airplane with Toronto skyline in the background

Flying Refined with Porter Airlines

Porter, a small regional airline based out of Toronto’s Billy Bishop Island Airport, is a bit of a well-kept secret among East coast travelers.  If you’re coming to this part of the world though, it can be a fantastic option for travelling between Toronto and NYC, Montreal, Quebec City, Boston, Chicago or many other destinations,…

rows and row of colourful fruit

Ontario Getaway: St. Jacobs Farmers’ & Flea Market

Just one and a half hour’s drive from downtown Toronto, near Kitchener and Waterloo, lies Ontario’s Mennonite Country, complete with working farms, picturesque towns, Ontario’s last wooden covered bridge, and a huge market full of fresh food, antiques, and flea market finds.  St. Jacobs Farmers’ & Flea Market is open Thursday and Saturday from 7am…

a Volkswagon beetle bus painted in crazy colours

What I learned travelling 24 states in 34 days

It’s hard to believe that over nearly 5 weeks, we covered 24 States *deep breath*: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan…plus, not to be forgotten, District of Columbia!  We managed to…

a slice of deep dish pizza full of cheese and tomato sauce

A quick taste of Chicago

Chicago could be the city that never sleeps, just as much as it is the windy city.  No last call for alcohol, and you can always find a place that’s open and happening, even if you are visiting the city on a Sunday and Monday like we were.  Having been to Chicago before, we skipped…

A bronze statue of a man sitting in a hair with a farmhouse behind him

Kentucky: Bourbon and Pizza?!

Our trip through Kentucky included a stopover at Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, home of the world’s #1 selling bourbon and one of 9 distilleries on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.  This area is certainly worth a weekend trip to really take in the countryside, tour the distilleries, and hear some traditional bluegrass.  Jim Beam offers tours, but…

a band on stage with USA flag in the background

Taking in Music City: Nashville, TN

Two things we noticed immediately about Nashville: live music everywhere and everyone seems to be under 25!  Perhaps I’m exaggerating on the second point a bit, so let’s call it under 30.  With 21 universities and 6 community colleges and an overall population of only 600,000, Nashville’s student vibe is quickly noticeable. Even the tourists…

A band playing at Rum Boogie night club

Five legendary experiences in Memphis, TN

Memphis is a city full of history, sometimes triumphant and sometimes tragic, but always legendary. Although not a huge city (population of about 650,000), we were overwhelmed by the number of things we wanted to see (and eat) while visiting! Two days were not enough, but we squeezed as much as humanly possible into those…

Several cadillacs buried nose first in the dessert and spray painted in various colours

Travelling through cattle country: Texas & Oklahoma

Continuing the road trip down Historic Route 66, we made our way out of New Mexico and past the sprawling cattle ranches of Texas and Oklahoma enroute to Tennessee. Leaving Albuquerque in the morning gives you have the chance to stopover at a few interesting stops in Amarillo and Oklahoma City, the two major cities…

a purple blooming tree outside of a gallery

City Different: Santa Fe, New Mexico

You can’t really appreciate Santa Fe’s nickname until you arrive in the “City Different”. The flourishing arts town in simultaneously hippyish and upscale. It’s pueblo architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. Founded in 1607 at an elevation of 7,000 feet, it is America’s oldest and highest capital city. Full of history and culture, it…