Stories written by Colleen McNamara
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Notes From… A Vacation in Maui

Villa Specialist Richard Spence has seen many far-flung places across the world, but there was one destination he was always dreaming of: Hawaii. With friends working out there 2016 seemed like the perfect time to take the plunge, and fly half way around the world from his adopted home of Montreal to see the breathtaking […]

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5 Dreamy Oceanfront Patios

In the morning, it’s where we like to read the newspaper. In the afternoon, we happily congregate here for lunch. And when evening falls, it’s undoubtedly the best place to take in the sunset. Sit back and relax in these beautiful oceanfront spaces. 1. Le Gallerie, St Lucia  There’s good views, then there’s this view. […]

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Surf’s Up, Bali Style

Maybe your experience with surfing only goes as far as paddling out from shore, feet dangling in the sea as you sit in the sun. Or, maybe you and your trusty board have tested waters all over the world – Maui, California, Thailand – and it’s time for a new challenge. Maybe you lie somewhere […]

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A Beginners’ Guide to Croatia

From rich history and stunning architecture to fresh seafood and long days on the beach, it’s no wonder Croatia is on the wish list of many travelers. If you’re planning your first getaway to the coastal country, we’ve got you covered. The good news? With water taxis, ferries and boat charters aplenty, you can make […]

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5 Spectacular Homes on New Zealand’s South Island

Mountains, forests, beaches and lush green plateaus form the stunning landscape of New Zealand. On of the most remote destinations on earth, the country, divided into North and South Islands, is an unspoiled natural beauty. These homes dotted along the shores of Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown summon you indulge in some seriously pretty relaxation. The Lodge […]

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5 Amazing Places to Stay this Fall

The air is crisp, and dewy mornings become warm afternoons that fade into starry nights while apple pie bakes in the oven. Summer is great and all, but the allure of Fall is one we look forward to every year. Our favorite season for cozying up in our favorite sweater, or getting out to explore the myriad […]

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The Perfect Places for a Girls’ Getaway Weekend

Summer’s jam-packed schedule of weddings, family barbecues and weekends at the cottage doesn’t leave much time for catching up with your closest friends. Now that regular schedules have resumed there’s no better time to snatch a quick weekend with your best girlfriends. From Anguilla to Utah via Napa Valley, these three homes will have you […]

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Notes From… A Family Vacation in South Africa

Kirsten Schneider’s isn’t your typical roster of travelers. She and her husband take yearly adventures with their two kids, hunting for exhilarating cultural experiences both near and far, effectively transforming every travel opportunity to travel into a wealth of lifelong memories to cherish. Some of their most recent passport stamps include Croatia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, France, and Turks […]