Fairmont Pacific Rim – westcoast flair

“an urban oasis, locally authentic and sensuously modern” that’s how the building’s achitect describes his vision for this newest Fairmont property in Vancouver.

Entering the hotel, you’re senses are immediately transported to another place. Stepping in from the grey, damp Vancouver streets, your taken to a bright, fragrant hub of urban sophistication.
As always, Fairmont service is impeccable as the staff quickly check you in and personally show you to the elevators to the trip to your room.

As you enter your room, the lights illuminate to a welcoming glow, the art is backlit and the floor to ceiling windows greet you with a vibrant urban waterfront view.  A deep soaking tub and large walk-in shower are highlights of the bright, spacious bathroom. Modern but warm and comfortable rich woods and furnishings make you want to stay in your room every moment but there’s more to see.  Pan-Asian dining can be found at Oru Restaurant, modern Italian deli Giovane serves up great casual food and coffee bar options (my personal fave spot for a hot chocolate) and the perfect for people watching Lobby Lounge features live music every night.

The property has a very impressive fitness centre and a renowned Willow Stream Spa. Spa users also get use of exclusive cabanas  at the stunning pool & deckside bar, located on the 6th floor rooftop. Lay back on a surrounding lounge chairs and you’ll feel more ‘Beverly Hills’ than ‘North Shore Mountains’ although those are what you see as you look across the green roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre reminding you, you’re in a luxury oasis in the middle of Vancouver. 

Government House Victoria – A Home for all British Columbians

High on a hill overlooking all of Victoria, majestic Government House is the Ceremonial Home of all British Columbians.  As the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor, the

representative of Her Majesty The Queen of Canada, Government House is the Province’s centre of hospitality, hosting royalty, dignitaries, and honoured guests of the Province.  However, the house is not only for the elite,  school & group tours and the Annual New Year’s day Levee (open house) welcome all British Columbians into the historic house.

While the stately home is impressive the showpiece of the National Historic Site are the 36acre gardens.  With stunning views out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Peninsula beyond, meander the grounds to find formal gardens, orchards, native plant gardens and a rare 22 acre Garry Oak ecosystem.  Maintained by a team of dedicated volunteers, these gardens truly are there for all British Columbians to enjoy. Next time you make a trip to Victoria, be sure to stop and check out this little known gem!

Stunning views over the Juan de Fuca Strait

Government House is located at 1401 Rockland Ave in Victoria, BC, except on rare special occasions, the grounds and gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk and are free of charge.  School and Group tours are available upon request.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town Vancouver

When you’re on vacation do you check out sight, attractions and events? Do you do the same when you are at home? Probably not unless you have a visitor in town, right?

Well now’s your chance to experience some of the great local attractions and sights without costing you a cent! Free is the best price! 

For the month of May, Tourism Vancouver and the city’s attractions have teamed up to allow everyone the opportunity to play tourist in our own backyard. Each day visit TourismVancouver.com to download two free admissions to the next days special attraction.  Check early as there are limited passes each day, but don’t worry tomorrow will bring a new attraction.
As an added bonus, each time you download an offer you’re entered to win 4 admission passes to that attraction.

While you’re out or after your day is done, Tourism Vancouver wants to hear how your day went. Tweet them (@myvancouver) or write on their Facebook wall (www.facebook.com/InsideVancouver)

Get out and explore and save money while you do it…what could be better!?


Pure Nightclub Las Vegas – Pure Entertainment!

Recently I had the opportunity to check out Pure Nightclub in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas and I highly recommend it!

Inside, The White Room - Private VIP tables

There was a large group of us who came by the club later in the night after attending a wedding. The line to get in was fairly short but inside was packed and the music and party was in full force. At $30 ($20 for ladies) the admission was high but the entertainment value was higher and drinks were reasonable.  This night was celebrating the launch of the new Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka.

Many of the people I was with live in the UK and all said it was one of the best nightclubs they’d ever been to!  The sleek interior is clean and bright, and at 36,000 there’s plenty of space to dance, drink,  lounge or just hangout…it’s not surprising that Pure was voted #1 nightclub in America by E! Entertainment Television.  Private rooms, tables and cabanas can be booked to tailor your party experience to your needs.

Outside, The Terrace - Private Cabanas

Our group headed upstairs to the magnificent terrace on the roof, with an amazing view overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip.  The DJ was pumping out some great beats and the dance floor, in fact the whole terrace, was dancing up a storm.  Whether it was outside, upstairs or inside, downstairs the music sounded great and everyone seemed to be having a good time…the only thing stopping the party was closing time.

If you’re in Las Vegas I highly recommend checking out Pure Nightclub, we’ll definitely head back again!



Caesars Palace – Las Vegas Vacation

“…because every guest is a Caesar”, that’s the logic behind Caesars (not Caesar’s) Palace.

