Category Archives: Travel

Checking In: Hotel Le Germain Toronto

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We are back in Toronto for a little visit and were recently invited by Hotel Le Germain for an overnight stay at their Mercer Street location. Staying with our parents in the ‘burbs has been great, but it was nice to actually be in the city and avoid all the crazy traffic in and out of it. How did Toronto get so busy?

Our little mini-staycation was EXACTLY what we needed. The location was perfect for seeing friends and family. I also booked a few meetings that day and was able to use Victor Restaurant as a meet-up spot. (more…)

10 Things To Do in Portland When It Rains

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Updated November 2017

The rain has cometh back in Portland this month.

Hey, I’m not complaining – I know what I signed up for when I moved here and it’s still about a 1000 times better then the winter we had last year (oh non-stop drizzle starting on November 1st. It’s really all about trying to make the most of the weather. So I’ve updated my little round-up of things to do in Portland when it rains.

I’m also open to suggestions as there are A LOT of rainy days to fill here. If you’re visiting Portland and looking for things to do when it isn’t raining – do make sure to check out my Travel Guide to Portland, Oregon for more trip ideas.

Here are a couple Portland rainy day activities to add to your list: (more…)

5 Holiday Events To Check Out in Toronto!

I am heading back to Toronto for the holidays!

It will be my first Christmas at home with my parents in close to four years, so I’m super excited to do ALL the holiday things in the city. Here’s what’s on my radar:

1) The Toronto Christmas Market

This is one of my all-time ‘get in the holiday spirit’ Christmas market. I love going at night and seeing all the lights twinkle at this market in The Distillery District. There are lots of warm beverages and refreshments for sale to keep you warm. If it gets too chilly, pop into a gallery to see some local art or into a restaurant for a glass of wine.

It’s worth a second visit during the day if you can swing it! The vibe is more family-like with lots of fun photo ops. Don’t forget to pop into all the local shops and visit the booths for a little Christmas shopping.

November 16 – December 23, 2017 (more…)

Weekend Getaway: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

silver state falls guide

Looking for a SWEET weekend getaway from Portland, Oregon? Paul and I headed about an hour south east of the city last month and came upon the treasure that is Silver State Falls Park. Oregon seriously brings its A game when it comes to our state parks and this own is often cited as the crown jewel.

Do bring a jacket as a lot of the trails are under tree canopy and it can get chilly. We also encountered a bit of rain on our hike, so waterproof gear is key as well as solid running or hiking shoes as the paths can be slippery and uneven.

Here’s what we got up to on our weekend away!

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5 Fall Events To Check Out in Toronto!

toronto vintage clothing show

I’ll be back in Toronto next month for a little visit and put together my round-up of a few of the fun events happening in the city for fall. Here are my top five picks:

The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

This fun event is back at Exhibition Place on September 30th + October 1st, running from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 4 PM on Sunday.

Look for antique finds for your apartment and one-of-a-kind vintage and retro clothing at this annual show. It’s definitely a fun way to spend and afternoon and have a sift around. You never know what you’re going to find!

September 30 + October 1, 2017 (more…)

Travel Guide: A Weekend Getaway in Seattle

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It’s been one crazy busy summer and I’ve finally had a chance to sit down at my desk and create a little travel guide for Seattle from a trip we took back in July.

My cousin lived in Seattle for a bit over ten years ago, and that was probably the last time I spent a good chunk of time in the city. Since Seattle is only about a 3-hour drive away, we figured we were long overdue for a visit!

Here’s what I suggest to eat, see, and do during a weekend getaway to Seattle: (more…)