Monday, March 13, 2006

March Break

Well this year somebody scooped our usual March break chalet up near Bancroft, Ontario so we decided to meet our friends in a central location for a couple of nights in a hotel. "Central" between Ottawa and west-side Toronto would be Kingston/Gananoque so I booked the hotel back in December in anticipation.

Well the day had finally come. Last Sunday morning we packed up and headed down to Gananoque (with our friends in tow - see blog below) via the Smith Falls Hershey factory. As you can imagine it turned out to be a hit with both the kids and the adults. The smell of warm chocolate wafting through the building is reason alone for making this trip.

From there we carried on to our hotel in Gananoque, or more specifically the indoor pool. The kids were pumped and ended up swimming and hot-tubbing for a couple of hours.

Then for supper we headed to downtown Gananoque and discovered this awesome Greek restaurant. The meal was delicious and I topped mine off with a refreshing Greek lager. Very good.

Monday morning was pouring rain so we decided to make a road trip into Kingston. Or more specifically the Kingston Brewing Company. It came recommended from a friend and it certainly turned out to be a hit all around. The adults loved the in-house brewed beer (Dragon's Breath Ale) and the kids loved the free dessert that the owner offered us as the spring break special.

Finally we wrapped up the Monday with a tour of one of the Kingston museums. This one was the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. The ship itself was closed but normally you are able to take a tour and it also doubles as a bed & breakfast too. There is room for 47 scallywags and for only $1250 the entire ship may be rented for the night. Note that there is a midnight curfew though.

Spotted this strange figurine in the museum gift shop. What child out there is adding this awesome toy to their Christmas list I wonder?

Finally we closed of the March break madness with a hike along the Gananoque River after which we both headed off towards our respective homes. All in all it was another McMullan/vanTol success.

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