Clips

Here is a selection of my favourite clips. Most are recent, but I’ve also included a few old favourites.

Travel

Ottawa Wine Tour Company, La Vida Local, Visits Local Vineyards

Ottawa Magazine, August 27, 2018

Eastern Ontario might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of “wine country”—but think again.

The Weekend Escape: Prince Edward County and the Thousand Islands

Trivago Magazine, August 13, 2018

Diving, theatre, scones, antique boats, Napoleon and a rich man’s castle—what’s not to like?Gananoque Boat Line boat near Boldt Castle.

Sleep in an Irish Castle With a Rock Star Connection

GettingOnTravel.com, August 7, 2018

Want to stay in a medieval castle half an hour from Dublin where Eric Clapton once entertained rock royalty? You can do all of that—and get a marvellous cup of tea into the bargain.Barberstown Castle

The Weekend Escape: Ottawa Valley

Trivago Magazine, April 1, 2018

Because I’ve been writing about day trips and weekend getaways from Ottawa for the past 15 years or so, this guide to the Ottawa Valley—a sweeping, largely rural region west of the city—was right up my alley.

Montréal Celebrates Winter

Dreamscapes, Winter 2017/18

If you have to live through winter, you might as well do it in a city where you can enjoy an all-night art party and go ice canoeing the next day.

Two New Hotels in Anguilla: The Reef and Zemi Beach House

Getting on Travel, June 29, 2017

I’ve been lucky enough to stay in some amazing hotels. Zemi Beach was one of the best. And the water really was that blue.

Orlando Hitmakers

Dreamscapes, Spring/Summer 2017

Disney was my daughter’s idea of the perfect vacation. I warmed up to the idea…eventually.

Daytripping to Prince Edward County

The Ottawa Citizen, April 18, 2016

Three sisters. One cottage. Several wineries. A great cooking class. And a lot of cheese.

Walk Down the Isle

The Toronto Star, October 31, 2015

Want to get married in a tropical paradise? If St. Lucia was romantic enough for The Bachelor, it might be romantic enough for you.

Did This N.Y. Town Inspire a Christmas Classic?

The Globe and Mail, December 16, 2013

Every time a bell rings, I think of Seneca Falls—and wonder whether Frank Capra came here before making It’s a Wonderful Life. The locals believe.

Weekend Getaway: A How-To for the Perfect Fall Trip to the Adirondacks

Ottawa Magazine, September 2013

Elvis, mini-putt, fish tacos and canoes—what more could a family of three want in a weekend escape?

Living the Life of a 19th-Century Scholar at Gladstone’s Library: Hawarden, Wales

Buckettripper, July 14, 2012

Sometime in the late 1980s, I mailed—mailed!—away for a brochure about what was then called St. Deniol’s Library. For years, I saved that increasingly tattered brochure, until I finally had the chance to visit the live-in library of my dreams. It was worth the wait.

Mellow Montserrat: Sleepy Doesn’t Begin to Describe This Idyllic Island

Ottawa Citizen, September 9, 2006

With, two gas stations, one main road, no traffic lights and countless chickens, Montserrat is the Caribbean island for people who wouldn’t be caught dead in a casino or on a Segway. This story earned me writing awards from the Travel Media Association of Canada and the North American Travel Journalists Association.

Other

Coming Soon…Robots and Savvy Technology Steal the Show at Age-Well’s Ottawa Event

YouAreUNLTD.com, May 2018

For this new website, I covered an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa that focused on new technologies to help older Canadians, including robots, websites and smartphone apps.

Where to Buy Now: 4 Hot ‘Hoods to Watch in Ottawa’s Intense Real Estate Market

Ottawa Magazine, April 2018

I’ve been writing the annual real estate feature for Ottawa Magazine for over two decades now, so I can crunch sales figures and Statistics Canada demographic data in my sleep.

Life on Track: How the LRT Will Change Ottawa

Ottawa Magazine, May 2017

I’m fascinated by trains, so I jumped at the chance to write this cover story for Ottawa Magazine about the city’s new light-rail system and its effect on urban growth.

Photo courtesy of OC Transpo.

For $1,000, Laura, Who Represented Ottawa on Jeopardy!?

Ottawa City Magazine, June/July 2004

Your reward for scrolling all the way to the end of this page is the chance to read about my ignominious performance on Jeopardy! in 2004.