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Snow Skiing in North Carolina

January 4, 2012 – 6:00 am

When it comes to snow skiing, you automatically think of Vermont, Colorado or Utah, right? Well, push aside any preconceived notions you may have about the South, and re-think your answer. In the high country …

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Toronto, Ontario: Marathons with Culture!

April 19, 2015 – 9:42 am
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Many cities pride themselves as being places of sport and recreation. It is no wonder that Toronto, one of the cities with highest living standard in the world, has numerous sport events and competitions. Naturally, first thing that everyone thinks of is ice hockey. In reality, Toronto is much more popular for its marathons. These competitions brought worldwide popularity to Toronto making it one of the most sport-friendly cities in the world.

Here’s Toronto’s 2015 marathon lineup:

  • Around the Bay (March 29)
  • Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon (May 3)
  • Mississauga Marathon (May 3)
  • Toronto Women’s Half Marathon (May 24)
  • MEC Toronto Marathon (September 13)
  • Island Girl Half Marathon (September 20)
  • Oakville Half Marathon (September 27)
  • Collingwood Half Marathon (October 3)
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 18)
  • Hamilton Marathon (November 1)

As usual, the city of Toronto will do its best to prepare great events and to present itself in best way. Like any year, Toronto Marathons will attract large number of foreign competitors, including the US.

As with most Canadian cities, Toronto has great medical care and it is ready to provide any assistance to any competitor that may have medical issues during the race. If that isn’t enough, you can find relief in one of the cities many spas and massage parlors. By enjoying a treatment or massage, you can make sure that your muscles will be prepared for the race. A place with great sports and deep tissue massage offerings is the Uptown Spa Toronto located at 801 York Mills Road, Suite 311, North York.

spa2For marathoners, Uptown Spa offers two types of sports massage. The first is for general relaxation and is meant to relieve the stress put on body after a hard training or race. After race massages are performed one or two hours after the event and lasts between fifteen and twenty minutes. The second variation of sports massage is used to prepare the body and is recommended just before the event.

spa1While competing in a marathon is a great reason to visiting Toronto, athletes can also experience the city’s history and culture. With early beginnings as a trading outpost, Toronto has come a long way, developing as an industrial city and evolving as a modern metropolis dominated by  Victorian buildings (Cabbagetown is a prime example). And as the city grew, so did the architecture—it is hard to talk Toronto without mentioning the CN Tower; a massive skyscraper owned by the Canadian National Railway Company and, until recently, the tallest building in the world.

However, like in any other Canadian city, hockey is very popular. If you wish, you can visit Hockey Hall of Fame. Art and culture seekers must visit the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ontario Science Center are also fabulous places to visit. Whatever your interest, Toronto has something for everyone. Good luck on your race!

This post was sponsored by the Uptown Spa Toronto. We love Ontario’s largest city and, marathon or not, think it’s a fabulous place for a girlfriends getaway!

2014 Kia Sorento Delivers a Complete Package

October 1, 2013 – 9:33 am
Kia Sorento second row

Ever since I toured the Kia plant in West Point, Ga., and watched the Kia Sorento evolve from a series of individual parts into a well-crafted automobile, I have wanted to own one. Of course, …

Sara Sara Cupcakes: A Must-Have Treat

June 29, 2012 – 6:00 am
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During my visit to Oklahoma City, Okla., I noticed several bakeries around town. This piqued my sweet tooth, and I started inquiring about the best cupcakes in the city. After receiving several referrals for Sara …

Product Review – iGo Charge Anywhere

May 10, 2012 – 6:00 am
iGo Charge Anywhere

Like many others with cell phones, I occasionally have to deal with a low phone battery when I’m out and about. However, if I’m in my car, I have no problem; I just plug my …

Uncommon Phone Case Review

August 15, 2011 – 8:52 pm
Uncommon phone case

Understandably, I travel a lot, and that travel takes a toll on my cell phone. From numerous runs through airport security to dropping it while trying to carry 10 things at once from the car …

Renee’s of Sharyland, The Ultimate Girlfriend Treat

June 17, 2011 – 6:00 am
Renee's of Sharyland cafe and boutique

If a gal wants a fun girlfriend retreat or if mom wants to score some points with her daughter (tween or teen), take your gal buddy or daughter to Renee’s of Sharyland in Mission, Texas.

Product Review – EcoSMART Bed Bug Killer & Repellent and BugZip®

June 3, 2011 – 12:00 am
BugZip

When I found out I was headed to New York for a brief visit, I thought it was the perfect time to try out two new products: EcoSMART Bed Bug Killer & Repellent and BugZip® Luggage & Clothing Encasements.

Product Review – Ecofriendly Travel Products

May 17, 2011 – 12:31 pm
Bedol Clock Blue

When it comes to road tripping with the girlfriends, we’re all for it. Unfortunately, that travel takes a toll on Mother Nature, so it’s important to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can. To that end, we have scouted out some of the best eco-friendly travel items available today.

