5 places to celebrate Christmas in Alberta

chateau-lake-louise

While I love calling California home for the constant sunshine and proximity to the beach, when Christmas rolls around, I’m always ready to head north for snow! I’ve heard so much about Christmas in Alberta and this is seriously on my bucket list. With the picture perfect mountains and the pretty much guaranteed snow, I […]

A look at Radisson, Part 3 — Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, Niagara Falls

Elements on the Falls lunch view

This is part 3 of Caitlin Martin’s three-part look at three Radisson hotels. Check out the intro here, part 1 here and part 2 here. Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview (6733 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, Ontario; 905-356-1944) happens to hold great value for travelers who want a panoramic view of Niagara Falls from their room without a crazy price tag. […]

Travel Tip of the Day: New NEXUS Machines, New Rules

Toronto Airport

New NEXUS Machines, New Rules I’m a big proponent of NEXUS for frequent travelers to Canada, and so I was excited to see on Friday that they’ve rolled out new NEXUS machines at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport—as part of a larger, more complete rollout that’s currently underway. The machines bring a lot of improvements to the experience, […]

New NEXUS Machines Require Your NEXUS Card

Toronto Airport

If you travel to and from Canada often, then I highly recommend getting NEXUS. It’s basically the same thing as Global Entry except only for Canada. It also includes Global Entry and TSA PreCheck and only costs $50 for five years. The downside is that you need to have your face-to-face appointment in Canada or […]

A look at Radisson, Part 1 — Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront

View of Lake Ontario from the pool and terrace area

This is part 1 of Caitlin Martin’s three-part look at three Radisson hotels. Check out the intro here, part 2 here and part 3 here. The Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront, in Toronto, Canada, just finished a 3.5 million-dollar renovation in April 2014. As I mentioned earlier, Radisson hotels across North America are undergoing a massive brand refresh in […]

Niagara Falls: A Canadian-American wonder, finally checked off

From the Journey Behind the Falls (Canada)

I was asked to participate in the #DoMoreCountry program, sponsored by Country Inns & Suites. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. I’d just landed in Buffalo, and was, in a modest black car, en route to my hotel on the other side of the US-Canadian border: the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, […]

Travel Contests: Week of August 27, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests include: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a Catalina Island getaway Win a two-week holiday to amazing Thailand with Anantara (on Facebook or Instagram) Win a 3-night stay at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in the #TBT Facebook giveaway (on Facebook) Win a wine-themed trip […]

The Post Hotel and Lake Louise Village in Banff National Park

Kayaking on Lake Louise

My wife Natalie and I recently visited beautiful Alberta, Canada to attend the Calgary Stampede. (Here are 10 tips for Stampede first-timers as well as 10 things to know about flying Air Canada rouge, the airline we flew to get there.) I’ve always wanted to go to the Calgary Stampede, but I was even more […]