Category Archives: Travel

Checking In: The Canopy Hilton – Portland, Oregon

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Complimentary bicycle rentals at Canopy Portland

Even though Paul and I moved away from Portland, Oregon just over a year ago – the city still holds a very big place in our hearts. So we were thrilled to get up there for a little visit and see a few of our friends while checking up on our house on the coast.

We lived in The Pearl District during our 18 months in the city and it’s constantly evolving with lots of new construction, shops, and restaurants popping up. One lovely addition is The Canopy Hotel by Hilton right near where we used to live.

If you’re looking for a hip spot in a walkable neighborhood – I definitely recommend staying IN The Pearl District and making this your home base. The streetcar is right outside your door which makes it super easy for getting around. Powell’s is just down the street too! (more…)

Travel Guide: San Francisco, California

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UPDATED September 2018

Heading to San Francisco?

I was just in SF awhile back with my sister and added a couple new to us spots to my original Travel Guide. Now that I have most of the tourist spots covered, it’s nice to go and find some super local places every time I visit. If you’re thinking of heading up to wine country, I also created a little guide from our trip to Napa and how we ended up going glamping in nearby Petaluma because the hotels were so expensive.

Also! If you’re considering making your trip part of a Highway 1 drive – see our road trip guide for trip ideas.

Here’s what I suggest for your next trip to SF! (more…)

Checking In: the DOUGLAS Vancouver

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I haven’t been to Vancouver, British Columbia in a long time – so I was really looking forward to the trip we took this past June on our way to our cruise through Alaska. I’ve always had a little place in my heart for Vancouver, but usually I’m there for a short work trip or hustling through for a trip to Whistler, Canada.

This time we were able to spend two nights exploring the city while creating our Vancouver Travel Guide. We stayed at the DOUGLAS – a brand new Autograph Collection Hotel attached to The Parq Vancouver near BC Place. The space is one-of-a-kind and you won’t find anything quite like it anywhere else.

Here’s what we loved about it! (more…)

Alaska Love

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Emeline Jacket via Lole, Runners via Columbia, Hat via Amazon

I’ve fallen in love with Alaska.

In fact, I loved it so much – I’ve already started planning a camping road trip so we can hit a few National Parks and see more of this gorgeous state. For our first visit, we chose a cruise to Alaska because I really wanted to see icebergs and glaciers. I also wanted an introduction to the state and to see things not accessible by a road or car.

Here’s a little look at our trip + ideas for your future vacay to Alaska:

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Our Road Trip To Elvis’ Graceland!

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I’ve always wanted to visit Graceland.

I played A LOT of Elvis during my 6-year career as a DJ and I became really interested in Elvis the icon and his impact on pop culture during the 50s and 60s. So during our road trip from Toronto to Los Angeles this past March, I routed us through Memphis, Tennessee for a stop at Elvis’ home and final resting place.

I don’t describe myself as a crazed fan, but I am definitely appreciative of his music and wanted to see how he lived and what it was like during that moment in time. Here’s what we suggest for your visit:

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Our Favourite Dog-Friendly Places in Portland, Oregon

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We had it SO good as dog parents in Portland.

BINGO is a pretty anxious rescue pup and so we try to include him when he can and do a dog-friendly activity with him on the weekend. Portland, Oregon is one of the MOST dog-friendly cities in America and it was only when I left this city – did I realize how GOOD we had it.

Here’s more about how we went from foster dog parents to adopting BINGO!

BINGO Dog

Other cities are not nearly as dog-friendly and only select places allow pups on their patio. In Portland, there are not a lack of restaurant, breweries, scenic trails, and outdoor activities for you and your furry friend to do together. I definitely recommend going to visit with your pup.

Here’s a list of our favourite dog-friendly places in Portland, Oregon: (more…)

Travel Guide: Nashville, Tennessee

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Updated July 2018

I believe in Nashville.

I can’t believe I visited back in 2014 – almost four years ago. The city had such an impact on me that Paul and I seriously considered moving here and it was between Nashville or Portland, Oregon. (more…)

Travel Guide: Memphis, Tennessee

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I’ve been dying to go to Memphis and Graceland for a super long time and I finally had the chance to visit during our recent road trip from Toronto to Los Angeles. Actually, I diverted our road trip towards Tennessee just so I could visit 😉 We ended up renting an airbnb in Nashville for about 4 nights before making the three hour drive to Memphis.

I honestly think this is one of my favourite weekend getaway ideas – and for my Toronto readers, there is now a direct flight running from Toronto to Memphis – making it an even easier destination to get to. I definitely recommend it and suggest you do a combo Memphis + Nashville trip to make the most out of your flight.

I know the Canadian Dollar is super low right now, but I found that the cost of food, drinks, and entertainment were a lot lower in Memphis overall. If you love food, music, and history – you’re going to love Memphis! Here’s what we got up to + suggest for your getaway: (more…)

Weekend Getaway Guide: Claremont, California

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I had no idea what to expect during my recent visit to Claremont, California. I had recently read about their craft brewery, the local food scene, and the re-imagining of an old citrus packing house into a food, art, and shopping space.

I was definitely intrigued, because so many of these things remind me of our time living in Portland, Oregon. Since Claremont was roughly about an hour or so away, Paul and I decided to make a weekend food tour out of it and get out of LA for the weekend. (more…)

Weekend Getaway Guide: Vancouver, Canada

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Written in collaboration with Expedia.ca.

I recently had the chance to spend a quick weekend in Vancouver, Canada as the departure port for my recent cruise to Alaska. I’ve been to Vancouver a bunch before and I love the beautiful waterfront, vibrant neighbourhoods, food scene, and outdoor activities.

Planning a trip to Vancouver or heading there before a cruise? Here’s what to get up to for a few days in this pretty city: (more…)