North America

V2V Vacations
The luxurious Canadian cruise you’ve always dreamed of
Passengers can frequently spot wildlife such as orcas, bald eagles or sea lions along the coastline of British Columbia. The waters of south-western British Columbia in Canada, are some of the most spectacular in the world, and the uniquely beautiful, comfortable and convenient journey aboard the V2V Empress between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria aims to showcase this stunning corner of the world with unparalleled commitment to service, comfort and luxury.   Whether you are looking for an exciting add-on to your Alaska cruise or your Rocky Mountaineer train journey, or you simply wish to discover Victoria for a day, cruising to Vancouver Island on this stylish 242-passenger high-speed catamaran is an opportunity to spend the voyage learning about the rich culture in the region.   Sailing directly from downtown Vancouver past Stanley Park, across the Salish Sea and meandering through the stunning British Columbia Gulf Islands into Victoria’s Inner Harbour on Vancouver Island, passengers can frequently spot wildlife such as orcas, bald eagles or sea lions. Throughout the 3.5-hour journey, guests also have the opportunity to taste local flavours through the on-board menu, which features foods and non-alcoholic as well as alcoholic beverages exclusively sourced from the region.   All seating is reserved, so when you go up to the sundeck to enjoy the incredible 360-degree views, you can be rest assured that your seat won’t be occupied by someone else once you come back inside. [caption id="attachment_44989" align="alignnone" width="600"] Cruising - but with all the comforts of a luxury hotel[/caption] Need to know In Vancouver, the V2V terminal is located downtown by the convention centre, within short walking distance of the Vancouver Cruise Terminal, a variety of luxury accommodation options as well as boutique properties. In Victoria, the ship arrives and departs directly from the Inner Harbour across from the British Columbia Provincial Legislature, within an easy four-minute walk from all pick-up points for the best Victoria and Butchart Gardens sightseeing tours and activities. See Victoria If you cruise to Victoria for the day, you will have enough time to wander the quaint, historic downtown with its British colonial architecture, visit the stunning Butchart Gardens, or linger over afternoon high tea. [caption id="attachment_44990" align="alignnone" width="600"] You'll be amazed at all the wildlife spotting you can do![/caption] Go Royal Class The V2V Empress cruises past some spectacular British Columbian wilderness; the views from Royal Class seats are unbeatable. V2V’s two classes, Premium and Royal, both feature comfy ergonomic leather seats equipped with international power outlets (and free wi-fi throughout the ship), but Royal class is tailored to those who appreciate more personalised service. Up on the upper deck, Royal guests enjoy the best views, with food and drinks served directly to their seat. A welcome drink and a three-course light meal in both directions is included, as well as unlimited non-alcoholic drinks.   For more information visit V2Vvacations.com
Pastrami on Rye from Katz's Deli, New York City.
