Where does the time go?

I’ve had so much to write about these days, but I haven’t been able to find the time to sit down and collect my thoughts. October was a crazy month and November has been even more action packed. I’m not complaining though. The things that have been keeping me so busy have been, for the most part, enjoyable.

Here are some of the highlights:

I made two trips to the Niagara Region this season.

The first was a work trip to Niagara Falls.

Aside from our meetings, we took a ride on the Maid of the Mist, then spent some time in Niagara on the Lake, where we toured the Chocolate FX factory, followed by the most amazing meal at the Ravine Vineyard.

Our dinner was served in a restored farmhouse that dates back to the 1800s. It was dark when we arrived, so the room was candlelit and they’d set up a harvest table for our group of twelve. It was perfect. I felt like I was dining in a Martha Stewart Living magazine spread.

The following weekend, I returned to Niagara on the Lake. I dabble in corporate meeting planning as part of my job, and I’d been invited to a familiarization event hosted by Vintage Hotels. Over two days, I was wined, dined and pedicured, with a group of other GTA corporate meeting planners.

It was incredible. I spent a morning at the 100 Fountains Spa, had lunch at Chateau des Charmes and a tour of Trius Winery. Then, dinner at The Prince of Wales hotel, followed by a blissful night of sleep in a deluxe room at Queens Landing.

The next day I enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the Tiara Restaurant and later on, we were given a cooking demonstration from the lovely Therese DeGrace at the Pillar and Post’s Cannery Restaurant. This was followed by another spectacular multi course lunch.

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much.

There was also wine.

So. Much. Wine.

Over the years, I’ve been to numerous open houses and site tours put on by the hotels in this area, but never anything like this. It was such a treat.

The following weekend we visited the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. I hadn’t been since the 4th or 5th grade, when I went with my class for a school field trip. I’d been given a pair of tickets, and I was pretty indifferent about going until I heard that there’d be a rabbit jumping show. Have you ever seen this? Seriously, look up rabbit dressage on YouTube and prepare yourself for the cutest thing ever.

We saw the bunny show, ate a pulled pork parfait, and petted some livestock.

This whole season has gone by in the blink of an eye, and now that November is coming to an end, it’s officially the holiday season. This means even more food and wine, along with shopping and many visits with family and friends. I’m really looking forward to another wonderfully busy month.

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