BRITISH COLUMBIA IS CALLING

Brave Vancouver Island’s rugged West Coast in comfort at the new Long Beach Lodge Resort. Fronting Cox Bay near the arty town of Tofino, Long Beach rents 43 cozy rooms facing either temperate rain forest or crashing surf. An enormous granite fireplace and museumworthy sculptures encourage guests to gather in the great room — when they’re not out hiking the wilds, that is. Ask hotelier and amateur birder Artie Ahier for tips on untrammeled paths. He and wife/chef Lisa last ran Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas, serving the likes of Mick Jagger. No celebrity bookings to date, but Lisa’s B.C.-goes-global menus are fast gaining renown. Rooms from $125. (877) 844-7873, www.longbeachlodgeresort.com