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It’s Harvest Time in Prince Edward County

Featured in travelalerts.ca by Diana Ballon On an uncharacteristically warm weekend for late October, people are pulling all-nighters in Prince Edward County, a peninsula on the north shore of Lake Ontario that urban hipsters have discovered as the perfect rural escape. But on this weekend, people aren’t losing sleep because they are partying. This is harvest […]

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Trapp Family Lodge: The hills are alive and open for skiing

Featured in Forever Young on February 25, 2018 By Diana Ballon I’m not clear who Sam is when we first meet in the lounge at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. He tells me he works at the lodge doing a lot of different things and admits to living on property but without a […]

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Fireworks: Canadian restaurants creating innovative menus around wood-fire ovens

Featured in Travel Life Magazine in April 2017 Acclaimed chefs at restaurants across the country are literally playing with fire. This is not so much a new trend as it is an old tradition. Inspired by the mystique, the romance and the warmth of open flames, chefs are casting aside traditional gas and electrical appliances […]

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The End of Monogamy: Real Couples with Open Relationships

Featured in Best Health Magazine, March/April 2016 The traditional model of monogamy doesn’t work for everyone. Read on to learn how some couples make it work with an open relationship The fact that Madeleine Maynard, a 31-year-old Toronto cross-stitch artist, uses the dating site OKCupid and the Tinder app to find men and women for hookups doesn’t […]

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Why Twenty Valley Should Be on Wine Drinker’s Travel Lists

Featured on lacartemag.com on June 7, 2016 Why Twenty Valley should be on wine drinkers’ travel lists by DIANA BALLON Twenty Valley, home to country roads that link the small towns of Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland, Jordan and St. Catharines on the south shore of Lake Ontario, is a region that many consider a hidden gem — […]

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A Desert State of Mind

Featured in Travel Life Magazine, Winter 2016 Think of Tucson as a basin with steep edges. An urban desert, defined less by its architecture than by its natural beauty, benign climate, blue skies and the dazzling interplay of light and shadow A city of about a half million people, Tucson—a mere one-and-a-half drive from Phoenix—is […]

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Four Islands for a Destination Wedding

Featured in West Jet Magazine, February 2017 Get hitched in Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Maui or on Florida’s Amelia Island FEBRUARY 8, 2017 – BY DIANA BALLON Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts There’s an allure to getting hitched on an island. What could be more romantic than saying “I do” […]

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