*Updated May 2022 to include new property* One of the benefits of exploring beyond the tourist hotspots is the opportunity to discover not just places that are authentic and less trafficked, but the chance to find unique or quirky places to stay. Québec’s Eastern Townships region prides itself on being ‘off the beaten path’, and what Henk and I discovered on a recent visit was that they offer accommodations that promise the same. And 3 of the places where we stayed gave us the opportunity to get close to nature, too.
Not a lot of downtown urban hotels can boast 2 1/2 acres of lush, landscaped gardens where guests can lounge on Muskoka chairs, listening to the sound of birds in the towering trees, and watching ducks paddle under walkways and around waterfalls. Only the Hotel Bonaventure can offer all this….and as Henk and I discovered on a recent weekend in Montreal, much more as well.
Why just sleep in a room when you can sleep in a story? Whether that means an historic inn or one-of-a-kind hotel, or something considerably more ‘out there’. Here’s how Henk and I spent our Gaspésie nights getting close to nature in a luxury Geodome, sleeping aboard a land-locked sailing ship, and floating on the ocean in a Mongolian yurt.
Travelling like a grownup means living it up a little – or a lot – when it comes to accommodation. While sometimes the unique experience of sleeping in a spherical treehouse makes up for the lack of certain amenities, there are other occasions when you really want to indulge yourself. A trip to the southwest U.S. is always a good excuse to spoil yourself, and if you are looking for where to stay in Phoenix, Arizona specifically, here are 3 outstanding luxury hotels in Phoenix where you can really luxe it up.