Articles by: Liz Fleming
Is a travel writer with weekly columns in the Toronto Star, various other newspapers and tripatlas.com. She's a thrilled to be a blog contributor, and is inspired by the people she's met through White Oaks.

by / on June 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm / in DINING

SupperMarket Mania

Don’t feel like cooking? So don’t! On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays all summer, the supper markets of Niagara have you covered. Ditch the pots and pans, and shove that casserole back in the fridge. You know nobody wants tuna delight anyway! Just toss the kiddies in the car, roll on up, grab a picnic table and enjoy. The supper market [...]

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by / on May 2, 2016 at 10:54 am / in HOTEL

Pack Away the Parka

Pack Away the Parka, Baby! Spring took its own sweet time getting here, but now that it’s arrived, let’s celebrate! Pack away the parka, ditch the boots, lose the mittens and enjoy! Here are a few thoughts for kick-starting your warm weather adventures: Farmer’ Market: The asparagus and strawberries won’t start for a few weeks, but you can still start [...]

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by / on February 29, 2016 at 4:50 pm / in HOTEL

Niagara Spring Fun

  Deep in the doldrums of late winter, we have a tendency to whine: “There’s nothing to do.”  But of course, we’re wrong – there’s always plenty to do in Niagara. WINE Start by having a little wine with that whine. Did you realize that there are more than 200 wineries in our delicious little region? And most of them [...]

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by / on January 21, 2016 at 11:25 am / in INSPIRE

Resolution Rethink

So…here we are…2016. Made a bunch of resolutions on New Year’s Eve, didn’t you? Inspired by too much Champagne and too little sense, you were convinced the start of a new year could mean the end of all your bad habits and the beginning of a shiny new set of new ones, guaranteed to make you perfect. How’s that going? [...]

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by / on January 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm / in INSPIRE

Love or Hate Winter

  So…winter’s finally here and we’re of two minds. Some of us dance with joy at the thought of the wild white days ahead while others would rather just hibernate until the spring thaw. We’ve come up with suggestions for those on both sides of the fence:   If you love winter, consider these cold-weather celebration suggestions: 1. Add a [...]

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by / on November 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm / in FITNESS CLUB, INSPIRE

Harvest Happy Winter Plans

Ah fall. Time to reap what we’ve sowed.  Haul in the hay and pile up the pumpkins. Yeah…and then what? What are we all going to do when the days get shorter, the nights get colder and there’s that nasty white stuff all over the ground?  I say it’s time to harvest our good intentions and lay in a supply [...]

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by / on September 4, 2015 at 4:36 pm / in FITNESS CLUB, INSPIRE

Leap into Fall

I have no idea why January is the start to the new year when September is the obvious choice. Ask any kid. When the classroom doors open for the first time, it’s a new year. No matter how old I am, when those first leaves turn colour, I just know I should be buying a new binder and a set [...]

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by / on July 16, 2015 at 11:35 am / in DINING

It’s Perfect for Patios

  The sun’s out, the weather’s warm – those precious summer days have arrived. So…what are you doing inside? Get yourself to one of Niagara’s lovely outdoor patios…right now. What are you…crazy? Like visiting your Auntie Gwen The Pie Plate Bakery and Café in Virgil doesn’t technically have a patio…it has a porch, just like your dear old Auntie Gwen [...]

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by / on June 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm / in HOTEL, INSPIRE, Uncategorized

Rad Dad Gifts

Remember last Father’s Day when your husband got so excited about that tie you got him? No you don’t…because it didn’t happen. In fact, when he opened that box, it was the yawn heard ‘round the world. Let’s see if we can do better this year, shall we? We’ve assembled seven savvy suggestions to help you knock his socks off [...]

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by / on April 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm / in HOTEL

Niagara Rocks

Bit tired of listening to your big city friends bragging about all the stuff going on in Toronto? Give ‘em a load of this. “So…” you say casually.  “I scored tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld in June. Nah…I don’t have to drive all the way into the city. He’s going to be at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. I [...]

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