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Joy Pecknold
Joy Pecknold is a fashion and travel writer who also writes about almost everything else. She is the western editor of FASHION Magazine, Passport blog editor for Kiwi Collection and regular contributor to MONTECRISTO Magazine. Her previous titles include Vitamin Daily Vancouver editor and Splendora contributing editor (now Her Twitter account @joypecknold recently nabbed her a spot on Huffington Post Canada's list “Canadian Fashion Insiders On Twitter: 20 Must-Follow Accounts.”

Entries by Joy Pecknold

10 Fall Weekend Getaways in the Country

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Bidding adieu to summer isn't all bad. The arrival of crisp air means cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. Crackling fires and changing leaves too, and the choice way to enjoy those are with a weekend getaway to the country. Herein, 10 boutique retreats across North America ideal for autumn...

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Planning a Wine Country Road Trip

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 3:37 PM

All roads lead to wine. Isn't that how the saying goes? No? Well, it should. With the summer maelstrom winding down and autumn approaching, now is a choice time to sit down and plan a road trip through wine country. A wine writer with a street synonym for a last...

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A Big Shiny Guide to African Safaris

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 1:33 PM

There's nothing like your first time -- first time taking a safari, that is. Deciding to do one is easy (yes, a resounding yes), but picking a destination is more difficult -- what with a long list of magnificent countries to choose from. To help, here's a handy overview of...

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Summer Escapes: 11 Resorts Right on the Beach

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 10:55 AM

Beach lovers, here's your list. Take a gander at these 11 destinations that put the ocean on your doorstep.

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6 Best Cities to See Spring Blooms

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 1:29 PM

It's finally bloomin' spring, and nothing instills hope that winter is gone and summer is on its way like the darling buds of April and May. Chart a course for one of these cities to see the most spectacular springtime displays by Mother Nature (with some help from humans).

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8 Family Getaways for Spring Break

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Lazy week at the beach, big city cultural excursion or Disney World -- here's your Spring Break guide to family getaways. The eight North American and European properties herein all have suites and extras to accommodate kids, but offer starkly different settings and experiences. Poll the clan and make your...

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10 Luxurious Health and Wellness Escapes

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 6:37 PM

Getting fit and living healthier are popular topics in January, and the gurus would exclaim, "Start today!" And I'd add, "Get away!" Breaking out of bad habits can be a whole lot easier when you leave regular life behind, especially if you chart a course for one of these 10...

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7 London Hotel Bars for a Holiday Drink

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:19 PM

London loves its drink, and while pints at one of the many pubs are popular, there's a special experience to be had hitting up the city's hotel bars. Some legendary, some new school, herein are seven slick spots where you're guaranteed a good drink and perhaps a celebrity sighting or...

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8 Hot Tubs in Cool Places

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 6:13 PM

Baby, it's getting colder outside, but that's nothing a little hot tub can't fix. There's no shortage of pools and Jacuzzis to be found around the globe, but for those in search of more spectacular ones -- be it en suite or under the stars -- this is your list.

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6 Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Summer's over, but the fun needn't fade -- it's weekend warrior season. Here are eight hotels in six of North America's coolest cities for a quick getaway, from cultural capitals to desert oases.

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11 Spectacular Spots for Fall Foliage

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 7:58 PM

Summer is a swell season, but throwing on a cozy sweater, pouring some hot cocoa in a travel mug and meandering along a woodland trail lined with trees changing hues isn't so bad either. Hello, Fall. To make the transition easier, park yourself at a property where plenty of nature...

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11 Rooftop Hotel Bars for Hot Summer Nights

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:12 AM

With summer in full effect, raise a glass and raise the roof -- quite literally -- it's peak season for rooftop patio-ing. As such, I've rounded-up 11 favorites at luxury hotels from Laguna Beach to Bangkok.

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10 Cool Pools Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Most pools are cool, technically speaking, but some are a whole heck of a lot cooler than others and luxury hotels are home to some of the coolest. Set your sights on these 10 across the globe, including two overlooking the Alps and one set right in the Indian Ocean.

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11 Adventure Destinations Loaded With Luxury

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 8:24 PM

To everything there is a season, and every once and awhile it's time to turn on the adventure -- without sacrificing any luxury, of course. When the bod is begging for an adrenaline kick, be it shark cage diving or horseback riding, chart a course to one of these 11...

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10 Luxury Hotels for Long Weekends

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Get out of town! No, really. There's always a long weekend on the horizon, so here's 10 of the best places across four regions -- North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific -- for a short but sumptuous escape where you're guaranteed to get spoiled rotten. Think private pools, spa...

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Five Glam Getaways for Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:51 PM

For a significant part of a child's life, a mother acts as a one-woman concierge, chauffeur, maid, cook, and more. So the least her offspring (with some help from dad, perhaps) can do is to return the favor, and I say take it up a notch and bring in the...

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Where to Recover After Coachella

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Coachella is not for the faint of heart. Sure, it's buckets of fun, but three days of music from noon to well beyond midnight with some 90,000 people in the blistering desert sun accompanied with oodles of booze, well, it takes its toll -- so here are six spectacularly...

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8 Other Great Emerald Isles

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:49 PM

I have nothing but leprechaun love for Ireland, but around St. Patrick's Day it's still a little too chilly there for my liking, which has me dreaming of balmier emerald isles. These green vacation spots may not have the luck of the Irish, but you're bound to run into someone...

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6 Winter Games Getaways to Unleash Your Inner Olympian

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 3:58 PM

The Sochi Winter Games are nearly over, but fervor is at a fever pitch (let's just say I've been Googling "where to learn bobsleigh"). Keep the spirit alive and let the Games guide your travel plans with these six Olympic destinations that boast luxury accommodations in addition to sporting events.

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5 Spring Break Beach Escapes for Families

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:37 PM

'Tis the season when the kids are let out of school and looking to be entertained. Making it easy on moms and dads are these breezy-to-reach beach destinations. With kid's clubs for the wee ones and amenities such as golf courses, spas and fine dining establishments for the adults, these...

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