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Location: Ottawa Ontario
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Well you missed out on a terrific weekend!
Cath and I left Ottawa, top down on Friday (25/10) and drove as far as Port Hope. Along the way we passed four other convertibles, including one Ferrari (love passing Ferraris), all top up. Big smiles all around though. Port Hope is a quaint little town still, though it's becoming a bit of bedroom community for Toronto. Still some nice B&Bs and restaurants - the main street has held on to most of its architectural charm. And the gas is cheap!
The sky was getting dark ahead so up came the top and thank goodness we did - heavy rain by the time we got to Darlington but then abated as we took the waterfront into Toronto, which was new to us. I'd found a good rate at the Royal York, a classic and grand railway hotel in the middle of old downtown T.O. Unfortunately, they are in the midst of tearing up Front St so access was a bit rural. We did see the former lead singer of the Bare Naked Ladies on the way in; he seemed to appreciate the SLK.
Check in was rather drawn out, so we set off on foot after the complimentary beverage at the bar. We enjoyed the lights of Younge Street (famously, the longest street in the world) and grabbed some very good mexican food - not the romantic dinner I'd planned but good tucker and fun watching the world go by.
Next morning was rainy but we braved the weather and marched over to St Lawrence Market - great foody location, had a nice breakfast then a walkabout the market. It really is worth the visit anytime, but during the summer you can organize quite a good picnic and eat there. We were back on the road by 1pm and on our way to Grimsby.
The weather was good enough for us to keep the roof down on departure and all the way to the inn (a B&B called Vinifera). Very nice place, big old house well off the road offering quiet rooms and well suited to visiting the wineries west of Niagara (the big, famous ones are largely nearer Niagara on the Lake). We checked in and managed to get to Peninsula Ridge winery before dinner. Dinner was great, with friends who also have an SLK (but who generally lurk here...schmucks - inside joke).
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