We spent 3 days in Toronto for Mike’s birthday, Gabe’s 2nd birthday, and Labor Day. We chose Toronto because I’d never been (Mike went when we was young), we love visiting cities, and it wasn’t very far (5.5 hours). I am the worst planner ever, so the comments from this post basically became our itinerary. Having a blog is like having a personal trip planner. Jill could say, “I think you’d love Kensington Market” and she was right. THANK YOU for all the help, you guys!
The highlight of Gabe’s trip was taking a train, a ferry, and a bus. The highlight of mine was pedaling a two-seat quadricycle around the Toronto Islands. It was much more fun than a tandem bike since I didn’t have to just stare at Mike’s back.
The bulk of our time and money is spent in pursuit of delicious food on vacation. Highlights included: a sweet potato muffin, vegetarian wonton soup, poutine (gravy covered fries with cheese curds), an avocado panini, a lime slushy, palak paneer, and Rolo + Canadian maple ice cream.
We walked about 4-6 miles a day. Thank goodness the weather was so nice! Public transit was super easy to figure out, but we are cheap. Plus, you get to see the city when you walk. Here’s what we ended up doing:
Day 1: Niagara Falls. Day 2: Kensington Market (funky, graffiti-filled neighborhood), Riverdale Farm (a working urban farm with a wading pool in the attached park), Necropolis Cemetery (poor Gabe got to visit a cemetery on his second birthday), Cabbagetown (gorgeous neighborhood), Queen’s Park. Day 3: Toronto Island (BEST), Union Station, and Entertainment District. Day 4: Corktown, Distillery District,and Port Credit.
On the way to Toronto, we stopped at Niagara Falls. It is crowded, a bit tacky-tourist, and downright gorgeous.
On the way out of Toronto, we stopped by Port Credit, a sweet little town along the lake. Gabe lost his mind with excitement over all the “boat! boat! boat!”
Adventure with Mike and Gabe – there is something so special about being in an entirely new place with them. Sure, it can be stressful navigating a new city and planning out our day together, but even then, I just love trips. I wish I could better articulate how it gives me sort of a high, a new perspective, and a new love of those two boys in my life.
Our hotel room was fantastic. It was huge, with a living area, a sleeping area, and a giant space between the two where Gabe slept. There were two flat screen TVs and a dining room table. We got a great deal – it was still more than we usually spend, but having all the space meant Gabe slept well and we could stay up late eating cupcakes, drinking wine, and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. Worth it. Oh, and they had cupcakes waiting in the room with a note “For the Birthday Boys!” How fantastic is that?
Gabe is entirely easy-going and very happy and adaptable when we travel, but even he has his limits. After three days of missed naps or late bedtimes, he was getting restless at an Indian restaurant and we had to get our order to go. I know many toddlers are difficult to take out to a nice restaurant, but we’ve been so spoiled!
The other bad is that we left our tasty Indian leftovers in the hotel fridge. WORST.
I made the fatal error of forgetting all our snacks at home, which mean
we I woke up starving and grumpy. There may have been some impatience and snapping and Starbucks breakfast, which I felt guilty about since you can get Starbucks ANYWHERE. But you cannot reason with Hungry Ashley. Our total money spent on eating out is also The Ugly.
All in all, a fantastic trip to end to summer!
*I restrained myself from the use of any ‘eh’s