Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Orange in Otesaga

Otesaga

Spending the afternoon at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY was an absolute treat! Our road trip adventure took us near Cooperstown and since AMH and I are such BIG baseball fans, we couldn't help but make a detour to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. But I had something else up my sleeve and it had been brewing ever since I first found out about The Otesaga over 15 years ago.

Walking in Washington Park

summer ootd

After checking into our hotel in Albany, The Morgan State House, a beautiful old brownstone right on the edge of Washington Park, we freshened up and decided to check out Washington Park. The park is 81 acres and was created in 1870 from a design that was drawn up by the same team that designed New York City's Central Park. Needless to say, I had to check this place out! 

Visiting Hyde Park, New York

FDR

The destination for our road trip two weeks ago was Hyde Park, New York. The main draw? The home and Presidential Library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It's a place that we've been talking about visiting for a few years and that talk always got louder when we happen to catch another round of Ken Burns's seven-part documentary, The Roosevelt's.

Boat Spotting

Talbots

Whenever I am in Buffalo (which if you remember this post, is kind of a lot) I try my best to make a trip to Canalside and on last week's road trip, that's exactly where we started our journey! 

Summer Road Trip Series: Lewiston, New York

road trip travel guide

It's officially summer and that means it's time to kick off the Celebrating This Life Summer Road Trip Series! The first destination is a small town town that I visit at least once each summer, Lewiston, New York. 

Martha Stewart Turkey Hill Garden Tour

Martha

Yes, it finally happened. I met Martha Stewart. It's been a whole two days and it still hasn't fully sunk in yet. Before I attended the Martha Stewart Turkey Hill Garden Tour, wonderfully organized by local Westport charity Positive Directions, everyone asked me what I would say to the woman who has been influencing me since before I hit double digits. It was something I quietly contemplated for a good two weeks. 

The Handmaid's Tale Filming Locations

I am #obsessed with the new Hulu series, The Handmaid's Tale and it's not just because the acting is brilliant (which it is) or that the story is incredible and eerily relevant (it totally is!), but I'm obsessed because the darn thing was filmed a short distance from my home!

Couples Day at Scandinave Spa

Collingwood, Ont.

One of the things that I truly love writing about is couples travel. It's something close to my heart as my husband AMH and I have been traveling together since the minute we met. It's been a while since our last trip and with all the stresses that come from daily life, including restoring a vintage car and navigating teenagers, we were desperately in need of a break from it all. We got exactly what we were looking for with a day trip to Collingwood, Ont., home of Scandinave Spa.

Family Vacation in Las Vegas

Las Vegas

In a few short weeks March Breach will be here and I know there are many families out there looking for a quick getaway to somewhere warm and exciting. A friend of mine just returned from a trip to Las Vegas and it reminded me of the time we took our kids to Vegas. Yes, you heard that right, we took our school aged children to Vegas and had a fabulous time.

Now you might be thinking that Las Vegas wouldn’t have anything for families other than gambling, and since you can do that from the comfort of home on sites such as Paypal casino, why bother visiting. I’m here to tell you there is so much more than casinos in Vegas.

Each hotel in the city has a different theme and offers up a variety of activities. We stayed with our boys at the MGM Grand and could not have asked for a better place for our family. The rooms where beautiful and because of the unique architecture, every room has a great view. But the most exciting thing was the pool complex. We decided to spend the afternoon by the pool and as soon as the kids saw the lazy river, they were off. We saw them every few minutes as they passed by the lounge chairs my husband and I were on. Staff was on hand to deliver drinks and food poolside which was a real treat!

Las Vegas hotels

On our non-pool days we visited other hotel/casinos to see what they had to offer. We got to see a chocolate waterfall in the Bellagio and gondola rides in The Venetian.

Family Vacation in Las Vegas

As soon as the sun went down we ventured to Freemont Street, or Old Vegas. I don't think the boys, or I for that matter, had ever seen so many bright lights in one place in all of our lives! The boys were a bit young for the zip line adventure (you can see the lines and the platform on the right hand side of this photo) but they really enjoyed watching others whiz by while snacking on churros (they found a churro vendor and visited each night after dinner). Now that they boys are teens, I would definitely let them try this out. I might even go with them!

Las Vegas

And it wouldn't be Vegas without meeting some interesting people! Every main street in Vegas has an assortment of street performers like Spongebob, Master Chief, Iron Man and, of course, Vegas show girls which The Youngest was only more than happy to pose with!

Las Vegas had a lot of glitz and flashing lights, it really was a sight to see! My boys have always remembered this as their favourite family vacation and we do too. There is so much to see and do in Vegas, we adults did not feel like we missed anything by not spending the night a la The Hangover.

So tell me- have you visited Las Vegas with children? Have you previously considered it but were not sure what the kids would enjoy seeing? If you have any questions about our trip, leave them in the comments below.

Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game

Leafs vs Canadiens

I'm so happy to be finally getting started on my #Canada150Project. To help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, I have decided to visit, eat, and meet iconic Canadian things to share with all of you! And I'm sure it will surprise no one that my very first Canadian thing, was a hockey game.

Mexico Photo Diary Part Two



Earlier this week I shared a look at the resort we stayed at and the towns of Puerto Morelos and Playa Del Carmen. Today, I am sharing a look at our trips through the town and beach area of Tulum, the island of Cozumel, and lastly a look at Playa Del Carmen at night.

