Tuesday, April 24, 2012

LISTEN: Our Top Picks from Coachella Music Festival

We love when music festival season rolls around. It's the perfect opportunity to discover new, emerging talent and expand our musical horizons. Coachella is one of the all-time faves of festival goers (not to mention celebrities), boasting a lineup that's always packed with fresh, exciting talent. If you weren't able to make it out to Indio, California for the music fest, don't fret! We're sharing the tunes this week, rounding up our top 10 picks from Coachella for your listening pleasure:


1. Arctic Monkeys - Black Treacle
2. Black Lips - O Katrina!
3. Laura Marling - Sophia
4. Miike Snow - The Wave
5. Fanfarlo - I'm a Pilot
6. Bon Iver - I Can't Make You Love Me / Nick of Time
7. Grouplove - Tongue Tied
8. Other Lives - Tamer Animals
9. St. Vincent - Cruel
10. The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling

Which track is your fave? Tweet us @BeaverTails or post on our Facebook page!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

INSPIRE: Our 5 Fave Eco Designs

We're always trying to think of new ways to give back to the environment but since it's Earth Week, we've been thinking even harder on all the ways we can go green. We got some great tips from our eco-savvy fans on Facebook and Twitter, which got us thinking about how we could take our eco-consciousness to the next level. And what better way to green your lifestyle than with an eco-conscious house? In honour of Earth Week, we're rounding up our five fave green home designs:

1. Margarido House, Northern California


This home in Oakland, California, built by McDonald Construction, was the first to receive both the LEED stamp of approval and the coveted GreenPoint rating. It's also totally dreamy.

2. The GO Home, Belfast, Maine


The architecture on this home, designed by GO Logic, may be classic but its structure is about as modern as it gets. As Maine's first Passive Home, this super-house self-generates all the energy needed for heat, hot water and electricity.

3. Power Haus, Sarasota, Florida


This eco-chic dream house, built by Josh Wynne construction, is way more than just a pretty face. This baby received a minus 22 HERS index, the lowest ever recorded by Energy Star and the DOE Builder’s Challenge.

4. The Caterpillar House, Carmel, California


Low and long like its namesake, the Caterpillar House was the first LEED Platinum Custom Home of the Central Coast. Located on the Santa Lucia Preserve, we love how it mimics the rolling curves of its surrounding landscape.

5.  Taliesin Mod.Fab Modular Home, Scottsdale, Arizona


This ultra-modern home pays homage to architectural giant Frank Lloyd Wright, while placing a heavy focus on sustainability. Its structural insulated panels make regulating temperatures a breeze. 

Which home is your fave?


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

EXPLORE: Mont Tremblant

With all this warm weather rolling in, we've got getaways on the brain! For Quebecers, Mont Tremblant is a no-brainer when it comes to planning the perfect weekend jaunt. With a myriad of outdoor activities at your fingertips, plenty of adorable little shops to stroll through and everything your food-loving heart could desire (including BeaverTails pastries), it's the ideal place to blissfully waste the weekend away.

Mont Tremblant Village

Walk along the cobblestone streets of Mont Tremblant Village and peruse through gift shops, clothing stores, art galleries and the like. You'll be hard-pressed to leave empty handed.

Panoramic Gondola

The snow may have melted, but there are lots of other ways to enjoy the mountain! Take a panoramic gondola ride up Mont Tremblant for sweeping, breathtaking views of the Laurentian mountains.

Take a hike

Get your heart rate going with a hike through one of Tremblant's many trails (12, to be exact). Beginners can enjoy a light 1km journey, while more seasoned hikers can take on up to 20km of scenic wooded trails.

BeaverTails!

If all that activity has left your tummy grumbling, stop in at BeaverTails Mont Tremblant for a tasty, cinnamon-y treat! We can't think of a better way to end a fun-filled day.