It’s been about two weeks since our mini vacation to Toronto and I’m already wanting another vacation – kidding! (but not really.) It was really great to just get away for a few days as we’ve both been insanely busy lately. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before but B actually built the house, like fully built the whole thing. It’s crazy. Sometimes, I just stand there and say to him “I can’t believe you built this yourself, it’s insane – you’re insane.” With that being said though, it goes without saying that he was beyond crazy busy this past year. Seriously, most times if I wanted to see him I had to march my booty over to the land and help with something outside – imagine doing that in the dead of winter when it’s -18 outside!
Anyways, I’m getting off track here. We are back from vacation, semi recharged and I want to share with you a few details about our trip so let’s get started…
Where to stay:
We stayed at The Strathcona Hotel for all three nights because it was the cheapest we could find and by cheap I mean $350 a night. If you ever want to have a mini heart attack, I definitely suggest checking the hotel rates for Downtown Toronto, thank god I was sitting down when we looked. With no real plans to spend the majority of our time stuck in a hotel, we didn’t need anything fancy but definitely wanted something clean. I’m happy to say that the cleanliness of this hotel was excellent and we had no issues with our room being cleaned daily with fresh towels left as well. Our room was very tiny, tiny as in with the bed and two night stands, there was barely enough room to walk around it but like I said we had no plans to spend a lot of time in there so that wasn’t an issue.
Located right on York Street, The Strathcona Hotel is in a prime location if you’re planning to explore Toronto on your feet – you’re within walking distance of pretty much anything! The bonus for us was that it’s right up from Union Station so after a morning of travel, it was easy to find our hotel in the rain. We also lucked out with our room being ready for when we got there which was a little before noon! We were able to hang a few things up, change our clothes and get right out the door to explore.
The only thing I will say about The Strathcona Hotel is how rude some of their front desk staff was.
How to got around:
Getting to and from the airport was a breeze thanks to the UP Express. It’s only $12 per person to get from Pearson Airport to Union and takes roughly 25 minutes – plus there’s wifi! You have the option to pre-buy to your tickets or purchase them on the ride. We opted to pre-pay both times and the second time our tickets were not even checked! On Thursday we went right to Niagara Falls and got the GoTransit so far then hopped on a bus for the rest of the way. The train ride was a breeze and so was the bus portion except our stop was the sixth so when it finally came, we almost ran off. Also, we were a little bummed because what they don’t tell you when buying your ticket is that the bus doesn’t really drop you off at the falls. Instead, you’re dropped off at the bottom of the hill where there is no public transit and you’re left to walk 25 minutes the rest of the way. Luckily B’s friend picked us up afterwards and drove us all the way back to Downtown Toronto after we had supper! For the rest of our trip, we decided to walk everywhere.
Am I the only gal who marches her way to a Blue Jays game in a silk camisole?
Where to shop:
I honestly didn’t really do a whole lot of shopping during this trip! Our hotel was about a 20 minute walk from the Toronto Eaton Centre so we did venture there twice but I didn’t buy a single thing! My jaw dropped a few times seeing what stores the mall had then it also dropped a second time seeing the price tag of everything! And the Sephora, oh my gosh you guys – the Sephora. It was twice the size of both my local stores and carried way more brands. Shu Uemura, Even when I walked out B looked at me and said “That’s it?! You were only in there a few minutes AND came out empty handed!”. HAH bless him.
I didn’t even realize the Eaton Centre had a Nordstrom so you can image the look on my face when I seen the sign after bitching the last month about seeing everyone’s #NSale posts LOL We briefly skimmed through the store, B talked me out of buying a $70 lipstick and I settled on purchasing one thing from the sale that wouldn’t break my bank account … a medium coffee 😉
Also, props to him for being a trooper lately and helping me get great blog content shots. Here is a little sneak peak at your hilarious conversation about the below picture I posted to Instagram the other week …
Me: “You need to make sure you’re getting the logo, that’s the funny part.”
B: “Well then move your hand, your fingers are in the way!”
K: “Ugh, you need to get down lower. I don’t want the picture facing down, you have to be looking straight at the cup – eye level.”
B, as he is crouched down on a busy street in Toronto with his legs spread wide open trying to a picture of my freaking coffee cup : “Okay, if you just turn your wrist a slight bit. There! I got it, look at this picture!”
Be sure to check back next week for part 2!