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You'll want to hang out on this porch at Logden Lodge

Logden Lodge: Private Luxury in the Kootenays

For rustic luxury, nature and privacy there's nothing else like Logden Lodge declares Annelies Ellerman. She and her partner, Paul Hulshoff, have created a retreat in the Kootenay Mountains that is as close to perfection as you'll find in the boutique lodging category in western Canada. Serenity of the outdoors Sitting on 42 acres of private forest and bordering backcountry wilderness, the lodge is the culmination of a life-long dream. Both Annelies and Paul have…

A Stay at the Fabulous Ankh Pension in Kekova, Turkey

I love it when expectations are far exceeded. That's how our group of four felt about our two night and way too short stay at the Ankh Pension in car-free Simena Village on the Mediterranean, a dew hour's drive south of Antalya, Turkey. It was a treat to have no agenda and be out of hiking shoes after five hard but beautiful days hiking the Lycian Way With some advice from an on-the-ground travel agent,…

The six sided stone fireplace in Chateau Montebello

Fairmont Montebello – World’s Largest Log Cabin

The Fairmont Montebello joins the short list of Fairmont properties I've stayed in over the years. They include the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi. All have delivered wonderful stays and experiences - but at a price - as you would expect from a hotel chain of this caliber. A stay at the Fairmont Montebello was the reward for the "full experience" of the 50th anniversary of…

The beautiful entrance to Emerald Lake Lodge

14 Places to Stay in the Canadian Rockies

Are you looking for a getaway in the Canadian Rockies -  whether it be in Alberta or British Columbia? The Canadian Rockies obviously offer outstanding mountain scenery but also a lot of fun, outdoorsy things to do. They 're also the perfect place to enjoy a few days of R&R. Most of the hotels and lodges described below are open on a year-round basis. If you want to save money, visit in November and April,…

Our room #325 in the Sultan Cave Suites Hotel

What it’s Like to Stay in a Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

High on my wish list while in Turkey was to stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia. I thought it would be an exotic yet romantic experience. It did not disappoint - and in fact the three nights in a cave hotel was one of the highlights of our two week trip. Staying in a cave hotel in Cappadocia is unique - and for me it was like nothing else I'd ever experienced. I loved…

Walking through garden lined paths to our room at Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Buffalo Mountain Lodge – What a Stay is Like

I enjoyed a two night stay in June at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park. My sister-in-law joined me for a girls getaway and the only thing we both had to say when we left yesterday, was that our visit was way too short. Although I'd heard of Buffalo Mountain Lodge before, it wasn't until we actually had to find the place that I appreciated its location. You'll find it on Tunnel Mountain Road,…

Whitefish Bike Retreat for Mountain Bikers

On a trip to Whitefish, Montana, I felt the pull of mountain biking for the first time in a while. I think it was the infectious enthusiasm of our host for the weekend - Cricket Butler. She was kind enough to put John and I up in the Whitefish Bike Retreat, her amazing trail-side lodge, located just 15 minutes outside of Whitefish. Although we had really come to cycle the Going to the Sun Road in…

Two of the buildings that make up the Prairie Creek Inn

Rocky Mountain House Weekend of Fun

Sitting smack in the middle of some of Alberta's oil country, Rocky Mountain House, might not seem like a destination for a weekend getaway - let alone a luxurious weekend getaway. So I was pleasantly surprised not only with my stay at Prairie Creek Inn, but at the activities available within about an hour's drive of Rocky Mountain House. It's a two hour drive to reach Rocky Mountain House - and the inn - from…

There's quite a view at the entrance to Storm Mountain Lodge

Storm Mountain Lodge Cabin Experience

I've driven past Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park at least a dozen times without ever stopping. That changed this past weekend. John and I decided we wanted a short getaway where we could check out some new cross-country ski trails over a couple of days, without having to drive all the way from Calgary. We booked a two night stay. Storm Mountain Lodge has a history dating back to 1922. It was built…

Great location for a lodge at Sunshine

Sunshine Mountain Lodge – A Fabulous Stay

I admit to being clueless on occasion. I had no idea until this past summer when I hiked into Sunshine Meadows, that there was in fact a ski-in/ski-out lodge at Sunshine Village. My excuse is that I hadn't lived in Calgary for long. And the last time I skied at Sunshine was four years ago, on a -25°C day so all I could think about was staying warm. I obviously didn't bother to take in…

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