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Checking into the Kimpton Nine Zero in Boston

Credit: Kimpton Hotels

At the end of the summer, I visited Boston for the first time, and loved it The entire city is steeped in history, they have beautiful gardens and plenty of shopping. When it was time to leave I wish I could have stayed a bit longer!

We drove to Boston from Toronto, and underestimated both Boston and Toronto traffic. Because of that, we checked in a little late to the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel.

I’m sure that you’re already aware of my love affair with Kimpton properties. I always look forward to checking into a Kimpton, because each one is different.

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We stayed in a room with 2 Queen beds with luxe Frette linens and funky wallpaper with unique metallic accents.

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The amenities in the bathroom included bath and body items from Atelier Bloem. They smelled wonderful, and I appreciated that they included a set for everyone staying in the room.

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We were greeted with some delicious treats wating for us in our room upon check in. I love that FRED water! Such nice design.

We took advantage of a unique program that the Kimpton has called Guppy Love. We borrowed a goldfish for the night!

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This little guy hung out with us, and arrived with his own food. It was a nice touch!

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As is the norm with all Kimptons, the staff were friendly, helpful and warm. If you feel like biking around town, you can always borrow one of their custom bikes.

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In the lobby, the hotel offers a wine tasting hour daily from 5pm to 6pm. I had a refreshing glass of rose after a day filled with wandering around the city.

The location of the Nine Zero is amazing. Right across the street is the Granary Burial Ground, the third oldest (founded in 1660!) graveyard in Boston. Some notable figures have been laid to rest there, and you can go on tours.

Further down the street, the Boston Common claims the title of the oldest park in the USA. This bustling urban park was wonderful to stroll through. We even walked over to the public gardens and admired the beautiful weeping willows.

Last but not least, the hotel is within walking distance of several shops, including my absolute favourite store, Primark!! I didn’t even realize it was in the USA. It was the best!

Not the wandering type? Need a little guidance? The Kimpton Nine Zero has you covered with Ricardo Rodriguez, their Style & Experience Curator. He’s pulled together a curated selection of lifestyle retailers that have partnered with the hotel to offer guests exclusive experiences and discounts around the city. Sounds awesome, right? Check out his recommendations and their Live Like a Local program. Happy exploring!

The Kimpton Nine Zero is at 90 Tremont Street in Boston, MA

 

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Fall Colours in Ontario Parks

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Fall is my favourite season. I love the vibrant colours, the crunch of the leaves and the cooling weather. I always make it a point to see the fall colours in Toronto, and then take a road trip somewhere else to see the fall colours there too. If you can, I would take a long drive up to Algonquin park.

fallc To make sure that you don’t miss the fall colours, use the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report. This report keeps track of the fall colours in all of the Ontario Parks. With a glance you’ll be able to see if your favourite park is in peak, past peak or hasn’t changed yet.

Happy fall colour hunting! Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report

 

Heartless Girl Guide to Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

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When I started planning my Porter Escape to St.John’s, I knew that I wanted to visit Gros Morne National Park. This amazing national park is massive and diverse. Here, mountains, beaches, bogs, lighthouses and more can be found. The park also has some of the highest density of moose in the world. Alas, I didn’t see any moose, but maybe next time.

Getting there

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Gros Morne is considerably far from St.John’s. Over 600 kilometers away, to be exact. If you feel up for a road trip, you can get there within 6 hours driving from St.John’s. On the way, you can stop at Twillingate and go whale watching, or catch a glimpse of icebergs depending the time of year. If you’d prefer to fly, you can fly to Stephenville, Newfoundland and then drive for about 2 hours to reach the park. Or, you can fly to Deer Park, Newfoundland and driving for half an hour to the park. (more…)

Heartless Girl Guide to St.John’s, Newfoundland

Weekend Getaway in Grey County: Alpacas, Suspension Bridges & More

There’s so much to see and do in Grey County! If you live in Toronto or the GTA area, it’s not very far but feels worlds away. I spent a wonderful summer weekend in Grey County. Here’s what I did!

Stay in a Cottage by the Lake

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The Cedars of Lake Eugenia have it all. Waterfront views, chef cooked meals and a comfortable bed to rest your head. Read all about my stay here.

Make Some Alpaca Friends

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I’ve been obsessed with alpacas for awhile. They’re just so cute! I jumped at the chance to visit Kicking Back Alpaca Ranch. The alpacas here are super cute, fluffy and well cared for. The males and females are separated, and I was able to visit them and get a tour. Did you know that baby alpacas are called crias?

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The alpacas are shorn for their super soft hair At the farm they have a small short selling yarn, cozy socks and other alpaca hair goods. (more…)

Learn to Camp this Summer with Parks Ontario

There’s nothing more Canadian than camping. Don’t stress out if you aren’t the camping type. It’s never too late to learn! Parks Ontario has put together this great list of reasons why you should learn to camp this summer.

Top 10 Reasons to Camp @ Ontario Parks

  1. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors
  2. Enjoy an affordable vacation
  3. Spend time with your family
  4. Relax and enjoy a change of pace
  5. Hang out with your friends
  6. Get away from the city
  7. It’s fun to explore a park!
  8. Try something different
  9. Stay active and healthy by taking part in outdoor activities
  10. Camping under the stars is one of 12 activities in the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter

The best way to learn? Dive right in! Join Parks Ontario for a guided overnight camping experience at one of eight participating parks, equipment provided. Click here to sign up today!

See more events here.

 

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