Every thing a guest could look for is available at this leisure and entertainment mecca in the middle of the Las Vegas strip. This is not a Griswald Vacation!

Begun in 1966, Caesars Palace is an every evolving complex that’s grown to include 3348 rooms spread over 5 towers, a major casino, swimming pool complex, Michelin starred restaurants, shopping mall, nightclubs and entertainment theatres.  Guests really do not need to ever step outdoors to experience the best of Las Vegas.
The standard guest rooms are very spacious and feature large, deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers while suites in the newest

Augustus Tower

Augustus Tower are luxuriously appointed, large and many feature amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip.  In the Forum Tower guests will find rooms with over 1000square feet of space.

Whatever type of holiday tickles your fancy it’s probably available at Caesars Palace; I recently attended one of my best friends’ wedding and the 50+ guests all had a great time.  Whatever activity we could think of, we found it;  gambling in the huge casino, laying by the swimming pool,  pampering in the spa, enjoying world renowned Michelin starred restaurants like Restaurant Guy Savoy and Mesa Grill.  Libations were had in some of the many bars, lounges and nightclubs found throughout the complex and making a safe bet on some great shopping in the Forum Shops adjoining the casino were also on our list.  Whatever we needed it was all waiting downstairs from our guest suites.  When we felt like venturing out beyond the resort the central location meant we were easily within reach of all the other casinos, resorts and malls along The Strip.  I would definitely base my next trip to Las Vegas around Caesars Palace too.

Janet Jackson – #1’s: Up Close & Personal

Janet Jackson – Colosseum at Caesars Palace – April 22, 2011

Wrapping up a 30+  North American date tour, Janet Jackson performed to three sell out audiences in the intimate Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  At just 4082 seats The Colosseum is a great venue for such an intimate and personal tour.
Number Ones: Up Close & Personal Tour is just that, an up close and personal view of Janet.   From the opening of the “Escapade” video and voice over “…this is the story of Janet Jackson” it was 90 minutes of the history of Janet.  With just a simple stage set and costume, the songs from the last 25 years since her first #1 single brought back floods of memories for the audience especially as Janet and her seven back up dancers recreated the dance moves from the music videos.  In between the set of 35 number one hit singles Janet included vignettes of her other endeavours and personal moments.  Video clips from her acting career included segments from “Good Times”, “Different Strokes”, “Poetic Justice” and “Why Did I Get Married” seemed chosen to tell the story of Janet as well as the characters on screen; an abusive parent, teen relationships and marriage proposals, sexual awakening as a young woman and finally domestic unrest and divorce as an adult.
In between other hits was a break featuring a selection of images of Janet from her various photo shoots during a career that’s spanned nearly 40 years.
Other touching personal moments included Janet singing “Scream” with late brother Michael via video. Also during the closing song, “Together Again” the video screens showed images of Janet with Michael.  Judging from the audience reaction, Janet wasn’t the only one missing Michael.
As she thanked the audience for making each of these singles number one the audience repaid the thanks with endless cheers and applause.  Everyone wishing there were 35 more singles so the night would last much longer.

No Place Like Home – Whitecaps FC V Chivas USA

Whitecaps FC V Chivas USA – Empire Field – April 16, 2011

Keeping their undefeated home streak alive, Whitecaps FC held the visiting Chivas USA to a nil-nil draw at Empire Field. It seems that the Whitecaps have a hard time travelling as both losses of the

Northgate All-Stars

season have been away matches and neither has been a particularly great performance. At home it’s been a different story does the home crowd really give the team an advantage?
The ’12th Man’ (the crowd) plays such an important part to a match as they provide the added boost to the home team to keep playing their best. To the away team the noise and support

Northgate All-Stars with Spike

 provided to the hosts can be a distraction that can (and hopefully does) throw off their game.
The rolling chants of WHITE & CAPS from the opposite sides of the pitch are followed by the end to end taunting of each, the Southsiders and the Northgate All-stars, supporter’s group, to see who was the better bigger booster all create a great supportive atmosphere in Empire Field.

Man Of The Match - Jay Nolley

Although this match against Chivas wasn’t the best performance by the Whitecaps, they managed to hold the visitors off the goal. Did the support of the crowd give them just that little but extra.  Both teams had chances, but ‘keeper Jay Nolley kept the Whitecaps in the hunt by consistantly denying Chivas’ attempts. As Coach Tietur Torteson keeps tinkering with the line due to suspensions and injury the players don’t seem to have gelled and don’t appear to trust the players on the pitch with them. Miscconnections and fumbled calls have led to missed goal opportunities or free kicks going against them. Hopefully a regular line-up will appear soon to get that ‘finish’ that they’re missing presently plus ensure the fans have something to cheer about.   
We want to continue to see lively crowd bringing the now standard cacaphony to the stands.  Now if we can just get them to travel well and deal with the away fans…we’ll have a winning combination!