48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die


I would stay at any one of these if not all…my bucket list just GOT longer even without my bike….’-)

by  on MARCH 18, 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Scola

Alex is a recent graduate from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Though originally from Las Vegas, he continues to live in Portland where he produces and plays electronic music, and works odd-jobs (occasionally as a personal trainer). In his free-time, he is currently working on finishing a full-length album, and touching every continent.


A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. The best hotel in the worst place, on the other hand, can be something of an oasis. Take the best hotels and put them in the best places, and you’ve got a private slice of the vacation you’ve always dreamed of.

Here are 48 absolutely epic dream hotels.

1. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia

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IN MY DREAMS


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The quarries around Lake Joseph, New York, provided the stone for sidewalks in the early days of New York City. That business faded with the invention of concrete, but there still remains a connection between the city and the area today, with a passel of second homes, like this boathouse. What is that they say about location again?

This little SILCE of heaven is something all Adventure riders or anyone for that matter should be able to access…I would so LOVE to have a retreat like this in my life! Continue reading

Winter Getaway Part II


Over night the resort filled up a bit more and it was my lone bike among all cars.

Yesterday I had planned on exploring on the bike the surrounding area but after a beautiful sunrise…

…sea fog rolled in not only around the water but inland too.  It was destined to stick around the entire day.  So, after having a great yet a bit expensive breakfast at the Cedars restaurant I walked around looking at cottages for sale in the area and went to the beach.  Continue reading

Winter Getaway Part I


While many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are watching out your windows with despair and your bikes are all tucked in until the thaw…here out on the usual wet coast of BC we have an unusual break in the dreary weather and I happen to have the weekend off.  Temperatures are freezing in the morning but by afternoon yesterday, today and hopefully tomorrow we are seeing double digits Celsius. 

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Bald Eagle Haven – all pics can be enlarged


The weekend of November 23-24, 2013, Cheryl and I headed out about an hour east of where we live to get away for the weekend and enjoy the Bald Eagle frenzy that happens every year around here.  Thousands of salmon come to the Chehalis Flats where the Fraser and Harrison Rivers meet to spawn.  It’s also this time of year when the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival goes on as well.

Around this time of year into January resident and transient eagles come by for their free buffet of food before their nesting season starts around March.  Most are coming from Alaska after the salmon spawned up there and leave after the big freeze. Tons of food for all species so it is also a special time to see normally non-social raptors gets along with so many young and old.  Continue reading

Our Wedding in a Nutshell – August 14th 2013


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I guess there is no need to really write a post when one gets married.  In summary, we have been together for 16 years common law, Cheryl proposes one day out of the blue, a year later we are getting hitched for “real” up in Egmont, BC @ the Westcoast Wilderness Lodge with 60 of our closest family and friends.  WE wished we could have invited more. Continue reading

The 35 Most Beautiful Abandoned Cabins


We would live in some of these easily…a little restoration…would equal paradise.SOURCE:  PERFECT Nature on StumbleUponThese amazing cabins are so sad and beautiful at the same time. They are waiting for their owners and when they come, cabins will be very happy. These places are perfect for weekend trip, because few days in nature is something amazing, which will give energy to all us and we feel really happy. These 35 abandoned cabins will be happy very soon.

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Mini Moon part III (click the pics)


We just got back on Thursday, August 28th from a 4 night mini-moon bike ride…it was amazing. Rode some back country roads we have never been on and the best part got to see yet another part of our beautiful Province. Weather was OK for the most part until the last 2 days.  It rained on us riding back to Pemberton via the Highline and then it POURED on us heading home.  No biggie we always stay dry wearing our KLIM Traverse gear.  We started out on the Sea to Sky Highway the 99.  Can’t get much closer to the water when you ride this route.

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Our Mini-Moon Trip


I have not gotten around to even posting our highlights from our wedding. Perhaps a little overwhelmed with all the pics and the event itself.  Wedding was great and a post will come soon. Right now we are on a mini-moon, not our honeymoon bike trip.  We are out and about in our own “backyard” of BC exploring.  Heading up the Hurley Forest road to check out the Tyax Wilderness Lodge in the middle of nowhere.

Sea to Sky Highway

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2 months, 3 Weeks & 4 Days


Not too much longer until the day we get hitched.  I mean why not?  We have only been together almost 16 years….;-)  Here is our post from our scouting out the venue ride last year SUNSHINE COAST onward to the venue POST here and here is a video showing you WHY we picked the WESTCOAST WILDERNESS LODGE

We rode up on our 2010 BMW 650′s and this year we will be riding up on our ’13 BMW F8′s.  And, YES of course we will have our pictures taken with our bikes.  ;-) The sunshine coast of BC is not that far from the lower mainland, but once you get there you feel like you are in another world!

Section Two – Baie Comeau to Chibougmau


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Section Two – Baie Comeau to Chibougamau

This chapter of the True North East route could best be described as remote.  The route begins in the town of Baie Comeau.  This town has a population of approximately 26, 000 and has been around since 1889.  A few years later the first saw mill arrived and the town has been functioning as a resource town ever since.  Located on the shores of the ST Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Manicouagan River, the town is not without its charm.  This is the last place to gear up for a few days of the route and the town offers typical modern amenities for a town of its size.

The route leaving Baie Comeau follows gravel roads for 380 kilometres before you’ll find the next location for fuel.  Needless to say you must stock up on fuel prior to leaving this town.  This chapter of the TNE is also used for the Trans Canada Adventure Trail (TCAT) and was created by Fabric Tremblay.  Fab is local to the area and without his local knowledge it would have been very difficult to have created this chapter of the route, Thanks!

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Photo by Fabrice Tremblay
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