New York’s 7 most iconic snacks: We tried (and ranked) them all
Want to try all the famous snacks in New York City but just don’t have the time/tummy space? We had both, so we did the legwork for you. Here are New York’s most celebrated snacks, ranked. 7. Cereal milk soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar [caption id="attachment_44956" align="alignnone" width="600"] Cereal milk soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar. Image via Freya Herring.[/caption] When cereal milk hit shelves all those years ago, the crowds went wild. (For the uninitiated, chef Christina Tosi invented ‘cereal milk’, which is essentially milk infused with cornflakes and then strained, to taste like the milk leftover when you’re eating cereal.) You can buy it in cartons, or try the Instagram-famous cereal milk soft serve.   It’s super fun, easy to find (there are Milk Bars everywhere in NYC) and inexpensive. It comes with crispy cornflakes on top and is a true taste of nostalgia, but it isn’t as strongly flavoured as we expected. But no ice-cream is bad ice-cream, amirite? Score: 2/5 6. Cupcake at Magnolia Bakery [caption id="attachment_44957" align="alignnone" width="600"] Cupcake at Magnolia Bakery, New York City. A Carrie Bradshaw favourite. Image via Freya Herring.[/caption] You’ve seen Carrie eat one of these cupcakes in SATC and so now, of course, it has become a NY institution. And, actually, this is a darn good cupcake. The sponge is feathery light and the buttercream generous and bracingly sweet. It’s not going to change your life – it is just a cupcake after all – but it is a fun way to get that sugary hit.   Plus, unlike in Carrie’s day, there are now Magnolias all over New York, so you don’t even need to head downtown to get your mitts on one. Score: 3/5 5. Cheesecake at Junior’s [caption id="attachment_44958" align="alignnone" width="600"] Strawberry Cheesecake from Junior's. Image via Freya Herring.[/caption] Is this the most famous cheesecake in the world? Probably. There are tonnes of types to choose from. The most famous is the strawberry cheesecake – regular cheesecake with a topping of fresh strawberries set amongst thick, sweet strawberry sauce and a Graham cracker crust.   But we prefer the Original NY Plain Cheesecake. It’s just a simple thing done well. Thin, sponge-cake crust; creamy, not-too-sweet cream cheese filling, baked to thick silkiness. Sometimes simple is best. Score: 3/5 4. Smoked salmon bagel at Russ & Daughters [caption id="attachment_44959" align="alignnone" width="600"] Smoked salmon bagel at Russ & Daughters, New York City. Image via Freya Herring.[/caption] You’re going to have to wait for a bagel at famed Jewish deli, Russ & Daughters. That’s just the rules. But it’s a wait that has its perks. Go to the shop instead of the cafe – it’s over a century old, and walking in feels like walking back in time to a New York relic.   Grab a ticket and wait until your number is called (we waited an hour at 3pm on a Sunday). It’s all about soaking up the atmosphere, everyone milling about, crowded into this beautiful space. There are tonnes of sandwiches on offer, but we say go the ‘Classic’, which is essentially a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. We opt for a poppy seed bagel, with Nova salmon (“It’s the best”, a local tells us), scallion cream cheese, and pay extra for onions and capers.   The bagel is crisper that you might expect, but it’s perfect fodder for that silky salmon and piquant cream cheese. This just might be the ultimate New York experience, so make the time and go here once; you won’t regret it. Score: 4/5 3. Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery [caption id="attachment_44960" align="alignnone" width="600"] Cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery. Image via Freya Herring.[/caption] Don’t go for imitations. There really is only one Cronut, and that’s Dominique Ansel’s. Unlike all those that followed, Ansel’s is a perfect balance between soft, crisp, sweet, sour and buttery. The flavours change every month, but we tried the classic croissant dough stuffed with cranberry jam and pistachio ganache and topped with sweet, pink icing.   We know that deep-fried croissants don’t sound all that delicious – and they wouldn’t be, in normal cases – but at Ansel’s this is a thing of beauty. Just eat one already. Score: 5/5 2. Pork buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar [caption id="attachment_44961" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pork buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Image via Freya Herring.