Mother-Son Trip to Washington DC

I was looking for a reasonably priced short haul trip for myself and my son to take over the holiday break. DC called out to me.  Several of my favourite tv shows are set in DC ( Scandal, The Blacklist and Veep) and the constant shots of Washington exteriors got me thinking--wouldn't it fun to … Continue reading Mother-Son Trip to Washington DC

Exploring the SolCal life–La Jolla and San Diego, California

I landed at the San Diego airport exhausted from a flight delay and immediately got into a cab. It was spotless. There sat the smiling driver, a young Ethiopian man who called himself Jonathon. We chatted the entire drive and when he dropped me off at my first stop of the trip—the Glorietta Bay Inn … Continue reading Exploring the SolCal life–La Jolla and San Diego, California

The Stratford Festival, Each Season Brings Something New

This past summer I got to enjoy an entirely new experience at the  Stratford Festival: attending with my husband and two teenaged sons—who until now had not been interested in a family theatre experience. We decided to see two plays—Tommy and Fiddler on the Roof. Both are iconic musicals that have been made into films with wonderful … Continue reading The Stratford Festival, Each Season Brings Something New

New York Girlfriends Getaway

My latest trip to New York was packed into two days this past August. Our home base was the Sheraton New York Times Square. Formerly known as the Sheraton Towers, this hotel has recently undergone a 180 million dollar renovation. My friend Jeannine and I made full use of the Club Floor facilities which included … Continue reading New York Girlfriends Getaway

EPIC Hotel-A Kimpton Hotel-Miami

We flew  to Miami for our first ever cruise and wanted to be there a day in advance to have time to rest and in case of delays. Happily, we were able to spend the night as guests of a new Kimpton Hotel: The EPIC, which is located right on the downtown waterfront and very near … Continue reading EPIC Hotel-A Kimpton Hotel-Miami


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