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The Rocky Mountaineer Celebrates Canada’s 150 Birthday

Rocky Mountaineer Panorama

Photo by Rocky Mountaineer, Noel Hendrickson

 

If your summer travel plans aren’t yet finalized, there is still time for a memory-making rail journey in the Canadian Rockies on board the unparalleled Rocky Mountaineer…

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Named “The Best Train Experience in the World” by National Geographic, the RockyMountaineer offers guests amazing scenery aboard the train by day, and a chance to refresh and get a good night’s sleep in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. On board the train, guests will experience award-winning cuisine and a variety of snacks and beverages, all included! Their GoldLeaf service boasts 5-star dining and panoramic views from their bi-level glass-dome luxury coach. Additionally, tales, stories and educational engagement will be provided throughout your rail journey by one of the Rocky Mountaineer onboard hosts. Rocky Mountaineer has partnered with iconic and historic hotels along their routes and throughout the Canadian Rockies including Four Seasons Resort Whistler, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, and many others. Santa Barbara Travel can help arrange all your land accommodations if you decide to extend your stay before or after your rail experience.

Rocky Mountaineer Wildlife

Extraordinary wildlife exists in its natural habitat, and you get to see it!

 

There are many great reasons to consider traveling to Western Canada this year: a vacation close to home; Canada’s 150th year anniversary; plus the value of the US dollar to the Canadian dollar is very advantageous. So, while all meals and drinks are included on the train, your holiday spending off the train will be stretched much further.

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The Rocky Mountaineer winds along Howe Sound

 

As a special added benefit, guests who book a 4-day journey or more by March 3, 2017 through Santa Barbara Travel Bureau will receive a complimentary dinner at their hotel.* Additionally, this special offer is combinable with the current Rocky Mountaineer promotion which offers up to a $450 added value per couple that may be applied toward activities, excursions or pre and post night stays.

Nancy Herrmann, Travel Agent for Santa Barbara Travel, poses on her journey with the Rocky Mountaineer

Nancy Herrmann, Travel Agent for Santa Barbara Travel, poses on her journey with the Rocky Mountaineer

To receive more information or a brochure from Rocky Mountaineer, please contact your Santa Barbara Travel advisor or Nancy Herrmann.

Nancy Herrmann

Nancy Herrmann

Travel Associate, Santa Barbara

Phone: 805.679.3326
Email: nherrmann@sbtravel.com

 

 

Charlie’s Bucket List Destination: The Wickaninnish Inn

Wick-a-nin-nish Inn

Usually we don’t consider the hotel the “destination” but in the case of the Wickaninnish Inn, it’s worth the trip. Known to friends (which all guests become) as the “Wick Inn,” this family-owned and operated lodge will speak to the part of you looking for a nice, quiet place to take your time and relax. Enjoy a nice stroll through the old-growth forest behind you, or walk the Pacific coastline in front of you. Have no commitment except to the warmth of the fireplace.

Wick Inn canopy suite view

Ocean View from the Canopy Suite

Located on the West Coast of Vancouver, this rustic last-frontier-style lodge is the perfect place to be on the edge of wilderness while still experiencing top luxury. Each season varies quite greatly, so you will want to know what kind of experience you are craving. No matter when you travel, enjoy the hand-carved artwork and furniture made by Henry Nolla over his 25 years at the Wick Inn, including the beautiful fireplace mantles in each room.

Henry Nolla in the Wood Carving Shed

Henry Nolla in the Wood Carving Shed

This lodge first came on our radar through Charles de L’Arbre, owner and CEO of Santa Barbara Travel Bureau, when we asked him what his dream destinations were. A trip to the Wick Inn was top on his travel list. It turns out that Charles has a soft spot for extreme weather, and watching trans-pacific waves crash outside while sitting by the warmth of a private fireplace is right up his alley. The best season for this kind of experience is the Winter Season (November to February). Living in the dry hills of Santa Barbara doesn’t quite offer the same… weather.

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Winter Storm Watching Season (November to February)

The peak season, however, is in the Summer. The Wick Inn is a beautiful beach resort, hosting weddings, proposals, vow renewals, birthdays, family reunions and more. You can easily explore the surrounding area, or enjoy the rustic luxury of the Inn. If you are looking for romance– this is your spot. Save with the “All You Need is Love” package or take a healthy, spa- and yoga-based approach with the “Ancient Cedars Active Health” package, which includes massages, yoga classes, and gourmet meals for two.

Beautiful ceremonies available at the Wickaninnish Inn to celebrate the occasion

Beautiful ceremonies available at the Wickaninnish Inn to celebrate the occasion

If you love adventuring, we suggest the “Wilderness to Wickaninnish Package.” The Wick Inn and the new Clayoquot Wilderness Resort have partnered to offer the most incredible experience to those who want to explore Vancouver Island. Stay in a luxurious tent (no, we are not kidding), and during the day explore by hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing amidst the spectacular wilderness, followed with massages and gourmet meals for two. After a few days in the wilderness, relax at the Wick Inn.

Walk amongst the Old Grown Rainforest

Walk amongst the Old Grown Rainforest

With only 75 rooms, each with an ocean-view balcony, fireplace, and giant soaking hot tub, you will feel the excitement of a new frontier amidst a rustic backdrop and modern luxury.

Call Charles de L’Arbre at 805.969.7746, or email him at charlesd@sbtravel.com to talk about this beautiful property.
Thank you to the Wickaninnish Inn for providing these beautiful photos.

Trip Report: Sheila Cohn with Pearl Seas Cruises to Canada

Recently returned from a ‘Canadian Maritimes’ voyage on Pearl Seas Cruises, Sheila Cohn’s first comment was, “it was much more than I expected!

With only about 200 passengers, the ship felt much more like a riverboat than a cruise ship.”  Never having traveled with Pearl Seas before, Sheila was immediately impressed with the size of the cabins; she compared them more to hotel rooms than the usual cruise ship cabins, and each room had its own balcony.

What stood out for her?  “Hands down, the service.  I’ve been on cruises on many different lines, and the service on this ship really stood out,” Sheila said.  “I was also impressed with the food.  Everything was fresh and cooked to order; there were no buffets.  Since we were travelling through the North Atlantic Ocean, a unique feature of this particular sailing was the abundance of lobster.  We had lobster tails, whole lobster, lobster mac and cheese, and even lobster rolls during this trip.”

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Pearl Seas Cruises along the Canadian Maritimes, beginning in Quebec City and ending in Portland, Maine.

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Favorite destination?  “Without a doubt, Prince Edward Island!  I could easily move there.  I’ve heard that Prince Edward Island (or ‘PEI’) is called ‘the garden of the Gulf,’ and I can believe it.  Not only was the PEI unbelievably green, I was fortunate to be there at the height of wild lupin and lilac season.  The aroma from all the flowers was almost indescribable. I was so impressed, I brought back some lupin seeds as a souvenir. Let’s see how they do in Southern California!”

Sheila suggests that this trip would be a great option for those who really want to feel they’ve traveled abroad, but without the long and taxing overseas flight and jet lag.  A great deal of this trip covers territory that was either historically French or Arcadian (in fact, many of these Arcadians migrated to New Orleans to become the ‘Cajuns’ we know today).  This means that many of the stops have a distinct French flavor.  “In fact, I’d  recommend that anyone taking this cruise arrive in Quebec City a few days early to really soak up the French culture,” concludes Sheila.

Lupins on Prince Edward Island

Lupins on Prince Edward Island