Ten of the Best from 2015

I have kept a journal since I was ten years old.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would ever be journalling  – well, somewhat – on the internet. Posting details about my life and thoughts for all to see can be a bit daunting, to say the least. But after a year and a half of blogging, I’ve discovered that I really like having an online diary of sorts.

One of the great things blogging has done for me is that it motivates me to get out more and do stuff.  It helps me appreciate my life more.  Sometimes, it’s even a bit of a therapeutic outlet. But one of the absolute best things it has done for me, is that it has helped me to meet a lot of new people. Especially when you move to a new place, it can be challenging to meet new people and make friends. Having this blog – and social media outlets in general – has made it a wee bit easier.

Which brings me to my next point.

Thank you so much, all of you, for your support in 2015. I have loved reading your comments, whether here, on Twitter, Instagram, or my brand spanking new Facebook page. I have loved meeting some of you in person, and I’m hoping for lots more of that in 2016. But before we move into the new year, I thought we’d revisit some of what seemed to be your favourite posts from 2015 – and some of mine too. I have to say, each post really was a favourite in its own way. Reading back through all of the posts makes me realize what a good year it was – and what a beautiful area I am lucky to live in.

So let’s begin.

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1. Road Trip to Wainfleet and Port Colborne

Wow, you guys. You blew me away with your support for this post – over 600 Facebook shares! Thanks so much for helping me to spread the word about a fun day out in Wainfleet and Port Colborne. My road trip posts are some of my favourite ones to do. There are so many possibilities for a great day out in the Niagara region, and I look forward to lots more like this in 2016.

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2. Five Events You Can’t Miss This Summer 

The beauty of returning to this post is that as far as I know, all of these events – minus Mumford and Sons, of course – are happening again this summer.  So now you can get started on your planning for summer 2016. You’re welcome.

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3. How to Eat Your Way Around NOTL

We all want to know how to do this, right? I’m sure there are several ways, but the adventure offered by Niagara Culinary Tours is a great way to get a feel for some of the yummy food we have here. Tours are offered even in the winter, so if this post inspires you to join in the fun, you can do so immediately.

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4. How to Drink Your Way Around NOTL.

Even after many years of wine tasting, I had never done an organized wine tour. “Pshaw,” I used to say, thinking that they were all for big busloads of people who knew nothing about wine and just wanted to get a bit tipsy. Yeah, yeah, I was a snob. The tour from Niagara Wine Tour Guides is nothing like that though – think very small groups with a guide named Dave who is truly knowledgeable about wine. He can also give you the perfect pairing for your favourite junk food treats. Seriously, any of them – wine is also meant for things like Doritos or peanut butter cups. It’s true! In short, he’s awesome, and he also does tours year round. Lucky you.

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5. Graze the Bench

This had to be one of the highlights of last summer. A fantastic event – great food, wine, music, heck, even the weather co-operated. I have it on good authority that will be the case this year too. You must join us. But get your tickets early, they do sell out.

And now, we’re on to some of my other favourite posts.

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6. My 2015 Niagara Summer Bucket List

Well, I only made it through half of the things that were on my list last year. But there is always summer 2016 to plan for, so I’ve got a head start. Summer is so crazy at Highbrook, that a Bucket List will ensure I get out to do some stuff during the super-busy tourist season. I’ll be adding some new things for this year too.

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7. The Strawberry Festival 

Goodness, I loved this event. Just a feel-good, enjoyable day out, with the bonus of lots of strawberries and strawberry-related treats. Great fun to photograph too.

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8. Last Minute Road Trip

I do love my road trips. This was a super day out Beamsville way last July. A stop at Kacaba, a mouthwatering lunch at August Restaurant, and I discovered the beautiful, beautiful, Kew Vineyards. Such a good day.

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9. Morning in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Autumn in Niagara

Ok, I’m cheating a bit by combining two posts here. What I loved about these posts though, is that they were truly about appreciating the everyday beauty around me in NOTL. Yes, I know that sounds corny, but it’s true. There’s something so lovely about NOTL in the morning – before everyone is bustling about. I also believe Autumn just might be my favourite season here. It is absolutely stunning, and this year there was such glorious colour and beauty everywhere I looked. The weather was incredible too.

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10. The Chef’s Table Star Christmas Dinner

As a self-confessed former non-Christmas person, all of my holiday posts really were special to me this year. It was the nicest holiday I’ve had in ages, and there were so many things going on to help me enjoy the season. My favourite, though, had to be The Chef’s Table Star Christmas Dinner – such a special event, in support of Project Share.

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I’ve had a lot of fun looking back at this year, remembering the things I’ve done, places I’ve visited, and most of all, the great people I have met. Once again, thank you all for your support this year – Wishing you much happiness, health, and success in 2016!