For REW.ca: Five Great Things about Living in… Harrison Hot Springs

Just a 90-minute drive from Vancouver lies a resort town complete with a massive lake, scenic mountains, a provincial park and hot springs to boot. With less than 1,500 full-time residents, Harrison offers small-town living – and small-town real estate prices – with easy access to all the amenities of the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. Here are five reasons this lakeside village is a great place to call home…

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For REW.ca/The Vancouver Courier: Five Great Things About Living in… Cambie

Stretching north-south between 16th and 1st Avenues and east-west between Granville and Ontario streets, the MLS-defined Cambie neighbourhood represents a huge chunk of central Vancouver real estate. From bustling Cambie Street to the sprawling Queen Elizabeth Park, this neighbourhood combines the benefits of well-connected city life with the joys of nature and some of the city’s best recreational facilities.

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This article also appeared in The Vancouver Courier

For PAX News West: Delta toasts Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver wine lovers and industry insiders gathered this weekend for the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, this year showcasing the wines of Italy.

On Saturday night (Feb. 27), festival sponsor Delta Air Lines hosted travel industry VIPs at the intimate Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge for a guided tasting with Delta’s Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson…

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For PAX News West: France brings a night of joie de vivre to Vancouver

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“Canadians have always been great friends of France,” said Armelle Tardy-Joubert, director for Canada, Atout France, at the annual Destination France trade show in Vancouver last week. “This year, we would like to tell you how much we have appreciated your solidarity.”

Tardy-Joubert was referring to the messages of support France has received from the Canadian public and travel professionals in the months since the terrorist attacks that shook Paris on November 13…

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For Flight Network: A Tapas Tour of Madrid: Five Must-Visit Tapas Bars in Spain’s Capital City

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Looking for a great tapas bar in Madrid? Don’t follow the signs. “Tapas bars almost never have signs saying they’re tapas bars,” Context Travel guide Helena Vaello told me as we explored tapas culture in Spain’s capital city. Those that do are likely tourist traps. If you want the real thing, just look for a bustling spot with people standing at the bar – and keep an eye out for plenty of crumpled napkins on the floor, a sure sign of many tapas enjoyed before you arrived…

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For REW.ca: Five Great Things About Living in … White Rock

At just over five square kilometres in size, White Rock is one of BC’s smallest cities – but it’s big on personality. With a dazzling beach and bustling seaside community lifestyle, this town once known as the home of the Lower Mainland’s “newly wed and nearly dead” has become an attractive home for people of all ages seeking a slice of the waterfront lifestyle just an hour’s drive from Vancouver. Here are five key reasons that White Rock is a great place to live for residents both young and old…

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For PAX News: Touring Juan Vela’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort

IMG_8641“We don’t think of ourselves as hoteliers,” said Juan Vela, vice-president of Velas Resorts, over breakfast at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. “We think of ourselves as providers of experiences.”

Vela and his brother, Eduardo Vela Ruiz, were property developers who never planned to be in the hotel business. The first Velas resort – the Velas Vallarta, opened in 1989 – was meant to be condos…

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For PAX News: Exploring the Riviera Maya with Grand Velas

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“If you practice diving, this is the place to do it,” said Ana Mari Irabien, public relations representative for the Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort, referring to the high number of tourists who enjoy diving deep into the Riviera Maya’s many cenotes and underground rivers.

The Riviera Maya, stretching 120 kilometres along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, from just south of Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, is Mexico’s newest tourism area…

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A freelance travel & lifestyle writer/editor in Vancouver, B.C.