Marilyn Monroe once said that “happiness is not in money, but in shopping.” She knew the experience is what we crave, an indulgence to be savoured and enjoyed. This has been the mantra of Andrews since it opened its first store inin Toronto’s Hazelton Lanes (now Yorkville Village), developing a niche in the city’s fashion landscape that focuses on customer experience.

Noted British textile designer William Morris wrote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Cleaning products, although useful, are rarely beautiful, but Toronto’s Guests on Earth aspires to satisfy the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) as well as the three Ss: sustainable, stylish, and self-care.

Toronto’s newest hotel is open for business. Ace Hotel Toronto, in the historic Garment District steps from bustling Queen West, is a boutique hotel whose memorable façade of red brick, wood and glass with a curvaceous arch creates an alluring entry, beckoning locals and visitors inside.

Northwest of Ottawa, the town of Deep River sits between the Ottawa River and the old-growth forests of Algonquin Provincial Park. Here is where Anupaya Cabin Co. has sprouted, a wilderness retreat for city dwellers to rest and relax, and which co-owner Shan MacLaggan joyfully describes as “welcome desolation.”

Spring is almost here, the perfect time for a dose of me-time to feel healthy, positive and energized. At these recently opened wellness options across la belle province, there’s a focus on European trends such as hydrotherapy circuits, salt rooms and pressotherapy to help the body detoxify and calm the mind.

Montreal rolls out the red carpet for visitors with cutting-edge contemporary public art, neighbourhoods transforming into the newest “it” spot, and design-worthy places to call home for a weekend or longer. For your next getaway to la belle province, consider these five new experiences in Montreal.

With an endless checklist of creature comforts and the stamp of local styles, these five home-away-from options are in harmony with their environment and welcome guests to quickly get into a holiday state of mind year-round.

The annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival offers many a way to rewind the news cycle and better understand our evolving world.

Chicago has earned its place as cultural kingpin—artistic offerings here are not only top-tier, but they come widely varied in medium.

Shedding dated decor, the latest addition to the Marriott’s coveted Autograph Collection has Albertans heading to the picturesque Kananaskis Valley this winter.

These exhibitions have taken art out of its hallowed halls and into temporary spaces specifically designed to be shared via the rectangular window of your cell phone.

Bringing together nature and architecture, Kengo Kuma’s vision of the first design museum in Scotland has been realized with the opening of the V&A Dundee.

A design-savvy abode from the stylish entrepreneurs behind the June Motel.

Becoming a castaway with luxe benefits is possible at Petit St. Vincent, a private island and five-star resort at the southern tip of St. Vincent and Grenadines.

At 25, Toronto’s Hot Docs International Film Festival isn’t slowing down: with over 260 films representing 56 countries offering a diverse sampling of subjects, from pop culture to politics.

Cabinscape matches contemporary design with eco-friendly rental cabins that fit the bill for a weekend getaway in the wilderness.

A new photograhy exhibition reveals Canada as seen through the eyes of one of America’s best-known newspapers: The New York Times.

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s new Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective aims to deepen visitors’ perspectives of the iconic American artist’s work.

Stress doesn’t stand a chance—this is secluded island luxury at its loveliest.

Designed by Mexico City’s JSa Arquitecturo firm, the boutique hotel’s mid-century interior would seemingly suggest urban surroundings; that one could look out a window and see busy streets and businesspeople in pinchy shoes. Instead, the Sea of Cortez and El Arco de Cabo unfurl outside.

Here, family-owned cafes serve fresh fish to tables overlooking the sea, bakers craft delicately flakey pastries with the local salted butter, and huge farmers’ markets overflow with fresh vegetables and herbs.

Perhaps it seems paradoxical: Mexico City’s reputation as a front-runner in the realm of innovative contemporary cuisine is due largely to local chefs’ use of pre-Hispanic flavours and indigenous ingredients.

Steps from the Grand Place in Brussels sits the five-star Hotel Amigo, the preferred address of visiting celebrities and politicians, a quiet oasis among the tourists crowding the cobblestone streets.

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum is debuting its new show Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei.

For over a hundred years, South Whitfield Street has been the home of a distinctive five-storey building, the YMCA in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighbourhood—today, the city landmark has been transformed into the Ace Hotel chain’s first expansion into the northeast Rust Belt.

For 10 days at the end of April and beginning of May, documentary fans can take in films that run the gamut from politics to pop culture, and everything in-between.

The industrial revolution built Pittsburgh, and the tradition of local entrepreneurs continues its influence with the reinvention of Lawrenceville, a haven for budding business-types looking to make their mark.

Charlevoix’s natural beauty is breathtaking. From the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River to the Laurentian Mountains, it’s no surprise an endless stream of visitors are enchanted by this region, which was designated an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1988.

The amenities at this crown jewel of western Ireland do not disappoint—from the luxurious afternoon tea room to the cozy billiards room, it’s hard not to feel like the lord or lady of the manor, especially with hospitable staff always at hand to offer assistance or tell a story.

Walking up the slightly crooked, winding wood stairs, the bold black logo of Rangoon Tea House is an early indication that a thoroughly contemporary restaurant exists in the heart of the city’s historic business district.