Category: Travel

A Winter Sleigh Ride at Dual Acres

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When people say that there’s nothing to do in the winter, it baffles me. There’s so much to do! Whether you stay in Toronto or go a bit further to neighboring regions, you can definitely find a way to enjoy the winter.

For me, one of my winter goals for the last few years has been to go on a sleigh ride. Last month, in Grey County, my sleigh ride dreams came true! (more…)

Winter Getaway to St.Maarten’s

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One day, while at Pearson Airport for a press trip, a woman walked by me with a beautiful blue Heys suitcase. It was love at first sight! I admired it and went on my way. A month later, I was walking past Bentley and I noticed the suitcase in the window! It was fate.

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I’m very particular about my suitcases. You’ll never catch me with a plain black suitcase. First of all, it’s really hard to spot on the luggage carousal. Second of all, I like to make a statement when I travel, and this is an easy way to do it. My current collection includes a polka dot suitcase, one covered with Canadiana illustrations and now, this one! (more…)

Eat, Shop & Be Merry at Christmas Markets in Toronto

It’s December! Get ready for the month to fly by in a whirlwind of shopping, baking, parties, and my favourite….Christmas markets! I still dream of the time I went to Germany and visited their amazing Christmas markets. Toronto isn’t Berlin, but we get by just fine with all of the fab holiday markets that we have. This year, there are more markets than ever! Here’s a guide for you to sip and shop your way through them all.

Toronto Christmas Market 2014

Toronto Christmas Market: Nov 18 – Dec 22 at the Distillery District Admission: $6 on Fri- Sun

Toronto’s most well loved and biggest Christmas market, this market takes over the Distillery district. Visitors can take in the giant Christmas tree, sip hot chocolate at Soma and enjoy the many food and craft vendors. It can get incredibly crowded on weekends, but it’s still my favourite. Hours: T- Th 12pm to 10:00pm, Sat: 10am to 10pm, Sun: 10am to 9pm

Yorkville Village launches their Holiday Market, open to the public from December 2nd - 22nd and located in The Lane at 136 Yorkville Avenue (CNW Group/First Capital Realty)

Yorkville Village Holiday Market: Dec. 2 – 22 at Yorkville Village

This market is brand new as well. Stalls include Teatro Verde Greens Market, Petite Etoile, Reynah Armure, Lindo F and the Brika Pop-Up Shop. There will be performances, DIY laser cut Christmas ornaments and more! Hours: M-W 10am to 7pm T & F 10am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 11am – 6pm

Union Station Holiday Market: Dec 5 – 16 in the Oak Room at Union Station

Located in the biggest transportation hub in Toronto, this market is always delightful. This year, they have 20 vendors including MoRoCo Chocolat, Knixwear, Foxy Jewelry, and some pop ups. Pop up vendors include Papabubble (Dec. 5-7) and Love Bot (Dec 8-10 &16). Hours: M-F: 730am – 7pm, Weekends: 10am – 6pm

Holiday Fair in the Square: December 8 – 23 at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W)

chrisThis brand new market will support Epilepsy Toronto. Visitors will find a traditional European Christmas market in the heart of downtown with games, food vendors and shopping. Hours: M-F: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works: Dec 10 to Feb 28 at the Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave)
Enjoy the Street Food Market with 15+ vendors serving internationally-inspired flavours. Etsy vendors will be on hand selling all sorts of holiday gifts. A bonus is that you can visit the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays while you’re here!
Hours: Dec 10–23 Weekdays: 3–7pm Weekends: 11am–7pm Dec 26–Jan 8 Weekdays: 11am–6pm Weekends: 11am–6pm Dec 31: 11am–3pm Jan 9–Feb 28 Weekdays: Closed Weekends: 11am–6pm

I’ll be checking out all of these markets, how about you?

[ Read it! ] Where to Go When

I love to travel. I’m constantly thinking of new places to go, and new things to see. I visit flight sale websites weekly, if not daily, and always have my next trip planned. One thing that I’m always obsessing about is, when should I go somewhere? What’s the weather like in Australia in August? When can I avoid hurricane season in the Caribbean?

In particular, I’ll be planning a honeymoon soon (yay!) and am trying to figure out what month to go. A book that’s been helping me out is the DK Eyewitness Travel Where to Go When: The World’s Best Destinations.

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I can’t stress how awesome this book is. It breaks down each month and recommends the best places to travel.. Each month shares where you should go, what events are going on and a bit of history. It also has helpful information, such as should you rent a car, what will the weather be like, and how to get there.

I’m thinking about taking a honeymoon in August. The month of August starts with a suggestion of festivals, natural wonders, luxury and romance and active adventures.

Luxury and romance sounds perfect to me. The book suggests Verona, Italy, Sierra De Gredos, Spain and Mozambique, South Africa.

Mozambique sounds pretty interesting. The section suggests where to stay and an eight day itinerary. There’s also full colour photos of some popular destinations. In other words? It’s super helpful, and helps to give your trip some direction, or an idea of where to go.

It’s the perfect book to curl up with a cup of tea and daydream with, or to plan your next excursion. It would also be an amazing gift for your family and friends who always seem to be jetting off on another adventure.

Where to Go When can be found at Indigo.ca

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Eat your way through Orlando

When I went to Orlando, I expected sunshine, beaches and a bit of Disney magic. I got all of that…with the added bonus of an assortment of delicious local foods.

My first meal was in the lovely B.Resort. I really enjoyed my stay here, but what I enjoyed even more was the food!

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American Kitchen serves up fresh, local foods. They even grow their herbs in house. In the morning, they serve up a delicious breakfast buffet complete with Mickey waffles and custom made omelettes. I ate dinner here and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Some highlights include: (more…)

Weekend Getaway: Stratford, Ontario

A visit to Stratford in the fall has been on my list for quite some time. Whenever I visit Stratford, I’m always blown away by their amazing food offerings and charming downtown area. I always leave with a cooler full of delicious food! Thinking of planning your own trip to Stratford soon? Here’s what you should add to your list.

Where to Stay: Lofts at 99

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Lofts at 99 is located above a bar, but don’t let that deter you. When we checked in, it was late at night and the bar was loud and filled with customers. However, when I walked up the flight of stairs and down the hallway to my room, it was silent. Despite the room being so close to the bar downstairs, we couldn’t hear a peep from the bar, which was great. (more…)

Checking into the Kimpton Nine Zero in Boston

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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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