Inn on the Twenty Samba Days Sambassador

This weekend I go to go on my first Sambassador experience, which was a getaway to Inn on the Twenty in historic Jordan Village.  It turns out that the available weekend they had was a few days before our 1 year anniversary, so it made the experience even more special.  Included in the package is

  • One night accommodation in a two storey Loft Suite
  • $50 gift card toward dinner
  • Breakfast at On the Twenty restaurant
  • Free makeup application with any spa service at The Spa on the Twenty
  • 15% off all spa services(excludes massage)
  • Complimentary parking
  • Farewell gift 

 

Jason and I headed out to Jordan Village on Saturday afternoon.  The drive should have taken us about an hour and 20 minutes, but it took us over 2 hours to get out of the city due to the Gardiner Expressway being closed!  As soon as we hit the highway though it took us no time at all to get there.  We arrived just after 5pm and pulled into a picturesque little main street, centered around the Inn.  Check in is at 3pm but we called ahead to let them know we’d be late.  They were expecting us and had our room ready and a free wine tasting certificate to use at the Cave Springs Cellar wine tasting bar.

We headed straight across the street to catch the wine tasting before our dinner reservation at 6pm.  We chose the CSV Pinot Noir, the CSV Chardonnay and the CSV Pino Noir Dolomite.  CSV means that the grapes have been planted since 1974 and they hand pick the best clusters for each year.  Jason bought us a bottle of CSV Pinot Noir and we ran back to our room to get dressed for dinner.

Everything is close in Jordan Village and we walked across the street to the On the Twenty restaurant.  They sat us at a table by the window and we spent our dinner looking out across the Twenty Valley.  The atmosphere was relaxed and definitely perfect for my dress.

The food was absolutely delicious.  We started with an Amuse Bouche – a mussel topped with pear and fennel; I had the Truffle Scented Linguini – woodland mushroom ragoût, organic pole beans, parmesan tuile, and Chardonnay cream and Jason had Ontario Heritage Beef Tenderloin – Ontario chanterelle and foie gras ragoût, pommes Anna, cipollini and Cabernet butter and we paired it with a carafe of their CSV Pino Noir Dolemite.  The food was fabulous – Jason says “It was amazing” and he’s got a pretty good palate.  We also commented on the portion sizes because they were perfect, just enough that we both ate our whole meals (for me this is no small feat!).


 

After dinner we went back to the hotel room to taste our bottle of Pino Noir and I got changed again to go for a walk to find the Jordan House Tavern.  There was a haunted house tour happening in the village and there were people dressed up as ghosts hiding all throughout the area.  They definitely scared me seeing someone in the shadows, but we actually had to ask a couple of ghost girls for directions!

The Jordan House Tavern is adjacent to the Jordan House Hotel and “there has been a roadhouse on this site since 1844 and it has hosted everything from church services to vigilante meetings in its history.”  We stopped in for beers, shots and great live music by Jay Maher – who played a great cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My” that made me want to sing it.

After drinks we went back to our cozy loft sweet and drank wine in front of the fireplace before falling asleep in the giant king sized bed – which we absolutely need to get for our house.  I had the best sleep and woke up the next day around 830am – I know, seems early but I’ve been on a crazy schedule lately so this was pretty good.  We went back over to Dine on the Twenty for breakfast which was a mini plate of pastries cornbread muffins, rosemary & cheese tea biscuits, apple danish and a two other pastries we didn’t try, a fresh fruit cup, fresh orange juice, tea or coffee and the choice of a cold cereal meal or hot eggs benedict or eggs florentine.  Of course we had the eggs!  Jason the benedict and I had the florentine.  If you’ve ever eaten breakfast with me you know that I can’t eat runny poached eggs.  They have to be hard or I’ll send them back – but they made the perfect eggs and we both thought their hollandaise sauce was excellent.

From breakfast we went back to our room to relax before our massages at 1030am (this was not included in the SambaDays experience and we splurged and treated ourselves).  I read by the fire for a while – finally getting around to reading Amber Mac’s Power Friending, and then we watched TV up in the loft until our massage therapists knocked on the door.  The massage room was close to ours so we didn’t have to take anything but the keys to our room.

We had massages in the same room and it was amazing.  I almost fell asleep and it was so nice and relaxing.  When we were finished our massages we headed back to our room to fruit, chocolate sauce and a small bottle of merlot.  We took a bunch of photos, packed up our stuff and checked out with Lianne, who was great and helped organize our reservation and services.  She gave us a bottle of their Riesling to take home and off we went to make our way back to the city.

Jason and I both had a really great time at Inn on the Twenty and in the village of Jordan.  It was a fun, relaxing romantic weekend away that was definitely something I would recommend and hope to do again.  I think it’s a great idea to give people a gift of something they can go and do and make memories out of, instead of a material item. I will remember this weekend.

Thank you to Samba Days and the Sambassador program for this awesome experience and to Scott, Lianne and the friendly staff at the Inn on the Twenty.  We’ll definitely be back.

