Inspiration

May 18, 2017

Two Nation Vacations - Tales In Two Countries

WHY ONLY ENJOY ONE COUNTRY...

Few areas of the world lend themselves so well to twin destinations as North America. The USA and Canada are two countries separated by a long border, with so much in common and with even more setting them apart. We have chosen a few trips that make the most of the differences, similarities, but also the areas and, most importantly, your guest’s time.

THE MORE THE MERRIER...

British Columbia and Washington State - An alternative to the traditional West Coast trip: Start in Vancouver, where you will explore this deeply cool but friendly city, staying at the gorgeous Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Then travel by ferry to Victoria, sometimes overlooked but with so much to offer. Visit the famous Botanical Gardens then enjoy the classic afternoon tea at your hotel, Fairmont Empress. Leave Victoria and cross the border by sea to spend some time taking in the orcas and views on the San Juan Islands. Finish up in Seattle, a city of sophistication and culture where you can step out from Four Seasons Hotel Seattle for a coffee and a tour of the city or visit the Boeing Factory.

Calgary to Montana - Big Mountains and Big Sky: Calgary is an exciting city that is fast becoming a culinary hub. Here, stay at Kensington Riverside Inn before starting your true Canadian Rockies adventure. Fairmont Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs give you the opportunity to explore these spectacular areas of vast wilderness, lakes and peaks. Across the border into Montana you get to visit Glacier National Park with grizzlies, over 700 miles of trails and the beautiful Hidden Lake. Having been featured in our recent ranch newsletter, we feel no trip to Montana would be complete without some time at The Ranch at Rock Creek.

Toronto to Buffalo - Waterfalls, baseball and vineyards by helicopter: Famous for its diverse neighborhoods, Toronto is a foodie and culture city. Stay at The Hazelton Hotel in fashionable Yorkville and sail in the Thousand Islands Archipelago or take in a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre. A short trip around Lake Ontario to Niagara and stay at the Prince of Wales to explore both sides of the falls from all of the best vantage points. Niagara is one of the most iconic destinations of North America, and one with many hidden depths. You need to see both sides to it. Top it all off by seeing the falls from your helicopter, before landing at a local vineyard for lunch and a wine tasting.

Quebec and Vermont - A Trip back in Time: Start out in Quebec’s Eastern Townships which are famous for their scenery, artisanal cheesemakers and the monastery breweries, all of which need can be toured and enjoyed. Here, stay on the shores of Lake Massawippi at the classically beautiful Manoir Hovey, a Relais & Chateaux property. From there it is a short drive to stay at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal, to see the beautiful architecture, cathedral, (more) food and great biking. Cross the border into United States. The area around Twin Farms is what you are looking for from Vermont to round out your trip. Enjoy farmland, quaint towns with antique shops and great restaurants, covered bridges and leaves turning color every fall.

New Brunswick and Maine - Coastal towns of the North Atlantic: This coast is world renowned for pretty towns, sailing and of course lobster! Start your adventure by flying into St. John, New Brunswick and see the Hopewell Rocks. Then head for some relaxation in Saint Andrews By-The-Sea, Canada's premier beach town, staying in the National Historic District at the Kingsbrae Arms. From there make your way to Maine. Start in the small village of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Staying at Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina, enjoy hiking and adventure in Acadia National Park. Portland, Camden (or both!) make a great base for exploring the beautiful coasts and of course sampling the local seafood. The Danforth Inn in Portland and Camden Harbor Inn are both small boutique properties that give the best guest experiences.

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