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For CBC: Broaden Your Horizons at Cornucopia this Fall (Sponsored Content)

Fall has been a time for learning since we laced up our first back-to-school shoes. This year, Whistler’s Cornucopia invites you to open your mind – and your palate – to fresh ideas and inspiration at signature events, chef’s demonstrations, delicious winery dinners and educational drink seminars. Made for the epicurious, Whistler’s fall festival of food and drink takes place November 4 to 6, 10 to 20 and 25 to 27…

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Don’t confuse Vancouver’s West End with the West Side (across False Creek) or West Vancouver (a different city altogether); you’ll find this trendy neighbourhood on the city’s downtown peninsula, just south of Coal Harbour. Once a quiet enclave for the elite, the West End is now boisterous. Davie Village serves as home base for the city’s LGBTQ+ community (be sure to pop into the historic Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium for some queer lit) and you’ll find bars serving all types of folks along Davie Street. For restaurants and retail, you can’t beat Denman and Robson Streets. Robson skews high-end, while Denman is the place for hole-in-the-wall eats. But the real colour here is provided by mother nature in the form of 405-hectare Stanley Park and the aptly named Sunset Beach.

The perfect day Wake up at The Burrard, a ’50s motel converted into a hip boutique pad with a palm-filled courtyard. Grab a cruiser bike and head for the seawall, pausing at Tartine Bread and Pies for pastries. Ride all the way around Stanley Park, then make your way to Kingyo on Denman Street for fabulous Japanese small plates before dancing the night away at Celebrities: Vancouver’s biggest gay nightclub.

Plan your trip Don’t miss Vancouver’s annual Pride Festival, one of North America’s largest. Weeks of parties and events culminate in a Pride Parade that draws upwards of 100,000 people to the West End. As if that wasn’t enough, Pride overlaps with the Celebration of Light, the world’s longest-running offshore fireworks competition, held at the end of July at English Bay.

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Christina Newberry 
Contributor, Canada
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For CBC: The best Kelowna autumn activities for lovers of Okanagan wine, cider, and beer (Sponsored content)

Everyone knows that a top-rated Okanagan Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with dark chocolate or sharp cheese. And on an autumn visit to Kelowna, you can take the merging of wine and food much deeper with multi-course winemakers’ dinners featuring some of the region’s best vintages and chefs.

But Kelowna in the fall is not just about the wine. The bountiful harvest season is a spectacular time to get outdoors and experience all that the land and the lake have to offer. It’s also a perfect chance to extend your stay for an exploration of Kelowna’s craft beer and cider scenes…

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For G Adventures: 8 Czech UNESCO Highlights Beyond Prague

Venture beyond the Czech Republic’s capital city to find an astonishing number of UNESCO sites and traditions, along with far smaller crowds. Here are eight to get you started:

1: Tugendhat Villa, Brno

This modernist villa designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929 was home to Fritz and Grete Tugendhat and their children. A wedding gift from Grete’s father, who provided unlimited funds, it’s a stunning open-plan family home incorporating exotic woods, imported stone, and a feature Onyx wall.

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For Time Out: The 12 best art galleries and museums in Amsterdam

The Dutch certainly know what they are doing when it comes to creating and displaying art. Amsterdam is a veritable treasure trove of artistic pleasure, and the city’s museums and galleries are teeming with historic pieces and future classics. Whether you’re looking for the best of the best from the Dutch Masters or your new favourite painter, you’re going to find it in Amsterdam.

Undoubtedly one of the great European destinations, Amsterdam’s roster of art museums and galleries may well be its strongest suit. Sure, the city has a nightlife that attracts revellers from all over the world, it has charming cafes and curious coffeeshops, innovative restaurants and a famous central district, but the cream of the crop? That’ll be these spots. Check out our pick of the best art museums and galleries in Amsterdam right now.

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For Time Out Amsterdam: The 12 best cafés in Amsterdam

In many ways, modern travel is at its most vibrant in the cafe of a city, and Amsterdam is no different. Everyday life overflows here, as old friends catch up while young creatives furiously work away in the corner, with plenty of fantastic coffee and cakes to be enjoyed along the way. To be clear, if you want a coffee or a light meal in Amsterdam, then a coffeeshop is not the place to stop. Despite the name, those joints serve cannabis (yes, pun intended); you’re after a koffiehuis (or cafe).

Amsterdam’s centuries-old cafe and restaurant culture deserves celebrating, and what better way to pay homage than by nipping in for a hot cup of coffee and a delightfully massive cake? These are the best cafes in Amsterdam. Expect plenty of gorgeous canalside views, you lucky thing.

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For CBC: Unforgettable food & drink events in Whistler (Sponsored Content)

With snow-capped mountains framing fall colours in the valley, Whistler offers a breathtaking setting for a world-class celebration of food and drink from the Sea-to-Sky region and beyond.

Cornucopia is back for its 25th anniversary with a reimagined schedule of tastings, events, seminars and celebrations throughout November. With extended dates and a diverse schedule of events, Whistler’s signature fall festival invites the epicurious to let their taste buds (safely) run wild in this spectacular mountain playground.

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For Time Out: The 12 best bars in Amsterdam



night out in Amsterdam is one of the world’s great travel experiences. Not convinced? Visitors to this famous city have been stopping for a drink or three since the 1600s when sailors and traders alike exchanged tales over tipples before going their separate ways. The Dutch capital’s sightseeing options are among the best on the continent, but the best bars in Amsterdam keep the fun going late into the night.

Amsterdam’s eclectic soul shines brightest in its bars, where the traditional taverns of yesteryear sidle up to sleek lounges, hyper-stylish cocktail bars and craft breweries that continue this city’s proud history of revolution and innovation. You don’t need too much of a reason to stop for a drink in Amsterdam, and these bars should be high on your must-see list.

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While the creek that fuelled Vancouver's nineteenth-century brewery boom is long gone from Mount Pleasant, this historic neighbourhood remains the city's go-to spot for craft beer – it's easy to hit half a dozen tasting rooms in an afternoon on foot. The otherwise nondescript industrial and office buildings of this ever-evolving area are festooned with multi-storey murals, while its classic brick warehouses and storefronts are home to great vintage stores, galleries and artists' studios. The neighbourhood vibe is perhaps best captured by Dude Chilling Park, so named after a guerrilla art installation mimicking an official city sign kept appearing with this name. Locals rallied to make the sign official, and it now has public art status.

The perfect day: Line your stomach with a peanut butter and jelly doughnut, plus locally roasted coffee, at 49th Parallel before strolling down Main Street to the cluster of breweries between 8th and 2nd avenues. Finish your night with craft cocktails at The Narrow Lounge or catch a show at the Fox Cabaret.

Plan your trip: For the Vancouver Mural Festival, in August, which culminates in an epic street party with multiple stages across Mount Pleasant. –Christina Newberry