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Join in on the Celebrations at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival

This year, the  TD Toronto Jazz Festival shines the spotlight on outstanding jazz musicians that have delighted the public for generations.  From the soulful sounds of Diana Ross to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Tower of Power, the festival brings together the varied sound of this musical style for and a party like no other. When is the Toronto Jazz Festival? An all-star cast of musicians will headline the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, June 21 – June 30, 2019. Who are the headliners for the Toronto Jazz Festival? The headlines at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival include one of music’s most iconic singers, Diana Ross, as well as multi-GRAMMY winner, singer-songwriter Norah Jones, Cuba’s grand dame Omara Portuondo, heavy hitters Tower of Power, jazz darlings Cécile McLorin Salvant and Emilie-Claire Barlow, and an exciting double bill with Rinsethealgorithm and Ghost-Note! Where is the Toronto Jazz Festival? The TD…

Maison Birks Opens their new Flagship Store in Toronto

Located in Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighbourhood, Maison Birks has re-opened their newly renovated  Bloor Street location. This is the second renovated flagship for the Maison Birks chain, following last year’s Montreal flagship renovation. Through these two locations, Birks aims to transform their in-store brick-and-mortar environment more experiential as they celebrate the 140th anniversary this year. The Yorkville location is approximately 9,000 square feet and has an open concept design, with a modern feel inside and out. The new lounge area includes books and an area with an espresso machine and sofa seating area, allowing customers or family members to relax while others shop. Maison Birks Bridal Boutique The Bridal Bar area in the back of the store features a curved open concept area where clients can view ring styles. Spend time with a Birks bridal expert to help you find the perfect ring. With a variety of exquisite diamond cuts…

Explore The County this Summer at The Drake Motor Inn

Drake Hotel has opened it’s  newest property in Prince Edward County, the Drake Motor Inn, offering travellers an affordable and chic place to stay in The County. The Drake Motor Inn is a two-building guesthouse which pays homage to the classic roadside motel alongside modern twists and amenities. This new spot is the ideal place to stay for  family getaways with dog, girls trips,  group retreats, or for a solo traveller hoping to spend a weekend away in Prince Edward County. What are the rooms like at the Drake Motor Inn? The Drake Motor Inn has twelve playful guest rooms each equipped with their own balcony or garden, inspired communal rooms for snacking and socializing, as well as a backyard terrace and outdoor fire pit. At this property, guests can  park in close proximity to their room upon arrival and instantly self check-in 24/7 with keyless digital entry codes, allowing for…

Tips for Booking your Summer Cottage Weekend in Canada

Planning a summer weekend away? We’re answering all of your questions about how, when, and where to book your summer cottage weekend away. When is the best time to book your summer cottage? Timing for booking often depends on the size of your group. For larger group or multi-generational family travel, you’ll want to book a touch earlier because the inventory for larger cottages are less. According to a survey, the best time to book a summer vacation rental is in January as HomeAway reports that by April 1, the majority of their larger summer rentals have been booked up. But, luckily for you, there are a number of vacation rental websites now which allows more travellers to find and share their accommodations increasing the online inventory. If you’re flexible on your summer travel dates and are willing to researching a bit, taking a peak on sites like Airbnb, HomeAway,…

Book your seat at the Winemakers’ Dinners at the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler

This summer, the Nita Lake Lodge is hosting a series of monthly dinners from May to August. Savour the Sun dinners will celebrate the best seasonal and farm fresh ingredients, while showcasing wines from some of British Columbia’s most prestigious winemakers. Each interactive, four-course dining experience will be prepared by Nita Lake Lodge’s Executive Chef James Olberg, and attended by a winemaker or winery principal who will provide unforgettable insight into the art and science of wine making. Savour the Sun Dinner Series at the Nita Lake Lodge Kick-starting the series on Sunday May 26th, Nita Lake Lodge welcomes Culmina Family Estate Winery proprietor Don Triggs who will provide guests with an in-depth look at Culmina’s incredible multi-bench terroir, passionately guiding guests through a selection of Culmina’s critically acclaimed portfolio. On Sunday June 23rd, Joe Luckhurst, general manager of Road 13 Vineyards, WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada 2018 Winery of…