[/caption] Momofuku’s pork buns are everything you’ve heard they are, and just as wonderful. Thick slabs of salty, almost-ham-like pork belly are stuck inside fluffy white bao buns. The buns are slicked with hoisin and there is cured cucumber for crunch and spring onion for that extra punch of umami.   The pork is so tender and deliciously fatty it starts melting as soon as it hits your tongue. Go here late at night (we go at 10pm on a Sunday, and wait under five minutes for a table, even though the place is rammed) or get in the queue at 5pm for its 5.30pm opening if you can’t do late dinners. Score: 5/5 1. Pastrami on rye at Katz’s Delicatessen [caption id="attachment_44962" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pastrami on rye: a famous order at Katz's Deli, New York City. Image via Freya Herring.[/caption] Even New Yorkers love the pastrami at Katz’s, and will wait in the queue that has now gained infamy worldwide. No matter what time you go, there always seems to be a line, but avoiding weekends and peak eating hours is a good idea.   Regardless of how you do it, you’ll ultimately find yourself in the buzzy, neon-signed surrounds of Katz’s interior, nabbing a ticket from the man at the door and making your way slowly up to one of the counters to order your sandwich (you can do table service if you prefer, but you’ll probably wait longer). Once you get to the counter, make your order. Most people order the pastrami on rye (it’s what they’re eating when Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm, right here in Katz’s, in When Harry Met Sally).   The chef will pop a few slices of still-hot pastrami on a plate so you can taste, then, as long as you approve, he’ll make up your sandwich, alongside a plate of pickles. Once you’ve got your tray, hand him your ticket and he’ll mark on it what you had (keep your ticket, you’ll need it later). Grab a table, eat this big, beautiful beast of a sandwich then go back to the door, hand over your ticket to the cashier and pay. It’s hectic and fun and feels like the New York you see in the movies, and the pastrami is the best we’ve ever had – and we’d go back, even with those queues. Score: 5/5   Need somewhere to lay your head after eating all these delicious snacks? We stayed at the excellent, brand-new CitizenM New York Bowery Hotel on the Lower East Side. Situated in the buzzy Bowery neighbourhood, the hotel sees playfully decorated bedrooms with room-width windows overlooking the skyline – it’s a pretty amazing view to wake up to. Plus the onsite cafe/lobby is a fun, efficiently designed and super stylish place to catch up on work, or even grab a pre-dinner cocktail.
The ultimate 90-day USA-to-Canada road trip
Looking to get away for the ultimate road-trip over a couple of months? More and more, travellers are less interested in quick trips abroad to check out a handful of destinations.   Instead, they want to immerse themselves in as many varied cultures and communities as possible, and there’s no better way to do that than by road-tripping through a country you want to get to know.   The USA and Canada are two of the most sought after travel destinations for Australians, thanks to the rich landscapes, varied provinces and mammoth list of things to do. So go on, do what you've always dreamed you'd do and take the full three months, start planning, and buckle in to what’s sure to be the biggest adventure of your life.   The below itinerary is is designed to start in New York City, touch the bottom of the USA, climb up the west coast before hitting Canada, from there you head straight cross country until you hit Quebec, where you can hang up your road-trip boots, or continue the eight-hour drive back to where you started: The Big Apple.   In between stops, we encourage you to create your own path based on what you love, and what's on your must-see list. We've highlighted our favourite bits. It's time for you to find yours.   Our top 3 road trip classics to add to your playlist: “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett “Life Is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash   How To: [caption id="attachment_44059" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Do Canada and USA your way with your own motorhome[/caption] To fulfil your own Great American (or Canadian) Road Trip fantasies, consider getting the hard bits done for you so you just need to bring yourself, your driving gloves and a dog-eared copy of On The Road. America Canada Motorhome Tours takes on the work so you don’t have to, having been busy organising driving tours through Canada, Alaska and the lower 48s of the USA for the past 15 years. Choose from one of their six itineraries then you can travel in your own motorhome, at your own pace, with your family and friends, yet knowing you have the support of a tour leader who will give you guidance and assistance.   