If you're taking the Amtrak Cascades train down to Portland this month, you'll probably spend a good part of the trip looking outside at the scenery. But there is a bit of a fun theme going on inside, too. In the dining car, the seats are decked out in Pendleton Woolen Mills upholstery. When the train stops in Seattle and you stretch your legs, take a look at the outside of the car, which is covered in a Portland promotional wrap.
When visiting Portland, it's fun to get out of downtown and explore the city's many laidback neighbourhoods. On a recent trip, I poked around the Central Eastside industrial area. But while the Central Eastside is just starting to make a name for itself as a culinary hub, Southeast Division Street has long been known for its fabulous restaurants.
Pok Pok drew me to SE Division in 2012, but when returned to the area last month, I was surprised to see how much it has changed. Construction was everywhere on three-storey apartment blocks, and new restaurants abound. Here are a few don't-miss spots.
Drive an electric vehicle? A boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver is hoping you'll be their guest.
The St. Regis Hotel (602 Dunsmuir Street) has installed two high-speed electric-vehicle charging stations. According to a news release, hotel guests owning or renting electric vehicles get free charging and underground parking.
When you think of Pride parades, what do you usually think of?
Skis, snowboards, and snowgear probably aren't the first things to come to mind.
Yet that's what the case is for Whistler's WinterPride parade. The third annual rainbow-decorated march was held on January 31 during the ski resort's LGBT ski week (as officially proclaimed by Whistler's mayor the day before).
In 2013, Hyatt Regency Vancouver executive chef Thomas Heinrich was selected for a culinary tour of Taiwan. Heinrich and two other North American chefs—from Los Angeles and New York—were chosen by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau to experience the food and culture across the island.
The eight-day trip was recorded for a 30-minute documentary, Taste Taiwan, which will air on the Discovery Channel on February 15 in the U.S. (Canadian audiences will be able to watch the episode online at that time, and a link will be provided on Taste Taiwan’s Facebook page.)
Two Vancouver hotels have been awarded five-star ratings in an annual ranking of hotels, restaurants, and spas around the world. The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Rosewood Hotel Georgia were the only hotels in B.C. given five stars in the 56th annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings.
The list includes properties across the U.S., Canada, China, and in Singapore and London, England. Of the 97 hotels given a five-star ranking, 15 were new to the list.
In Canada, only four hotels were given top honours, with the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto rounding out the list of five-star rankings.
Whenever a relatively distant part of B.C. gets highlighted in a huge American media outlet, it invariably increases people's curiosity.
Such is the case with a New York Times piece this weekend celebrating Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Written by Bruce Kirkby, it centres on a visit to the village of Hlk'yah, which is in an area of forested area of "storybook proportions".
Kirkby refers to "industrial-style logging" that has taken place in the past on Haida Gwaii. (In the 1990s, this was chronicled by B.C. writer Ben Parfitt in the Georgia Straight.)
Local filmmaker Eric Peterson and Fault Line TV have completed a sequel (see above) to their popular short movie, An Evening at Vancouver International Airport.
The latest installment was filmed in July and August at the airport.
You can see the original production below.
For such a small town, Tofino has some pretty great food.
I don't get to this West Coast outpost (pop. 1,600) very often, so when I visited for a recent learn-to-surf trip, I made sure to check out SoBo. I've heard about this place for years but never managed to get there myself. One of my colleagues, who visits Tofino frequently to surf, raves about SoBo's smoked wild fish chowder.
Vancouver residents planning a trip to Japan now have a new option. All Nippon Airways will make its first flight to Canada on March 30, 2014.
That's when the Tokyo-based airline will begin offering daily non-stop service between Vancouver International Airport and Tokyo Haneda Airport. According to a news release from the Vancouver Airport Authority, ANA will use Boeing 767-300 airplanes with capacity for 214 passengers. Flights will arrive at YVR at 2:55 p.m. and depart at 4:55 p.m.