As the weather gets colder, we are all getting the inkling to escape the cold and look for somewhere warmer to go on vacation. Whether you are looking for somewhere to go for the Family Day weekend, Spring Break, March Break or during your vacation time from work, take advantage of travel deals and vacation packages as you plan your next adventure.
If you’re looking to go somewhere for the weekend…
Where to go: Whether you are travelling by plane, train or automobile, Ottawa is the perfect destination for you next weekend away. From January 29th to February 15, Ottawa will be hosting Winterlude with activities ranging from skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway, admiring the ice sculptures, sliding down the ice slides and more.
Our nation’s capital is home to some of the best museums, Swing by the Ottawa Art Gallery or the National Gallery of Canada to browse their extensive collections of Canadian and contemporary art. The Monet: A Bridge to Modernity exhibit is currently on now until February 15 as well as exhibits from Ian Wallace and Joseph Beuys. Or, brush up on your history and visit the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Aviation and Space Museum or the Canadian Museum of History. Or take a break from the city to relax at the Nodik-Spa Nature.
Where to stay: During Winterlude, the Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown will be offering a great winterlude package right now that’s fun for the whole family.
Where to go: Boston is the vibrant capital city, the hub of New England filled with fascinating cultural neighbourhoods, world-class museums and architecture. Boston is known for its chic hotels, outstanding cuisine and varied nightlife, from stylish lounges and clubs to casual Irish pubs and bars. Stroll through the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the cobblestone streets of Boston’s oldest neighbourhood (the North End – Italian) and enjoy some of their exceptional musical and theatrical productions and annual performances, walking tours or trolley tours and more.
Where to stay: The Godfrey is a newly open four-star hotel in the Downtown Crossing neighbourhood with 242 beautifully decked out guest rooms and suites and sophisticated full-service amenities.
Where to go: Only an hour from Toronto (1.5 hours from Montreal) by plane, The Capitol is a perfect spot for your to next weekend getaway. This vibrant city is characterized by their abundance of national monuments, neoclassical buildings and sprawling residential neighbourhoods. Central Washington is divided into various districts that each has their own unique charm. Navigate your way around the downtown grid easily on foot, by bike or on the metro through these four main areas.
Downtown Washington is often considered the centre of the city where tourists flock to visit the National Mall, Chinatown, the Verizon Centre and the central business district. The city’s greatest monuments are found in this area including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, White House, the Kennedy Centre and a large collection of Smthsonian Museums.
If you’re looking for somewhere warm…
Where to go: For all of the jet-setters hoping to escape the cold this winter, look no further than the idyllic island of Martinique. Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea, Martinique is an ideal warm weather destination welcoming tourists with open arms to experience the hospitality of the island. With a wide range of hotels, villas and resorts to stay on the island, here are some suggestions for you next Caribbean vacation.
Where to stay: Facing onto the ocean in Les Trois-Ilets, Hôtel Bakoua has been a longstanding favourite on the island having the ideal seaside location for both business and leisure travellers. With an ocean inlet view among a luscious tropical garden, this hotel has an exquisite onsite restaurant, ocean level bar, raised overflow pool and 132 rooms built in creole style buildings.
Where to go: The Azores are a grouping of islands in the Atlantic Ocean that are considered an autonomous region of Portugal. Although Portugal has been increasing as a tourist destination, these islands still remain relatively unchartered, which adds to their charm. Retaining an old world, quaint feel, the Azores are the perfect place for the explorer looking to hop from island to island. Plus, from Toronto in the winter, SATA Airlines offers two direct flights weekly (4.5 hours direct!) to Ponta Delgada on the main island of Sao Miguel.
This volcanic archipelago is made up of nine islands that boasts warm weather all year round, making it a wonderful travel destination for those looking to escape the snow. Explore the lush and beautiful outdoors by hiking around the volcanoes of Pico, relax in the hot mineral springs or catch a glimpse of the wales on a tour of Faial.
Where to go: A beautiful country filled with sun, surf, sand and plenty of culture. As the home to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics games, anyone visiting with a Canadian passport from June 1 to September 18 will no longer need a tourist visa and allow visitors to stay for up to 90 days. Stay an explore the vibrant capital city or explore the cities like Salvador or Sao Paolo to see a bit more of the beauty this country has to offer.
Where to stay: Solar do Imperio in the Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Located in the historical center of Petrópolis, Solar do Império. The hotel is made up by two historic mansions that date from 1875 and 1893 that were restored and converted to a sophisticated hotel with high quality standard.