On a motorhome tour, you’ll see more as you are free to stop at will, and you get so much more access to local culture as you are introduced to communities along the way. Then there is the added social life around the trip’s many campfires and, to make things better, you only unpack once.   Most itineraries are combined with hotel stays, day tours and even a seven-day cruise, and include Chicago to Anchorage, Seattle to Anchorage, Anchorage to Seattle, Route 66, Nashville to the Caribbean and Eastern Canada. It’s the ideal way to get the freedom of the road with the support of a local team.   MUST STOP: Fuel up in New York City Starting off in New York City, before you head off on your months-long adventure, it pays to get yourself a hearty meal somewhere delicious, so you're not itching to turn off the road at places you don't necessarily need to stop. We suggest stopping in at Soho's Jack's Wife Freda for a serving of the Rosewater Waffles with a serving of their famous house cured duck bacon. You certainly won't regret it.   Stop and explore Washington DC on your way through, or detour through the country music capital of the world, Nashville   MUST STOP: Sample the chargrilled oysters in New Orleans As you head down Bourbon Street, swept up in the music, making your way through the slew of dancing and the colourful beads, take a right to Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter. These babies come out sizzling in the shell, saturated in herby butter and – in true American fashion – topped with cheese. It’s a bit of a weird sensation, guzzling piping hot oysters, but what you’ll find is that this crustacean is just as delicious grilled as they are raw drizzled with lemon. To really get into the New Orleans spirit, follow up with some Jambalaya; a New Orleans speciality, the seasoned rice comes with smoked sausage and chicken – and really hits the spot.   MUST STOP: Cool down in Austin For a chilled back day in Austin that will make you feel like a local, head to Barton Springs Pool within the city’s green oasis of Zilker Park. This 1.2-hectare pool, flanked by grassy banks, is fed by underground springs and maintains an average temperature of between 15–21 degrees °C, making it swimmable year-round. Pack a towel and a book and when you’re hungry, amble down the road to Barton Spring Road’s food trailer park the Picnic to experience what Austin is most famous for (besides music). From fresh fruit ice blocks to Texan barbecue and tacos, sample local fare from some of the best food trucks in town.   Where to stay: Hotel Sain Cecilia, created in honour of the patron saint of music and poetry, the Saint Cecilia takes inspiration from the great era of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when a revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry overran the hallowed halls of established convention. They pay tribute to the great creative legacy of our revolutionary idols and to the spirit of the artist that lies within us all.   Duration: 7 hours Don’t forget to stock up on marshmallows, crackers and chocolate bars for s’mores around the campfire.   MUST STOP: Appreciate art in Prada Marfa The flat, dusty plains of western Texas gained an unlikely tourist attraction in 2005 when artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset installed an uncanny sculpture on the side of the highway. To the road tripper, Prada Marfa is the surrealist of sights: a luxury shop, stocked with shoes and handbags, transplanted to the middle of the desert. But it's fake, and there are no functioning doors, which only adds to the intrigue. It all makes sense when you reach the small city of Marfa, a half hour's drive away.   A quintessential one-horse town, Marfa was put on the contemporary art map when minimalist sculptor Donald Judd moved here from New York in the 1970s and is now home to a range of boutique accommodation options, arts and music festivals, design stores and restaurants. With a little help from Beyoncé, the town – and its namesake installation – has since become a mecca for artists, fashion lovers and Instagrammers alike.   