Top five off-peak destinations for winter 2005/2006 - Page 4

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on November 10, 2005. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Austin, Beijing, Germany, Jessica Labrencis, Paris, seasonality, vacation package, Vancouver.

Vancouver boasts the biggest Chinese New Year festival in North America on January 29. Lasting four days, the festival features live entertainment, shopping, and games. Highlights for the 2006 celebration include a lion dance, fortune telling, a cooking contest, and a fashion show. The event is held in the Pacific Coliseum building.

Wine lovers may want to check out the 28th annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, from February 27 through March 8. The 2006 festival features wines from France, with Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, and Rhone wines represented. Tickets to the festival go on sale in November and proceeds benefit the Vancouver Playhouse, western Canada's largest theater company.

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By traveling in the off-peak season, we found savings of up to 42 percent per night at several Vancouver B&Bs.

Room type B&B Winter rate Spring rate
Queen room with balcony A Harborview Retreat $135 (October 1, 2005, through May 31, 2006) $187 (June 1 through September 30, 2006)
Garden suite Johnson Heritage House $114 (February 1 through March 31, 2006) $131 (April 1 through June 14, 2006)
Room with private bath Manor Guest House $68 (October 1, 2005, through April 30, 2006) $95 (May 16 through June 30, 2006)
Cabin room Nelson House B&B $83 (December 1, 2005, through February 28, 2006) $142 (April 1 through September 30, 2006)

Prices were on found the providers' websites in either U.S. or Canadian dollars. When listed in Canadian dollars, rates were converted in early November at xe.com.

Tourism Vancouver's website provides a wealth of information about travel to Vancouver, including accommodations, transportation, and activities. Check SmarterTravel.com's U.S. and Canada airfare deals section for sale fares to Canada, or browse the vacation section for bundled packages. Top

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