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9 Craigleith Ct, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4W5, Canada
While Collingwood also offers more aggressive two-wheel action in the form of biking downhill Blue Mountain, the serene Georgian Trail is perfect for light exercise or a bicycle day-trip. A 32-kilometre, crushed-gravel path stretches quietly...
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The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0K3, Canada
The closest you'll get to a real Swiss Alps dining experience in Ontario, The Alphorn is a favorite cozy, kitschy dining spot for to celebrate a family member's birthday, or any occasion. A casual atmosphere comes to life as ski bum in wool...
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18 School House Ln, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2P1, Canada
Hungry after throwing yourself into one of the Blue Mountain area's many outdoor activities? Head to Tesoro, a reasonably priced Italian spot whose taste level defies reason. Headed by chef Tony Vanderwal, Tesoro's menu puts to shame the strip of...
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510 First St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3J3, Canada
Located in Collingwood on the main road to Blue Mountain Village, Ashanti Café is the perfect stop for both some of the region’s best coffee and a chance to make for a better world. Add in locally baked pastries and a relaxed ambiance with wicker...
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645 Hurontario St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2N6, Canada
Sometimes, appearances can be deceptive. Sometimes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Candy Factory. It’s not right in Collingwood's historic downtown district for one thing. For another thing, it shows, from the...
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25 Second Street, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1E4, Canada
All you have to do to get a sense of this region when you drive up here is to look around. Rolling hills, family farms galore. For the Blue Mountain Village is smack dab in the middle of Ontario’s rural heartland. That’s why it’s not a stretch to...
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70 Hurontario St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2L6, Canada
Sip fresh coffee and watch Collingwood's main street pedestrians after you finally settle on which scrumptious treat to select from Cafe Chartreuse's menu. Owned and operated by Ruth and Patrick Bourachot, the latter a French-trained chef, the...
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Collingwood, ON L9Y 4B2, Canada
Few breweries can boast a setting as beautiful as the Blue Mountains, though the Northwinds suds do a might fine job of keeping attention focused on craft. Currently outfitting their physical location, Northwinds beers have already hit the Ontario...
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18 Huron St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1C4, Canada
Since Casbah opened five years ago in Collingwood, it’s featured more than 250 bands that have played everything from Motown and punk to indie and hip-hop. Check the website for upcoming events; Casbah often plans theme nights, special DJs, and...
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94 Pine St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 2N9, Canada
Every Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., the Huron Club Restaurant & Bar hosts a steal of a happy hour with $5 craft beers and $7 glasses of wine and starters. Arrive early to take advantage of the deals and stake out your spot. If you come...
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220 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V9, Canada
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The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0P7, Canada
Back in the day, you used to ride up the chairlift to your favorite ski run gliding high above a twisting sort of riled rattlesnake track of concrete that squirmed through the woods below, riding a sort of modified go-kart in an activity that...
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108 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2, Canada
At the pinnacle of Blue Mountain—part of the Niagara Escarpment—you can find the highest point of the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest hiking destination. From here you get fantastic views of both the escarpment (a UNESCO-designated biosphere) at...
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260 Scenic Caves Rd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0P2, Canada
Walk a suspension bridge, zip line through the Niagara Escarpment, traipse along the tree canopy, or explore the nooks and caverns of the caves. Scenic Caves offers adventures in weather warm and cold, as it also serves as a starting point for...
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108 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2, Canada
Seems like something about both the climate and the geography in this region have made for prime apple-growing. Here, there are more apple orchards per capita than any other region in Ontario—even the better known 'fruit belt' southeast of here....
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150 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Y9, Canada
It's hard to miss Rusty’s. It’s the closest bar to the main chairlift at Blue Mountain (one hopes that makes it an après-ski versus pre-ski hot spot) and come nightfall it’s swathed in a band of lime-green Christmas lights. There's a pool table...
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170 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2, Canada
Take at look at this place from the outside on a summer evening: a couple of banquettes draped in scarlet curtains, illuminated by crystal chandeliers. And we're just talking the patio. Now step inside: towering ceilings, a long marble bar...
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170 Jozo Weider Blvd C, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2, Canada
Two caveats if you decide to do lunch or dinner at M.J. Byrnes Irish Pub. This is not the place for a quiet evening with your heart’s desire. And you may find youself singing “O Danny Boy” before the evening’s through. But come with your friends...
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220 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V9, Canada
To be fair, this is not the most romantic dinner spot in Blue Mountain Village, given the fact that it’s located in a family-friendly resort, but come evening they do dim the lights. And the ambiance is attractive: soaring ceilings, huge windows,...
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162 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2, Canada
Shake the snow off your skis, stamp your boots a couple of times and be transported to a bit of history and some of the area’s best pizzas. Unless, of course, you've made Blue Mountain Village a summer getaway—then go for a patio table or an...
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Blue Mountain Village, 176 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2, Canada
On a summer afternoon there’s nothing better than a nice lunch on the wooden deck that juts right into the millpond at Blue Mountain Village, watching kayaks gliding across the water, glittering in the August sun. On a winter’s day the fireplace...
