Myrtle Beach Family Vacation

For the first time—my family was heading south in the summer—something that some might say goes against Canadian logic. You stay home in July and August to enjoy the brief but intense summer and then head to the southern states in the winter—when you just can’t take one more snow storm. But this year, we … Continue reading Myrtle Beach Family Vacation


This resort is upscale, peaceful and my family thoroughly enjoyed it. Our condo style suite was expertly decorated with soothing colours and boasted a full kitchen. One of the pluses of the Marina Inn is that the staff goes out of their way to please you. A request for a kettle—(as a Canadian I like … Continue reading MARINA INN AT GRANDE DUNES

Country Roads – Sevierville, Tennessee

by Neilia Sherman Sevierville, Tennessee, is Dolly Parton’s hometown and a great place for a relaxing vacation. The accommodation of choice in these parts is cabin rentals that are located amongst the mountains with breathtaking views. Highly recommended is the Oak Haven Resort, which is located very close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. … Continue reading Country Roads – Sevierville, Tennessee

Myrtle Beach – A Hard Rockin’ Beach With A Southern Vibe

Sweet iced tea by the pitcher, fried green tomatoes on many a menu, and a beachfront that runs for 60 miles. This isn’t Florida, my usual escape from winter. While the sunshine state is the unofficial 11th province of Canada, I’m ready for somewhere with a different vibe and so I head down to Myrtle … Continue reading Myrtle Beach – A Hard Rockin’ Beach With A Southern Vibe

Quebec City Ice Hotel Adventure

I arrive at the Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada around 10 a.m., just in time to see brave souls who have spent the night staggering up to the check out desk, located inside one of the heated buildings at the ice hotel resort. They look a bit tired, yet proud, as they prepare to leave for other … Continue reading Quebec City Ice Hotel Adventure

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

by Neilia Sherman I arrived in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, after having traveled for four hours from Toronto by Via Rail. My mission was to check out the famous Ottawa Tulip Festival as well as take in some of the city's sights and sounds - all while staying at the fabulous Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The … Continue reading Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Haldimand Hills Spa Village

by Neilia Sherman It was with both anticipation and trepidation that I prepared for my visit to Ste. Anne's, a Haldimand Hills Spa, which is located just over an hour east of Toronto, Ontario. I had never been to a destination spa before and wasn't sure what to expect. While I consulted with Rebecca Ryan, … Continue reading Haldimand Hills Spa Village

Stratford – A Family Escape

by Neilia Sherman Stratford Ontario provides a beautiful and peaceful respite from the everyday trials of life in Toronto.  This scenic town is often compared with the bustling Niagara--on–the Lake, because both offer a renowned summer theatre series. But as a first time overnight visitor to Stratford I found her to be the unpretentious cousin … Continue reading Stratford – A Family Escape

Montreal – A Taste of Europe

by Neilia Sherman Why go to all the way to Europe when you can visit North America's most European city, Montreal? The cafes, the food, the shopping, the locals who parlez en Francais, it is all here, but with just enough of a Canadian slant that you know you are in the province of Quebec. … Continue reading Montreal – A Taste of Europe

Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel – Montreal

On a recent trip to Quebec, I stayed at Le Saint-Sulpice, a new ultra-modern boutique hotel in Old Montreal, which bills itself as an urban resort. The hotel has a wonderful ambience, with plenty of exposed stonework and dark wood in the welcoming lobby. Its location in the old walled town, one of the few … Continue reading Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel – Montreal