The Table Rock Centre Re-opens Across from Niagara Falls

One of Canada’s most visited tourist attractions just got better. Following extensive renovations, the Table Rock Centre re-opened to showcase the incredible transformation to their culinary and retail facilities. The Table Rock Shop and Table Rock House Restaurant have been transformed into a bright and welcoming space for visitors exploring the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls. Where to Eat Near Niagara Falls Table Rock House Restaurant Formerly known as Elements on the Falls, the Table Rock House Restaurant is part of Niagara Parks’ signature culinary experiences in Niagara. Featuring a new design and layout, which directs all attention and sightlines to the magnificent Horseshoe Falls, Table Rock House Restaurant offers innovative new menus crafted by Niagara Parks’ talented culinary team that honour the high-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors, alongside recommended craft beer and VQA wine pairings Where to Shop for Souvenirs Near Niagara Falls Table Rock Shop…

5 Spots to Visit in France Beyond Paris

When you think of traveling to France, it’s no surprise that the first thing that comes to your mind is Paris. Affectionately known as the City of Lights, over thirty million tourists visit France’s capital city each year. But next time when you’re voyaging all the way across the Atlantic, why not extend your stay and venture beyond Paris to see more of what makes this country so unique? From standout cities to sprawling vineyards, to historic castles and more, here are some my favourite spots to explore in France that are easily accessible by train or short flight. The Cultural Hub of Nantes Explore the vibrant city of Nantes to see the fusion of traditional French architecture (in what was once the capital of Brittany) juxtaposed by the emergence of contemporary art installations found all over the city. This unique city is only a two-hour train ride away from Paris and home…

Plan the Perfect All-Inclusive Vacation at the Sandals Montego Bay

The Sandals Montego Bay was the first Sandals resort to open in 1981. For the last thirty-eight years, this resort has been breaking the mould in planning your dream vacation by becoming the first Caribbean hotel company to offer swim-up pool bars to be the first to guarantee that every room is fitted with a king-size bed and hairdryer. While these items are a must for any vacation now, Sandals helped to develop the recipe for the perfect all-inclusive experience. The Rooms at the Sandals Montego Bay The Sandals Montego Bay has been transformed into a modern luxurious experience along the beautiful turquoise waters lapping at Jamaica’s most exclusive white sand beach. When it comes to luxurious accommodations, guests have incredible choices – from the new Beachfront Swim-up Suites and Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Suites to the romantic Love Nest Butler Suites®. The new swim-up suites – reflecting refined interior touches –…

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

What do you get for a mother who has it all for Mother’s Day?  What do you get for the mother who loves both travelling and design focused items? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite items that are the perfect gift for any mother this Mother’s Day. A crafty activity to do with mom… We are Knitters is a DIY knitting-kit company offers a variety of multi-level kit options. Inside the reusable and recyclable bag, you can find everything that you might need to create your craft project from the needles to yarn. Need help or a little extra teaching? We are Knitters has a great resource of instructional videos available on their YouTube channel. Bring the spa to her home… Whether your mum already has her cult-favourite serum stored in her makeup bag, or isn’t too much of an adept of skin care product, why not introduce her…

Holiday Inn Express Launches a New Express Start® Breakfast Bar

As another way to help you have a better start to your day while travelling, Holiday Inn Express® has rolled out their new Express Start® Breakfast Bar in Canada. The signature breakfast bar now features more than 30 items to choose from, including hot and fresh options, such as fluffy pancakes at the push of a button; freshly cooked bacon, eggs and sausage; and healthy alternatives, such as hard-boiled eggs, turkey sausage and fresh fruit, all available at 100+ Holiday Inn Express hotels in Canada. Holiday Inn Express® Start® Breakfast Bar Our team at Travel + Design had the chance to drop by the Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown to explore their new Express® Start® Breakfast Bar. The newly renovated property is a bright, open and colourful space that is an inviting place to stay within walking distance to some of Toronto’s best attractions. In addition to having a range…