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Travel news: Ontario’s latest lavender fields, Montreal’s Fringe fest, and welcome to the era of ‘net-zero hotels’

Purple haze

With 30,000 lavender bushes in bloom this summer, the Avalon Lavender Farm in Mono, Ont., is a lot more than just a fairly picture op. In mid-June, the family members-owned lavender farm will commence welcoming the public each individual Thursday to Sunday. Guests will be able to reduce their very own flowers, limber up at yoga classes in a Celtic-style stone circle, or pay a visit to the store within an 1891 heritage barn. The farm will keep open up for the season till September, but for peak purple, book your industry take a look at for July or early August. Reserve a time slot, $14 per ticket, on the net.

On the fringe

Hundreds of comedians, dancers, musicians and circus performers are established to get about the streets of Montreal’s Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile End neighbourhoods during the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival (May well 30 to June 19). Regarded for its independent and offbeat performances (think: “Carrie: The Musical,” dependent on Stephen King’s traditional horror novel), this year’s Fringe will host a lot more than 800 performances by area and international artists. What’s not cost-free is reasonably priced, with tickets capped at $15.

Spruced up

Nova Scotia’s iconic Digby Pines Golfing Resort and Spa has been close to given that 1929, but as of this spring, it is now open year-spherical. A $12-million renovation is underway to winterize the house — which was obtained by a team led by the Bear River Initially Country in 2019 — which includes updates to the primary lodge and 31 personal cottages, alongside the addition of new eating spaces. The resort is also set to grow, with the prepared development of a holiday vacation village (investment decision houses managed by Digby Pines) envisioned to draw additional expenditure — and travellers — to the location.

Opening soon

North America’s initially “net-zero hotel” is set to open up in New Haven, Conn., on May 19. The 165-area Hotel Marcel, element of the Tapestry Assortment by Hilton, will make 100 per cent of its very own electricity for heating, cooling and scorching water techniques using rooftop photo voltaic panels and photo voltaic parking canopies. It is amid a small team of lodges worldwide earning this web-zero declare, signing up for the 86-area Place2 Chiswick, which opened in London, U.K., in December. With Hilton, Marriott and Accor also setting organization-large web-zero targets, assume to see extra carbon-neutral hotels in the long term.

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