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24 Hour Getaway: A Fall Escape in Ontario’s Windsor Essex Pelee Island

Summer may be slipping out the back door, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over. There are so many ways to enjoy autumn in Canada, and Ontario’s Southwest offers more than just scenery. It’s only a short drive to this corridor filled with wineries, farm fresh fare, and agritourism.

We’ve put together a short itinerary for a 24-hour fall getaway to the region of Windsor Essex Pelee Island. It’s roughly four hours from Toronto by car, so we recommend driving in the night before if you can. Are you ready to go? Continue Reading →

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In Ontario’s Highlands, You Can Dine in a Cave

The small town of Eganville, located in Ontario’s Highlands, is the home of the Bonnechere Caves. Known for its rich geological finds, the Bonnechere Caves are famous for something new – cave dining. Since its inception 3 years ago, word has spread swiftly, making it a must-do activity and one of the hottest tickets in the Ottawa Valley. Those of us fortunate enough to have scored a golden ticket were chomping at the bit to see what all the hype is about. Continue Reading →

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Imagine If All Suburbs Were Like Agritopia

Just outside Phoenix, there’s Agritopia — a suburb with an organic urban farm at the centre in Gilbert, Arizona. It reflects a growing trend of the “agrihood” — a residential development where a farm is a shared amenity, much like a pool, gym, or parking garage. And it has me thinking twice about the suburbs. Continue Reading →

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Checking In: Melia Nassau Beach Hotel

It’s 6am and I suddenly wake up to the wind blowing lightly on my face. Then I hear the ocean waves lapping against the shore and I start smiling. I am not sure if it’s a dream or it’s really happening because it is just that awesome. I look to my left and see my son Noah sleeping soundly wrapped in a white comforter in the big cozy bed next to mine. I sleepily look to my right and immediately freeze.

It’s definitely real! I am in paradise, otherwise known as the Melia Nassau Beach. Continue Reading →

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24 Hour Stopover: Chicago, Illinois

Canadians wait so long throughout our winter months for the weather to warm up. So when spring finally hits, I start daydreaming about a getaway not too far from home.

If you’re city hopping, then add Chicago to your list! The Windy City has a big city feel; but at the same time, it’s laidback, down-to-earth and unpretentious. Our guide to making the most of 24 hours in Chicago. Continue Reading →

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Melenos, Lindos Boutique Hotel: A Collector’s Love Letter

On the island of Rhodes, Greece sits a luxurious boutique hotel. It rests beautifully beneath the ancient Byzantine temple Athena (circa 10th century BC) overlooking the Aegean Sea. Melenos is a collection of exclusive suites and villas where guests can experience serene sophistication lovingly conceptualized and meticulously curated by owner and collector Michalis Melenos. A collector of art and ancient artifacts, Michalis built Melenos to so guests from around the world could enjoy his pieces discovered during his many journeys of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. Continue Reading →

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The Ultimate Spa Day at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel in Arizona

In the heart of the Sonoran Desert is an expansive Spanish colonial oasis, just outside of McDowell Mountain Regional Parktucked in North Scottsdale.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, one of only four AAA 5-diamond hotels in Arizona, lives up to its name in every way: I felt a bit like royalty in my Deluxe King room with one of the best views in the hotel. Continue Reading →