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Travel news: Vancouver’s cocktail fest, PEC’s latest chic hotel, and Nordic culture close to home

Take a tour of Gastown, once home to Prohibition-era secret speakeasies, as part of Vancouver Cocktail Week.
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The inaugural version of Vancouver Cocktail Week (vancocktailweek.com) Scheduled for March 6-10, which will be presented by Alchemist, the British Columbia-based beverage magazine, ticketed events will include two-cocktail dinner experiences at participating venues; a walking tour of Gastown, with tales of Prohibition-era secret interviews; and the Fun City Gala, a rooftop soiree at the Fairmont Vancouver. Also on the list: From five to seven Happy hours in restaurants and bars all over the city.

What’s old is new again

Picton’s newest landmark, Ont., has been years in the making – with a history that stretches farther back, as far back as 1879. The new Royal Hotel opened early this month, in honor of the historic property of the same name that has fallen into disrepair. While the heritage exterior has been restored as much as possible, what’s inside has been completely reinvented. Find 28 classic guest rooms, five elegant Scandi suites, a farm-to-table restaurant (currently open for fast food), an outdoor pool and garden oasis. The hotel, which is in beta launch mode at the moment, will be roasting a grand opening in May.

One of the guestrooms of the new Royal Hotel, which has just opened in Picton, the largest city in Prince Edward County.

culture bridge

Can’t you go to Northern Europe? You can still learn about contemporary arts and culture in the area, close to home. This month marks the start of Nordic Bridges, a national initiative led by the Harbourfront Center to encourage cultural exchange between Canada and the Nordic countries. Interdisciplinary programming will open with “north lights(January 20-February 13), a series of outdoor-lit artwork on the Center’s Queens Kwai West campus; more exhibitions and events to be launched during 2022.

After the show in Copenhagen, artistic installation "pressure" By Hans E Madsen You will be part of "north lights" Inside Toronto.

New York for less

for the first time New York City Hotel Week Available now: At more than 110 participating hotels, located in all five boroughs, travelers can take a 22 percent discount on standard room rates — the ones you see on official websites — through February 13. Visit nycgo.com/hotelweek for booking links and the entire listing. The promotion also overlaps with other city initiatives, including New York Week You Must Watch (January 18-February 13), which offers two-for-one tickets to attractions, museums, and other experiences.

The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn is one of more than 110 participating hotels in New York City Hotel Week.

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