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Hotel Arts + Yellow Door Bistro, Calgary


During a trip to Calgary, Alberta – I had the chance to stay for the second time at this cute boutique hotel right in the downtown core. Hotel Arts is a comfortable and modern hotel within walking distance of all the amazing sights, shopping and restaurant if you are planning a visit to Calgary.

My suite (above) was so spacious and equipped with a wet bar that I regret not throwing a huge party while I was there 😉 It would be pretty perfect for a bachelorette party actually.


Photo provided by Hotel Arts

My room at Hotel Arts overlooked the courtyard and year-round heated pool. With 185 suites and very reasonable nightly rates, I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family looking for an affordable and stylish option in Calgary. (more…)

The Hutton Hotel – Nashville, Tennessee


Hello from Nashville, Tennessee!

Paul is in town for a conference, so I decided to tag along and organize my own little food and shopping tour of Nashville. We came in a few days early last week and checked ourselves into the very boutique – Hutton Hotel. Just 10 minutes away from downtown Nashville.

It was exactly what we needed. A fun-filled getaway in a city full of delicious southern foods that we’ve been eating non-stop since we got here. I’ll be sharing my Travel Guide to Nashville real soon! In the meantime…

Here’s a peek of our stay at this hip little property:


Lots of room in our spacious King One Bedroom Suite. Having a separate living room space makes a difference. Paul and I had a spot to chill out every night and watch TV, get caught up on work and more room to just spread out our stuff. (more…)

The Eaton Chelsea Hotel – Toronto


I’ve had a couple friends ask me recently for an affordable hotel option for Toronto and I have been stumped about where to direct them. I recently stayed at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel – a revamp of the old Delta Chelsea and it was a pretty decent value for those looking to come to Toronto for a shopping or family weekend. The hotel is in central downtown, within walking distance to two subway stations and shopping at The Toronto Eaton Centre.


The Eaton Chelsea Hotel features 1095 rooms and recently underwent a $16 million dollar face lift. The lobby, market garden take-out restaurant, expresso bar and green wall have all been been given a bright white and modern face lift. The drabby wood-paneled decor of the 80s is now gone and it was likely about time.


Club level guests receive a complimentary continental buffet breakfast and hor’s d’oeurves (above) in the evening at the recently renovated E-Club Lounge. Free WiFi is also included in your room rate. Yes, it is a little bit more to book a club level room – but the added amenities definitely make up for it. Which is an even greater value if you’re traveling with a family of four and don’t want to think about where to have breakfast every morning. (more…)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto


What I love about Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is that the staff never tries to say no to a guest request, they always ask how they can accomplish it. I think this is why my recent stay at The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto still stands out so much.

After staying in what feels like a million hotels – it’s the little details that keep the Four Seasons at the top of my list. Housekeeping was so nice to leave a bookmark, when they noticed that Paul was using a receipt to keep the page marked in his book. On checkout day, they left three clear TSA-approved ziploc bags next to my toiletries for my carry-on bag. The staff truly anticipate every need before you even know you need it. That’s the stuff I really begin to notice now and that’s what separates this luxury hotel brand from the others.


The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto features 217 guest rooms and 42 suites at 55 stories and only recently opened in 2012. The adjoining residential tower is home to some pretty serious condos with 210 units and both buildings were built from the ground up. This brand new hotel replaced the cement block that was the former Four Seasons just south of the new location.

The decor is very modern and cool – not stuffy at all. I liked the lightness of it all with an undertone that made you just want to relax. (more…)

Travel Guide: Dallas, Texas


Have you been to Dallas before?

I had no idea what to expect during my recent visit to Dallas, Texas. I was imagining cowboys and football but what I got was a culturally-rich city with a vibrant food scene, award-winning architecture with thoughtful green spaces.

Getting There – I flew into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and caught a cab into the downtown core. Luckily, my hotel at Homewood Suites Downtown featured a complimentary shuttle service which took me anywhere less than 15 minutes away and a DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) stop was located just outside my door. (more…)