I've been going to Niagara Falls just about as long as I can remember. As kids, our parents took us there for weekend getaways -- in fact my parents, like many of their generation, honeymooned there. Later. early in our marriage, my husband, Brad, and I made annual pilgrimages to the area, staying at our favourite bed-and-breakfast in Niagara-On-The-Lake and exploring local sites and winery tours. But Niagara is an ever-changing vista and it's dangerous to ever assume that you've seen it all -- as my cousin, Sherry, and I discovered on a "girls' weekend getaway" in the area a few years ago.
(Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau photo)
the years, I have enjoyed several "fam" trips to the Sunshine State.
Those are trips sponsored by local tourism agencies -- in this case
Visit Florida -- for journalists, to familiarize them with local
attractions in the hope that they will write an article that will bring
visitors. A trip to northeastern Florida, including Gainesville, was
enlightening. I had visited a friend there previously but was unaware
of many of this city's attractions and others nearby.
Over the years, I've written about Eastern Ontario -- Leamington, Point Pelee, Windsor, Chatham -- but when Leamington was named Canada’s best place to live among communities with populations over 10,000 by MoneySense Magazine I had yet another reason to visit and write about this region that is constantly evolving as a tourist destination.