- Written by Community Reports
February - BC
The Ski Week – Two opportunities this February to ski BC's powder highway
Experience: 1 week in BC, skiing three mountains, travelling by RV- February 9-16, February 23-March 2
Pricing: $1,500 USD per person
Information: The Ski Week is offering a unique opportunity for young professionals to explore British Columbia’s famed powder highway… by RV. Guests arriving from all over the world will land in Vancouver, then drive with a group to the interior to explore a trifecta of snow havens- Revelstoke, Sun Peaks and Silverstar. Ski by day and celebrate après-ski with campouts and activities unique to each mountain by night.
International options & pricing:
- Japan (January 20-27) €1,590 EURO per person
- Austria (March 16-23, 23-30) €1,200 EURO per person
- Aspen (April 7-14, 11-14) $830 USD per person
March to October - Ontario
Le Boat – A unique way to see a UNESCO site, Ontario by boat, at your own pace
Experience: Arrive/depart Ottawa plus 4-day return trips from Smiths Falls, Ontario
Price: From $1,992 CAD (sleeps up to 5 people)
Information: LeBoat holidays are the perfect way to discover the beauty of the Rideau Canal. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal is one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and it is the oldest continuously-operated canal system in North America. LeBoat offers a new way to experience the historic route and pristine waters of the connecting lakes as you journey through the incredible Canadian Shield landscape dotted with picturesque towns and lively cities. The pace you travel at, and the activities along the route are for you to customize as you captain your own destiny. Le Boat is the number one provider of canal boating vacations in Europe, and now in Canada, with the world’s largest fleet of self-driving boats. Trips start in Smith Falls, a one-hour drive south of Ottawa, Ontario.
May - Alberta
Evolve Retreat Co. – One of Alberta’s newest luxury health and wellness retreat experiences
Experience: 5-day all-inclusive retreat at Azuridge Estate in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, May 26-30, 2019
Pricing: starts at $2295 CAD to $3695 plus 5% GST (per person, based on single or double occupancy)
Information: Evolve Retreat Co. is a luxury health & wellness retreat experience in the Canadian Rockies. Each retreat is led by a team of world class experts, integrating a personalized approach to fitness, nutrition, wellness and outdoor adventure. Unlike anything else available in the Canadian Rockies, the Evolve experience includes 5 days/4 nights of wellness workshops, expert speakers, one-to-one lifestyle mentoring, fitness coaching, and before/after private consultations to help each guest achieve and sustain their wellness goals. The highlight for many guests is the daily guided outdoor adventures in the mountains — from hiking to yoga, mountaineering to rafting, horseback riding, forest therapy and even golf. Healthy, perfectly balanced menus are included using 100% Canadian ingredients, focusing on in-season organic ingredients from Alberta, with additional produce coming from Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
Early May to late October- BC
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort – Going Vertical for Vertical – A new adventure in 2019
Experience: Fly or boat into Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort on Pacific coast of Canada for your 3, 4 or 7-day trip and add on a new one-day vertical wine tasting where you are transported from the resort at sea level to glacial peak to experience some of the best wines in the world,via helicopter.
Price: Vertical package prices starts at $10,680 CAD, for a party of two, in addition to resort stay starting at $1,995/person/day CAD
Information: Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an intimate family owned and operated resort located in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest along the rugged west coastline of British Columbia. Named one of the National Geographic Society Unique Lodges of the World in 2015, guests can explore the beautiful wilderness either on land, on water, or helicopter. The new Vertical package includes an exclusive half-day helicopter tour, chef-prepared cuisine at each stop on route, vertically, and wines of varying vintages chosen by the resort’s in-house sommelier, all against a backdrop of ever-changing, wild West Coast scenery. The resort includes nine ultra-luxe West Coast cabins; an outdoor living room; floating dining room and lounge; floating fire dock with Adirondack chairs and warm blankets; two streamside hot tubs next to a cascading waterfall; a waterfall plunge pool; a yoga studio; and games room. Exceptional services include: master masseurs; and the provision of all adventure and fishing gear.
October - BC
Maple Leaf Adventures – Cascadia, the newest of three boats, launches west coast journeys in 2019
Experience: Maple Leaf Adventures, a Canadian Signature Experience, takes luxury small ship expedition cruising to a wild new level. Take a 5-day Wines and Island Cruise among picturesque Gulf Islands Oct 28 – Nov 1
Price: 2019 all-inclusive prices range from $3,980 to $5357 CAD
Information: Responding to a growing demand for immersive travel into Earth’s ecologically rich environments in a carefully curated, environmentally and culturally sensitive way, Canadian ecotourism pioneer Maple Leaf Adventures will launch in spring 2019 British Columbia’s first ship designed specifically for luxury expedition cruising along Canada’s spectacular west coast – the 138-foot catamaran Cascadia. The Wines and Island is a 5-day wine-tasting and culinary cruise that will explore the breadth of British Columbia’s wine through onshore excursions to island wineries. Onboard the chef will pair meals to the day’s wines, often featuring local specialties from land and sea. Along the way, the sommelier guides will bring you in touch with the history and culture of winemaking and artisanal food in this province rich in mountains, farmland, and ocean. Accommodating only up to 24 guests, Cascadia is designed to offer a more intimate and authentic experience, one aligned with the scale of the coastal inlets and communities her guests will visit.
- Written by Community Reports
At the Houston Airport System, during the traditional holiday travel period — Nov. 16 through Nov. 26 this year — nearly 2 million passengers are expected to come and go through George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. Bush Airport is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. during the holiday period, with an estimated total of nearly 1.5 million passengers over the period, while Hobby Airport is expected to see more than 500,000 passengers during that same time.
WHO: Bill Begley, Public Information Officer, Houston Airport System (available at both Bush Airport and Hobby Airport)
United Airlines representative (at Bush Airport only)
WHAT: Officials with the Airport System and United Airlines (Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at Bush Airport only) will be available to talk about preparation for the holiday rush and offer tips to help make holiday travel easier.
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 and Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Representatives will be available beginning at 4 a.m. on both days.
WHERE: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018: George Bush Intercontinental Airport-Terminal C
All interviews will be held in the ticketing lobby of Terminal C, public areas only. Please park in the Terminal C garage and bring your parking ticket inside for validation.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018: William P. Hobby Airport-Ticketing level lobby
All interviews will be held in the ticketing lobby, public areas only. Please park in one of the two terminal garages and bring your parking ticket inside for validation.
- Written by Sarah Mertins
Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is the first city that springs to mind when thinking about traveling to the Emerald Isle. Even with a history of more than 1,000 years, the city remains vibrant and pulsing, with live music in packed pubs nearby stately monuments from a bygone era.
- Written by Cynthia Calvert
The sun was setting across Lake Buchanan as I curved my way on FM 2341 about an hour northwest of Austin. This is the Texas Hill Country, and the rolling hills on the edge of the lake were a very welcome sight to this Houstonian.
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