I got back from my weekend trip with my SO. It was soooo nice to see him. I miss him already. I actually think I got to see him more than some of my classmates saw their boyfriends/girlfriends. I think I got to see him every month and a half or so…But I’ll be home in 6 weeks! Time for the count down!
We left last Friday and checked out Port Huron, MI which was home to both sets of Matt’s grandparents. Here’s a picture of their former homes. It’s always interesting to get a glimpse into a person’s history.
Port Huron is a border town with Canada so after that brief stop on memory lane it was on to Bracebridge, ON which was a beautiful little town. Basically a one street vacation town but it was very cute. Matt’s great grandparents built a few little cottages on the shores of Lake Muskoka and they were sold a few years ago. We visited with the new owners. Here are pics of the cabins and some of Banger Lodge/Beach.
After we’d checked out the lake, we went to our B & B, Inn at the Falls , which was right on the river. It had gorgeous views and was built around 1870. Being a Californian, I think anything before the 1900’s is old in terms of buildings.
Before leaving the Lake Muskoka area, we had to stop by Weber’s for a famous charbroiled burger. Not being partial to beef, Matt got all the fun with this stop.
After a night in Bracebridge, we spent 2 nights in Toronto. The first night we went up to the CN tower and ate at the 360 restaurant. This restaurant spins at one revolution every 72 mintues! It was a trip. We got to see the sunset while we were up there and dodged the rain. The food was wonderful and I highly recommend it if you’re visiting Toronto. The admission to the observation deck and the glass floor deck is included when you eat at the restaurant. The second picture is from the glass deck. It’s kind of dark but what you’re looking at is the Roger’s Center.
The next day we visited Casa Loma, which was the home of Sir Henry Pellatt. Sir Henry was a very wealthy man (he controlled 25% of Canada’s wealth at his richest!) who had to give up his castle because of financial ruin in the 1920’s. He died poor and alone. So… the Kiwanis Club took over the castle, renovated it, and opened it for tours.
We drove to the Niagara Falls on Monday and went winetasting along the way. That region is known for “Ice Wine”. This is made by leaving the grapes out on the vines for 3 consecutive days after the first frost. The result is an extremely sweet dessert wine. Pretty good but I could only have a sip of it before gagging. The dessert wines and sweeter wines were good. In fact I bought a risling for my parents. The other wines were just OK to me. I guess I’m spoiled being able to taste in the wine regions of California. The conditions just didn’t seem right for grapes to mature properly but what do i know?
Here are a few pics of Niagara Falls which were awesome on the Canadian side. We stayed at the Marriott and got a fallside view from our window.
Well, I was going to post pics of Niagara Falls but Blogger is acting funny. I’ll put them up next time.