Exploring the Columbia Icefields

About two hours north of Banff, after a drive through the beautiful, rural scenery of Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway, 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 […]

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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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Alberta Perfection

A few weeks ago, B & I spent some time in Alberta exploring Calgary & the Canadian Rockies. I was there to write a guide for Travel Alberta, but ended up falling madly in love with the area, especially Banff & Jasper National Parks. No sponsored, planned, tourism board promoted trip (as this one was) could match […]

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Hotel Review: Jefferson Hotel; Richmond, VA

Way back when, 14 alligators swam in the lobby of the Jefferson Hotel. Richmond socialites would bring them back from wintering in Florida & the hotel was nice enough to house them in their lobby fountain. The last living alligator may have died in 1948, but the stone gators placed through the lobby pay homage to the […]

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Kayaking Keuka Lake

One of the best ways to really soak in the Finger Lakes is on the water. Many people have motorboats on the lakes, but I prefer a slower mode of transportation: the kayak. While we were visiting the Finger Lakes region, we stopped by Keuka Watersports to grab some kayaks to take out on Keuka […]

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Hiking in Watkins Glen State Park

Just outside the small town of Watkins Glen, NY is the hidden Watkins Glen State Park. It looks unimpressive from the parking lot, just a little tunnel into the rock. But once you come out the other side, an amazing gorge opens up in front of you. You’re at the base of the Gorge Trail, […]

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Dining on the Dock: Dinner at Snug Harbor

It’s hard to describe exactly what made dinner at Snug Harbor, a lakeside restaurant in Hammondsport, New York, so perfect. Was it the table on the dock? The cool evening air? The beautiful golden light as the sun set behind the hills? The roaring campfire? Whatever it was, the evening was just lovely. This lakeside […]

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