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

Doral Eaglewood Resort & Spa

The newly refurbished Doral Eaglewood Resort & Spa located just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, is a good example of the motto “Don’t judge a book by its cover." From the outside, the spa's sprawling white building, which leads to two towers, looks as if it could be almost anything; but the inside conveys the … Continue reading Doral Eaglewood Resort & Spa

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

Me & the CNE – Ever Changing & Always A Tradition

by Neilia Sherman The Canadian National Exhibition is a veritable Toronto institution and I am one of its biggest fans. I have gone to the “Ex” every summer that I can remember since the mid-sixties  and although it is ever changing, it is always a great experience. I even put my way through university working … Continue reading Me & the CNE – Ever Changing & Always A Tradition

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