Where to stay: El Cosmico - Sleep amongst the stars with your choice of luxury yurts, tepees and safari tents at this 21 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas where they keep within the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness   MUST STOP: Visit Santa Fe's Ghost Ranch For anyone who has ever admired a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, a visit to Ghost Ranch – a one-hour drive north-east of Santa Fe – is a must. It’s where she painted her memorable modernist landscapes of flat-topped mesas and sagebrush, and the joy of following in her footsteps is realising that she didn’t need to exaggerate her colours in this corner of northern New Mexico: they really are as vibrant and hyperreal as she painted them. Today this 8500-hectare retreat, owned by the Presbyterian Church, hosts tours, workshops and spiritual retreats, but when O’Keeffe first encountered it in 1929, it was a dude ranch.   Take a guided horse trail over the land – in the shadows and see the house where the artist lived; cared for today by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, but not open to the public. =   MUST STOP: Make sure you see Utah [caption id="attachment_43740" align="alignnone" width="600"] Exploring incredible Utah by car.[/caption] The Great American Road trip is a favourite pastime in the States, particularly in the American West. Utah is remarkable for the tremendous diversity of natural grandeur on display, as well as for its cultural uniqueness in amongst its neighbouring states. Stunningly scenic Utah manages to contain 27 of the country’s designated scenic byways, and either partially or entirely, it’s these that make up many of Utah’s must-do road trip itineraries. Each journey is a photographer’s paradise, a hiker’s nirvana, a Western historian’s feast, and a geologist’s ultimate dream – particularly along what locals call the Road to Mighty. There is also plenty of stunning natural beauty to be found on Utah's backroads, locally known as the scenic backways. For something different, try it on two wheels; many of these roads are also fantastic road cycling or motorcycle routes.   MUST STOP: Explore the wonder of each hotel in Las Vegas Often Las Vegas gets a bad wrap, depicted as ‘Disneyland for adults’, but with a heavy dose of negative connotation. I say, treat it like Disneyland and take in the sheer heights each hotel goes to bring visitors a sense of wonder. Paris the hotel has a wonderfully French feel once you’re inside. In fact, the baguettes in the window and the smell of cheese and coffee will make you forget you’re actually in the USA altogether! New York New York has a roller coasting literally running through the hotel and is set out just like the West Village on the casino floor. You can’t leave without sampling a caramel-dipped apple – that would be a sin in Sin City.   Take a detour to LA across the iconic Route 66 to stop for your quintessential jumping in the air, arms up, faded signage on the ground photo.   Then head straight to take your place at the back of the line at Pinks Hotdogs in Los Angeles to grab yourself a Martha Stewart Dog covered in relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream.   Make sure you stop by Napa Valley on your way to get a quick lesson in wine and show off to your friends back home.   We are about to cross the border. Don’t forget Australians need an ESTA to enter Canada and an ESTA to enter the USA if you cross over to Alaska, plus a land-crossing authorisation (going into the US, which costs USD$6 cash at the border).   MUST STOP: Sail from Vancouver to Victoria for a few glorious days [caption id="attachment_43741" align="alignnone" width="600"] Sail from Vancouver and spend a glorious day in Victoria.[/caption] Connecting perhaps British Columbia’s best-known city, Vancouver, with its capital on Vancouver Island, Victoria, is as simple as V2V, as it turns out. V2V Vacations is a premium cruise service connecting downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, creating memorable experiences through an inspiring connection of people, places and moments along the way.   The voyage aboard the 242-passenger high-speed catamaran V2V Empress takes less than 3.5 hours, and gives travellers a premium, highly personalised journey focused on comfort and convenience. Guests can choose from two stylish seating classes and taste local flavours via the onboard menu, featuring food and both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks from the region.   The V2V Empress is wheelchair accessible, offers free wi-fi throughout (just as well, considering the spectacularly shareable journey) and is equipped with ergonomic leather seating with the convenience of individual USB ports and international power outlets for every seat.   From March through to October, the service departs daily from downtown Vancouver at 8am and directly from the Inner Harbour in Victoria at 4pm, allowing daytrippers the perfect access to Victoria.   What to eat: Any day, any time, you could eat your way around Canada trying a different poutine in every place.   