|photo courtesy of TDV|
Have you thought about a Staycation? I keep hearing about them and they seem to be more popular than actually going away and much more relaxing. It’s also more affordable and easier when travelling with kids and we did a Staycation for this vacation courtesy of the Toronto Don Valley Hotel and Suites.
Staycations offer local adventures without the added stress associated with travel, such as packing, long drives or waits at the airport and dealing with currency exchanges. Recent studies have found two-thirds of Canadian families will travel within Canada this summer, due to its affordability and convenience.
“Summertime means the kids are at home and bursting with energy; mom and dad might still be working but are looking for ways to spend quality family time. It’s an ongoing struggle to find that balance, so more and more Canadians are looking for simple, easy ‘staycation’ ideas,” says Kevin Porter, General Manager, Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites.
I asked fellow readers/fans on my Facebook page of Everything Mom and Baby what they liked about Staycations and here’s what was said:
“I like that if we need to go home we can. With four small children (5,4,2, and 1 month) it’s nice to be able to head home if needed!” ~ Stephanie
” You finally get a chance to see all the sights and attractions in your own backyard that you never seem to have time for. After living in Toronto for 20 years, I still hadn’t gone to the CN Tower. I finally saw it after I moved away!” ~ Sarah blogger at Journey of the Zoo
” A staycation is so much easier and cheaper than a trip away. It’s easy to overlook the great sites and activities that are right in our own backyard; a staycation provides a super opportunity to explore locally” ~ Deborah blogger at Raising My Boys
” I love staycations – doing day trips to places like the zoo, the museum, Toronto Island etc. Staycations are less expensive and can sometimes be more enjoyable than vacations. Less stress, planning and cost!” ~ Amanda, blogger at Multi Testing Mommy
” Staycations are a wonderful idea – a limited budget and work vacation restrictions mean that this is definitely on agenda this year. Throw in four small people and a hotel in a nearby city (short travel distance!) is right up our alley!” ~ Melanie, blogger of MBAMamaMusings
All of the above makes perfect sense! We travel North every Summer and it’s a good 4-hour drive, just long enough to drive my preschooler nuts in the back seat of the car.
So we had a very unique opportunity to review night at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel for our staycation and it was an extremely pleasant stay. This is an Urban Resort and a great little getaway. Once you enter a hotel, even though you are staying in town, you feel as though you are vacationing.
Here are some photos from our stay at the TDV. They have a fabulous outdoor pool where we spent most of our time. It’s the best spot for the kids. Other amenities include their newly renovated gym, the indoor pool which has an amazing glass dome roof that would be awesome for a winters stay, and the sauna and steam room.
I know they were working on reinventing the menu for the restaurant and room service, but due to unfortunate circumstances, it has been delayed. The restaurant is set up in an appealing open manner right in the lobby and looks out over the pool. Very reminiscent of a summery getaway! I am hoping the menu will still get the upgrade it deserves, and look forward to coming back and trying it!
When we arrived because we participated in the Summer Sizzle Deal and were able to choose between two gifts for our son. We chose the Spider-Man Water Wings over the bubbles.
Hello Summer! We welcome Summer Solstice with open arms. Summer in Winnipeg is simply beautiful…30 July, 2012