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(2014 - Fall/Winter Issue)


The new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is now half-finished, with the grand opening expected in early 2016. Located in downtown Berkeley, California, BAM/PFA was designed by the award-winning architects responsible for New York City’s High Line elevated park and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. When completed, the museum will feature more than 19,000 works of art, ranging from Neolithic Chinese ceramics to contemporary video, and a film archive containing more than 16,000 films and videos, including the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside Japan. bampfa.berkeley.edu

Between June 6 and July 5, 2015, Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium is set to host nine matches of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada tournament, including the gold medal game. The city joins Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal and Moncton in staging the largest women’s sporting event in the world. Team Canada, which won Olympic bronze in London, is one of 24 teams vying for the World Cup trophy. Millions of viewers worldwide are expected to tune in to the final match. fifa.com

From January 17 to 24, fashionistas will flock to Delray Beach, Florida, for the second annual Fabulous Fashion Week. The award-winning affair features many different events, from evening fashion shows to designer trunk shows throughout the city’s historic downtown. Fashion Week showcases state, national and international designers, including several from Delray Beach. The week concludes with more than 50 models walking the catwalk—the double yellow line down famed Atlantic Avenue—wearing spring styles from the city’s 80-plus upscale fashion boutiques. Along with fashion, visitors and locals can experience fine dining and entertainment and one of the best beaches in America. downtowndelraybeach.com

If wedding bells are ringing this winter, consider a romantic getaway to the British Virgin Islands for your ceremony and honeymoon. Properties such as Allamanda Estate on Tortola, Biras Creek Resort on Virgin Gorda and Fischer’s Cove Beach Hotel on Virgin Gorda offer all-inclusive packages, complete with flowers, photographer and couples’ massages. On the tiny isle of Jost Van Dyke, welcome guests with a Painkiller rum cocktail, an island favourite, at the Soggy Dollar bar.  For an adventurous getaway, book a luxurious week at Biras Creek and spend two nights aboard a classic sailing schooner with a captain and cook on board. bvitourism.com/wedding-packages

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is kicking off the fall travel season by offering IHG Rewards Club members a choice of rewards. Between now and December 31, members who register for the Into the Nights promotion and stay at any InterContinental Hotel Group hotel will receive at least two free nights, 50,000 Rewards Club bonus points or 10,000 bonus airline miles. Once registered, members can earn their customized reward at any of the group’s nine brands and 4,700 hotels in nearly 100 countries, including brands such as InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge, Candlewood Suites and EVEN hotels. ihg.com

Las Vegas’ new luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas brings a touch of South Beach to the Strip, with personalized service and understated style compared to the usual over-the-top Vegas experience, and there’s no casino. For a rejuvenating escape, visit the Bathhouse Spa, a two-storey, 1,300-square-metre oasis including separate hot and cold plunge pools, hot whirlpools, eucalyptus steam rooms and a state-of-the-art gym. Reserve a dog-friendly suite and leave your pooch in the hands of a Doggie Butler. Guests can also enjoy access to the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. delanolasvegas.com

South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island is a favourite vacation spot with its mild climate, miles of beaches, trails and great food! Until February 28, 2015, take advantage of the fall and winter getaway package at the celebrated Sea Pines Resort. The package starts at US$145 per night for a three-night stay in a two-bedroom deluxe villa, and features dining discounts and complimentary lunch and dinner entrées for two, bicycles and a family beach portrait. It also includes two hours of tennis a day, free Internet, use of the fitness center and preferred rates at the resort’s three championship golf courses. When booking, mention the promotion code Getaway. seapines.com

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is building sophisticated new killer whale habitats in all three of its parks. Each new home measures 15 metres deep and more than100 metres long, with a surface area ofnearly6,070 square metres, along with more than 12 metres of underwater viewing, bringing the public up close and personal with the whales like never before. The first new killer whale home is expected to open in San Diego, California in 2018, followed by Orlando, Florida and San Antonio, Texas. The project marks the biggest expansion of the company’s killer whale habitat in nearly 30 years. SeaWorld has also pledged US$10 million to fund new programs to protect oceans and killer whales in the wild. seaworldparks.com

The Stratford Festival’s 2015 season will delight audiences with such classics as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Adventures of Pericles; Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer; Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist; Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and two modern works—Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists and The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and adapted by Wendy Kesselman. The playbill also includes two contemporary Canadian plays, John Mighton’s Possible Worlds and The Last Wife, a new play written by Kate Hennig, as well as two beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, The Sound of Music and Carousel. stratfordfestival.ca

Beginning in January 2016, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises sets sail for India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges River from New Delhi to Kolkata, the newest cruise in its collection. The 12-night itinerary includes seven nights on board the new all-suite Ganges Voyager II, equipped with 56 berths. For five nights on land, luxurious accommodation is provided at award-winning hotels including The Oberoi in New Delhi, The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra and The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur. The itinerary includes the Taj Majal, the bazaars, fortresses and palaces of Jaipar, Mother Teresa’s tomb and former home in Kolkata, as well as five UNESCO heritage sites. uniworld.com

Just in time for ski season, Canada’s two largest ski resorts have announced a new reciprocal agreement. Holders of a 2014/15 season’s pass for Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks Resort will receive a 50 per cent discount off the window ticket rate at each partner resort. The agreement coincides with news that Sun Peaks has added more than 200 hectares of alpine terrain to become the second-largest ski resort in Canada. Sun Peaks’ official opening day is November 22, while Whistler Blackcomb, which offers new Gondola cabins and RFID access, is scheduled to open November 27.sunpeaksresort.com;whistlerblackcomb.com

Travellers flying out of Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport by early 2015 can wait for their flight in a spacious new lounge. A $40 pass will give passengers on any airline access to a bright, comfortable oasis with separate work and relaxation space, multiple TV screens, newspapers, magazines, a sit-down bar area and a variety of hot food items throughout the day. Owner Plaza Premium Lounge, based in Hong Kong, plans to open 50 new pay-per-use airport lounges in the next two years, including two at London’s Heathrow airport by the end of 2014. plaza-network.com

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