“Do you like oatmeal?” Ian Willis asked me as I checked into Blackstone Bed and Breakfast, the three-unit boutique inn that he and his wife Charlotte own and operate in Fernie, British Columbia. “Sure,” I replied. “And do you like pie?” he ...

 

Blackstone B&B: A Boutique Inn for BC Mountain Adventurers and more...



Blackstone B&B: A Boutique Inn for BC Mountain Adventurers

“Do you like oatmeal?” Ian Willis asked me as I checked into Blackstone Bed and Breakfast, the three-unit boutique inn that he and his wife Charlotte own and operate in Fernie, British Columbia.

“Sure,” I replied.

“And do you like pie?” he asked.

“Pie? Of course!”

Ian simply smiled and said, “Wait till breakfast then.”

Welcome to Fernie, BC, Canada

Welcome to Fernie

On a road trip from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies, I had stopped to go exploring in Fernie, a fun...

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Sun and Sand at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

beach view from ocean views room at Marriott San Juan

Thanks to flight delays and missed connections, it was dark by the time we landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tired and possibly a bit cranky, my family perked up when we realized it would be less than a 15-minute drive to reach the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.

The Marriott features 513 rooms and 14 suites. Our Ocean View room was located on the 15th floor of the Main Tower. Along with two double beds, there was a nightstand (with easily accessible electrical outlets), sitting...

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Köln Mediapark Hotel Borders City's Green Belt

Lobby, NH Collection Hotel Cologne Mediapark, Germany (Photo courtesy of hotel)Bustling commercial cities offer myriad hotel choices. In Cologne, Germany, for example, tourists can stay in the Aldstadt, within walking distance of the historic cathedral, or a short stroll away at a hotel overlooking quiet parkland.

The Hotel NH Collection Köln Mediapark, Im Media Park 8b, Cologne, is (depending on whom you ask) either a 15-minute or 45-minute walk west of the cathedral square. The route through this 2000-year-old city with a population of about one million is along busy...

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Going it Solo and with Company in Red River, New Mexico

Once on a weekend quest to enjoy myself, by myself, on a cross-country skiing adventure,  I headed to Red River, New Mexico a skiing town near Enchanted Forest Cross-Counry Ski Area. Red River, 36 miles from Taos, is a small, picturesque ski town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico.  In addition to the ski trails through the Carson National Forest, the Enchanted Forest seemed like a safe bet for a solo cross-country skiing venture. It was.

The range of lodging options...

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Freehand Hotel: Fun & Funky in the Flatiron District, NYC

room at freehand hotel nyc

It’s always a treat to find a value-priced hotel in Manhattan, and finding the big-personality Freehand Hotel in the Flatiron District was an unexpected surprise. Funky and without pretensions, we made ourselves at home in this hipster-ish enclave just a couple blocks from Baruch College.

The Freehand comes with a creative’s pedigree – in its former life as the George Washington Hotel is was a haven for artists, writers, and musicians.- and incorporates this into its design esthetic and...

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