In search of beavers and bears at Hotel Sacacomie, Quebec

Sometimes you visit a place that is really truly special and gives you an experience you cling to long after its over. Hotel Sacacomie in Quebec is one of those places for me.

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Review: The W San Francisco

On my recent work trip to San Francisco I was staying in the W Hotel — a chic, downtown pad that towers over Yerba Buena Gardens. Fun fact before I get to the review: the week prior to my stay, the W hosted Barack Obama during a jaunt to the city. So if it was good enough for the US president, it surely must be good enough for me — right? My room I was staying in room 711 (and I wasn’t immune to the suggestion of Americana the number evoked). I’ve stayed in some gorgeous hotel rooms, some funky…

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Birthday at The Pig, Brockenhurst

The Pig is nothing if not built for maximum comfort. At every turn there is something soft and squishy to throw yourself onto.

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Pigging out at the Pig in the Wall

I really do hate to squeal, but I just can’t keep a secret like this to myself. I went to the Isle of Wight Festival last weekend, and I did it the grown-up way (by ‘glamping’ — more to come on that soon). I was determined for the whole trip to be the relaxed break I really needed, and so before I took to the high seas, a civilised lunch was in order. I’m a northerner through and through, but Hampshire is by far my favourite southern county and I spent several happy summers in the New Forest when I…

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Dalmatian sensation: Dubrovnik in a long weekend

August arrived, and with it the realisation I hadn’t had a proper holiday all year. When I was offered the opportunity to pick a short-haul city-break destination, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I needed clear sunny skies, and even clearer water in which to dip my toes, but more than anything I needed to go somewhere with history and culture and soul. As I’d been working non-stop all year, breaking only to run the Berlin half marathon in April, I wanted to feel soothed, enchanted and restored, with a few thrills thrown in for good measure. That’s…

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