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Luxury luggage from Duchess Kate Middleton’s wedding night hotel

- April 15th, 2015
Courtesy The Goring

Courtesy The Goring

Kate Middleton leaves The Goring hotel before her wedding to Prince William. (WENN.com)

Kate Middleton leaves The Goring hotel before her wedding to Prince William. (WENN.com)

The hotel that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — then known simply as Kate Middleton — stayed at on the night before her wedding to Prince William has introduced a line of luxury luggage with A-list brand Globe-Trotter.

The Goring, a boutique London hotel run by the same family for more than 105 years, hosted Duchess Kate and the entire Middleton family the night before her world-watched wedding. Her family was memorably seen leaving the hotel in the morning for the short drive to Westminster Abbey, the royal wedding venue.

Now The Goring has teamed with Globe-Trotter to create a limited edition collection of luxury suitcases inspired by the hotel. This is the second collaboration between the two.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Globe-­Trotter again,” said the hotel’s Jeremy Goring in a statement. “I feel we come from the same place, where attention to detail and personal service are the most important things.”

The luggage is available in the signature colours of The Goring — burgundy and navy — and is lined in silk commissioned from the Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, the same company that provided the silks that adorn each room in the hotel.

Prices for the luggage start at a royal price of $807 per piece.

Courtesy Globe-Trotter.

Courtesy Globe-Trotter.

Discover dinosaurs this summer in Alberta

- April 13th, 2015

Explore the planet’s prehistoric past on a summer trip to Alberta. Drumheller, less than 1.5 hours from Calgary, is the dinosaur capital of the world, with many important dino discoveries made in the Badlands since the 1800s.

Travel Alberta is encouraging dino fans and anyone who sees this summer’s blockbuster movie Jurassic World to live the dino dream on a trip to Canada’s Badlands.

“Whether you join a guided excavation program and digging up real fossils in Dinosaur Provincial Park, hop abroad Anderson Vacations new day-long bus tours from Calgary to the Royal Tyrrell Museum or make the trek to Grande Prairie’s new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum opening later this summer, there are a variety of ways to add some Tyrannosaurus-sized fun to your summer vacation plans,” says Travel Alberta.

For more information on planning your dinosaur vacation to Alberta, visit travelalberta.com.

Travel with your pets this spring: Best pet-friendly packages in Canada

- April 6th, 2015
(Courtesy OPUS Hotel, Vancouver)

(Courtesy OPUS Hotel, Vancouver)

Hit the road this spring with your pet! If you’re looking for a pet-friendly vacation in Canada, check out one of these hotel packages that cater to cats, dogs and the humans that love them.

OPUS Hotel, Vancouver: The Pampered Pooch package at this west coast hotel offers doggy spa treatments and a Bow Wow Butler service that will have tongues and tails wagging. The package includes a relaxing one hour massage or reiki session for your dog, a portrait of your pooch by a pet photographer, a designer doggy bandana from Dog & Crow and a welcome beverage and in-room use of an iPad for human companions.

Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto: Pack your bags and your pets and take advantage of Trump Toronto’s Enviro package and Trump Pets signature program. Get 15% off best available rates, complimentary valet parking and use of Tesla charging stations if you arrive in an electric vehicle. Four-legged guests are pampered with a special in-room dining menu, a signature Trump dog bed, bottled water, toys and treats.

Hotel Le Germain, Montreal:  This boutique hotel welcomes guests and, for an additional $30 per night, their canine companions. Pets are provided with a food mat, bowls and their own bed. For a little extra pooch pampering,  the hotel offers exclusive pet products from their Germain Collection.

Make it this weekend: Chelsea Hotel’s Classic Caesar

- March 20th, 2015
Caesar at the Chelsea Hotel. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Caesar at the Chelsea Hotel. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

Canada’s largest hotel, Toronto’s Chelsea Hotel, is celebrating 40 years this year. The budget- and family-friendly hotel is centrally located in downtown Toronto and features an indoor pool and waterslide, free WiFi and plenty of amenities to keep kids, couples and business travellers happy.

The hotel’s lobby bar, T Bar, makes its tomato clam juice for Caesars in-house and has a number of Caesar variations on the menu, ones that include bacon, wasabi and hard boiled eggs as toppings or ingredients. Celebrate the first weekend of spring with hotel’s Classic Caesar recipe. Enjoy responsibly!

Classic Caesar - Courtesy The Chelsea Hotel

Classic Caesar – Courtesy the Chelsea Hotel

Vacations equal happiness for Canadians: Expedia.ca survey

- March 19th, 2015
(Fotolia)

(Fotolia)

March 20 has been declared the International Day of Happiness, and if there’s one thing that makes Canadians happy, it’s vacation time, according to a new survey from Expedia.ca.

The survey revealed 80% of Canadians associated vacationing with overall happiness, more than finding money (16%) or a tax refund (13%).

If you’re looking for a little happy vacation time, check out our suggestions for the top trips:
Top 10 ‘Heaven on Earth’ destinations
Canada’s 25 happiest cities
Hotel brands travellers are happiest to stay at

Most Canadians (90%) said they would even give up something to receive a few extra days off each year. Video games (56%), alcohol (46%) and a favourite outfit (45%) were the top sacrifices.