OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO... 30 / THE DRAKE DEVONSHIRE PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ON
Every summer, like clockwork, Torontonians make their annual pilgrimage to cottage country to soak up the sun and disconnect from city life. This year marks the first summer for the Drake Hotel’s newest outpost in Prince Edward County, the Drake Devonshire. Housed in a repurposed late-1800s foundry building, it's an idyllic summer getaway for those seeking relief from the stresses of city life. In typical Drake Hotel fashion, the property is jam-packed with charm and personality, featuring vintage furniture and custom-made murals juxtaposed against sleek, modern architectural design. Road trip, anyone? –LC
HOW TO TRAVEL LIKE , with the Drake Hotel’s Jeff Stober What are your top three cities for inspiration? I am influenced everywhere all the time, be it a large urban center or a small desert town. Travel affords us the opportunity to imagine, experience and grow. One, New York and Brooklyn: there is so much going on artistically and culturally, it’s hard not get swept up in new ideas and inspirations. Two, Madrid: I am a big fan of the Spanish approach towards hospitality, design, food and wine. Three, Berlin: simply put, it is a hotbed for creativity. It is not about the size of the city. It is all about its spirit and soul. Is it adventurous, diverse, playful, original, cultured, fun and green? Does it honour its past and boldly move into the future? Does it leave you inspired and wanting more? If you've answered yes to the above then, in my mind, it’s world class.
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32 / RIDGEBACK LODGE
33 / FOGO ISLAND INN
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There’s a reason why the Canadian Rockies are known around the world as a 'bucket list' destination for travelers. The region is home to breathtaking views of raw, untouched wilderness. Now, visitors have the perfect way to take the stunning scenery in: a 400-metre walkway overlooking the Sunwapta Valley. Visitors can walk along the glass-floored observation platform and stare down at the 918-foot drop below. It's an exhilarating way to discover the glacier-formed valleys that surround you. –LC
Camping is one of the most quintessentially Canadian things to do. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone without at least one memory of sleeping in a tent in the great outdoors (or their backyard). Consider Ridgeback Lodge an elevation of that same experience. Their geodesic domes bring you right into nature without sacrificing the comforts of your home. Each is equipped with a king size bed, bathroom, kitchen, BBQ and the pièce de résistance, a wood-fired Japanese hot tub. Has glamping ever felt this good?
Perched along the rocks of Newfoundland’s Back Western Shore, Fogo Island Inn looks intriguingly out of place. But it’s more than just a marvel of design; it's a cultural hub that aims to integrate and support its community. Furniture and textiles are handcrafted by local artisans, and the restaurant serves fish caught by local fishermen. What will truly make your trip unique is the Inn's selection of seasonal activities, which include hiking, fishing, boat building and more. –LC
Know your destination, be clear on what you are going to wear, separate your belongings into sections for ease of access and always keep your suitcase neat and organized. Once you start throwing things in towards the end of your trip, it’s game over.
What are your travel essentials? Laptop, black jeans, leather jacket, John Varvatos black leather boots, shirt and blazer that won’t wrinkle. Best advice on getting the most out of a trip when visiting a new city? Use the concierge of your hotel, research extensively online before arriving to find the best restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries, shops and neighborhoods. Check reviews; fellow travellers usually get it right.
–Amanda Lew Kee
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