A a riot of blossoms and bulbs ... Canberra in spring.

Places in the heart: Judy Horacek

The ACT is a sensual gift of seasonal rhythms, and Canberra a fine host of vital national treasures, says cartoonist, artist and author Judy Horacek.

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Magdalen at Exeter.

Bedside manner a winner in Devon

An imposing Victorian-era building in Exeter, Devon, which once housed the West England Eye Hospital, has been converted into a 59-room hotel, the Magdalen Chapter.

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The Speaker's Corner Bar at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Hyatt Hotel Canberra

The beauty of Canberra is that it's close enough to leave work in Sydney on Friday afternoon and be settled into your hotel room before dinner.

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Comforts of home

Stylish hotels turn up the cosy factor with open fires and warm welcomes, writes Julietta Jameson.

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Retro treats in store

Whether vintage, handmade or CBD smart, all tastes are covered, writes Julietta Jameson.

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