• Hillaree

3 Perfect Days: Find Me Where The Wild Things Are

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

I cannot believe it, we have come to the end of our 'Perfect Day' series. I'm not crying, you're crying! Let's recap, we spent some time in beautiful wine country, & even made a charcuterie board. Then we took it to downtown Toronto and got our paddle boarding on! What's next? For our final destination we will be heading to Hamilton! This itinerary will help you recharge, disconnect just a little and enjoy one of the best things life has to offer; Nature. So dust off those running shoes and take out your Nike shorts, we're going to where the wild things are! As always, everything is linked for easy planning. You're welcome. Here's to a perfect summer.



Motel - No, I'm not saying to start your day off in a motel. I mean, unless you want to, no judgements here. The Motel I'm talking about is a restaurant. This is the perfect spot to start your day, their breakfast menu is DE.LI.CIOUS. Let me just tell you a little bit of what they have going on over there...champagne pancakes...which restaurant you know has champagne pancakes??? I'll wait. Buttermilk fried chicken and waffles (may I add the chicken is BOMB). They also have this magical vanilla honey butter, that I literally want to spread all over my body. Just go try it for yourself. When seated, you will have to access the menu online on your phone, so see you never germs.




Art Gallery of Hamilton - If you're into art, or maybe want to try something new, I'd suggest checking this gallery out. Who knows, maybe you'll see something that inspires you! Admission to the gallery is free for the whole month of August. September 1, 2020, general admission will be $13.25 plus tax. They have Canadian, International, & Contemporary collections. Definitely worth the visit.


Treetop Trekking - Why not add some zip-lining to your day? They also have an aerial course with balance cables, net walkways and more. Let your adventurous side come out to play. Entire experience is approximately 3 hours in length. Admission is $59.99.


Collective Arts Brewing - Why not do a brewery tour? If you're not feeling a tour, you can also reserve a spot in their beer garden. Who said you have to go to Germany to go to a beer garden? They are currently open Thursday-Sunday. *Shameless Plug* By the way, the dry gin drink from my post 'Stop & Smell The Rosé: The Drinks You Need This Summer' (you should go read it by the way after this post 👀) was made by this brewery!


Leaning Post - Of course I found a winery in Hamilton, I could probably find a winery in a desert if I had to! Brewery tour at Collective and then a wine tasting at Leaning Post? Sign me up! Or do one, whatever you want, it's your perfect day, who am I to tell you what to do!? I'm just here to provide you with some options my friend. To schedule a tasting, it must be done through email.



Falls

You knew some waterfall options were coming. Did you really go to Hamilton if you didn't visit one of their falls? The answer is...NOPE!


Felker's Falls - This waterfall is 22 metres tall and to access it, park on Ackland Street. Walk across the field, behind the wooden fence and boom you're there.

Borer's Falls - This once local sawmill, now waterfall is 15 metres high. There is parking off York Road at the Borer’s Falls Dog Park. Take the Ray Lowes Side Trail up the main Bruce Trail and follow signs for Borer’s and Rock Chapel Sanctuary. Or, take Rock Chapel Road from Highway 5 and park in the lot at the top. Parking is metered.

Sherman Falls - Sherman has good walking trails, is about 17 metres high. There is limited parking on a lot off of Artaban Road for $5 a day, around 450 metres to Sherman Falls.

Valens Lake Conservation Area - Okay, I snuck this one in here. You caught me, it's not a waterfall. But they have a 300-metre wetland boardwalk and a good handful of walking trails. Take a deep breath in...you smell that? It's called fresh air.



Eats


Maipai Tiki Bar - Think over the top pizza, and cocktail kits. Currently, Maipai is only providing curbside pickup. Pop your trunk and they'll place your goodies right in there. Is there a better meal to eat on your drive home? You can order online on their website.

The Heather - If you're trying to live lavish and want an intimate experience, try out The Heather. The whole restaurant only seats six guests and features a tasting menu, that changes seasonally. Everything is prepared fresh, in front of your very eyes. Unfortunately, dietary restrictions and allergies cannot be accommodated. Dinner is $115 per guest, before tax, gratuity and drinks. Reservations required.

Uno Mas - Tapas and cocktail bar....wow, what a beautiful sentence. Okay, they are not open just yet, but they will be open SOON.

Donut Monster - What Perfect Day doesn't involve donuts??? Ridiculous! Donut Monster has contactless pickup at their walk-thru window. They offer vegan and traditional yeast donuts, milkshakes and coffees.

Gown & Gavel - They have Hamilton's largest patio, giving an industrial vibe, while serving up modern pub grub. They also provide bottle service...I'll just leave that right there.





There we have it my friends. Three Perfect Days, in three cities. Let's make this summer count.


-Hillaree






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