(The following article was originally published March 26, 2014)
There’s so much more to spring than spring cleaning. And after Toronto’s deep freeze of a winter, we’re readier than ever for the spring thaw.
Celebrate the sunny season with these five uplifting antidotes:
1.) Allan Gardens Conservatory: If the closing of Canada Blooms Flower and Garden Festival has left you with “Wild” withdrawal, then get yourself over to Allan Gardens where the spring flower show is in full bloom. It’s like walking into a fairytale. This 16,000 square-foot oasis will instantly transport you to warmer locales. Exotic plants are housed in six green houses, the largest being the Palm House built in 1910.
2.) Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada: Ripley’s Aquarium is the closest thing on terra firma to scuba diving or snorkeling. The underwater viewing tunnel is jaw dropping. Guaranteed you will see sharks. And if you purchase the Ripley’s Aquarium package at the InterContinental Toronto Centre you’ll receive your very own pet fish in a bowl. You can take it home or donate it to a primary school classroom. The package includes a $100 voucher towards a spa treatment or Azure Restaurant and Bar, an overnight stay in the luxury hotel, and two passes to the Aquarium, conveniently located behind the hotel.
3.) Spa Intercontinental: Nothing says spring tune up better than a spa day. It’s time to peel off the Sorels and slough off your dry, weathered heels with a pampering pedicure at Spa InterContinental. Then kick up your heels and celebrate spring poolside with a golf-inspired signature cocktail – Fairway or Fore – ordered exclusively from the Azure Restaurant and Bar.
4.) Ice cream, Ice cream: Indulge in a scoop, or two. Chocolate and ice cream are largely a universal weakness, and Ed’s Reel Scoop has both. Located in both Leslieville and the Beach, Ed’s makes delicious, creamy homemade gelato, sorbet and ice cream. And to top it off, Ed’s lets you try two flavours on your small cone. With over 70 flavours, including Guinness Stout, Honey Ginger, and Red Hot Chili Chocolate, this spring fling should last well into summer.
5.) Go Jays Go: Take yourself out to a Toronto Blue Jays game! Nothing says spring like professional baseball’s spring training. And with only five days before the launch of the 2014 opening season, it’s beginning to smell a lot like hotdogs, beer and baseball turf at Rogers Centre. To open the roof, or not to open the roof? That is the question. The Jays play the New York Yankees in their season opener on April 4th. Peanuts anyone?
(Originally published March 26, 2014)