The Arctic Circle side-trip If you’ve time and an adventurous spirit, branch off the classic loop up and back down Dempster Highway (unsealed) to the Arctic Circle, and beyond to Inuvik (Northwest Territories). This is Ice Road Trucker territory in winter, but in summer its highlights are infinite (Read: The Arctic Circle road trip). Other more laid-back add-ons include the Southern Lakes loop (Carcross, Tagish, Marsh Lake) and The Silver Trail side-trip to Keno and Mayo.)   MUST STOP: The Yukon, who's campgrounds are postcard awesome Parks Canada provide some of the most stunning campground settings in the free world. The best is Fox Lake (north of Whitehorse) for its sheer reflective-lake prettiness. The secluded, well-maintained sites offer only basic facilities (clean long-drop loos, free firewood etc.) for well under twenty bucks a night. (Tip: it’s first-come, first-served so turn up before 11am when other RVers tend to move on.)   MUST STOP: Choose your own adventure in British Columbia [caption id="attachment_43739" align="alignnone" width="600"] Driving through the mountains of British Columbia.[/caption] Take the road less travelled in British Columbia, Canada’s famously scenic Pacific province. Taste the urban treats of Vancouver and Victoria and then choose a route into the heartland. Head east for wine country, desert landscapes, natural hot springs and Rocky Mountain snow peaks, or set your sights north for the multi-hued canyons and untouched forests of the remote Chilcotin Plateau and the Great Bear Rainforest – two of North America’s last, and largest, wilderness areas.   Farm-gate wineries, roadside diners, day hikes, waterfalls, and friendly little arts towns encourage lingering; historic lodges, cosy bed and breakfasts, and alpine resorts offer memorable overnights. You won’t see much traffic on some of BC’s backroads, but there’s plenty of wildlife – think bighorn sheep, moose, eagles and bears – to keep you company. And when the highway ends? No worries. BC Ferries cruise the coastal straits and fjords.   MUST STOP: Take a float along Lake Louise If sailing across the water with the stunning peaks of BANFF National Park as your backdrop sounds appealing to you, then you can't miss a stop at Lake Louise, if only for the Instagram shot. In winter the water freezes and exhilarating games of  ice skating and ice hockey ensue, but in summer it's almost too tempting to be on or in the water.   MUST STOP: Grin and bear it - Roadtripping Manitoba [caption id="attachment_43911" align="alignnone" width="1000"] See them in their natural habitat[/caption] Experience the spectacular wildlife of Manitoba with an adventure by road, from the dense forests of Riding Mountain National Park to the colourful tundra of Churchill. Frontiers North’s Big Five Safari is a one-of-a-kind salute to the incredible array of megafauna that populates the forests, prairies, tundra and waters of this heartrendingly beautiful and biodiverse province.   Your journey begins in Winnipeg, the geographic centre of North America. Travel overland to Riding Mountain National Park, where the lofty heights and deep gorges of the Manitoba Escarpment are home to such impressive residents as black bears, moose and a captive bison herd. Flying north to Churchill, the boreal forest gives way to rugged tundra and the northern waterways. Set out by boat and Zodiac amongst inquisitive beluga whales, and explore the Churchill Wildlife Management Area by Tundra Buggy in search of the majestic polar bear.   MUST STOP: Finish with a taste of Europe in Québec City Stepping into Québec City, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled into a European city. Not at all like any other place in Canada, Québec offers a romantic ambience that makes for a truly unique end to what should definitely be the trip of your life. In the festive season, the streets are transformed into a winter wonderland reminiscent of the famed German Christmas markets. So if the timing is right for you, it's certainly worth soaking in. Otherwise, sampling the French cuisine in one of Québec's best eateries, such as as Paillard, which makes Québec's best croissants and macarons is reason enough! Only 8.5 hour drive to New York City, where you can finish your trip with the legendary pastrami sandwich at Katz!
Viceroy L’Ermitage Bevery Hills
Why you should book a room at the Viceroy L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
You never know who you’ll bump into in Beverly Hills. Shonagh Walker stops by one of the exclusive suburb’s most luxurious hotels and finds herself discussing its many merits with one of the world’s greatest rock stars.
