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West Weekender: Four Seasons Toronto

The perfect setting for a DIY luxury retreat   When you want to retreat from the everyday with only a couple days to spare, there’s no need to look further than the cosmopolitan city next door. Downtown Toronto offers world class accommodations, cuisine and spas that rival destinations across the …

Tohoku, Japan: The northern region is rich in culture, cuisine and natural beauty

By Linda Barnard At some point, I think, she’s got to stop. Her arms, surely, will tire from holding the tray covered with bowls, or the restaurant will run out of soba noodles. Or perhaps I may explode. But the server at Wanko Soba Azumaya in Morioka is relentless, refilling …

Roam Notes

Electrify your ride Looking to lighten your carbon footprint? Canadian-based Damon Motorcycles has released the Hypersport™, touted as the world’s smartest, safest, and most powerful electric motorcycle. The electric superbike is outfitted with Damon’s CoPilot advanced warning system and powered by BlackBerry technology. It sets a new standard in motorcycle safety, …

Luxury adventures in a time of pandemic distancing: Bartlett Lodge and Whispering Springs

By Barbara Ramsey-Orr   Our plans to travel internationally are on hold, but excellent adventures exist locally that will help you scratch the vacation itch. Many resorts and restaurants outside the GTA are open. They have instituted strict isolation policies and are ready to safely welcome guests. Here are two …

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Wear Notes

An ace for the earth Adidas Golf has created a sustainable collection of footwear and apparel for the course this summer. The PRIMEBLUE collection features items made with more than 70 per cent high performance recycled polyester yarn. Good for the game, better for the earth. Adidas.ca   Versatile swim …

Nest Notes

Patio kitchens Mix up a drink or toss together some garden greens with the newest trend in patio design – outdoor counters. Introduced in 2020 by Hauser, the simple design enables running water by easily hooking up to the garden hose. Hauserstores.com     Java jolt Whip up a specialty …

Landscape: Nitetime Décor

Into the night An outdoor paradise should be enjoyed long after the sun goes down which is why lighting is so essential. A gorgeous landscape design can be as functional and beautiful in the late hours of night as it is during daylight. With strategic use of lights beautiful architectural …
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