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170 Jozo Weider Blvd #33, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2, Canada
It may be the ambiance here at Tholos, right in Blue Mountain Village, that makes for such an attractive dining spot. Natural stone floors and bar, rustic lanterns, arches that could hold their own in a Corinthian courtyard, photos decorating...
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110 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2, Canada
Way back when I started coming up to Blue Mountain, before the village, before the other restaurants lounging at the foot of the slopes, there was the Pottery. Long-time visitors will get the connection to the name—Blue Mountain Pottery was once a...
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174 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2, Canada
The odds are pretty good that you will find absolutely nothing you need at this rustic establishment, whose interior is actually decorated with the remnants of an old barn, though one could make the case for the double hammock that reclines just...
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496350 Grey County Rd 2, Clarksburg, ON N0H 1J0, Canada
The unique terroir of the Georgian Bay region lends Georgian Hills wine a distinct character that evokes place and space, which is certainly a good thing when that place is as special as Northern Ontario. Georgian Bay's cool climate has a direct...
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Walking the Timber Challenge High Ropes is much easier than it looks. Each adventure course (green, blue, black) has been designed to deliver a fresh, more difficult challenge than the last. Prices begin at $39 for adult Blue Mountain guests, and...
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12 Bruce St S, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Canada
Believe it or not, the above photo is a "small slice" of pie. Yes, they are generous with their portions at cozy Thornbury Bakery but you won't have trouble polishing off this sweet treat. Snag a spot by the window and take in the small town charm...
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202 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON M6J 3C8, Canada
My knowledge of Cuba and the Caribbean is shameful. So when my Cuban obsessed friend said, “Let’s go on a Culinary adventure to Julies!”, (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/julies-cuban-restaurant-toronto) how could I say no? Then location is perfect - a...
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472 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2, Canada
At Bar Chef, owner Frankie Solarik’s mad-scientist bartenders wear porkpie hats that recall a classic speakeasy. But they mix modern potions. They inject their martinis with green olive–flavored foam and serve punch bowls such as the Jimmy Cliff,...
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2448 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P8, Canada
When I discovered Earth Bloor West, I could not resist. Fresh Greek salad, cool gazpacho, flavorful risotto, and rich desserts made it a meal to remember. I am glad my city is starting to take the impact of local business seriously. Making a move...
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18 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, Canada
Toronto's beer scene is burgeoning, with new breweries, brewpubs, and watering holes popping up around town all the time. And while the Beer Bistro doesn't brew on the premises, they do go out of their way to bring in some of the world's greatest...
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143 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2, Canada
Allen's is an institution down on the Danforth. Nestled in the heart of Greektown, Allen's is as much a destination as the famed neighborhood itself; the place is busy every night of the week, and a few movies have even been filmed inside. The...
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32 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
On one of those (far too many for my taste) freezing days, nothing warms me up more than a cup of hot and spicy Mayan chocolate. Delicious! I also would suggest the Bicerin (pictured above) when they happen to have it on their menu. Heaven!
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243 X Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
List this under "very cool installations." The best part about the "wavedeck" is that you can slide on it (because you know you want to). It's a great, interactive gathering place at water's edge, and it plays on that theme in a whimsical way.
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479 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N4, Canada
It's one of the most beautifully decorated places in the city. It's away from the tourist fray in the East End, but if you're lucky to have your cuppa here, you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the skyline from Riverdale Park. This is a...
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1192 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada
named after our famous national animal (and perhaps cheekily after our 2nd most famous asset) the Beav is an all day West Queen West cafe/bar/lounge/whatever. I love the no nonsense all locals vibe that goes from bagel and chai latte in the...
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3040 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3, Canada
Located in Toronto's Junction neighborhood, Delight ticks all the right boxes: organic, fair-trade, local, and delicious. The shop is known for its chocolates, but the ice cream is equally noteworthy. As smooth as gossamer, it's the best in the...
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Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
Canada's metropolis isn't just skyscrapers and multinationals, apparently. Welcome to Graffiti Alley, or as the locals call it, Rush Lane. Canada's largest outdoor art gallery (from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street) is located in the...
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325 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 4G3, Canada
I was recently invited for a luncheon at the Trump Towers Toronto at their new restaurant, Stock. The three-course meal included delicious burrata and proscuitto as an appetizer, herb-encrusted black cod as the main dish, and artisanal chocolate...
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160 Baldwin St #8, Toronto, ON M5T 3K7, Canada
In the heart of Kensington Market on Baldwin Street, Samadhi Tea House is a sanctuary of peace and wellness. The store owner is a young woman named Paula, who makes all of the vegan food from scratch and has extensive knowledge about health; her...
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1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C 3R6, Canada
In the summertime Ontario's first open-air shopping center shines with its village square–like atmosphere, but in the winter, when its seasonal outdoor ice rink opens, I think it’s the most fun. Warm up with piping hot chocolate and lace those...
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500 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K5, Canada
The minute you step into Woodbine Centre you get a good feeling about the place – even if you’re not a shopaholic. No surprise that this is “inspiration mall”. The designer of Gateshead Metro Centre in England even readily admits that the plaza...