A road trip with a hip twist

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A rustic adventure awaits as you drive into the peaceful borough of Prince Edward County. Brick farmhouses and old wooden barns line the country roads; repurposed buildings house antique shops; and the locals are more than happy to share stories and visitor tips. Referred to as ‘The County,’ this historical gem has much to offer and lots to experience for an exciting weekend road trip.

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Stay at the super-chic Angelines Inn in Bloomfield, where each room is perfectly curated by co-owner and second-generation innkeeper, Alexandre Fida. Book the master suite: outfitted with an antique chaise, freestanding soaker tub and down-filled pillow-top king bed. Dine at the Agrarian, walking distance from Angelines; pick up some local cheese and charcuterie at their cheese market before leaving. Breakfast is buffet-style in Angelines Hubb Eatery where you can eat inside or out on the patio. Grab your bike, or rent one at Bloomfield’s Bicycle Co. and cycle the Millenium Trail, a multi-purpose trail that was once a railway; keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Relax on the beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park or explore the famous sand dunes and boardwalk trails. Dinner round two is at the Drake Devonshire on Wharf Street in the township of Wellington. This uber-hip inn, restaurant and art gallery overlooks Lake Ontario and is a hot spot for locals and tourists. Treat yourself to a delectable dinner on the deck, and make sure to order a glass or bottle of the Vintner’s Daughter; a red and white wine blend made exclusively for the Drake by Rosehall Run Vineyards.

Norman HardieSpend your last day wine touring. Stop at Hinterland Wine Company for unique sparkling
wine. You’ll be greeted by the family dog who is more than happy to lead you straight to the tasting bar where Jonas, owner and winemaker, enthusiastically pours sample after sample for you to taste and enjoy. Leave with a bottle of bubbly to pop open for a special occasion. Head to Norman Hardie Winery for their wood-fired thin crust pizza paired with a glass of their county chardonnay. Last stop is at the Grange of Prince Edward, where this dynamic mother-daughter team, Caroline and Maggie, infuse tradition and innovation in their winemaking style. The winery is a converted 19th century wooden barn; thrifted-finds and handcrafted wares decorate this charming spot. Leave with a bottle of estate-grown pinot noir, and a picnic-basket full of local treats to snack on while driving home.

For one last sweet taste of county life, visit Slickers County Ice Cream for a double scoop of homemade ice before hopping onto the open country road.

A Weekend in Miami

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It’s that time of year when we daydream of ways to beat the blustery winter blues, to escape the cold by welcoming the heat, and with cheap flights out of Niagara Falls, New York, now’s your chance to head to the land of palm trees, warm breezes and scenic ocean drives. So, grab that bikini, pack your flip-flops and head to the Sunshine State where Miami’s vibrant sights and flavours are waiting your arrival.

First stop should be South Beach. Grab lunch at one of the many gastropubs, followed by a drive-by tour of downtown Miami. With the Atlantic Ocean in view, park the car and make your way to the beach. South Beach, also known as SoBe to locals, draws thousands of beach enthusiasts annually, which is no surprise as colouful umbrellas and unique vendors create a mosaic along the coast while white sand and turquoise water bring serenity to the bustling scene.

After the salt water has perfectly beach curled your hair, strut down the notorious Ocean Drive. This popular strip of town is known for its art deco architecture, as well, the late Gianni Versace’s mansion, which is also one of the most photographed buildings in North America.

Enjoy happy hour at one of the many restaurants along the street. Live Miami large and order your beverage of choice, but be prepared to share with a friend, as you’ll be served one super-sized drink.  If you are looking for nightlife activities, Miami is the place to get your groove on. A cluster of bars and clubs line the strip as neon lights entice eager dancers to shake their hips salsa or mambo style.

Next, visit Wynwood Walls in the Warehouse District of Miami. This outdoor graffiti gallery features artists from around the globe that use the back of warehouse buildings as their canvases. Outside of these walls, murals, art galleries and trendy shops decorate the neighbourhood, while positive affirmations illuminate the sidewalks.

Drive thirty minutes south to the historic Biltmore Hotel and partake in one or many of the extravagant offerings this dreamlike oasis offers. This majestic hotel, established in 1926, will leave you feeling like royalty starting from the spa, to the PGA golf course. Food aficionados will be treated to delectable dishes prepared by the hotel’s talented chefs at a selection of restaurants, bars and tea parlour. If you want to be seen, lounge by the hotel’s magnificent pool. Top off this luxurious experience and stay overnight – the feathered bedding and Egyptian cotton sheets will definitely bid you sweet dreams.

End the trip the way it began and head back to SoBe. Wrap up your Miami adventure with one last soak in the ocean. Make sure to visit the local vendors for souvenirs as happy reminders of your fiesta in the sun.