WordPress posts a prompt of the day and a couple days ago, this one stayed with me…
‘Tis the season for road trips — if time and money were out of the equation, what car-based adventure would you go on?”
I generally do not like driving long distances. With the recent acquisition of Ted Mosby the Mazda (Ted Mazby? I think that’s stretching it…) and the desire to plan a less expensive birthday trip this year – the idea of a road trip seems appealing.
My dream road trip, the only one I’ve ever thought about making, is to the Grand Canyon. That is clearly not the one I’ll be going on for my birthday. Birthday road trip is going to be a solo trip and Grand Canyon road trip needs a navigator. So, this is the tale of maybe not the dream road trip, but the in-the-forseeable-future road trip.
I’m thinking of heading back to Toronto this November. Once again motivated by the theatre. The English teacher I met for dinner last week told me that the best production of Arcadia he’s ever seen is going to Toronto this fall. I love this show so, so much. When I glanced at a map to see how long it takes to drive to Toronto, I realized you go right through Niagara Falls to get there! Then, while discussing the premature plan with a co-worker I learned there are a fair amount of wineries in Ohio, New York and Canada. See how the road trip is coming together? THEN, a simple Google search on “Ohio to Toronto road trip” (because you just never know what is out there) led me to the website RoadTrippers.com. AMAZING! You type in your destination and it brings up all kinds of landmarks, inns, even wineries along the way. It’s a pretty great site. So, belated birthday road trip will look something like…
Leaving Columbus, OH
Stop at wineries such as Tarsitano, Merritt Estate or Cave Springs Wines in Toronto. I’ll have more research to do on if they’ll be open in November, or what kind of tastings they offer. But in my perfect road trip, of course they are open and awesome.
I’ll stop for at least one night in Niagara Falls. I was originally thinking a couple nights in a little cabin nearby, but perhaps just one night in a place like the Tower Hotel! What a kooky little place!
I may stop for a night in some other cute little upper New York town. This place looks cool, The Roycroft Inn.
Then I’ll get into Toronto. Last November I was there and really enjoyed staying pretty close to the water as we explored the Distillery District, CN Tower and such. Toronto at the holidays was magical.
This time I’d like to get up to the University District and some of the neighborhoods. I’d stay closer to the theatre district this time and find more awesome restaurants to eat at. (Although it will be hard to not go back to Ruby Watchco again. Soooo delicious!)
I’ll see Arcadia on Friday night and head back Saturday.
So, while it will be post birthday in order to hit Arcadia, it sounds like a nice time. Road trips might not be all bad. And I can’t wait to use my new favorite website to plan the Grand Canyon trip someday!