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 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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by / on February 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm / in SPA

Spa Gift Guide

So….you really blew the Christmas gift thing, huh?  How were you to know she’d find a weight-watchers membership insulting? And what woman wouldn’t want a Scumbuster to help her get all that soapy crud off the sides of the bathtub? It was hardly your fault – she’s just so picky. The good news is that you don’t have to live [...]

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by / on January 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm / in DINING, HOTEL

The Wonders of Icewine

Sometimes, a little bad luck can be good fortune in disguise. That was certainly the case in the 18th century when a group of hapless German monks left the  bring in grape harvest a little late. An overnight cold snap froze every grape on the vines. Poor monks! Rather than lose their crop, the monks decided to try pressing the [...]

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by / on November 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm / in FITNESS CLUB, INSPIRE

Holly Jolly November

There I was…on November 13, innocently reaching for a jar of Ovaltine on the supermarket shelf when it hit me. I was singing “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Why? Because the Sobey’s in-store music system was pumping that peppy little holiday tune directly into my brain. Did I mention it was November 13?! Believe me when I tell you that I’m a [...]

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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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