A Blissful Staycation in Toronto

This summer has flown by for me. I have had several visitors and even got married this summer. With all this I didn’t get away but that is quite okay with me. You see I love my city, the city of my birth, the city of Toronto and the home of Blissdom Canada. So I stayed home.

I got to stay in my city this summer and be the hostess with mostess. What an adventure that was.

First my best girlfriend came from Nova Scotia..Gloria and I had a blast exploring the city. It was great to hang with her and visit and show her my city. We hit the Scarborough Bluffs visiting the Hilltop Park..nothing like this view.We joked around seeing who could get closest to the edge. I won.

Yes this kind of beauty exists right here in Toronto.

We also hit the beaches..Did you know Toronto has many beaches that you can choose from? We choose the Rouge Valley beach..did you know that beach has a back area that is perfect for canoeing and fishing? We loved exploring the conservation area of this park.

We also hit up Yonge Street for dinner, and some shopping. If you haven’t shopped and ate on Yonge Street what are you waiting for? Later that night we attended a show that was going on at the University of Toronto. I love visiting this campus. I love the old buildings, and I love the energy you feel when you are on a campus.

A couple of weeks later it was time for my honeymoon and for the adventure of married life to begin, and since my man is from out of town..we choose to stay in town..right on Queen St in the heart of downtown. We stayed at the Sheraton downtown. We took advantage of the Club Level extras and absolutely loved our stay.One of our favorite things in the hotel was the lounge on the top floor. We loved the view, we could see much of the downtown from the lounge and the free breakfast and appetizers in the evening were a wonderful treat. We also ate brunch in the hotel and was it ever yummy, a blissful treat. Hard to believe but in just one month I will be hanging out here again with a bunch of socially connected Canadian women. This is not the hotel for Blissdom Canada but it is near by.


My man and I explored downtown, shopped at Eaton Center where I happened to meet the men who are blogging at 500 Extra Hours. You can read what I said to them here.If you want to see what I bought clothing wise find me at Blissdom Canada. I found some great sales in The Bay. Any idea how many years The Bay has been a shopping destination downtown? Founded in 1670 by King Charles II, the Hudson’s Bay Company played a vital role in building Canada as a nation. One of the first places it set up shop was here in Ontario. So The Bay has been in Canada just a wee bit longer then my family who settled here before Toronto was a city.

We also hit China Town. If you are coming in from overseas and have currency that needs exchanging the place you want to go to is right at Dundas and Spadina beside the bank. There is lots to see on Spadina, trust me you can get lost in the crowds here.  As we walked from the hotel to China Town and back again we got to admire the CN Tower from another angle. Look way up folks and you will see it.

We explored downtown restaurants  eating Indian, Thai, Canadian, Lebanese and more it can all be found within walking distance of where Blissdom Canada is being hosted this year at the Hilton Hotel.

Talking of Blissdom Canada, it is a great blogging conference that is coming once again to Toronto in October. Tickets for the conference sold out in 90 minutes. 300 Canadian women get to gather, learn, share, and grow together. I want to be there, I want to be one of them. Why?

Last year I managed to get one of the very last tickets sold, but due to starting a new job I was unable to attend the whole conference, and sold my ticket to another blogger who did get to enjoy the event.  With karma I am due.

I did get to the Costume Party. I had a blast meeting and greeting women from across the country, several have become friends and I want to hang with them, I want to learn from them, I want to party with them, and not just for a few hours. So I am entering this post about my great city and my choice of staying in my city this summer in Go Girlfriend’s Follow Your Bliss Contest. Blogging has brought bliss into my life in many ways and taken me on many a journey and adventure..may that journey just continue in this beautiful city of my birth.

For those of you coming to town for Blissdom Canada, if you haven’t been here before ..I promise to be a proper hostess, and thanks for visiting my city.

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Source: http://commoncentsmom.com/2011/08/24/a-blissful-staycation-in-toronto/

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