Oh, to be in Paris! Celebrating the Holiday Season in France

If you didn't visit Paris in the spring last year, you've still got time to see the fantastic City of Lights during the winter season, when Paris truly lives up to its iconic name.

The seemingly endless Champs-Elysees offers up magical strings of twinkling lights, as well as vendors offering mulled wine to warm up with, gingerbread treats for the little ones, and of course, les marrons glacés (glazed chestnuts) and ice skating 57-metres above the street on the first level of the Eiffel Tower (starting on December 15).

Only 45 minutes outside of Paris in Maincy, the majestic Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte is a quintessential example of opulence and classic baroque architecture. Spanning 41,000 square feet, Vaux le Vicomte offers up a display of lavish bedrooms and apartments, formal gardens, and its signature, domed Grand Salon.

Vaux le Vicomte celebrates this Christmas in a thousand-and-one colours from November 23 until December 22. Take the family to enjoy a fairytale winter wonderland displaying 170 Christmas trees, 10,000 decorations and 4,000 metres of garland - très magnifique!

For more information on celebrating the holiday season in France, visit Christmas Cuisine in Paris and one of my favorite things, Vaux le Vicomte.


Vegas on a Budget

Vegas on a Budget! My recent newspaper article as it appeared in the The Okanagan Weekender edition of the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald :) 

Or click here to read the online version!


Airbnb Coupon Code

My first Airbnb experience was in Portugal & #Spain this September - such a great selection of unique properties, budget points & location. Save by using my Airbnb code
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Plan Your Pacific Northwest Roadtrip

I'm lucky to call the beautiful Pacific Northwest my home. There are so many things to see and do in this vast area! If you're planning a Pacific Northwest road trip, I do have a few recommendations, including a $500 discount with Extreme Tears, producers of classic and off-road teardrops, should you need a great trailer to travel around with. Wowza!! 

The Okanagan Valley
With 185 licensed grape wineries along its' 250-km valley, the Okanagan is the top grape growing region in British Columbia. As well as an abundance of tasting opportunities, the Okanagan offers numerous lakes including warm waters at Osoyoos and Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Summertime fun in the Okanagan includes beaching it, boating, swimming, summer concerts and going to the popular Kelowna Farmer's and Crafters' Market. And there are so many campgrounds to choose from along the way! Mountain biking and hiking are popular along Kettle Valley Rail Trail, which runs all the way from Hope to Castlegar in the West Kootenay.
Tofino & Vancouver Island
For the quintessential Pacific Northwest rainforest experience, look no further than Vancouver Island. Picturesque Tofino is a teeny tiny oceanfront community with less than 2,000 residents. You can also go whale watching or world-class surfing at nearby Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Winter storm watching on the island is super popular during November through February.
If you travel east through Port Alberni, you'll arrive in Coombs about 2.5 hours later. Why Coombs? Because the famous Coombs Old Country Market has a family of goats living on its' roof. Yes, goats. And if you have any questions, you can always email a goat before you go. Yes, you can email the goats, too. The Pacific Northwest is just so fun!

Harrison Hot Springs
If the Okanagan Valley offers the quintessential wine experience, Harrison Hot Springs is Vancouver's ideal summertime getaway. Just 90 minutes east of Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs is a family favourite for water activities including swimming canoeing, its ever popular floating water park. You can also take a wildlife tour along the Harrison River. 

Squamish: Hardwired for Adventure
Just an hour to the north of Vancouver along the picturesque Sea-to-Sky Highway will bring you to Squamish, one of the adventure capital's of BC. Ride on the Sea-to-Sky Gondola, where you can grab lunch at the lodge then explore along the summit hiking trails. You can go kiteboarding at the Squamish Estuary! Rock climbing, especially at the Stawamus Chief, can be very enticing, but please, please go with professional guides for your own safety.

Only 3 hours south of Vancouver, Seattle is the US equivalent of Vancouver. Both have towers (the Space Needle in Seattle; the Lookout in Vancouver), and vibrant waterfront markets (Pike Place in Seattle; Granville Island in Vancouver). Seattle's Pioneer Square offers a lot of historic architecture, plus the gorgeous works at the Chihuly Garden & Glass gallery are definitely worth seeing. You can also visit the popular Museum of Flight, or watch the Seattle Mariners play at T-Mobile Park.

Extreme Tears

Offering custom-built classic and off-road teardrop trailers just perfect for your Pacific Northwest roadtrip, I've worked out a discount with Extreme Tears worth $500 to readers of my blog… just use the code “CONNIE” when you speak or email with Extreme Tears and you’ll get $500 off any trailer order!! How easy is that??!

Be sure to check: 5 Celebrity Owned Hotels - including the Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet, BC - owned by Jason Priestly of 90210 fame, and now of BH90210 revival fame.