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 October 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm / in HOTEL

Dealing with Summer’s End

Eight Great Ways to Deal With the End of Summer: Waaaaaah! Summer’s over! Quit yer whining, kid. There’s loads to do in Niagara during the fall. 1. Get your bike out and hit some of the spectacular cycling trails. Bring the kiddies too! The Welland Canal trail runs for miles and miles and every inch of it is tucked safely [...]

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by / on August 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Niagara the Fruitiful

  Gluttony. It’s one of the seven deadly sins – yes? If that’s so, then I’m destined to fry in the proverbial fiery furnace, all thanks to fruit season in Niagara. From the first strawberries in the spring to the last pears and apples of the fall, I gorge daily and unashamedly. Yes, I’m a fruit pig – the lady [...]

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by / on May 20, 2014 at 10:33 am / in INSPIRE

Small Fears

Just when you think you’re brave…. I’ve always prided myself on not being squeamish. A bat’s fluttering overhead? I won’t flinch. Spider creepy-crawling towards me? Feh!  Need someone to pick up a snake? I’m your girl. But even the determinedly calm among us have limits. I hit my personal wall one night when a mouse found his skittish way into [...]

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by / on February 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm / in INSPIRE

A Word With My Teenaged Self

One of my friends posed this interesting question on Facebook the other day: If you could give your younger self two words of advice, what would they be? That got me thinking – because, baby, two words just wouldn’t do it. I can think of a bunch of things I’d like to tell my teenage self – all good advice [...]

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by / on January 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm / in HOTEL

The Humble Everyday

Once upon a time, I took toilets for granted. Yup…those precious, pristine, porcelain pedestals meant nothing to me. Though I visited them regularly – as I still do, of course – I never gave them a second thought…not the ones in my own home and certainly not the ones in public restrooms. They were the unsung heroines of my world. [...]

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by / on December 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm / in INSPIRE

Let it Be

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Are you ready to bake hundreds of exquisite little cookies, wrap a couple of hundred perfectly chosen presents, host several festive gatherings and go right out of your ever-lovin’ mind while you try to keep up with all the holiday demands? It’s all about expectations – particularly the unreasonable ones we place on ourselves [...]

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by / on September 30, 2013 at 11:25 am / in INSPIRE

Good Day’s Work

My father, a small town doctor, used to say, “The best cure for insomnia is a good day’s work!”  Never one for going to the gym, my dad was nevertheless one of the healthiest and most active people I’ve ever known. He gardened, built furniture, fished, canoed, shoveled snow, raked leaves…you name it…he did it. And he never had a [...]

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by / on July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am / in HOTEL

Get Outside

So…the sun’s shining, the wind is warm and you’re on holiday. Get outside, you crazy thing you! It’s summer! If you have a bike, a pair of rollerblades or even just a pair of walking shoes, you’re in luck. Niagara is connected to one of the longest trail systems in Canada. If the mood strikes you, you can wander right [...]

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by / on June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am / in INSPIRE

Cleaning Up My Act

Boy oh boy…there’s nothing a writer loves more than an opportunity for a great big juicy metaphor. Yup. We just love comparing one thing to another – makes us seem really…uh…profound. So…let me tell you about the pressure washer my husband got for his birthday. After waiting for the required it’s-your-present-so-you-get-to-use-it-first period, I finally got my turn this weekend. Largely [...]

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by / on May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm / in INSPIRE

Let’s Talk – Mental Health Week

So…let’s talk. May 6 kicks off the start of National Mental Health Week in Canada – following up on February’s Let’s Talk campaign, we’re dragging that issue right out of its dark corner where we can all deal with it. Good thing and about time. Statistics show that a sizable percentage of us will experience some form of mental illness [...]

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