A weekend in Toronto

I can’t believe over a month has passed since my trip to Toronto! In some ways, it feels like just this past weekend – but when I think about the gorgeous summer weather we enjoyed, it feels like it’s been an eternity.

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Toronto is a city I feel gets overlooked a lot. New Yorkers seem to go to Montreal for their Canada fix. From Phoenix, the trend was to visit Vancouver. While I still hope to visit those cities someday, I’ve always wanted to travel to Toronto. Why is that? I grew up hearing tales of my mom and her girlfriends driving up there from Cleveland for long-weekend getaways, much as I always drove to LA from Phoenix. She loves the city so much that she and my dad went there on their honeymoon – and he loved it so much that they went back a few years later! As I inherited the “city girl” gene, I always knew I wanted my first trip to the Great White North to feature Toronto.

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My favorite part of traveling is sampling local cuisine, such as poutine!

I was lucky enough to make friends from this amazing place while I was traveling in Europe this spring, and seven of us from that trip gathered over Labor Day weekend for a mini-reunion! We only had about 36 hours in the city, but as we are all seasoned travelers, we really crammed a lot in. And left plenty for me to see next time!

We found a bar with board games, and I won my first-ever round of Bananagrams!

We found a bar with board games, and I won my first-ever round of Bananagrams!

Brunch is my favorite meal no matter the country

Brunch is my favorite meal no matter the country.

The timing of our trip meant we got to see the Yankees play the Blue Jays - and the Jays won!

The timing of our trip meant we got to see the Yankees play the Blue Jays – and the Jays won!

We had to dine at Amsterdam BrewHouse - it's named for the city where we all met!

We had to dine at Amsterdam BrewHouse – it’s named for the city where we all met!

A stop at Niagara Falls on the way home was a must.

A stop at Niagara Falls on the way home was a must.

We joke that I only take pictures of the sights, so here's some evidence that I was actually there.

We joke that I only take pictures of the sights, so here’s some evidence that I was actually there.

It was a fantastic weekend getaway and I already can’t wait to go back!

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