Breaking out of Hibernation

The sun has been shining a bit more which has made me really excited for the summer. I love winter and don't normally mind the drawbacks that come with this season. However, now that we're totally settled into our new place, this summer will be less focused on furnishing our new digs and more about exploring the city.

Over the past couple of months, I've experienced  fun and interesting outings that I think anyone would enjoy. Maybe you can add these to your own personal summer checklist.

Wine Education

I started studying wine when I was living in Switzerland. I found it interesting to learn more about what it takes to produce a delicious wine. When I moved back to Toronto, I thought I would finish my level four and do something for myself after work one night a week. There are many courses you can take to learn a little bit more on wine in the city. Why not try something new and impress some clients at your next lunch?

AGO Yoga 

Try this class if you're looking to add a little twist to your usual workout. The classes are relatively inexpensive ($12 for the public) and you get to practice your downward dog in the Galleria Italia. I recommend going on a Monday night when the museum is closed so you get a private tour on the way to the class.

St. Lawrence Market Cooking Class 

The range of cooking classes offered at the market is amazing. One Saturday afternoon, we cooked up a storm in the "knife skills" class in the market kitchen which is fully stocked with Miele appliances. Classes are normally 2-4 hours so you'll still have the majority of the day for yourself. I have another class called "Spring Cakes" coming up and I'm looking forward to improving my baking skills. 

Day Trips 

In the winter months, the city can look a little dreary. For one of my friend's birthdays we ventured to Langdon Hall for afternoon tea. The setting is ideal in any season but it's the perfect distance from Toronto to make you feel like you're getting away from it all. The boutique hotel is nestled in the middle of soaring high trees. The moment you walk into the front door and smell the fire burning, you know you're in for the treat. 

Getting Pampered 

I figured I might as well make use out of my benefits and get pampered over the winter months. Recently, I've tried Body Blitz and Hammam Spa. Both facilities provide a relaxing environment before and after your treatment that will make you forget you're in the heart of King West. 

Literary Events

 I never had the chance to go to any book launch parties before. However, I was hooked after experiencing my first event for Sophie Kinsella's new book "Shopaholic to the Stars". Not only do you get to meet these authors and receive a signed copy of their latest work, there are so many awesome sponsors! My next book launch party is for Gretchen Rubin's "Better than Before". 

New Hoods 

Last week, we took care of my family dog, Astro. Throughout this week, we explored new areas and parks in the city. My favourite was checking out the artistic "warming stations" at Kew Beach in the Beaches. These warming huts were chosen from over 200 entries in an international design competition.