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Summer Camping Guide 2017!

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We’re almost midway through July – which means there’s still LOTS of time to go camp out in the woods!

After taking oh…about a TEN year hiatus from camping, I’ve finally re-embraced it after living in Oregon for just 2 weeks. There are just so many things to see and do here and being active and being outdoors is just part of the lifestyle.

So here’s what I recommend for your next trip: (more…)

Cute + Stylish Camping Stuff

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Looking for new camping stuff?

I recently went camping for the first time in 10+ years, which meant starting from scratch when it came to our camping equipment! Since we plan on keeping this gear for as long as possible – I wanted to invest into some fun and stylish camping stuff that I would look forward to using.

Here are a few of my favourites that I found during my search for new camping gear: (more…)

8 Fall Getaway Ideas From Toronto

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Looking for fun fall getaway ideas from Toronto?

I’m sharing a few of my favourite places to watch the leaves turn that are only a short road trip away from my hometown of Toronto. I like to take the weekend away to hike, read, go to the spa and breathe in the crisp cold air in the great outdoors. So round-up your girlfriends or your significant other and let’s hit the road!

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1. Prince Edward County, Ontario

One of my all-time favourite weekend trips from Toronto. I would suggest staying at Huff Estates or the Drake Devonshire Inn and pick out a bunch of wineries and restaurants to check out during your visit.

See my Travel Guide to Prince Edward County for more fall getaway ideas for your visit! About a 2.5 hour drive to Picton, Ontario from Toronto.

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2. Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario

Relax at this pretty country estate and book a few spa appointments to re-centre yourself. I love hitting all the water therapies, steam room and sauna to detox and reset.

The overnight stays at Ste. Anne’s Spa are all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about meals or paying extra for yoga or meditation classes. About a 90 minute drive to Grafton, Ontario. (more…)

A Glamping Getaway at San Francisco Petaluma KOA

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We’ve just returned from an awesome glamping getaway at the Petaluma KOA just north of San Francisco near Napa Valley! I had seen a picture of their gorgeous Deluxe Cabins on Pinterest and decided to give glamping a try at the Petaluma KOA, just 6 hours away by car from Los Angeles. Our trip to Napa + Sonoma was the perfect blend of a wine getaway and a summer camping trip.

Can’t get to the Petaluma KOA? The Deluxe Cabin I stayed in is replicated at many of the campsites KOA has across the country, so there may be one near you! Here’s a look inside what I called our tiny house:

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Wine Country Loft Lodge – Our Deluxe Cabin featured a separate bedroom, a sleeping loft (great for kids), kitchenette,  toilet, shower, TV, gas BBQ, firepit, picnic table, towels and linens. The only thing I actually had to pack was this marshmallow roasting stick! I would also suggest bringing campfire chairs that we used for reading on our front deck during the day and around the fire at night.

I also loved having our own private washroom and not have to schlep to the shared facilities. I know it’s a luxury and a premium to pay – but it was totally worth it. One thing to note, there is no bathroom sink. We used the kitchen sink to wash dishes and brush our teeth. But the crew at Petaluma KOA did manage to squeeze in a lot in this small space. (more…)

Travel Guide: Napa Valley, California

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Planning a trip to Napa Valley, California?

We just got back from an amazing weekend getaway drinking wine, eating great food and lounging around in a cozy cabin next to campfire. I did a lot or research for my Napa Valley trip and it was really difficult to narrow down which wineries to visit and what to do during my visit.

The biggest thing is that everything is pretty spread out, so you have to be a bit strategic about hitting everything in the same area at the same time.

Here’s a look at my itinerary if you’re planning your own trip to Napa Valley + Sonoma Valley, California:

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Getting There – Paul and I opted to make the 6 hour drive to Napa Valley by car from Los Angeles. We ended up stopping in Dublin, CA at around the 5 hour mark of our drive for dinner. It’s a big suburb with a shiny, new Whole Foods Market if you’re trying to eat something healthy on the road before you overdo it on ALL the wine + cheese on your upcoming trip. If you’re feeling sushi, Amakara is a good one to check out or go for Pho at Pho Saigon Garden. Dublin also has a huge shopping mall nearby to stretch your legs AKA get your shop on.

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Winery Tours + Restaurant Reservations – One very big lesson I learned while planning my Napa Valley trip is that winery tours, special tastings/pairings and restaurant reservations all book up very quickly. So make your itinerary at least a MONTH or more in advance and start booking your reservations for all the places you want to hit on your trip to avoid any disappointment.

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Things To Do in Napa Valley

Since everything in Napa Valley is pretty spread out, I tried to group things that were close together without having us running back and forth across wine country.

Tour a BIG Winery – We started our day in Napa Valley by booking into The Robert Mondavi Signature Tour (90 min, $35), which is a great big winery tour. This location produces close to 3.5 million bottles annually and it was fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes look at this recognized brand. You can read more about my visit to Robert Mondavi Winery in my post here. (more…)

5 Great Glamping Escapes

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I love glamping.

It’s one of the things I most look forward to when summer starts to roll around. I love being outside, chilling out and just being close to nature. I’ve done in a bit of glamping near Toronto and Los Angeles and thought I would share a few of my favourite glamping escapes near both cities.

Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California is one of the most memorable glamping trips I’ve been on recently. Breathe deeply as the marine layer rolls off the Pacific as you relax on the porch of your oceanfront yurt. You might be able to see dolphins or whales migrating from your perch.

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There’s nothing to do here but sip wine, go on long hikes, hang at the beach, read in the sun and drink coffee. WiFi is spotty.  The restrooms and shower facilities are shared and the yurts book up quite quickly. Rates from $225. Your best best is to go mid-week for the best rates and availability. Read more from my visit to Treebones Resort. (more…)