Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Silver Star Summer Wine and Food Festival

This weekend, I am heading to Silver Star (nestled in the heart of B.C.'s Thompson Okanagan region) for one of the biggest events of the year.

With less than one hour away from the Kelowna airport - its an ideal place to feel like you are really getting away from it all.

The event hosted by Silver Star, is the summer wine and food festival happening August 8-10th.

The weekend promises to be a memorable one with Friday's feature dinner hosted by David Hawksworth (owner and head chef at Vancouver's #1 restaurant), Wine Masters' Dinners, food seminars, art gallery viewings, guided alpine flower hikes and of course the main event - The Mile High Wine Tasting presented by Valley First.

I'll be staying at the Lord Aberdeen Hotel. This Victorian-inspired hotel provides easy access to all the shops and restaurants in the area.

I'm also going to be doing a bit of biking on the Mountain to really experience this fantastic location outdoors.

Imagine sipping the incredible wines of the Okanagan under the beautiful sunny skies on the Mountain. I can't imagine a better way to spend a weekend. Tickets for the Mile High Wine Tasting are $60 per person.

I also have the immense pleasure of being able to interview David Hawksworth about his involvement with Silver Star, and look forward to sharing it with readers. His incredible menu for the evening has been specially crafted - composed of a four-course meal complete with wine pairings from select BC interior wineries and can be viewed here: 

There is also a cooking demonstration being hosted by David on Saturday afternoon.

For more detailed information regarding the weekend at Silver Star Mountain, you can check it out here:

If you are interested in attending - do it quickly as tickets for the festival and all the events are selling out fast!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

My travel segment on The Social

My recent appearance on The Social on CTV this past week was a blast.

The ladies were fantastic and so much fun to talk to about travel. I chose unique family activities to do with your children while on vacation. I chose some fun destinations that people may or may not have been to, and some different ideas that will engage both parents and kids alike.

The audience was great and the energy in the room was incredible.

Prior to my travel segment, I spent my time in the green room waiting for my time to go on. I was able to watch the show from there. I enjoyed the fashion segment, as well as listening to the ladies talk on various current events.  They are so engaging to watch.

I loved sharing the dog sledding at Sun Peaks (one of my favourite snow destinations in BC). Not to mention, a great place for skiing with the kids. :)

The other destinations I chose, included San Blas in Mexico (which I have blogged on and written on for the newspaper), as well as Maui and LA.  All these destinations and activities can be found here on my blog.

I also enjoyed my time in Toronto, prior to being on the show. It gave me some time to explore the beautiful city, and I will also be writing on it as well for the newspaper. It was actually my first time, and it definitely won't be my last! ;)

I will be returning to The Social to share other travel advice in the coming months, so stay tuned!

And thanks to the ladies of The Social for having me.

If you would like to check out the travel segment, it can be viewed here:

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Carnival in Aruba

Carnival in Aruba
This month I was lucky enough to visit Aruba during the 60th anniversary of Carnival.

One of the dancers in Aruba Carnival
If you've never experienced Carnival, it is a HUGE party that lasts one month each year culminating in a day-long parade that locals line the streets for. Some even secure their seats the day before, in anticipation of the parade.

For me, getting to experience Carnival was surreal. The costumes were decadent, and the people involved were incredible. Aruba itself, was a beautiful backdrop for the lavish parade.

Natural Pool in Aruba
Aruba is a stunning destination, with an average temperature of 85 degrees. It's outside the hurricane path, and offers sunshine the whole year through, making it a great place to visit any time of the year.

I did some fun things outside of the parade including an open-air jeep tour, swimming in a natural pool, snorkeling and having fun aboard a catamaran and visiting Paradise Island run by the Renaissance Hotel (with flamingoes!)
Flamingoes on Paradise Island in Aruba

Life on the island goes slowly, and is lived and appreciated each day. The parade exemplifies this love for life.

I will have more details in my upcoming articles on Aruba and Carnival, but in the meantime, wanted to share some great tidbits of an amazing destination.
Paradise Island

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

A fun-filled getaway at Sun Peaks Resort

If you'd ask me a month ago how comfortable I would be with skiing, I would tell you "not at all". However, if you asked me how comfortable I would feel skiing with Canadian sweetheart and Olympic Skiing Champion (and Sentor) Nancy Greene, I would assume you may have fallen and hit your head, for asking such a ridiculous question.

But for one week at Sun Peaks, here in BC (just outside Kamloops) that's exactly what I did. And loved every minute of it - especially my time with Nancy Greene. She is the kind of woman who puts you at ease from the moment you meet her, and is so easy to learn from. It's hard not to be intimidated by such an amazing skiier, but she isn't the kind of person who boasts about herself, but rather someone who cares more about improving your skiing ability.

By the end of our time at Sun Peaks, the whole family was able to ski down the mountain with her with relative ease.

I'm writing some articles for the newspaper on our time in Sun Peaks because it wasn't just the skiing that we fell in love with, but also the other incredible winter activities that the resort has to offer. From snowshoeing, to dog-sledding to tubing to the horse-drawn sleigh ride - the resort has it all, including the best powder I've ever seen.

Life at Sun Peaks goes a bit slower, everyone is a bit friendlier and most importantly, everyone is a bit happier here too. Maybe it's the good snow, maybe its the people, or maybe its just the fact that everyone is enjoying the outdoor life here; whatever it is, I'm converted. So now when people ask me how comfortable I am with skiing, I can reply "getting better with each day". And I can't wait to go back! :)