Richmond’s Historic Homes

Last month when we were in Richmond, we were surprised to learn that the area has several historic homes. These mansions were home to Richmond’s elite & many are now open to the public for touring. Here are two of our favorites: Maymont Mansion & Grounds Maymont, which is located on a large 100 acre estate on […]

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Walkable Kensington

One of my favorite things to discover when traveling are new, walkable neighborhoods. While staying in Calgary at the Kensington Riverside Inn, we discovered the very walkable neighborhood of Kensington. One of Calgary’s oldest neighborhoods, Kensington is going through a revitalization & is now full of cute boutique shops, cafes & restaurants. Kensington’s streets are […]

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Banff and Lake Louise Gondolas

We’ve already established that I’m an adventure wuss, seeking out thrills when I travel & then being terrified when I do. See the problem is that I’m afraid of falling, so that things like observation decks in skyscrapers are okay (unlikely the building wall will fall down) things like ski lifts, gondolas & small planes […]

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Hiking in Banff

One of the best things about any national park are the seemingly endless miles of hiking trails & Banff National Park is no different. While we didn’t get to do a ton of hiking while we were there (must. go. back!), we went on two easily accessible hikes that area easy to fit in a […]

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Good Eats in Banff

Banff has always been a tourist town. Founded in the 1880s after the first transcontinental railroad stretched through the nearby Bow Valley, this popular resort town is home to numerous shops, restaurants & the ultra-popular Banff Gondola & the Banff Upper Hot Springs. I fell in love with downtown Banff, while B was a little […]

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Exploring the Columbia Icefields

About two hours north of Banff, after a drive on Icefields Parkway through the beautiful, rural scenery of Jasper National Park are the Columbia Icefields. The Icefields are home to eight glaciers & some of the highest peaks in all of the Canadian Rockies. It’s very barren for most of the drive – no cell phone […]

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Banff National Park

In the United States, we’re lucky to have an extensive National Park System which works hard to preserve our nation’s priceless natural resources. Luckily, Canada’s park service (known as Parks Canada) does an equally good job of protecting Canada’s most wow-worthy natural wonders. Banff National Park is no exception. Perhaps one of the best known […]

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Hotel Review: Rimrock Resort; Banff, Canada

The first thing you notice about the Rimrock Resort Hotel is the view. Driving up the long, winding mountain road to reach the resort, the view is largely hidden by the tall thin pine trees which line both sides of the road. Suddenly, the resort opens up before you. It looks simple from the front […]

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