Mexico Photo Diary


If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was in Mexico last week for a little fun in the sun. I posted a full review of our week, some of the highlights and lowlights, and my thoughts on the resort on my IG Stories but today I thought I would share my Mexico photo diary and elaborate on a few of the adventures AMH and I got up to.

#Canada150Project


I have some pretty exciting news to share. Are you ready for it? This year marks Canada's 150th birthday so I am committing to sharing with all of you 150 people, places and things that make Canada, well, Canada! I'm so excited because this is a project I have had in the works for a few months now and it all started with Parks Canada offering free admission to national parks in 2017. 

Country Christmas at the Waterloo Region Museum




Last weekend we had some grand plans to have our whole family join us to experience Country Christmas at the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village but thanks to a round of snow storms and a few colds, the group was scaled back to me, AMH and my fellow adventurer in blogging, White Cabana! While I feel bad that our family was digging out or nursing a cold, I didn't feel bad for long as we had an incredible morning celebrating a variety of Christmas traditions!

Kitchener-Waterloo Coffee Shops

Today I'd like to take you on a tour of my favourite local coffee shops. In the last few years there has been a gourmet coffee movement in Kitchener-Waterloo and coffee shops have been popping up in the downtown core and in the surrounding areas. These coffee shops have quickly become the place to grab your morning coffee, meet up with friends, or as a quiet moment on your own (or with your husband while leaving the kids at home!). If you are in the area, why not sit a spell and visit one of the following Kitchener-Waterloo coffee shops (and if you're not from around here, come visit! It's a beautiful place with a lots to see an do, Oktoberfest anyone?).

Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters


Balm Beach Resort Motel


Yesterday I talked about our visit to Discovery Harbour's Pumpkinferno in Penetanguishene, Ont. It was a three hour drive from my home so we thought it would be a good idea to stay the night and drive home in the morning. Turns out, a lot of other people had a similar idea and I ran into fully booked hotels, B&B's, cottages, and even Airbnbs! I expanded my search to a 30 minute drive radius and found a small town appropriately called Tiny, Ontario. In this little lake community I found the sweetest little beach motel called the Balm Beach Resort Motel and luckily, they had one room available. 

Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour


I had a little celebrating to do this weekend and decided that AMH and I needed a little getaway. I started a new job this week and could not be more excited! My family has decided to spend the next year trying to see as much as we can of our beautiful home province of Ontario and since the province is over a million square kilometres, there is a lot to see! After a quick search we settled on visiting Penetanguishene, a two and a half car ride away from Kitchener. Our destination - Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour which is multiple displays of pumpkins carvings and a terror zone.

Norfolk County Fair


Last Friday night AMH and I visited the Norfolk County Fair in Simcoe, Ontario. This annual agricultural fair takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and ends on Thanksgiving Monday. This was the first time we had visited the 176 year old event. The big draw for us was the Dallas Smith concert later in the evening and we found lots of entertainment around the fair while we waited for the big act. Interested in a look at the Norfolk County Fair? Let's go! 

The Ivy Chelsea Garden


Last spring AMH and I did a little tour of the UK. We first stopped in Wales, drove to Scotland and then onto London, England where we dropped off our rental car and spent a few days getting acquainted with the incredibly easy to use tube. But my favourite way to travel in London was on foot. One morning we decided to get up early and head to The Ivy Chelsea Garden restaurant in you guessed it, Chelsea. We stayed in nearby Kensington so the walk was rather easy and might I say, beautiful. The architecture and gardens were oh so beautiful, we even passed by the former home of Beatrix Potter! 

Weekend Packing List


Weekender bag: Target | Skirt: L.L. Bean | Sweater: FCUK |

I love weekend adventures, my husband and I are kind of known for them. When we were teenagers, and gas was a lot cheaper, we used to get in his car and drive. It really wasn't about the destination, it was the adventure out on the open road we were seeking. We've ended some of our adventures in Niagara, Montreal and one time we drive to Pittsburg for the night just to say we did. Having the boys didn't stop us. We just had to learn how to pack diapers and sippy cups with enough toys to keep them occupied. Some of my favourite memories with the boys are of the adventures we've had on the road. Now that the boys are old enough to stay home by themselves, it's back to just me and AMH travelling the highways (his fave) and country roads (my fave). I've learned a lot about what you need to bring and what to leave at home and since I am an obsessive list maker, today I am sharing my weekend packing list! 

Weekend Packing List

  • Weekender bag or small suitcase
  • Undergarments, 1 for everyday away
  • Sleepwear (I only pack one set of PJ's for a weekend) & warm socks
  • 2-3 tops
  • 1 dress
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 pair of shorts or jeans (depending on the weather)
  • 1 neutral cardigan that will match any pieces above
  • Dressier outfit (if planning on a nice evening out)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Toiletry bag - Toothbrush & toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, make up remover, make up & brushes (I have small travel sized brushes), shampoo & soap, razor, nail clippers, tweezers and hair dryer
  • Sunblock
  • Bathing suit & beach towel (you never know where you might end up!)
  • Jacket for cool nights
  • Sunglasses

This weekend packing list covers all the basics. You can add or remove items based on the time of year you are travelling or your destination. If you are going camping - leave the makeup at home and make sure to bring a hat. Headed to a tropical beach - Bring more bathing suits and add cover ups. Oh and one last tip for the ladies - I paint my nails in a light neutral just before we leave and I make sure to use a topcoat. It usually lasts through a weekend adventure!