Sometimes you just want to go somewhere but may not have all the time in the world to do so. For us, Toronto is 5 hours away from home so making a short trip needs to be worth it. It was Marco’s birthday this past weekend (Happy Birthday!) so I decided to treat him to a weekend getaway.
Saturday 12:00pm – 5:30pm
On Saturday morning, the day of Marco’s birthday, I surprised him by telling him to pack a bag and hit the road with me to Toronto. We dropped off Poco (our dog) at my parents house and began our journey! The traffic was a bit heavy when entering Toronto and took us a while to find the hotel but we made it in great time!
Saturday 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Medieval Times! I had never been and neither had Marco. He absolutely loves medieval everything and I thought he would find it enjoyable – he did! I did too! We absolutely loved it. It can be slightly corny but overall was a great experience and the food was actually really good. For those who don’t know, Medieval Times is a spot in Toronto where guests eat with their hands and watch a show of knights riding on horses and playing games to claim victory. Guests are assigned a coloured section which corresponds to that of one of the knights and this is the knight you cheer for (you also get to boo the opposing team sitting across from you).
They also address you as “My Lord” and “My Lady”, which is super cool. We got some super awesome drinks from the bar prior to the dinner and show and purchased some AWESOME light-up cups that we got to keep. These will surely be a party favourite at home!
Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm
The next day we decided to check out the Ripley’s Aquarium. It was absolutely incredible. Again, another attraction we had not seen but were really impressed by. It surprisingly was not overly busy and we were able to snap some great photos (keep an eye on our Instagram for more!). We learned a lot about fish and other sea creatures and made some great memories in record time.
Pro Tip: We purchased the tickets online ahead of time and bought the “timed” ticket (you check in at a certain time). You save some money and it gives you a little more structure to your day as well. I also added these to my “Wallet” on my iPhone. I’ve never used the wallet app before but found this incredibly handy as I did not need to sift through emails for a confirmation nor wait in line to purchase tickets onsite. If you have an iPhone I highly suggest doing this whenever it is available.
Sunday 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Arepa’s for brunch! We make arepa’s at home quite regularly but we heard of this arepa place and had to check it out. It was only a 5 minute drive from the aquarium and incredibly delicious! For those who don’t know, an arepa is a Venezuelan dish made of corn flower and whatever you want to put inside it. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner (desert even!) and literally put whatever fillings, toppings or sauces you desire.
Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Home trek back to Ottawa! The drive back was a bit better. We wished we could have stayed longer but time was not on our side and well, we have responsibilities to report to tomorrow (yuck!). We tried to squeeze as much as we could into such a short trip for Marco’s birthday, but I believe the best gifts to give are experiences and not items (or both!).
Although it was a short little trip we really enjoyed ourselves and needed a little break from the usual scenery we are surrounded by. I highly encourage you to take small getaways every once and while. They may not be five star luxury holidays but the little trips will surely give you some lasting memories.
Have you taken a short trip lately that you absolutely loved (or absolutely dreaded)? Where is your next small travel going to bring you next? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear from you!