When you hear the term NASCAR, and you are not familiar with that sport slash culture, a few solid stereotypes will immediately spring to mind, and generally speaking those stereotypes have solid foundations (the roots of this sport can be traced to bootleggers in North Carolina, like Junior Johnson, who became the first NASCAR superstar, but who began his career as a moonshine runner who modified his car to outrun the law–Jeff Bridges immortalized Johnson on film in the movie The Last American Hero). But going to a NASCAR race is an experience that goes way above and beyond the mere notion of attending a “race” or a “sporting event”. Having just come back from my second such experience at the gargantuan Michigan International Speedway, I can say without a shred of exaggeration that attending a NASCAR event is one of the most enjoyable and interesting travel experiences I have ever had.
Toronto’s Drake Hotel is popular with out of town visitors and renowned as an arts and entertainment destination, and this summer they’re trying to build on this by luring Toronto residents to escape in the city instead of heading to cottage country. The highlights at the Drake this summer are a menu featuring virgin cocktails, a lobster fest, as well as an art installation by Ron English.
In the fourth episode of Media Box podcast: we’re talking about travel, including a look at surprising Sandusky, Ohio; glamping at Long Point Eco-Adventures; and France in the summer, including Carcassone and Bordeaux. There’s also an interview with Canadian actress Erica Durance talking about the second season of CTV’s Saving Hope; reviews of White House Down, which just opened in theatres, plus Upside Down and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which both came out on Blu-ray this week.
What happens when you have a conference full of travel bloggers, PR people, and travel companies? You get a whole lot of people talking, meeting, and connecting, and that’s probably what I love most about #TBEX.
Yep, there’s an app for that. Parks Canada has just the thing for all of the Canadians who want to get out and explore the great outdoors, and some of the country’s beautiful national parks after they launched a Learn to Camp app and workshop program that will help newcomers and experts alike.
I love road trips. Give me a car, highway, and a unique destination, and I’m in my element. Aisha and I love taking off for new places and spaces, so we’re always excited to get any opportunity to see new towns that offer something different.
Ahead of this year’s Festival de Cannes, which runs from May 15th to 26th, Baron Philippe de Rothschild wines has announced the return of their Mouton Cadet Wine Bar, which they have proclaimed one of the more intimate locations for stars to rub shoulders, and to sip on some of their premium wines.
One of the greatest experiences is going to new places with no one but yourself for company. Being alone in a foreign city is the best way to become completely entrenched with the local culture. Every city in Canada has something truly unique to offer the experimental traveler, so here are a few ideas of places to go by yourself!
A new hotel opened a few months ago in the middle of the increasingly competitive hotel landscape of Toronto, and given the fact that there is such competition now each new property, if they are to flourish, must offer guests an experience that is unique both in substance and in atmosphere. The new Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is the new jewel in Toronto’s hotel crown, and when it comes to substance and atmosphere you will be hard pressed to find either in greater evidence anywhere else in town.
Ontario is a beautiful place in the winter time, and Taboo Resort in the Muskoka area, near Gravenhurst, Ontario, is taking full advantage of that fact after recent renovations, and they are now promoting the destination as a year-round getaway while offering a new winter stay deal, and a holiday-themed package.