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24 Hour Getaway to Four Seasons Vancouver

Found another great escape in the Pacific Northwest!  Whether you need a getaway for just you, or with your sweetie or family, read on.  I opted to go solo.  After a long week of meetings and a never ending “To Do” list, I “checked out” of reality for 24 hrs, and “checked in” to the Four Seasons Vancouver. Just a few hours drive north from Seattle, the views were scenic and the approach to Vancouver, B.C. spectacular.  When you see the mountains meeting the sea, you’ve arrived. Within 24 hours, you receive the Four Seasons “pink carpet” treatment.  Here are some of the highlights. Big Smile Welcome!   Doors will be opened, luggage carried, and the check-in takes seconds.  Four Seasons has a way of personalizing your stay, catering to needs and whims, while ensuring privacy is respected. Comfortable Room:  Guest rooms and luxury suites are spacious.  My room had a king-size bed, fine linens, natural light and impressive city…

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Fraser Valley: Love Local, Buy Local

There’s a valley in British Columbia where horses roam, farms flourish, and visitors flock to take in the fresh air, country peace and quiet.  Within an hour south of Vancouver, we took a daytrip to Fraser Valley to visit local farm vendors, pick berries, taste artisan cheeses and cured meats, savor homemade preserves, sip fine wines…under a blue canopy sky!  It was heavenly. Since the late 1800’s, families have been settling into Fraser Valley, drawn by its natural beauty and vast fertile lands.   Townships like Abbotsford has 1,282 farms and 3 wineries, and Langley with 1,360 farms and 20+ are open to the public.  Langley also has 7 wineries, including Vista D’Oro and 1 brewery.  There are more farms and wineries in other townships too like Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Mills. More eco conscious food shoppers love local produce and goods, and want to buy them.  With this growing…

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Vancouver’s Green Thumb

Ready for a Green Getaway? We just returned from one of the greenest cities in the world – Vancouver!  Just about everything we saw, ate, and where we stayed was green.  Living green is on everyone’s mind starting with Mayor Gregor Robertson who is leading a citywide green pledge that “Vancouver will be the “greenest city in the world by 2020.”  Canada’s greenest city, Vancouver is leading the way for a model global community. Its leaders and citizens collaborate to find ways for social, economic, and environmental sustainable living.  Vancouver’s green thumb is winning awards, making a difference in communities, and green LEED certified buildings are sprouting up! Here is a list of Green Dos, Green Stays, Green Eats, and Green Travel in Vancouver! GREEN DOS 1.  Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: adjacent to the city, you can visit Capilano and hike through the rainforest nature trails, see the collection of First Nations…

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Tofino’s Culinary Masterpieces

Tofino is a culinary destination! This town’s boat-to-table food culture thrives here with talented chefs, farmers, fishermen, harvesters, and purveyors. Chef’s creations are inspired by the season’s bounty, and local abundant supply of fresh produce and fish. In fact, every May, there’s a Feast Tofino, a month-long celebration of coastal food featuring resident and regional chefs, special events and exquisite menu features. We met visiting Chef Trevor Bird from Fable during the Themed Week for Shellfish. #feasttofino www.feasttofino.com See our list of dining recommendations below. DINE: 1.  The Pointe Restaurant: Known as one of Vancouver Island’s top dining destinations, The Pointe delights diners with refined West Coast cuisine. The restaurant opens up to 260 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and rugged coastline. Executive Chef Warren Barr and Restaurant Chef David Sider source farm-fresh, organic Vancouver Island ingredients, and fresh seafood from nearby waters to create elegant dishes. A memorable…

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Natural Wonders Await in Tofino

There are many routes to the “end of the road, where the ocean begins” in Tofino, British Columbia.  Whatever route you take, you’ll be rewarded with the stunning natural beauty surrounding this Canadian gem. Like all great places in the World, this destination justifies the journey. Only 1,800 residents call Tofino home, and over 1 million tourists visit year round. Located on Vancouver Island’s western coast, visitors come to fish, surf, storm watch, beachcomb, hike, kayak, bike, boat, and enjoy the most spectacular scenery and beaches of the Pacific Northwest. Locals claim Tofino is “half the pace, twice the pleasure!” Here’s our list of recommendations:  where to stay, what to do, where to dine & how to get there! STAY: The Wickaninnish Inn exudes “rustic elegance on nature’s edge”, and has received umerous accolades throughout the years, including #1 Resort in Canada, #1 Resort in North America, and #3 Resort in…

