Friday, August 18, 2017

Collingwood, Creemore and Barrie

We drove back to Collingwood after that filling lunch at Maiolo's in Thornbury to attend the Monday Night Wine and Cheese party at The Bear Estate, Living Water Resort. As usual, there was plenty of wine, people, and cheese. They also had brie and jam on crackers and mussels. 

View at The Bear Estate.

It was drizzling after the party yet we discovered the resort’s rooftop with a beautiful view of Collingwood.

Breakfast on Aug 8 was at Cranberry Resort. Was told the breakfast buffet was on all summer. (Good info). Checked out the resort's Recreation Centre and the Gold Course afterwards. 

Strolled Hurontario Street for Collingwood's Art on the Street but the pianos and the chairs did not impress much. Was disappointed since these chairs and pianos were my reason for coming to Collingwood in the first place. I guess the giant chairs in Vermont and the beautiful pianos in Cobourg set my high standards. 

Saw a garden at the centre of the city and met Robert Patterson who owns The Growing Connection and was tending the garden. Anyone can pick produce if they want, meanwhile Robert was actually selling his caja pots. Robert gave me some mint leaves and peppers guaranteed to be really spicy. I am planning to get one caja planter actually. Read more about The Growing Connection here.

Time to head home but passed by Creemore for a quick "review" of the place. Had coffee and cake at Affairs Bakery. 

Drove towards Barrie and lingered at Barrie’s harbourfront for a while. 

Drove southeast ending at Innisfil Beach area where the parking fee was $5 for an hour!! Not my kind of parking fee. Left area and headed towards Toronto initially planning to pass by Newmarket. As we took much time on the road already, decided to head home.

Capped the day with some practice driving at Scarborough Family Golf Centre for a basket of balls.

Short trip taken on the August holiday weekend : Aug 7-8, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017


After a 2 day cleaning project, we needed a rest. Off to our "comfort zone" we went - Collingwood, 2 hours north of Toronto. 

It was cloudy and rainy on the way to Collingwood but it did not damper our roaming spirits. 

Heavenly CafĂ© in Collingwood (our usual coffee place) was closed when we arrived and it was still too early to check in, thus we decided to drive further to Thornbury (30 minutes more). 

First stop - The Cheese Gallery for coffee, tea and biscotti. We missed this place the last time we were in Thornbury. Loved the cafe' decor and unforgettable was the mixed media art of a whale priced at 10K. The backbone was an old folding measuring tape. The bones were represented by spoons and the eye was made of a glass cabinet knob. It was a stunning work of art. 

With the sun peeking, we walked the main street of Thornbury towards the harbor front, having ice-cream at Pom-Pom along the way.

At the lakeside we watched people taking a dip, walking or playing with their dogs and just plainly relaxing. So did we.

Second stop - Maiolo's, the restaurant beside Harbourfront Hotel. I had the Chicken Supreme which turned out to be a surprise. I was just expecting a regular grilled chicken with probably some veggie on the side. This chicken supreme was so good. It was grilled chicken with some sauce not was not sweet, salty or sour. It was like burnt something but delicious. With grilled mushroom, pepper, celery and onions.

Finally full and ready for Collingwood.

Short Trip taken Aug 7-8, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Paint Night

With 2 girlfriends we decided to channel our inner Picasso
 last June 30 at Markhams' Paintlounge

What a lovely day and a wonderful experience!
I wanna do it again!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ottawa : June 3 & 4 - Part 2

Noteworthy to mention in this Ottawa trip. 
  • Business Inn's complimentary breakfast and "snacks-to-go". What a saver!! The hotel's WiFi was fast, PC with printer in our room was very useful. Parking was a bit tight though and we paid for it on top of the room rate. But considering the hotel was walking distance to all the places we wanted to see - the paid parking was alright.

  • Walking the long stretch of Somerset Ave from McLaren, then Bronson and Slater towards the Byward Market, Confederation Park and everywhere else. Fitbit reading for the day - 23,871 steps.
  • The many murals at Chinatown.

  • Wanting to go to Victoria Island but getting "lost" and finding ourself in Quebec. 
  • Experiencing Ottawa before the Canada 150 celebration. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ottawa : June 3 & 4

My posts are all over the place. With that I mean, it is not following chronological order of where I have been or what I have been busy with. Blame it on summer. This short season of sun, afternoon strolls and road trips makes the blogging and recording part a tad tiring. But a must do if this a journal I will be reading years later.
Moving along...I wrote a few posts (mostly photos) of that short Ottawa trip taken last June 3-4 but I feel I have to add just 2 more posts.
Hubby and I traveled to Ottawa on the night of June 2nd  planning to sleep over in Kingston but changed our mind and decided to go straight to Ottawa. Called hotel along the way and booked an additional night. It proved to be a good decision as we were able to have an early start the next day.

Where we stayed : Ottawa Business Inn
Places we were : Chinatown. Byward Market. National Art Gallery of Canada.

Murals at Chinatown.

Where We Ate : Had the customary tea and coffee at Planet Coffee, Claredon Lanes. Enjoyed our drinks and sweets at the patio where an exhibit of the works of Indigenous Artists were on display.  Dinner was at the Ginza Ramen and Sushi Bar at Mclaren. I swore by the deliciousness of the ramen. Add in fast service and affordable prices and I am hooked. A must visit again place if ever I will be Ottawa. On our last day, lunch was at The Earl of Sussex, before heading back home.

Lunch at The Fish Market Restaurant at Byward Market.

Some of the exhibited works from the indigenous Art Collection.