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 3:20 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

It's a cold and gloomy day in Toronto today.

I have escaped depression with thoughts of taking a mini vacation!


Where the heck do we (SlyGal and me) go? The only issue is cost, and we would like to get the biggest bang for the buck. Also, we would love to go somewhere new and less "touristy".

So, my question, what's a good spot to lay my hat for a weekend or maybe a week?

(My only idea so far has been Old Quebec City, and it provides one of the aspects I really enjoy about travelling...history)



 3:29 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Québec city is a very nice place to visit. Try to book at the highest floor of the Radisson Hotel. The view is breath taking.


 3:40 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Old Quebec city or old Montreal are both great, but since you live in Caledon (if memory serves) ... Muskoka is great this time of year. Its only a two hour drive, no bugs, very few tourists, lovely lakes and rivers to enjoy a nice canoe ride or hire a small power boat to go fishing or just touring.

I am originally from TO but live in the British Virgin Islands. You could always come vist! ;)

Try Lake Muskoka or Lake Severn. Wonderful area!


 3:57 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Pop down across the border and visit us here in Vermont. The swivel heads (some call 'em leaf peepers) are all gone now and the place is quiet. Find a nice B&B (I can tell you about the towns they're in if you'd like). If you want a bit of culture then I suggest Burlington or Montpelier. If you're a history buff, visit the Shelburne Museum - a large outdoor museum with plenty of buildings and history to keep you occupied for days - literally.


 3:58 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

This [wakefieldmill.com] is a great spot about 25 minutes north of Ottawa. Fabulous food and a great atmosphere. The famous "Black Sheep Inn", just up the street is a great place to catch some live music. Gatineau park is close by and the trees are in full fall splendor right now.


 4:02 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Maryland, now that its safe to walk around! No really, I'm from the eastern shore of MD and the tourist season is over in Ocean City and now is the time to visit.


 4:35 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

I better pipe in for this canadian content I guess.

The only place I haven't been of the above is Maryland. They are all beautiful, but go to Quebec City.

It is beautiful and the feeling of the place is great. Romantic, historical. This time of year you could stand on the plains of Abraham with a cold wind in your face and feel the place. Walking through old Quebec you get that particular european feel that makes quebec and montreal so unique in the world (yes I said world).

Le moulin is gorgeous too. Very nice for a little weekend getaway. Walks through the autumn forest.

Vermont is always a great place to go a little b&b would be relaxing. Nice drive as well.

Lake Muskoka is greta too, I would say better in the summer though.

I hear Maryland is nice too (didn't want to leave it out).


 7:08 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks Folks!

I'm kinda' leaning towards Quebec. It's about a 5 hour drive, and is just so beautiful. I am, mind you, also interested in pmacs suggestion, that also looks luring.

Muskoka. What a wonderful place. My parents used to bring me there when I was just a WeeSlyGuy. There is NOTHING like autumn in Muskoka.

Vermont. I had the pleasure of driving through Vermont about 3 years ago. Never stopped in, but it looked like some of the nicest slopes I've seen. I'm thinking I should pack up the skis and head down sometime soon, I'll stop by for Hot Chocolate, okay? ;)

Maryland. One state I can truly admit to not knowing very much about, aside from recent events. It's nice in the fall? Winter?

I think I'll go with Lianes idea. The British Virgin Islands! You can expect us sometime tomorrow between 6:30 and 8:30am. I'll be the tall one, with the pasty white legs :)

- Chad

(Thanks for the sticky, MacGuru)


 7:15 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'll be the tall one, with the pasty white legs.

No problem SlyGuy ... all tourists have pasty white legs! We're used to that. Its the runny noses, hacking coughs and jet lag induced moods we aren't too fond of! :)


 7:52 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

> I'll stop by for Hot Chocolate, okay?

How about some pancakes with real Vermont maple syrup too? Nothing like a nice stack in the morning. Hmm...I'm making myself hungry.


 7:55 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Now why go to Vermont to get maple syrup when you hail from the land of the maple leaf. ;)

You want to talk hungry? You made me think of going to Cabane a Sucre in the spring. Nothing like a monstrous breakfast with maple syrup on everything. Why limit yourself to pancakes?


 8:04 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>monstrous breakfast

Serious, jatar_k? You can survive Cabane à Sucre for breakfast?

SlyGuy dont listen to him! Or youl have to pay a larger coat to SlyGal!

By the way dont forget to enjoy our poutine... ;)


 8:07 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mac, every time you talk about poutine I end up dropping my trackball and running out of the house.

Now I'm really starving. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get quality poutine in Vancouver? ;)

I dream about cabane a sucre, though I always left in a wheelchair. Can't walk after that much food.


 8:29 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

The direction this thread has taken, is making me very hungry....

I'm going for dinner :) (Maybe pancakes with poutine)

- Chad


 8:46 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)


Speaking of direction. I know it's faster on the highway, but if you can afford a few extra hours of driving, just dont miss the Laurentians and Lanaudière. It is still time for autumn colors in the mountains.

Here is the map.



 9:32 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Now why go to Vermont to get maple syrup when you hail from the land of the maple leaf.

I don't think we really want to go down that road...;)

But all this talk about food is making me crazy. I'm off to the kitchen to fix my wife some stuffed shells and then I think I'll make up some sticky buns!

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