraser River in the northern part of the Township of Langley, Fort Langley offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation in close proximity to all the comforts of a thriving town centre. With a population of less than 4,000 people, it’s a small town with charm to spare. Here are five excellent reasons to live there…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Choose Chicago zeros-in on Western Canada’s untapped potential

Representatives of Choose Chicago wrapped up four days in Vancouver on Thursday with local travel agents during a sunny soiree on the patio of the Shangri-La Hotel.

“There’s great interest in Chicago,” Cathy Domanico, Choose Chicago’s vice-president of tourism and leisure sales, told PAXnewsWest.com. “Chicago is a new product offering for Western Canada, which provides a good opportunity for travel professionals…”

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Arizona for millennials: W Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Entertainment District

The booming entertainment district in Scottsdale, Arizona is growing fast. Nine new restaurants and bars have opened in the last two years, giving the area the highest concentration of bars and lounges in downtown Scottsdale. The 230-room W Scottsdale hotel is located in a prime position for visitors looking to experience the area’s nightlife, including three lounges within the hotel. PAXnewsWest.com sat down with Rich Gonzalez, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, to learn about the latest developments in the entertainment district, and what guests should know about this 230-room Starwood property…

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Article for Examiner.com: Flight of the Phoenix – A sunset ritual at the Phoenician Resort

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A master falconer in full gear is not a common sight in a high-end hotel, but every Friday and Saturday at sunset, that’s exactly what you’ll find on the patio of the Thirsty Camel bar at the Phoenician, an AAA Five Diamond Resort. As the sky begins to turn pink and orange, assistants arrive, and the show begins. Zopilote Rey, a South American king vulture – with a seven-foot wingspan – swoops in, landing beside a ring of fire. The bird handlers bring out some of the 17 other birds that live at the hotel, inviting guests to get quite close to take photos and ask questions. The show ends as the sunset shifts into high gear…

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New article for PAXnewsWest.com: Exploring Anantara’s newest Thailand properties

UntitledAnantara Hotels and Resorts, a brand launched with one resort in Thailand in 2001, now includes 13 hotels and resorts across the country, with a collection of 35 properties stretching cross Asia, the Middle East and Africa. While the brand may not be well known to Canadians, it is part of the Minor Hotel Group, one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific region, and a member of the Global Hotel Alliance.

PAXnewsWest.com recently had the opportunity to visit two recent additions to the Anantara portfolio in Thailand to learn what this luxury hotel brand can offer the Canadian traveller…

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