Review: what it’s like to actually have breakfast at Tiffany’s
What is it like to have breakfast at Tiffany’s? We find out if dining at the iconic store is worth the hype. If you’ve ever wanted to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and recreate Breakfast at Tiffany’s, now you can, with the recent launch of Tiffany & Co’s Blue Box Cafe at its flagship Fifth Avenue store in midtown Manhattan.   But don’t be like Holly Golightly, on the outside looking in. To score a reservation at the uber popular 40-seat cafe you’ll need to book online via Resy 30 days in advance, and be poised to book once the booking window opens up 9am New York time; tables are snatched up within minutes. If you miss out, you can request to be notified when a table becomes available, but you’ll need to monitor your email notifications like a hawk to secure a booking.   So with a little pre-planning you’re in! But is it worth the hype?   Arriving at the iconic store, you’re whisked up to the fourth floor by the most charming elevator operators. It feels like a throwback to a bygone era, like when the movie made its debut in 1961, and adds to the sense of grandeur.   [caption id="attachment_44752" align="alignleft" width="600"] If you've always dreamed of living like Audrey Hepburn, you're in luck[/caption] Weave your way through the tempting selection of Tiffany’s new luxury home and accessories collection and arrive at Tiffany’s first ever dining concept – the Blue Box Cafe. It occupies just one small corner of the floor, making it an exclusive event.   The cafe is a sea of Tiffany’s signature blue: from the walls, chairs, banquette seating to the bone china and elegant salt and pepper shakers, and it’s heavenly for any Tiffany & Co. fan.   We’ve scored a table for the first sitting of the day, 10.15am – just after the store opens. We’re delighted to learn that despite the strict allocated arrival time when booking, there is no rush to leave; instead you can savour the experience at your leisure.   [caption id="attachment_44751" align="alignleft" width="600"] The Blue Box Cafe is a jewel of a restaurant with a beautiful view of Central Park[/caption] Better still, you can decide on the day whether you’d like to choose from the breakfast, lunch or high tea menu. The prix fixe menu starts at $44 for a two-course breakfast including your choice of tea or coffee. Two-course lunch is $58 and Tiffany Tea is $71.   Opting for the breakfast menu, the first course arrives featuring seasonal berries and croissants served with whipped honey butter, sour cherry-cranberry jam and classic Nutella. It’s the perfect start and is a nostalgic nod to Holly Golightly nibbling her croissant at Tiffany’s all those years ago.   Our second course is an American favourite reimagined by Tiffany: smoked salmon and bagel stack with cream cheese smear, beefsteak tomato, red onion and capers. The bagel is sliced as wafer-thin crisps making for an elegant rather than filling breakfast. Other breakfast options included coddled eggs, avocado toast or buttermilk waffles.   [caption id="attachment_44753" align="alignleft" width="600"] Marble walls are a welcome addition[/caption] If you’ve left room for a sweet treat, order the Blue Box Celebration Cake, a recreation of the iconic Tiffany box in chocolate and Grand Marnier and smothered in Tiffany Blue fondant. There’s a further selection of desserts, plus a range of teas, wine and bubbles on the menu.   Service exudes quality and sophistication and staff seemingly glide around the room – all helping to create a relaxed and unhurried dining experience.   Believe the hype, breakfast at Tiffany’s is a quintessential New York experience and should be added to your must-do list when travelling to the Big Apple.
