Photo Friday: Christmas in Victoria

by Chris on December 16, 2011

This week’s Photo Friday theme is Festive. We loved the Christmas lights strewn around the buildings in downtown Victoria, British Columbia.
Victoria Christmas

This week’s Photo Friday theme (#FriFotos on Twitter) is Festive. For Christmas 2010, Don and I went to Victoria, British Columbia for the holidays. We loved how the city went all out with its lights, including outlining the Parliament building.


Bedding Down: Sexy Hotel Art in Toronto

by Chris on December 6, 2011

Sexy hotel art: A turn on or turn off? A visit to Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square in Toronto begs the question.
Hotel art, St. Germain Maple Leaf Square

  Hotel art is a funny thing. You usually don’t notice it unless it jumps out and hits you over the head, for better or worse. When I entered my room at the Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, one of Toronto’s newest boutique hotels, the picture above the bed made me stop short. I […]

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Photo Friday: Québec City

by Don Faust on October 7, 2011

Boardwalk along the St. Lawrence River leading down to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City.
Photo of Québec City

Today’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos on Twitter) theme is CAPITALS.  Pictured above is a boardwalk on the St. Lawrence River in Québec City, the capital of the Canadian province of Québec.  In the background is the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.


This week’s Photo Friday: A look at the Plains of Abraham, located within Québec City.
Plains of Abraham, Quebec City

This week’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos) theme is HISTORY.  Pictured above are the Plains of Abraham in Québec City, Québec Canada.  This is an historic area where the Battle of the Plains of Abraham took place in 1759, and where the British climbed the steep riverside cliffs at night to defeat the French for control of the city. […]


Canadian Border Crossing Tips

by Chris on June 30, 2011

Crossing the Canadian border? A few tips to make the process less painful.
Canadian border crossing

This post previously appeared on As we packed for a recent road trip to Vancouver, I gave my bags an extra look. Something seemed to be missing. But what? “Did you remember our passports?” my husband called out. D’oh. I grabbed the documents and put them in my purse for easy access. The Canadian […]


Looking for a hotel that’s high on value in Vancouver? A review of the Sunset Inn & Suites.
Sunset Inn & Suites, Vancouver

Where: Sunset Inn & Suites, in Vancouver’s West End residential neighborhood. 1111 Burnaby St., 800-786-1997 Why we’re there. Parking fees in Vancouver can be steep, so when I knew I was driving up to Vancouver for TBEX, I looked for a hotel that included a place for a car. Several of my fellow travel bloggers, […]


Going to TBEX in Vancouver? Enter to win a free trip to Victoria, the British Columbia capital, from Vancouver.
Parliament Building with Queen Victoria statue, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Note: A winner has been chosen. Congrats, Wesley Tomchuk!! Travel bloggers of all sorts will be descending upon the Pacific Northwest this June for our annual conference, TBEX ’11. I wanted to introduce bloggers to one of my favorite places near Vancouver: the cute town of Victoria on Vancouver Island. And thanks to the folks […]


Christmas 2010: When You Gotta Get Away

by Chris on December 22, 2010

Where are you spending Christmas 2010? For us, a weekend get away to Victoria in British Columbia seems like a perfect no-fuss holiday.
Fairmont Empress, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

My husband and I love our families. We really do. But after a major cross-country move, Christmas 2010 snuck up on us like the Grinch targeting a Whoville home. With our boxes of stuff finally unpacked, we wanted to celebrate without pulling out boxes of decorations. We needed a short get away. But where? Choosing […]


Looking for high tea in Victoria? Hard to beat the Fairmont Empress afternoon tea.
Fairmont Empress, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

I’m not going to lie: If I had my way, I’d live in hotels full-time. And if I’m really honest about things? My hotel of choice would be one of the sprawling Victorian fantasies built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s. Now run by Fairmont, the CPR hotels were created by the […]


Victoria Day Trip: Butchart Gardens

by Chris on August 2, 2010

Daytrip from Seattle to Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Cananda
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Oh, Canada. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better, now that you’re just a few hours away. For my first foray north to British Columbia, I set my sights on Victoria, the province’s capital located on woodsy Vancouver Island. Known for its Anglophile leanings. Victoria is appropriately full of Victorian-era buildings, as well […]