Top 10 Tips on How to Look Great in Photos

February 24, 2011 – 8:20 pm
Photo by Andy Newson

We’ve all experienced that same feeling as we flip through our vacation photos: dissatisfaction with our appearance. To help you look your best in your next girlfriend getaway pictures, try incorporating these suggestions from the folks at Kodak.

Product Review – Seirus Neck Ditty Wallet

February 17, 2011 – 9:00 am

When I planned my snowmobiling trip, it never occurred to me that I would need a secure place to store my valuables while I was out riding. Thankfully, I came across the Seirus Neck Ditty Wallet.

Top 10 Tips for Taking Sightseeing Photos

February 10, 2011 – 3:47 pm

When traveling, everyone likes to document their trip with photographs. With today’s point-and-shoot digital cameras, it’s pretty easy to get some great shots as mementos. However, if you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways …

Three Tips for Girlfriend Getaways to New York City

January 31, 2011 – 11:33 am

I’ve always dreamed of going to New York City: the lights of Times Square, the busy streets, the lush green of Central Park, the food–I wanted to see and experience it all. After many years, …

Celebrate National Bike Month with a Scenic Oregon Getaway

April 28, 2010 – 5:25 pm

May is just around the corner.  Along with warmer weather and spring flowers popping up, May is also National Bike Month.  Since 1956 the League of American Bicyclists has sponsored this celebration of cycling.  The …

A Mother's Day Road Trip Along the Shawnee Wine Trail

April 20, 2010 – 1:34 pm

Still looking for more ideas for a Mother’s Day Road Trip with Mom?  Our sister site Road Trips For Wine recently posted an article about The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.  The trail, located in Southern …

Getaway Escapes Just For Moms & Daughters

April 11, 2010 – 4:48 pm

What better way than to show Mom how appreciative we are of all the things she has done for us in our life than by not just spending some time with her, but by finding a great getaway or short adventure that you would both enjoy. Finding a getaway with the perfect balance of activities that you can do together as well as the option to enjoy a little alone time is the key. Some amazing resorts both you and Mom can love along with a California adventure that even your teen daughter might enjoy.

Girlfriends sports and spa weekend

October 20, 2009 – 4:58 pm

Here’s an east coast road trip to satisfy the rough and tough AND the girlie side to your girlfriend self! The brand new Gillette Stadium (home to the New England Patriots and its hunky quarterback Tom Brady) and Patriot Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts is a great destination for girlfriends who want to pamper and party the weekend away.

Up the North Shore

September 18, 2009 – 1:40 am

For some of the most beautiful scenery in northern U.S.A consider a trip to Lake Superior for a girlfriend road trip full of the smell of pine cones, the biggest lake you’ve ever seen – not to mention a bunch of gorgeous blond north woodsmen.

10 free things to do in the Olympic Peninsula

September 2, 2009 – 2:30 pm

Most people are more familiar with Bainbridge Island, but Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula is gorgeous and one of the best Pacific Northwest road trip destinations. The Olympic Peninsula Visitors Bureau has created this handy list of ten free things to do while in the area. For a beautiful road trip, take the highway up along the peninsula into Fort Worden or Port Townsend. Then tool around to some of these areas to find beautiful scenery, great hiking, and even vampires!

Colorado's wine country

August 30, 2009 – 6:42 pm

Western Colorado is home to two of the best “wine trails” in the country. Steal away to the Grand Valley and Grand Elks wine trails with nearly 35 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms between them.

Two days in the relaxing red rocks of Southwest Utah

August 18, 2009 – 6:42 pm

Day Two – Head down Highway 15 about 80 miles to the gorgeous town of St. George, Utah. Now that you’ve taken in the amazing scenery, go get “relaxified” with a Red Rock Girlfriends’ Getaway package at the Red Mountain Resort & Spa, the most beautiful resort in Southern Utah.

Maine – Weekend in Northern Paradise

August 15, 2009 – 6:42 pm

In spite of its reputation for great food and spectacular scenery, many people have never been to Maine. Since Maine offers an endless array of activities and numerous scenic and pampering inns, so it’s a great choice for a girlfriends road trip. Thanks to Ann Ewing at FrontBurner in Portland, for this great post about traveling to Maine!

Sand and sun reward girlfriends on the drive to Key West

August 10, 2009 – 6:43 pm

Just one tank of gas away from Miami, FL and an easy drive is your already in south Florida, Key West is a trip on top of being a roadtrip. Girlfriends can escape to Key West via US Highway 1 and take in the majestic scenery cruising over the sparkling waters. Once you’re there, drop your inhibition on the beach and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the Florida Keys.

Mark Twain would recommend this girl's weekend

August 6, 2009 – 6:43 pm

Pick your own date at The Garth Woodside Mansion in Hannibal, MO for a no boys allowed roadtrip destination.

Roadtrippin' for girlfriends

July 20, 2009 – 4:31 pm

There’s never been a better time to hit the open road than right now. RV road trips are a great way to see the country and travel in style. Traveling in an RV is also cost-effective as you won’t shell out extra cash on hotels, airfare and car rentals.