Wine Country Niagara
2018 was quite a year for travel. I found myself in too many countries to count and the travel bug bit me hard. As a travel professional it is important to know what is out there and experience as much as you can.
So 2018 started off with snowshoeing in the vineyard of Westcott winery in Jordan with friends. It was cold but it was so much fun and there was wine and a fire pit after our trek. They are offering it again this year if you want to try something new. January in the Niagara region is all about wine. There is the Twenty Valley Winter Wine Festival and the Niagara Icewine Festival with winter offerings for wine lovers.
Shuffle Off to Buffalo
In February we found ourselves living the life of luxury in Buffalo. For those that know me they would not be surprised, but for those who don’t…I love Buffalo. Buffalo offers history, art, culture and food! We make it an annual trip to spend a weekend at the Mansion on Delaware where they treat you so well you will never want to go home. First we sipped tea by the fire and then we headed off to the Buffalo Harbour to check out the ice rink. We celebrated a birthday with friends at 100 Acres located in the Hotel Henry where we dined and danced and enjoyed the laid back vibe in style.
In the past we have gone antiquing on Hertel Avenue and to buy kombucha at Bootleg Bucha. This year we are thinking about dining in a rooftop igloo with a view of the Buffalo skyline. The butler from MOD will be happy to provide roundtrip transportation so we can enjoy an evening out without driving. In the morning we will have a beautiful breakfast and regal in our stories of the night before. Like I said, I love Buffalo.
Planning A Vacation
I worked hard learning about travel and dreaming about all the places people could go. It was a nice way to spend the winter. #YouDreamWePlan
I took online courses and attended seminars. We were up to our eyeballs in training and we learned a great deal while sipping tea out of this mug! Who doesn’t want to Eat Well and Travel Often!
It finally happened, spring came. With it was an incredible opportunity to go on a FAM tour to The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun. While there we worked tirelessly visiting Palace Resorts in Playa Del Carmen, Cancun and Isla Mujeres. They were all unique and gave me a whole new appreciation for all inclusive resorts. Living the Palace Life was an quite an experience!
Santa Fe and Albuquerque
Summer came and I had a chance to go to New Mexico. First stop was Albuquerque where we found the most unexpected gems. The Hotel Andaluz was one of the original Hiltons constructed by New Mexico native, Conrad Hilton in 1939. It has been restored in all its splendour.
The second place we found was Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. Pulling up the long drive with lavender fields and alpacas I honestly felt giddy with joy! It was so gorgeous and beyond what I expected I wanted to hold on to every moment we spent there. This property will most definitely be up there in my top 5 of all time. I wandered the grounds with my camera saying “wow” every time I turned a corner. The farm shop was darling and the food in the restaurant was a true treat for this foodie.
Since I was so close to Santa Fe I couldn’t give up the opportunity to make a road trip. I hopped on board the Rail Runner in Albuqurque for a speedy trip. Train travel is common in Europe but we use it less in North America. I will save all the particulars for a blog that will follow later this month but I can say Santa Fe was worth the visit.
Danube River Cruise
My travels ended this year with a magical European river cruise experience. We packed in as much as we could since we were flying all the way there anyway. We started our travel journey in Paris and ended in Lisbon. The points in between were incredible and gave us a much larger understanding of what is possible and why a river cruise is a perfect way to see Europe.
Photos and story by: Kimberley Gunning, Plan A Culinary Vacation
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