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Girlfriends Getaway to Appleton and the Fox Cities in Wisconsin

October 10, 2013 – 8:30 am

If asked which region of the state is marketed as “Wisconsin’s Shopping Place,” my first guess probably wouldn’t have been the Fox Cities. Once there, I quickly realized my preconceived notions were way off base. …

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Toronto, Ontario: Marathons with Culture!

April 19, 2015 – 9:42 am

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, …

Product Review: Manduka eKO SuperLite Folding Travel Mat

June 25, 2013 – 6:29 pm

If you practice yoga regularly you probably already know Manduka as the Rolls Royce of non-slip yoga mats. Known for their reputation as an ecologically friendly company, Manduka mats are “kind to the earth and …

Sara Sara Cupcakes: A Must-Have Treat

June 29, 2012 – 6:00 am

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: Shielded SPIbelt and SPIband

May 13, 2012 – 7:43 pm

Purchasing the original SPIbelt™ at a marathon expo in 2009, the discreet belt/pouch combo has been holding my driverse license, cash, and car keys at athletic events, on trips, and every opportunity to be purse- …

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 …

Lavender Fields Forever

August 28, 2011 – 10:57 am

Returning home to Michigan to spend some time with my mom this summer, I noticed a newspaper article she had clipped and tacked on the bulletin board next to her refrigerator. Written in June, the …

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 …

Take a Hike with Roam The Woods

July 4, 2011 – 2:53 pm

oday’s guest post comes to us from our friends at Roam The Woods, a women-only backpacking company designed to get you out of the car and into, well, the woods.

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.

Chicago Improv: Laughing All The Way Home

June 5, 2011 – 7:00 am
iO Improv

Considered the birthplace of modern improvisational comedy, Chicago is home to iO Theater, one of the most famous improv theater companies in the world.

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

June 3, 2011 – 12:00 am

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.

Apps for Drinking Wine: Grapes Paired with Technology

May 10, 2011 – 6:55 pm

Calling all wine enthusiasts, Natalie MacLean, certified sommelier and winner of the World’s Best Wine Writer award at the World Food Media Awards
Natalie MacLean, the editor of one of the largest wine web sites at …

Guest Post: Inflatable Kayaking on Lake Okanagan

May 4, 2011 – 5:00 pm

Kayaking Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada is an adventure for girlfriends who love to travel and spend time outdoors.

Guest Post: Wheeler by the Bay, Wheeler, Oregon

May 1, 2011 – 5:41 pm
Oregon Coast (Photo by: D. Arvetis)

Although the 21st century has given us tremendous technological advancements, sometimes it’s important to unplug and be able to shut off the computer and cell phone and remember a simpler time. There’s no better place to do just that than the Oregon Coast, and specifically a little town called Wheeler.

A Toast to the Royal Wedding

April 26, 2011 – 4:53 pm
English Rose with Roses

For those of us girlfriends planning all-night slumber parties and 3AM viewings of the Royal Wedding this Thursday, we felt compelled to share a drink recipe worthy of toasting the royal couple.

Fashion Resource: Shopping in Chicago

April 22, 2011 – 10:23 am

Gaining momentum on The Big Apple and L.A., Chicago is emerging as a “Top 3″ contender in the fast-paced fashion industry. With more than 400 designers and 350 independent fashion boutiques, here are three forward thinking “must stop” shops on your next shopping trip through the Windy City.

Bookshelf: Women Making History

April 12, 2011 – 8:26 am

Tree books from Fulcrum Publishing about women who made history; a tribute to the human spirit, the female body, and the entrepreneur in us all.

Smart Destinations, Save Money, Have Fun

April 3, 2011 – 1:56 pm

Go City Cards are multi-attraction passes available in 14 of the top cities in the United States and Canada. Providing pre-paid admission to hundreds of attractions, the cards save up to 55% of the cost of individual admission.

Guest Post: Sea Kayak Adventures on Vancouver Island

March 26, 2011 – 8:01 pm
Happy hour72

One of the most beautiful, romantic, relaxing places on earth, Vancouver Island is also home to Canada Sea Kayak Adventures, a national geographic pick for both tour and destination. Spend a week on the water, eating gourmet food, lounging, doing yoga, or out and about taking it all in.

Twilight Moms Travel and other Ghostly Gatherings

March 14, 2011 – 6:00 am
Inn at Rooster Hill

Who better to experience the supernatural, paranormal, haunted, historical and eerie than with your best group of girlfriends? From organized tours to seances, these venues cater to the creepy and pamper to the paranoid. So pack your garlic with your Gucci, and get ready to sleep with the nightlight on.

Guest Post: Mud City, the Ultimate Gal-Pal Spa Getaway

March 2, 2011 – 8:51 am

While most kids have played in the mud, Calistoga, Calif., in the Napa Valley offers girlfriends a wonderful way to renew, recharge and pamper while playing in the mud. And gal pals who play together, stay together.

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.

Uncomplicated, Interesting, Affordable, and Unique Fort Myers, Florida

February 21, 2011 – 7:00 am

Known around the world for its pristine beaches, prime shelling and tropical winter weather, a long weekend in Fort Myers, Fla., is an uncomplicated, interesting, affordable, unique place to rest and relax with your girlfriends.

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 …

Guest Post: A Girlfriend Getaway to the Ice Hotel

February 7, 2011 – 4:16 pm

By Carmel L. Mooney
Every year, for less than three months, a wonder of frozen water brings visitors from around the world into a mesmerizing world of sleeted chandeliers, an indoor polar slide, ornate frozen furniture …

Read on the Beach: Travel and Adventure While You Relax

February 2, 2011 – 6:00 am

The first batch n a series of Road Trips for Girlfriends book reviews, here are some of our suggestions for books involving travel and adventure.

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, …

Lake Tahoe: From the Spa to the Slopes

January 25, 2011 – 6:05 pm

Road Trips for Girlfriends went on sisters-only girlfriends vacation at the all-inclusive, four-diamond resort at Resort at Squaw Creek in North Lake Tahoe. From the spa to the slopes, the only thing better than the customer service was the convenience of the entire vacation.