Nova Scotia: A small province that’s big on adventure, culture and indulgence

With river rapids, fine wines, fresh seafood and a fascinating history to explore, you can pack a lot in to a trip, says Sarah Barrell

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Stay The Night: Trout Point Lodge

Independent on Sunday 30 October 2011

With its Acadian history and rather Scottish setting, this luxury lodge could only be found in Nova Scotia, says Sarah Barrell

Trout Point Lodge sits pretty on the edge of a wilderness preserve that goes by a characteristically unpronounceable First Nations name: “Kejimkujik” – or “keji” as it’s locally known.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/hotels/stay-the-night-trout-point-lodge-2377661.html?origin=internalSearch

Toronto: the strait-laced city loosens up

With its striking architecture, thriving arts culture and dynamic dining scene, ‘Toronto the Good’ fully deserves its new ‘good time’ label, says Sarah Barrell.

Everywhere you look in downtown Toronto skyscrapers are rising. This new landscape of chrome and glass, unrecognisable from a couple of years ago, disorientates me as I try to find the ferry terminal. When I eventually make it across to leafy Toronto Island, I’m rewarded with a view back to the mainland of the perfect North American pop-up city, seemingly growing before my eyes.

Read more: Telegraph Travel: 20 October 2010

Stay the night: Hotel Le Bleu, Brooklyn

Independent on Sunday, 22 November 2009

Go over the Brooklyn Bridge for luxury lodgings

This new boutique hotel is a sure sign that Brooklyn is becoming a tourist destination in its own right. Designed by architect Andres Escobar, the nine-storey chrome and glass structure, which opened last year, sits rather uncomfortably above the garages and low-rise factories of Park Slope’s 4th Avenue, the first “full service” hotel in a neighbourhood of scant B&Bs.

It makes the most of its somewhat gritty setting by projecting films (of skateboarders and archive footage of Brooklyn street scenes) on to the hotel’s façade. The roof terrace, however, has the main show: stunning views of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/hotels/stay-the-night-hotel-le-bleu-brooklyn-1825245.html

24-Hour Room Service: SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, US

It’s no surprise that the wild and whimsical Phillippe Starck is behind the design of Beverly Hills’ newest tourist address. The SLS opened late last year, a complete refurbishment of a former Méridien hotel which could not seem further from its corporate past. I find a towering model of a horse with a lampshade on its head in the foyer and, hanging outside the lifts, digital “oil portraits” of 18th-century gents that morph into monkeys.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/24hour-room-service-sls-hotel-at-beverly-hills-los-angeles-us-1720987.html