Driving the Irish Loop in Newfoundland

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The Irish Loop is one of the 20 Best Places to Visit in Canada in 2015, according to Vacay.ca.  Read about our one-day whirlwind tour of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland.

The Irish Loop draws a lazy circle around the Avalon Peninsula of southeastern Newfoundland. The narrow highway skirts the shore of the cold Atlantic on its way south; then pulls back into the safety of pines, black spruce, balsam fir and birch as it rounds Trepassey Bay and heads north. The drive can hold some challenges; fog, potholes and the more than occasional moose, but the rugged beauty of the land lures you on to memorable vistas, cozy coves and tiny enchantments.  It’s a round trip of about 300 kilometres from the provincial capital of St. John’s.  We set out to drive it in one day.

We started off early from St. John’s under a slate colored sky …

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii Island

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for Westjet Magazine, January 2016

Serene, secluded and sensational, Four Seasons Hualalai is an island within Hawaii’s Big Island. The resort’s 243 expansive rooms, suites and villas are nestled in clusters of one and two-storey bungalows. Louvered wooden doors let the sound of the ocean drift from your private lanai (patio) to your amenity-laden, full granite bathroom with extra-deep soaking tub. Bliss.

You can scan the horizon for whales at the adults-only Palm Grove Pool and try a signature cocktail made from peppers that grow poolside. Meanwhile, kids will love the King’s Pond that shelters more than 3,000 colourful fish, rays and turtles. In the evening, the ‘ULU Ocean Grill reinterprets Hawaiian fare by torchlight.

Rates from US$745.…