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Lummi Island, a Haven for Nature & Food Lovers

Looking for a great escape in the Pacific Northwest?  Just north of Seattle, and south of Vancouver, Canada, you’ll find one of the San Juan Island’s best kept secrets.  Tranquil Lummi Island has only 800 residents and is home to The Willows Inn, a perfect getaway anytime of year. Reid Johnson, PR Director for The Willows Inn introduced us to this island “Lummi Island is located in the archipelago that includes the San Juan Islands and the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, the waters off the coasts of the Pacific Northwest and southwest Canada. This is a place crowded with mountains, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, coasts, islands and salt waters. Salmon, orca, blackberries, and wild roses abound. Our temperate climate and evergreen trees make for year-round green.” We had 48 hours on Lummi to discover this island’s natural beauty and culinary wonders.  Here are some adventures we experienced and our top recommendations on what to…

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Barefoot Luxury on North Island

Ready for a once in a lifetime tropical experience?  Head to North Island, a private island resort in the Seychelles.  The North Island Resort combines natural beauty with sheer luxury.   Wayne Milgate, General Manager, welcomes us with this philosophy, “We developed North Island in recognition of its potential as a Noah’s Ark; a sanctuary where natural habitats could be rehabilitated and given a place to regenerate.  Our offering is the same for you, to provide you the very best in privacy, location, accommodation and experience.”    Prince William & Duchess Kate came here for their honeymoon, to find privacy and barefoot luxury at this tropical Eden.  Celebrities and others have found their tropical Eden staying in one of the 11 luxury hand-crafted villas.  Each villa has a backyard that opens up to a pristine, powder-white sandy beach.  There’s a personal attendant who works magic and does everything without guests knowing how it happened. …

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Masdar Takes the Carbon Free Challenge

Reuse.  Reduce. Recycle.  We’ve heard the call to action to keep our world green.  And now, there is a city that is going ALL green.  Or at least it’s trying to.  Green technologies, sustainable building materials, solar panels, shaded windows, high-tech wind towers are being tested in Masdar City’s petri dish.   Their goal?  to be an ecologically sustainable, zero waste city. On a recent trip to Abu Dhabi, Victoria, a Global Adventuress Correspondent, headed 11 miles to Masdar for a private tour of one of the World’s first planned “zero carbon” cities. Here’s her experience… After parking our “carbon not-free” mini-van in the outer parking lot to Masdar, we entered Masdar’s City “gate” to a building that houses PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) vehicles.     We climbed into the future, an electric powered PRT mini-vehicle.  With the touch of a button, the computer navigated the PRT through a tunnel to Masdar.  Once we exited and climbed up a spiral staircase…

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We Adopted a Turtle! Her Name is Caribelle…

Adoption Announcement!  Global Adventuress is now the proud parent of Caribelle, a Hawksbill sea turtle tagged at Lover’s Beach Four Seasons Nevis, West Indies. Vitals:  Shell Length 31.5 inches and Turtle Weight 150-200 lbs. Our adopted turtle is quite an “Adventuress” and last we checked she has traveled 373 miles and now spending a lot of time at Antigua Barbuda. Where is our Caribelle today? Click here to find out: http://conserveturtles.org/trackingmap.php?id=84 €¦ Sea turtles have been on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, but today they are in danger of extinction. Want to Adopt a Turtle? Give these ancient creatures a fighting chance at survival and adopt a turtle today! Visit Tour de Turtles at:  www.TourDeTurtles.org and Sea Turtle Conservancy:  www.conserveturtles.org or call #1-800-678-7853. More information on Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC): STC is dedicated to ensuring the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and the…

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Zambia Undiscovered

Peering over the edge of Victoria Falls, I saw a double rainbow dipping 300 feet down into the steep gorge.  I was cautiously treading water in “Devil’s Pool”, watching the powerful Zambezi River spread out into a 6,000 ft wide curtain of water, then plummet over one of the world’s seven wonders!   Landlocked in south-central Africa, Zambia is in the heart of the continent offering an abundance of wildlife with 19 national parks, a vibrant culture, and is home to Victoria Falls.  The Zambezi River, considered one of Africa’s largest rivers, carves its way between Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Unique bird species attract birders to the tropical north of Lake Tanganyika.   One of Africa’s best kept secrets, our guide said, “Zambia is still Africa undiscovered with a timeless sense of wilderness.  It’s here where the walking safari originated and where you can see ‘Real Africa’.”  Dr. David Livingstone, discovered Victoria…

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