How to cruise the British Columbia Coast in style
For travellers seeking a highly personalised and truly authentic experience, V2V Vacations promises to provide a uniquely beautiful, comfortable and convenient journey between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
Wild countries, beautiful USA and Canada
Yearning to explore the best of Canada and the US but not sure where to start? Nexus Holidays has created an epic adventure that encompasses the best of these two wild countries, beautiful USA and Canada.     A kaleidoscope of scenic splendour, diverse cultures, intriguing history, and buzzing cityscapes, Nexus Holidays’ 21-day Best of the Canadian Rockies, Alaska Cruise & USA National Parks (from $6999 per person including airfares) tour is all of this and more. This fantastic itinerary starts in Canada, a natural wonderland known for its soaring snow-capped mountains, glacier-fed turquoise lakes, and infinite prairies. But beyond its aesthetic beauty you’ll find cosmopolitan cities; historic coastal villages; some of the best ski resorts in the world; and remote provinces that feel like the final frontier. Canada nestles its way into the hearts of Australians with friendly familiarity, yet excites with a diverse cultural landscape of First Nations communities, French heritage and American influences, which add a large dose of flavour both figuratively and literally. You’ll visit Canada’s iconic Banff National Park and tranquil Lake Louise, also known as the Jewel of the Rockies. You’ll take in Jasper National Park, the largest in the Canadian Rockies blessed with stunning glaciers, lakes and mountain peaks, and spot grizzlies on an optional river cruise to Grizzly Bear Valley. Your Canadian adventure ends at Vancouver’s Granville Island, where you’ll explore its public market, a foodie haven for locals and visitors alike. [caption id="attachment_43602" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Lake Louise will take your breath away[/caption] Across the border, the US’s famous landmarks such as the Big Apple, Hollywood and Las Vegas make it a coveted holiday destination. But look beyond the obvious and you’ll find incredible diversity with natural and man-made beauty, unique cuisine, and a multitude of experiences for adventure seekers, nature lovers and culture vultures alike. Think cool, hip neighbourhoods; historic towns with old-world architecture; and breathtaking national parks and wide, open landscapes.   [caption id="attachment_43603" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The US is famous for its big cities - admire the Seattle Space Needle[/caption] Once you cross over into the US you’ll board a luxurious ship for a cruise around Alaska’s glaciers and Inside Passage, witnessing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. You’ll also explore the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, along with four other remarkable US national parks, colossal Hoover Dam, and the inimitable Grand Canyon, before concluding at the neon city of Las Vegas. [caption id="attachment_43600" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Sunset at Grand Canyon National Park[/caption] No other tour encompasses such impressive natural beauty and diverse experiences as this. Have your pen ready because this tour will have you ticking off your bucket list one by one.   Park Life Naturalists will be delighted by this itinerary, which covers these seven national parks across Canada and the US.   Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies At just under 665,000 hectares, this NP has soaring mountains, lakes (including famous Lake Louise), large caves and more than a thousand glaciers. Wildlife spotting – elk, caribou, mountain goat, bison, coyote, lynx, black bear, grizzly bear, red fox and more.   Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies More than one million hectares and Canada’s largest NP, Jasper has mountains, valleys, forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rivers and glaciers, as well as mineral-rich Miette Hot Springs and Maligne Canyon, which is home to thundering waterfalls. Wildlife spotting – moose, elk, coyote, rare woodland caribou, grizzly bear, black bear and more.   Yellowstone National Park, USA Described as ‘otherworldly’, Yellowstone was declared the world’s first national park in 1872. At 899,100 hectares, it sits on top of a dormant volcano and is blessed with more colourful hot springs, mudpots and geysers than anywhere else on Earth. Wildlife spotting – buffalo, grizzly bear, wolf, badger, otter, coyote, mountain lion and more.   Grand Teton National Park, USA Spread over 125,453 hectares, Grand Teton has old homesteads and cattle ranches hidden among mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and forests dotted with wildflowers. Wildlife spotting – elk, beaver, coyote, bison, moose, bald eagle and more.   Bryce Canyon National Park, USA It’s relatively small at 14,500 hectares but packs a punch: Bryce Canyon NP is a series of spectacular canyons, the most famous of these featuring the largest collection of hoodoos (odd-shaped rock pillars) in the world. Wildlife spotting – peregrine falcon, pronghorn, mountain lion, great basin rattlesnake and more.   Zion National Park, USA This 50,000-hectare park boasts colourful canyons, striking desert, the windy Virgin River and waterfalls. Wildlife spotting – mountain lion, bighorn sheep, bobcat, beaver, ringtail cat, peregrine falcon, Californian condor and more.   Grand Canyon National Park, USA No introduction is needed for this world famous natural wonder, which stretches 446 kilometres long, 29 kilometres wide and 1.6 kilometres deep. Wildlife spotting – mule deer, bison, hog-nosed skunk, mountain lion, California condor, elk and more.   For more information contact nexusholidays.com.au
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