The Diefenbunker had been on my list of attractions to visit during my time in Ottawa, Canada. Throughout the pandemic, it had remained closed and just outside of my reach. The Diefenbunker has recently re-opened to visitors. I would end up stopping by before my afternoon flight home to Vancouver. I would end up finding a really quality museum attraction that was well worth my time. Read on to see what you… Read More

With another return to the Canadian nation’s capital of Ottawa, I broke up the usual repeat monotony by staying at a hotel that was more conveniently located for my business meeting needs. I ended up staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Ottawa hotel, which is located in Ottawa’s Byward Market. The hotel was recently renovated, but was located in a neighbourhood that is going through a bit of a resurgence. Read… Read More

The life span of a restaurant usually about eight to ten years. It’s exceptionally unusual to have a restaurant last twenty years. In today’s news, I’m saddened to report that one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in the Central Business District of Ottawa, Canada has announced that it is closing after almost fifty years of operation. I managed to visit one last time on a recent trip. Read on to see the… Read More

With travel resuming after several pandemic years, I was back in Ottawa for a recent business trip. While in Ottawa, I usually frequented other hotels. This time, I decided to venture off my usual hotel choice to stay at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. The Ottawa Marriott Hotel offered a comfortable but dated stay, offering everything that you’d expect from a full service Marriott property. Read on to see where the property shone… Read More

American Express offers a hybrid version of their Centurion Lounges in an entry level American Express Escape Lounge. Branded asa Centurion Studio Partner lounge, American Express aims to offer an express version of their full centurion lounges, without the full buffet and complimentary exotic bar services. Our visit to the American Express Escape Lounge in Phoenix would test out the space. How did the visit measure up to a regular Centurion Lounge… Read More

My trip to Scottsdale, Arizona found in the Southern United States had me searching for a great resort styled property that would allow some space to unwind during my limited time on this weekend trip. After substantial searching, I ended up at the legendary JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa for a brief stay. Did the historic property live up to it’s legacy name? Take a look at our in… Read More

I have always been intrigued by Hertz President’s Circle status. There is something overtly visual about elite rental car status, as compared to airline elite status. With elite rental car status, you actually get the opportunity to see nicer cars in certain corners of the lot, whereas airline status is limited to those elitist airline luggage tags and free upgrades that aren’t always apparent. I would get the opportunity to visit Phoenix… Read More

As Air Canada receives more deliveries of their newest narrow body aircraft, the Boeing 737 Max 8, we are starting to see more frequencies using this particular aircraft type on its short haul routes. With a change in aircraft, we were keen to continue to test out it’s Business Class offering. How did the aircraft stand up on our transborder flight between cities on North America’s Western Coast? Review: Air Canada Business… Read More

The pandemic allowed Plaza Premium Vancouver to conduct a full “tear down to the studs” renovation of the Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver – Transborder. After being closed for two years, the lounge recently re-opened to a resurgence in pent up travel demand. The new Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Transborder is a much more functional space and does a better job of using the available space. Read on to see what awaits you,… Read More

This particular trip was one born out of needless travel comfort necessity. With elite mileage counters resetting to “zero” at the end of the calendar year, I needed a few extra miles and nights in order to re-qualify for Air Canada’s Aeroplan Elite Status and Marriott Bonvoy Titanium level status. While it isn’t essential to maintain status, it certainly makes travelling life a lot more comfortable. This is how I tipped the… Read More

A work trip found me at latitude “North of Sixty” in the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada. Travelling in the North is always a different experience from the usual inner city travels. Often, there are less amenities and substantially higher prices, with a lot less usually offered the farther that you get away from the region’s urban centres. With this trip to Whitehorse, I would get the opportunity to stay at the… Read More

On of my favourite local Marriott Bonvoy stays is achieved by driving two hours from my home in Vancouver, Canada down to the W Bellevue in nearby Washington State in the United States of America. As a hotel located in an upscale urban neighbourhood home to technology giants, the hotel features luxury retail shopping and an exceptional variety of restaurants in the area. Read on to see how our most recent W… Read More