From the Editor



Vancouver ranks as one of my favorite North American cities to visit. Besides liking the city's laid-back vibe, I always enjoy strolling along its sparkling waterfront lined with ultramodern high-rise residential complexes, riding a bicycle through lush Stanley Park, savoring delicious Asian food - and, most especially, exploring its varied and interesting neighborhoods.

I'm not alone in my attraction to this British Columbia jewel. The many thousands who come to Vancouver this time of year to embark on Alaskan cruises spend an average of 2.5 nights in the city before or after their sea voyages, according to local tourism officials. I'm not surprised; rather, I'm surprised they don't spend even more time wandering its neighborhoods.

If you're boarding a ship there this cruise season, you'll likely think about extending your stay beyond that 2.5-night average after reading "North of 49," in which local writer Barb Sligl spotlights three of the city's emerging neighborhoods. Personally, I can vouch for Railtown, where I spent a fun-packed evening at Belgard Kitchen with a group of fellow writers and editors last fall mixing tasty food with local craft brews in a lively atmosphere.

We have lots more in this issue, including a firsthand look at how a billionaire is breathing new life into Hawaii's sleepy Lanai ("The Little Island That Could") and a look at the luxurious new SUVs from Bentley, Jaguar, and Maserati ("Super Utility Vehicles"). The upscale rides won over writer Michael Frank, who would probably buy every one of these beauties if he could.


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