Checking in: These destination properties turn up the dial on design

Blue belle At The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, outside Reykjavik, a visit to the thermal waters becomes the focus of your stay rather than a stopover. The design of the 62-room property focuses on its surrounding landscape. Muted Scandinavian interiors meet the wild outdoors thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a volcanic landscape. Paris match Tucked behind the theatrical gem Folies Bergère, the Parister Hotel offers an injection of modernity Read more [...]

Down to the wire: Streamlined eyewear is overtaking heavier Choices for  Fall

Authentic blue With aviator-style charm and ion-plated titanium structure, Warby Parker's eyeglasses hit the perfect balance between classic and modern. Their handsome navy color is a subtle way to introduce color to your wardrobe. Length artwork For the more adventurously bespectacled among us, Barcelona-based Lool provides a more architectural spin on the trend. Its silver-tone pair boasts a double bridge and cut out details throughout the structure. London Read more [...]

Norfolk County’s rise from the ashes as a new hub of agritourism

Norfolk County is among the most biologically and agriculturally diverse areas of Canada. The property, 1,600 square kilometres nestled on the north shore of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario, is characterized by rolling hills, charming little towns, rare Carolinian forest and dirt so sandy it is tough to spot where the beach ends and farmlandnbsp;begins.And, until recently, it was best known for one broad-leafed and nicotine-laced plant:nbsp;tobacco.Previously, 90 percent of the nation's Read more [...]

Fledgling micro-distilleries crafting a spirited scene in Alberta

Until a couple of years ago, Alberta's liquor rules made it extremely difficult for small craft distillers to create spirits which would make their way to localnbsp;bars.You could sit at a pub in downtown Saskatoon and sip a gin martini made with locally created Lucky Bastard Distillers' Gambit Gin. In Vancouver, you can perch on a stool along the glistening white bar at the Lobby Lounge of the Fairmont Pacific Rim at Vancouver and drink a cocktail with Victoria Gin clean off the bottling Read more [...]

By design: Within MoMa’s first fashion-focused Series since 1944

A new exhibition examines fashion's most iconic design items, and as Caitlin Agnew notes, allows visitors to shop the seriesIn the MoMA in New York, a new exhibition titled Things: Is Fashion Modern? Explores 111 pieces of clothes and accessories which have had an impact on 20th and 21st century life. Unlike a conventional style museum retrospective, which examines the trajectory of a specific designer's career and influence, this group is driven by the status of these objects and considers the Read more [...]

I see you are hosting another Globe cruise. Where will the boat be quitting?

THE QUESTIONI see you are hosting another Globe cruise. Where will the boat be quitting?THE ANSWER By "another" I take it that you remember two prior cruises hosted by The Globe several years back. Those trips sailed through the Caribbean and Mediterranean, respectively, and involved a huge ship (and a sea of Prosecco, as I remember). The one we are currently planning -- for next August -- will be more intimate, with only 151 guests (namely, smart Globe and Mail readers Read more [...]

Designer pajamas are returning to the bedroom, but also taking to the streets

There was a moment, before sweatpants and central heating, when most people owned clothes made specifically for sleeping. But we've since foresaken silk PJs, comfy dressing gowns and monogrammed robes for older T-shirts and boxer shorts, in doing abandoning an entire category of style. Now, an increasing number of brands and designers are endeavouring to attract sleepwearnbsp;back."I am in my early thirties and using a pair of pajamas is among those benchmarks of maturity that sort of makes Read more [...]

How to Pick out a bottle of wine that Matches an Assortment of Thanksgiving dishes — Such as turkey

The turkey, as a Thanksgiving-table icon, is in trouble. We're roasting less of the entire bird than we used to. Based on Turkey Farmers of Canada, which relies on data compiled by Ipsos-Reid, consumers bought 44.8 million kilograms in the kind of whole birds this past year, down from 55.9 million kilograms in 1981.That is a drop of nearly 20 per cent. Considering that our population expanded by 41 percent during the same period, from 24.8 million to over 35 million, it has been a major blow Read more [...]

Airport bars you want to get stuck in

It is a sadly familiar scene: Waiting patiently at the gate to your upcoming departure, absorbed reading the paper or scanning social media, you become aware of a slightly garbled announcement coming over the PA system, until the mention of your destination city and flight number snaps you to full attention. Flight delay. Of at least an hour and maybe -- probably! --nbsp;more.We have all been there, though that understanding does little to mitigate the soul-sapping impact of protracted and Read more [...]

Drink in the Air (and top-notch libations) at these airport bars

It is a sadly familiar scene: Waiting patiently at the gate to your upcoming departure, absorbed reading the paper or scanning social media, you become vaguely aware of a slightly garbled announcement coming over the PA system, until the course of your destination city and flight number pops you to full attention. Flight delay. Of at least an hour and maybe -- probably! --nbsp;more.We have all been there, though that understanding does little to mitigate the soul-sapping effect of protracted Read more [...]