Saturday, August 31, 2013

Road-tripping to roadside attractions in British Columbia

(Provided for use by Destination British Columbia)

by Margo Pfeiff

We've all seen them on highways and rural byways, massive roadside attractions that elicit a gasp or a guffaw — buffalo as big as locomotives, a helicopter-sized mosquito or a cowboy boot that would fit King Kong.

Everybody loves a road trip and these kitschy, small-town landmarks are part of the fun. While they may not be a destination on their own, they offer a quirky target to aim for with the goal of exploring the surrounding region.

British Columbia has its share of mammoth landmarks and — since this is Canada — the Guinness Book of World Records' holder for the world's largest hockey stick (and puck), seems a good place to start.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pencil Sharpener Museum, variety and adventure in Hocking Hills, Ohio

(News Release)

Hocking, OH – For a getaway with diverse offerings, Ohio's spectacular Hocking Hills region is the ideal place to go. 

Whether travelers are up for the cliff-hugging adventure of a rappelling experience, or prefer a gentle hike past scenic waterfalls on a wheelchair-accessible paved path, the region offers a wealth of free and low-cost experiences.

And the region's new website,, offers last-minute lodging and other specials with its "Hot Deals" link.

Keep your home and family safe with security tips from the pros

August, 2013

BRAMPTON, Ont. – With families squeezing in getaways to enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation, and kids heading back to school immediately thereafter, the next couple of months will see your house sitting empty and potentially vulnerable to break-ins.

While we may dutifully lock our doors and windows when we go out or go to bed, too many people think burglaries and home invasions are something that only happens to other people. That is, until it happens to us.

Fall at its best: celebrate the season in colourful New Brunswick

 Crisp fall air + warm Acadian charm = the perfect autumn getaway

Winding, uncrowded coastal roads and Mother Nature’s annual fall display – what a great combo for a fall driving holiday.  Add the fascinating history of the hard-working and hospitable Acadian people of northern New Brunswick, and you have the recipe for a great getaway.

The Acadian Coastal Tour, a 5-night self-drive getaway from Maxxim Vacations, offers the perfect blend of stunning scenery and the vibrant, historic communities that celebrate the culture of New Brunswick’s French heritage.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wya Point Resort launches Surf, Savour and Stay package

New Package Offers Eco Luxury Experience in Ucluelet, BC
Ucluelet, BC (August 9, 2013) – Experience West Coast style eco luxury with Wya Point Resort’s new Surf, Savour and Stay package. Tucked into a lush coastal rainforest next to an exclusive beach, the Ucluelet, BC resort offers a two-night stay in a rustic oceanside yurt, along with surfing, hiking and delightful dining.

Travel ideas from Destination British Columbia, August 2013

Here is a captivating collection of Food and Wine Fresh Story Ideas from Destination British Columbia.

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The Grill & Vine set to open in the Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, B.C., this winter

New restaurant concept serves up a local twist on traditional favourites with an extensive wine program that highlights wines by the glass

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 20, 2013 - The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler will be launching a new restaurant in December – the Grill & Vine, developed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts in collaboration with the hotel.

Based on a modernized reinterpretation of the classic grill, the casual yet upscale restaurant will be a welcoming place where guests can enjoy a menu of traditional favourites with a local twist, alongside a wide selection of wines by the glass.