This week I have the first of 3 posts for you on a long road trip we took from DC to Toronto, Canada, then to Burlington, Vermont, and finally to Portland, Maine. Each of these posts will be on the shorter side because we only spent 1-2 days in each city, but I think each deserves its own post.
We wanted to check off all of the Northeastern states while we lived in Washington, DC. Kyle was presenting at a conference in Toronto in August, so what better time to plan a road trip to knock off a few states? Luckily, Kyle is a master trip planner and we were able to see some really amazing places.
Roxy got to go along as well and has been to Canada twice so far. And, in only 3 more days, she’ll be adding Kuwait to her list of countries! I’m leaving first thing in the morning to meet her in Atlanta, get back on the plane in 24 hours, and bring her to her new home. I absolutely could not be more excited! I’ve missed her more than even I thought I would, and the thought of leaving her was already killing me.
Roxy loves taking car trips, but not so much the hotel stays. Overall though she is the perfect travel companion. Praying she does just as well on the plane!
Toronto sits on the edge of Lake Ontario. There are beautiful parks and trails that line the waterfront running completely through Toronto. It was a bit cooler than I expected in August but it did get warm some afternoons.
The pet-friendly hotel we stayed at was quite a ways from the Convention Center where Kyle’s conference was, but it was just across the street from the entrance to one of the many parks. Roxy and I went on walks here daily and sat on the hillside overlooking the water to read for a while on a couple of afternoons.
The parks are lovely and, quite possibly, my favorite thing about Toronto. There was also an outdoor gym area in the park just a short ways away. One morning, I decided to do a quick 45 minute workout that felt much more like playing on a playground than an actual workout. But, when I could barely walk the next day, I discovered that I had indeed gotten in a solid workout.
Toronto has a wonderful trolley system as well. From our hotel, I was able to take one trolley all the way downtown only 1-2 blocks away from the convention center.
Our hotel was very near Queen Street and we spent an evening or two walking up and down. It has such a quaint, small town feel to it while being tucked into a big city. So many cute shops, cafes, and bars. It definitely makes the list of one of my favorite things about Toronto.
Downtown Toronto has a very unique feel to it. There are plenty of skyscrapers, but it has a much more relaxed feel than New York or Chicago. Everyone in Toronto seems genuinely happy. We were always greeted very warmly and made to feel right at home. One of our taxi drivers also told us that crime is virtually non-existent.
While taking the trolley back to the hotel one afternoon we saw a hand written sign for a cigar shop. Kyle was intrigued, so the next day we went to check it out. It’s called Frank Correnti Cigars Limited. They hand roll cigars in the factory and have a long list of celebrity clients. The walls of the factory are lined with movie posters of movies that actually used their cigars in the film. Definitely an interesting find.
We stopped by a few local breweries too, all of which were very good and each had a fun atmosphere.
One thing that we didn’t get to that I wish we had was a trip to Toronto Island Park. It has great reviews, and seeing how beautiful the rest of the parks are leads me to believe it must be pretty spectacular.
I loved walking along the water everyday and all of the green spaces Toronto has to offer. It’s no wonder that everyone is so happy there with so many outdoor activities to choose from and reasons to stay active!
What are your favorites in Toronto?