Note to self: If the car you are driving does not have GPS – print paper maps when you are in rural areas!
But, alas – we made it!
|The Wheelers Family|
A maple themed wedding…how Canadian would that be? LOL
*epic = scary
Don’t get me wrong – a little spoiling and pampering at a 5-star resort is always nice too!
I loved it!
It’s the little things that count, right?
Knowing we would be hungry, with a busy day ahead of us…we ordered a few different options.
Side note – check out the presentation of the breakfast dishes below. How beautiful are they?
It was delicious! We dipped our toast sticks in too!
And boy, were they ever!
“Steve draws upon family recipes from his roots in southern Italy using the most flavourful and freshest of ingredients to create preservative-free homemade dishes. He takes pride in the traditional pastas, sauces and custom desserts that are made at the café. The wine list is carefully chosen by Steve to complement the meals, including the daily specials offered at both lunch and dinner.”
|I couldn’t stop watching Steve prepare the dishes in the open-concept kitchen|
|Italian Antipasto Di Affettati|
I love thin crust pizzas – and this one was delicious!
|Veal Postino with a demi-glaze, creamy Sambucca sauce|
My mouth is watering as I write this.
Does that make sense?
In fact, this was what she said, word for word: “I’d rate it a 10 out of 10 and I’m Italian!”
All of the noms!
Disclaimer: Dinner was complimentary as part of my Press Trip in Lanark County, however – as per usual the view are entirely my own (and Michelle’s ion this case) and I really do want to figure out how to reproduce the Sambucca sauce and/or go back for more!
One of the great things about visiting small towns is that everything is within walking distance of each other…so, wine with lunch was a must!
Thanks to my awesome friends at Chevrolet Canada – I had access to the Chevrolet Trax again for my second trip to the Ottawa Valley. The last time I went to the Ottawa Valley I visited Perth and took the Chevrolet Trax. I got stuck in some absolutely terrible weather on the way back, so this time I was hoping for clear sailing.
Thankfully – that’s what we got!
For this trip I was heading to Almonte, ON for a fun-filled 24 hours and I dragged brought my girlfriend, Michelle along. Michelle and I go WAY back…like, back to grade 3 back. It’s always fun times when you get to spend quality time with your best friends.
It was all jokes the entire 24 hours we were away!
|Even if the water is frozen…LOL|
|When you see a wishing fountain – you have to make a wish!|
Thankfully – I didn’t break the ice. LOL
Almonte, a small, scenic town sitting on the Canadian Mississippi River, is about 30-45 minutes outside of Ottawa. As I have mentioned, many times – I love going on these 24 hour road trips and discovering different small towns right here in our own backyard! The 24 hours we spent in Almonte (and surrounding area) was filled with a lot of activities! Delicious dinner…an amazing hotel that served one of the best breakfasts I have ever had…antique shopping…chocolate workshop tour and so much more!
I’m going to share our experiences over the next week here on the blog-a-roo!
Oh…the pasta….all of the pasta! #FeedJJAllOfTheCarbs
Either way – it’s time for this to change!
I want to push myself, and my boundaries this year.
“Cinque Terre is the name of a district that encompasses five glorious towns, where small houses are surrounded by lush nature. Visitors to this district will be fascinated by the beauty of these five small villages, namely: Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.”
To say the least…
Not too shabby, right?
The Trip to Vegas – Nightly Stops:
This is how my love for road trips was born.
I have some more planned for 2015, and I’m looking forward to exploring even more!
SPARKLE AND ICE
ICEWINE DINNER WITH JAMIE KENNEDY AT WINDOWS BY JAMIE KENNEDY
FLASH AND PANACHE COCKTAIL COMPETITION
NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL DISCOVERY PASS EXPERIENCE
NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL – NIAGARA FALLS
ICEBREAKERS’ COMEDY FESTIVAL
A TREASURE HUNT FOR LIQUID GOLD – WINE & CHEESE SEMINAR AT MEGALOMANIAC
Feeling lucky? Win your way to wine country!
- A night of luxurious accommodation in Niagara-on-the-Lake complete with roses, wine and chocolate
- A one-hour couples massage at one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s world-class spas
- Dinner for two at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine
- Lunch at Trius Winery Restaurant
- One night of luxurious accommodation in the heart of Twenty Valley wine country
- Dinner for two at Vineland Estates Restaurant
- A Twenty Valley wine tour featuring four winery visits, artisan charcuterie, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and a multicourse winery luncheon
Here is part one…
Viva Las Vegas!
Then it was clear sailing…sort of…
|Blurry pic from the desert, circa 2010|