Staying at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Well, here we go for a very unique TO weekend. I'm taking a staycation in our own beautiful city. We're teaming with the newly renovated Royal York Hotel, thanks to marketing and PR specialist Erin O'Driscoll along with Menisha Moses, media relations manager Toronto Tourism, Toronto Spotlight.
I'm going to see Toronto as a tourist for the first time after traveling the world past 8 years. First of all, the Royal York is no longer your grandfathers hotel...hundreds of millions of dollars have been strategically spent to spruce up the 91 year-old Toronto landmark while maintaining it's heritage and charm from days gone by. You'll notice a huge impressive change when first walking in with a tastefully decorated lobby bar lounge with cool music and wonderful a warm atmosphere that only Fairmont Hotels can deliver.
It's a perfect place to meet and greet plus people-watch in a warm comfortable setting. Clockwork opened last year in celebration of the hotels 90th birthday with hints of the hotels railway past along with art deco influences in the seating and cocktail menu.
You'll use the lounge as a meeting place with a stunning 2 sided clock tower along with a fully functioning constellation clock as the lobbies main eye catcher. The changes don't stop there... let's head upstairs to the rooms.
Their new Gold Club is truly one of a kind offering the finest in rooms, hospitality and amenities. It's a boutique hotel within a hotel. Floors 12-18 are designated for guests looking to experience the finest a luxury hotel can deliver with separate check in, professional concierge service and an 18th floor Gold lounge with a selection of unique food and beverages to please the finest of palates.
There's also something very unique to enjoy... the new Royal York is the only hotel in the North America and possibly the world with it's own bee colony. There's 7 bee hives on the upper floors that the executive chef pairs with fresh ingredients to offere unique one of a king dishes along with local craft beer.
Don't let the word "club" fool you... there's no membership but just pure enjoyment of ordering a room for the night or weekend. The rooms have been enlarged to meet the needs of every day travelers and tourists organizing their busy days in Toronto.
I've already taken a tour with Erin and really looking forward to my stay Friday through Sunday and here's something special with a big weekend coming up. If you're thinking of a special romantic Valentines celebration then look no further then the Royal York's perfect weekend. Feb 14-15 take a journey through the newest addition, Reign restaurant on the main lobby floor with a prix fixe menu prepared for shared plates at $170 per couple.
Famous Benihana Japanese Steakhouse is conveniently located one floor down offering a special meal at $199 per couple or enjoy the Gold Club, booking a room or suite with enhanced service in the private lounge, special upgraded food and beverage menu and live entertainment. This is called the Royal Romance package at $319 a night including a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate with strawberries, cozy breakfast in the room and late check out.
I've already received my welcome email from Manel Bessaklia, Fairmont Gold Supervisor so really looking forward to this weekend.
Okay, as for seeing our city as a tourist I'm really looking forward to Toronto Spotlight from Toronto Tourism and you can't believe the number of attractions offered.
Right from the Gardner Museum to the ROM, Ontario Science Center, Aga Khan Museum, Elgin Winter Theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario, CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripleys Aquarium, Bata Shoe Museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Legoland, Museum of Illusions, Ryerson Image Center, Bell Lightbox and Toronto Zoo.
We will see as many of these attractions as possible plus the Light Festival at Distillery with guided tours, segway excursions along with sampling. This is going to one fantastic experience to see our own beautiful city as a tourist.
Listen Saturday and Sunday morning on he Dave Trafford Show for all the details and fun.
As for other activities in and around the city.. How about a Toronto Ice Fest..it's back at Yorkville and Bloor. Sat-Sun with 70,000 lbs of ice inspired music, food, art and culture from the 80's...runs from noon to 8 on Sat and noon to 5 on Sunday.
Vaughan is celebrating with 31st annual Winterfest..with wagon rides, live entertainment, music, Italian dishes and more at City Hall.
Winterlicious also continues in Toronto with over 200 participating restaurants offering pre fixed and priced menus.
Heading east it's another culinary delight with Days of Wine and Chocolate in Niagara on the Lake. 20 chefs from 20 wineries offering chocolate infused dishes and wine pairings..11-5 through weekends in February.
Barrie is set for Boat, Fishing and Outdoor Show at East Bayfield Community Center.
Haliburton for the 30th annual Poker run starting at the Forest Wildlife Reserve on Sat with registration at 8am.
Kearny is going to the dogs...26th annual Dog Sled Races with over 100 mushers from across North America both Sat and sun, just north of Huntsville off 60.
Changing seasons for a second, the Toronto Golf Show runs from Fri- Sun at the International Center in Mississauga..teaching, seminars, deals, travel and much more.
Right next door, one hall over it's the Toronto Wood Working Show with demonstrations, equipment and more through Sunday as well.
There's the Ice Wine Festival in Newmarket on Saturday a Holland March Wineries.
Port Carling in Muskoka for 53rd annual Winterfest...skating, petting zoo, entertainment and a dance on Saturday night.
Port Colborne has Sportfest..2lst annual with all sorts of community events and how about a pancake breakfast Sat morning.
Head to Bradford all part of Hockey Day in Bradford from 8-noon at Bud Brown Park.
Also a pancake breakfast in Port Carling on Sunday from 8-11 and chili cook off at the Community Center.
A pancake breakfast on Sunday morning at Vaughan Winterfest.
And there's a ton of places to take the family skating this weekend....in Brampton at Chinguacousy Park and Gage Park. Blue Mountains at Woodview pad, Bala at Johnson Cranberry Farm, Colonel Samuel Park in Etobicoke, Arrowhead Provincial Park in Hunstville along with Deerhurst Resort, Lakefield Oval, Island Lake Conservation area in Orangeville, Fern Resort in Orillia, Discovery Harbour in Penetang, Trent Canal in Peterborough, Hanna Park in Port Carling, MacGregor Park in Port Elgin, Richmond Green in Richmond Hill and in Toronto Nathan Philips Square along with Bentway Trail.
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Have a great weekend..we'll see you at the new Royal York! Spot me to win a $25 gift card from Pizzaville!