News and adventure to expand your horizons

Iceberg Alley

Experience Iceberg Alley

Circumnavigate an iceberg an hour offshore of Fogo Island or observe them from the comfort of your king size bed at the Fogo Island Inn, a 29-room luxury inn perched on stilts atop jagged rocks in Newfoundland. Located along “Iceberg Alley” in the wild North Atlantic, the Fogo Island Inn is perfectly situated for taking in the ever-changing hues that highlight these pieces of ancient ice carried south by the powerful Labrador Current. Whether you do your iceberg watching during a boat excursion or take in the views from the Fogo Inn’s floor to ceiling windows, you’ll have a front row seat for viewing the movements of these 10,000-year-old glacial giants. Learn more:

Solo Only and Women Only cycling tours

SpiceRoads Cycling, a pioneer in cycling holidays throughout Asia, has launched two new travel experiences. Their new Women Only and Solo Only trips are designed to meet the needs of travellers interested in making social connections while exploring new destinations by bicycle. Their Solo Only departures are open to single riders of any gender while their Women Only departures are led by an expert female cycling guide and are available to female cyclists only. Accommodation and most meals are included, as well as a dedicated support vehicle and local guides on all trips. Founded in 1995 and based in Thailand, SpiceRoads offers cycling adventures in 37 destinations worldwide. Learn more:

Hard Rock Cafe sign joins the Neon Museum

There’s a new addition to the Neon Museum Las Vegas. The newly restored, re-electrified Hard Rock Café guitar sign was transported to the Neon Museum Boneyard after gracing the front of the Hard Rock Café for 27 years. An important piece of Las Vegas history, it was the world’s first Hard Rock Café guitar sign and appeared in several Hollywood films. In its new home, it joins many other vintage Las Vegas neon signs rescued from demolished motels, casinos, theatres and shops. Open to the public for guided tours and general admission, the Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to salvaging, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. Learn more:

Lazib Inn Resort & Spa, Egypt

Small Luxury Hotels adds properties in Egypt

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has introduced its first-ever Egyptian properties to its exclusive portfolio. Both La Maison Bleue and Lazib Inn Resort & Spa offer luxurious experiences in two different parts of Egypt. Featuring a blend of old-world sophistication, timeless glamour and modern luxury, the 11-suite La Maison Bleue is set on Mangroovy Beach in Egypt’s Red Sea resort town of El Gouna. Highlights of this guest house include an exclusive beach and lagoon, full spa, fine dining, indoor/outdoor pools and stunning mountain or sea views. SLH’s other new addition, the Lazib Inn Resort & Spa is an eight-room desert hideaway that mixes traditional charm with contemporary elegance complete with palm-fringed infinity pools and a desert oasis as its backdrop. Nearby activities include trips into Tunis village for traditional arts and pottery, or exploring the archaeological sites of nearby Fayoum. Learn more:

Go small ship cruising in Canada

In 2019, Victory Cruise Lines offers several all-inclusive cruise itineraries designed for exploring the coasts of Canada, New England, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes by boat. Each of the elegant small ships in the Victory Cruise Lines fleet have been designed for comfortable sailing along magnificent coastlines, through scenic seaways and inland lakes navigating hidden harbours, tranquil bays and ports of call unavailable to larger ships. Shore excursions, led by knowledgeable guides, provide opportunities to uncover the rich history and culture of the cities and regions visited. Learn more:

Michele Peterson is a Cobourg-based travel writer. She can be reached via