24-hrs of R&R in Gatineau: Nordik Spa, Biscotti & Cie and The Wakefield Mill

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I couldn’t find research to back this next statement, but sometimes I feel like tourists know more than locals when it comes to hotspots in a city. I mean, locals know where the everyday essentials are, but they don’t always go the extra mile, they tend not to explore close to home and don’t necessarily splurge on staycations. But if you factor in the cost of travel, you may be ahead if you just stay close to home and treat yourself! And if you’re too busy to get away for an entire weekend, consider what you can do in just 24 hours. Katie Hession (Yow City Style) and I were up for the challenge when Outaouais Tourism put together a decadent stay for us to experience 24-hours of R&R in Gatineau: Nordik Spa, Biscotti & Cie and The Wakefield Mill were on the agenda!

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A regal March break staycation at Ottawa Chateau Laurier: high tea, Art Deco pool and Fairmont Gold experience

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We were invited to the Ottawa Chateau Laurier last weekend for a one-night Fairmont Gold experience stay. This is my open and honest review of our stay at the hotel. Photo credit Kamara Morozuk.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how to start this post. So instead of wallowing in writer’s block, I poled my family… “Hey guys, what did you like about our stay at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier?” Here is what they answered!

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2018 Travel Diary: Family Trip To Tulum Mexico + Mayan Ruins + Xel Ha Cancun

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In this video you can watch my first family travel guide! Our family trip to Tulum Mexico was between Jan 18 to 25, 2018. We stayed at the Grand Oasis Tulum all-inclusive resort. We also visited the Mayan Ruins in Tulum and spent a day at Xel Ha, a natural water park near Cancun.

***All videos were shot with my iPhone 8 Plus. All underwater footage was taken using a waterproof cell phone case for my iPhone ***

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Game Night: Mena plays with Canadian Wildlife delicacies in their new menu

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The generous folks of Mena, Ottawa’s premier French cuisine restaurant on Preston Street, invited me to a 5-course tasting of their new winter menu “Game Night”. There was nothing trivial about this meal. Every well-thought-out dish featured Canadian Wildlife delicacies paired with the most unique selection of wines. I am a huge fan of Sommelier Rob Nellis’s work. We seem to have a similar pallet when it comes to wine, so I always look forward to his recomendation. What I loved most about the pairing? The wines were mighty when consumed on their own, but never overpowering the taste of the meal. Now that’s a true partnership!

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