Whether it’s a saltbox house vacation rental, drop-dead gorgeous boutique inn o homey hostel, there’s a plethora of Newfoundland accommodations to snuggle into this summer.
My affinity for hotels is no secret. I’ve babbled endlessly about my affection for them, particularly in my post about the Alt Hotel in St. John’s, but for our first wedding anniversary last September I wanted a different experience. After a particularly busy summer moving home to Newfoundland, setting up a garden, patio drinks, family BBQs and weddings, I yearned for some good old fashioned peace and quiet. While perusing ‘historic saltbox homes near the ocean’ on AirBnb I stumbled upon a series of small cabins cloaked in canvas. “There’s Glamping in Newfoundland?” I thought to myself, quickly scanning the photos of pillow top mattresses, bright quilts and ocean views. One phone call to Adam later and I had booked Ome Sweet Ome for our anniversary escape.
Chef Cameron Stauch is a world traveller. As the partner of a Canadian diplomat he has lived all over the world, documenting his travel and his cooking on his blog A Global Kitchen. Dive into my review of his new cookbook Vegetarian Vietnam.
The best part about a staycation? There’s no pressure to leave the hotel! I’ve spent a lot of time taking photos of hotels, and I usually don’t get to enjoy them as much as I should because I’m busy Instagramming my stay. But I still love hotels. I still get excited walking through the lobby, my head on a swivel trying to take it all in. While I’m all about AirBNB for longer trips, the magic of a freshly made bed, a chocolate on my pillow and a fluffy bathrobe get me all riled up (I still always check if there’s a pool, my eight-year-old self insists). As part of a media event, I was lucky enough to win a stay at the Alt Hotel St. John’s, so Adam and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a night in a hotel without leaving the room!
I visited Ottawa not once, but twice in 2017. The first in the lingering frigid days of winter and the second in the midst of a warm(ish) fall. Needless to say, I wasn’t strolling around Byward Market in a t-shirt. While many travellers opt out of visiting Canadian cities in the winter, it does have its benefits — small lines into Parliament, lower hotel rates and all those hole-in-the-wall restaurants are that much cosier. Just take a look at my guide for exploring the Chicago restaurant scene in winter. Snagging hard-to-get reservations comes easier when there’s snow on the ground. So pull on the parka, lace up your boots and venture out to eat everything at these Ottawa restaurants. (more…)
This post is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
I haven’t had good luck making chili. I love the flavours but for some reason whatever recipe I try turns out like a sloppy soupy mess — I don’t fail at many things in the kitchen, but chili is one of them.