The Ontario cities of Kitchener-Waterloo make up one of Canada's high-tech hubs, a Canadian “Silicon Valley.” BlackBerry put Waterloo on the tech innovation map, when the company developed its smart phone here in 1999, and these days, Google has a ...

 

The Walper: A Boutique Hotel for the High-Tech Crowd and more...



The Walper: A Boutique Hotel for the High-Tech Crowd

The Walper boutique hotel, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

The Ontario cities of Kitchener-Waterloo make up one of Canada’s high-tech hubs, a Canadian “Silicon Valley.” BlackBerry put Waterloo on the tech innovation map, when the company developed its smart phone here in 1999, and these days, Google has a large facility in the region, as do Shopify, OpenText, and many other entrepreneurial ventures.

Until recently, though, travelers to the Waterloo region, an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto, had little choice of accommodation...

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High Flying Adventure at Ecuador's Mashpi Lodge

Mashpi Lodge accommodations

About three hours from Quito, the journey to Mashpi Lodge is an adventure in itself. As you leave the city and climb into the mountains on curvy, bumpy roads, the view is constantly changing until suddenly you find yourself shrouded in clouds. Welcome to the middle of Ecuador’s Chocó-Andean Cloud Forest.

A former logging spot turned luxury resort, Mashpi Lodge is the heart of a 3,000-acre private reserve. Built on the only flat area in the reserve, its floor to ceiling windows give it the...

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A Tranquil Stop on Crete at Platanias Ariston

Balcony, Platanias Ariston, Crete, Greece (Photo Courtesy of Platanias Ariston)It’s not often that one has the chance to be the very first person to stay in a new hotel, but that was the surprise which awaited me on the Mediterranean island of Crete.

I’d accepted an invitation by Travel Massive Crete (a trade group of hospitality professionals) to explore the Greek island in the spring. Because of an airline mistake, I’d missed my fight connection in London, and I arrived at Chania long after everyone else in my group. I hopped in a cab and told the driver...

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Hotels for the Holidays: Where Lobbies & More Brightly Shine

The tree outside the Grand America Hotel

Each holiday season, hotels transform into getaways that glitter and shine with the holiday season. Some are standouts for their holiday offerings that have become yearly traditions. Whether it’s the breath-taking Christmas tree in the lobby or Santa related things to do, here are more holiday standouts from LouisvilleChicago, Salt Lake and San Antonio.

The Galt House in Louisville

Known in Louisville, Kentucky for its KaLightoscope...

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Pantai Inn Delivers Oceanfront Luxury in La Jolla

exterior pantai inn la jolla

When you’re staying at La Jolla’s top hotel as ranked on TripAdvisor, you have certain expectations. The Pantai Inn delivered all we expected and more. Much, much more.

Our first task was to identify where La Jolla is because we generally lump geography all together with the phrase San Diego area. La Jolla is an affluent community set along the Pacific Ocean in the northern part of San Diego. If you’re looking for sweeping ocean views, rugged bluffs, and sandy beaches, head to La Jolla for...

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