Summer Holidays call for different types of vacations- however, when families are busy with karate classes, family dinners and baby feeding – a getaway seems like a lot of work to plan as well. Fashion Weekly Magazine set out to show families how you can still have fun, get a mini break and do it all locally!
First rule of thumb, always have a convenient car to commute in. If the drive to your destination becomes a headache it reflects on the whole trip. Rent a car, reach out to a family member to borrow their vehicle or invest in one for your long term sanity. That is why the Mercedes GL is a dream come true for bigger families. With mom, dad and three kids on board the family set out to Toronto’s luxury boutique hotel- Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square. Keeping our Canadian spirit in mind, staying at the hotel right next the Air Canada Centre made everyone feel special. Upon checking in, the high light of viewing our very own Canadian hockey celebrity Mark Messier was just a cherry on the top!
Le Germain http://www.germainmapleleafsquare.com/en/home is a secret haven of luxury, comfort and has a very relaxed ambience. With modern amenities and a thought out floor plan – the hotel has all the perks of high class living mixed with conveniences for families travelling with small children. When the hotel was informed that there will be a baby in this party, they were kind enough to equip the room with a baby crib, baby monitor, a baby tub and the best part of it all -a diaper genie- a must have on any vacation.
Whilst staying at Le Germain they offer a complimentary breakfast that is set up in a buffet style but nowhere does it read common- the whole arrangement is quite chic and elegant and the food provided is fresh and delicious.
To make the trip fun for kids- always have organised activities planned- FW would recommend one activity per day of the trip as meal times are activities on their own! Getting the kids from one place to another is quite a task. When in Toronto, there are the various beaches such as Sugar Beach with pink umbrellas or Lake Shore for they have play structures and the beautiful lake to gaze at. We highly recommend visiting High Park– it’s a natural adventure for the whole family to enjoy- a mini zoo, beautiful trees, ponds and much more.
An excellent family outing is Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in the Toronto Castle http://www.medievaltimes.com/toronto.aspx Even though you may not be a big medieval buff, do not let that discourage you as the close to two hour experience is really worth it. It speaks to all age groups, it’s energetic and the food is extravagant in both quantity and taste. The cast of the tournament included a king, a princess, many horsemen and beautiful horses! With a very festive type set up- the whole time period is used wisely to create a magical and entertaining experience that the kids will be raving about to all their friends and family.
Toronto has some excellent shopping such as Bloor and Avenue where all the high end stores like Prada, Chanel and Louis Vuitton live. However, we do recommend checking out the Toronto Premium Outlets as its kid friendly, outlets prices and a fantastic food court. With shops like Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren you are not compromising on quality or style but getting more for your buck. http://torontopremiumoutlets.ca/
Before ending the small weekend getaway- a must see attraction would be the CN Tower. It is shocking of how many Toronto residents live in Toronto but haven’t visited the top of this magnificent creation. Defining the Toronto skyline at 553.33m (1,815ft5in) the CN Tower is Canada’s most recognizable and celebrated icon. Each year, over 1.5 million people visit Canada’s National Tower to take in the breathtaking views and enjoy all the CN Tower has to offer. Take in spectacular views of up to 160km (100 miles) away from three observation levels, including the world famous Glass Floor and the outdoor SkyTerrace with a view 1,122 feet straight down to the ground and the SkyPod, at 447m the highest of them all. Open seasonally from May-October, EdgeWalk at the CN Tower is the most exciting extreme attraction in the Tower’s history. We give it an FW two thumbs up for a pleasant surprise of how beautifully Toronto is laid out and how gorgeous the lake looks in the morning time. The sail boats look like paper boats from that high up and it is truly a scenic point that must be visited! http://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/home.html
To view other sites like museums etc. check out City Pass http://www.citypass.com/toronto that offers discounted group packaging making your visit worthwhile!