Article for REW.ca: Five Great Things about Living in … New Westminster Quay

New Westminster Quay is a charming waterfront community along the Fraser River. With the average condo price under $400,000, a relatively young demographic and a short commute to downtown, this is a prime area for millennials and young families in Metro Vancouver who want to own a home without overcommitting financially or moving too far from the city. Here are five great reasons why the people who live there are passionate about the Quay and proud to call it home…

Article for Examiner.com: The flora of Phoenix shines at the Desert Botanical Garden

IMG_0204The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, offers a detailed look at the unique plant life of the Sonoran Desert. Founded in 1939, it’s the only botanical garden in the world specifically created to focus on desert plants. With more than 50,000 plants on display in its 140-acre property – including 400 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species – the garden is a haven for tourists and conservationists alike…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Exploring the sights and flavours of Fairmont Pacific Rim

The five-year-old Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver has thriving arts and food and beverage programs. The hotel’s growing collection of artworks is the focus of a newly released self-guided art podcast tour. In the kitchens, newly appointed executive chef Nathan Brown is showcasing local Vancouver ingredients with a focus on sustainable ingredients and cooking from scratch. PAXnewsWest.com sat down at the hotel’s ORU restaurant with Kaylyn Storey, public relations manager, to learn more about the latest developments in the hotel’s efforts to highlight the visual and culinary arts…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Boomerang & Exotik showcase new website, itineraries

Boomerang and Exotik Tours invited travel agents to the TravelBrands offices in Vancouver yesterday to announce new technology improvements that will change the way agents quote and book travel through the companies as of Sept. 7. These backend changes will enhance the functionality of the revamped website launched in May, which brought the Exotik and Boomerang product offerings together on one site…

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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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