I can’t wait for my next Sambassador experience.  Stay tuned!

For all the photos from our weekend you can check out the gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore SambaDays Gift Experience for You!

At the beginning of August I announced that I was asked to be a part of the SambaDays Sambassador program.  This week I got confirmation of my 1st experience booked, Jason and I get to go away to Inn on the Twenty, a bed and breakfast on the Niagara Peninsula.  I don’t want to give away too many details before we get there so it’s a surprise 🙂  But we’re going to have a really nice, relaxing weekend away.

The best part of partnering with SambaDays is that they want to give YOU  the chance to experience SambaDays for yourself.  I’ve got one Explore SambaDays Gift Experience to giveaway, worth $89.  There are 110 Discovery Activities you can choose from all across Canada AND this contest is open to EVERYONE!!!

To enter the contest you have to do a little bit of work…

  1. Take a look through the SambaDays Explore Activities and post a comment below telling me which one you’d like to try (you can always change your mind if you win)

    AND

  2. Tweet or FB – I want to win an Explore Gift Experience from @carlyannedotcom & @SambaDays
    ***make sure you link to me on FB so I can see it***

And that’s it!

I’ll choose the lucky winner next Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00pm.

Good luck to you!

Comin’ Home

Hello!  How are you?  I’ve missed you blog and blog friends.  It feels like I’ve been gone for a lifetime.  But guess what?  Some good news.  I’ll be back in TO and hopefully in an awesome new apartment by June 1st!  Pretty exciting and I am really looking forward to coming home.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve been away on this little island.  I’ve learned a lot about myself,  met some really awesome people and was able to get back to being me after some of the crazy events that took place in the last year.  I’m sorry I’ve been quiet and maybe even a little boring around here but sometimes you just need to disappear for a bit to get your bearings again.

I cannot wait to get into a new place and to be back in my city.  I want to submerse myself in the awesomeness that is Toronto and spend time with the people I miss.  It’s been good to be away and I’m so ready to be back to me!   It’s gonna be a busy summer and I’ve got some pretty fun things coming up that I can’t wait to share with you.

I’ve started a Wish List of Things to do this Summer and some of them are:  go on a road trip; host a big party for my friends, family and hopefully some of you; go up north to a cottage; hit up some of the music festivals in Ontario; re-discover the city and visit every neighborhood; see some of my old friends that live in the sticks; and hopefully introduce my American friend to the best that our city and province can offer!

Do you have any suggestions that I should add to my list?  What’s the coolest, most fun or best part about your neighborhood?  Share in the comments and maybe we’ll get the chance to do it together!

I hope you all have a safe and happy May 2-4 long weekend.

Life is good 🙂

 

Yachting

A few weeks ago Jason and I borrowed his friend Dawn’s boat and we went yachting for our Saturday Date.  We spent the day on the water and drove around our whole island (Estero Island).  We stopped for rum runners and then I got to drive all the way around Black Island.  It was my first time ever driving a boat, and on the ocean at that!  I was a little scared but got the hang of it pretty fast.  Jason is a really good teacher and he really knows his stuff about boats and the ocean.  I am constantly pointing at thinks and asking “What’s that?”

 

 

Captain Pony

 

 

 

Huge bruise courtesy of CMW

 

 

This is one end of our street, the other end is the Gulf of Mexico

 

A sailboat I love

 

Scrimp boats

 

Out on the Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

Our spot at Lovers Key

 

Me driving the boat

 

Driving home, end of the day

 

 

 

It was a beautiful day and one of the best dates I’ve been on.  Glad we got to spend the time together and thank you very much to Dawn for letting us use the boat!

For the full photo gallery click HERE

Adventures at Bunche Beach

Getting caught up on my Florida adventures so you can see what the heck I’ve been doing the past few months. Sorry for being away for a while and thanks to everyone who kept reading. Things were a little crazy and I just couldn’t seem to find the inspiration to write here.  I’m turning myself around and feeling excited, inspired and ready to take on new challenges!

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Back in December Jason took me down to Bunche Beach to search for more wonderful things.  Bunche Beach was historically a segregated beach (now open to the general public) and named after Dr. Ralph Bunche, a famous black American who was a mediator for the United Nations.  It is a natural tidal wetlands area on San Carlos Bay and is now called the San Carlos Bay / Bunche Beach Preserve.  A really interesting fact about Bunche Beach is that it is an environmentally friendly facility and the water & electric are solar powered.

It was a bit windy and just after the cold snap so there were some cool dead marine life on the beach.  There were a TON of birds as well and I couldn’t resist chasing them off the sandbar.  Check out the video below to watch me being ridiculous.

Nurse Shark

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Seaweedy stuff

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Frozen Spider Crab aka Decorator Crab

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Frozen Baby Hermit Crab

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Frozen Baby Horseshoe Crab

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That’s it for my adventure to Bunch Beach.  I’ve got tons more stuff to share with you guys