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Wandering Through Toronto's Kensington Market via Chopsticks + Forks' Great Canadian Food Tour

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If you're planning a trip to Toronto, definitely make some time to wander around Kensington Market, a vibrant and diverse bohemian neighborhood that's a bit like San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District. Translated: it's a great place to let your inner hippie roam free! The market is full of vintage clothing boutiques, discount and surplus stores, bakeries, spice and dry goods stores, cheese shops, coffee shops, dive bars, upscale caf├ęs, restaurants, clubs and more. Open 7 days a week (excluding Christmas and New Year's Day), the optimal time to visit if you want to hit up some of the shops is between 11:00 and 7:00 pm, however bars and restaurants stay open until later in the evening and the food and vegetable shops generally open earlier.


Located just to the west of downtown Toronto and bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street, the best way to get to Kensington Market is to not drive there as parking is very limited and negoti…

It's a Boutique Hotel! It's an Art Gallery! It's 250 Main Hotel in Rockland, Maine!

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I recently had the pleasure of spending a weekend at the 250 Main Art Gallery ... er ... the250 Main Hotel in Rockland, Maine and I have to say that it was a true pleasure! A boutique-style hotel featuring 26 uniquely designed rooms boasting sleek furnishings along with state-of-the-art technology and amenities that today's travelers have come to expect, the hotel is the proud recipient of Yankee Magazine’s 2017 designation as "Best Boutique Hotel in Maine." With water views from nearly every room, a spectacular roof deck offering sweeping views of Rockland Harbor and works of art created by contemporary Maine artists on display throughout the property, it's easy to see why!

Designed by architect Scott Tease of Scattergood Design of Portland and built by Cabot Lyman of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in nearby Thomaston where many of the interior finishes of the hotel were produced and whose workers were employed to construct the 5-story hotel, 250 Main - which opened in J…