Happiness, noted cartoonist Charles Schulz, is a warm puppy. To bring a little of that wetnosed joy to its travelers—and relieve much of the stress associated with airport travel— Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has launched its Less Airport Stress Initiative (LASI). The innovative program places YVR Ambassador Dogs throughout the terminal to interact with visitors and make their airport experience a little brighter.

YVR partnered with St. John Ambulance and their therapy dog program to provide seven dogs for LASI. The YVR Ambassador Dogs are accompanied by a dog handler and YVR Green Coat Volunteer, and are easily identifiable with their YVR-branded leashes and St. John Ambulance bandanas. So next time you’re dreading traffic, airport security checks and delays, just think about how you’ll also be able to spend a little quality puppy petting time, preboarding. If that doesn’t get you to the airport on time, nothing will. 

Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.

 

If you’re planning a meeting in Idaho, you’ll want to be sure and have a beer break on the itinerary. The state is the top barley producer in the United States and the second-top producer of hops.