Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Video of Rocky Mountaineer Train Tour Through the Canadian Rockies

Have you ever toured Canada by train? The experience is unbelievable. You can travel through hard-to-access back country; whiz through spiraling tunnels; enjoy gourmet meals in the dining car; and learn Canadian and railroad history. Oh yeah, and you get the opportunity to walk on ancient, massive glaciers and tour Banff and Jasper parks, including the iridescent Lake Louise!

I just returned from a week-long trip with the Rocky Mountaineer luxury train tour company, and the company will offer more than 20 trips from Seattle through the Canadian Rockies in 2014. This is big news, as the train tours typically leave from Canadian destinations.

If you want to roll into town in style, Rocky Mountaineer is the answer, as this video, created by travel companion and freelance writer, Marcia Biggs, shows:

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Article: Discovering Wine in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Northwest Travel Magazine

Get to know one of my favorite wine regions, the Okanagan Valley in southeast British Columbia, Canada, in the May/June 2014 issue of Northwest Travel Magazine. My article shares the national-park-worthy beauty of the area and takes you inside of its booming wine scene. This is riesling, cabernet franc, merlot, pinot noir, pinot gris, and sparkling wine country. Expect high acidity and elegance as well as decent prices. One important detail: You'll have to visit the Okanagan Valley to taste most of these wines! Check out the article in this month's Northwest Travel Magazine, subscriptions of which can be found here.

PS>The local Okanagan winery Mission Hill recently won a significant award: That's right all you Oregonian, Burgundian, and Californian pinot noir fans, Mission Hill Family Estate's Martin's Lane Pinot Noir was named the World's Best Pinot Noir at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards.

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