“Love Locks” – Historic Distillery District
Niagara Falls – American Side Facing Canada
150,000 GALLONS PER SECOND!!!!
With a passion for historic, boutique hotels we chose to spend our night in Niagara at The Giacomo. Built in 1929 as an office building in the Art Deco style it has a funky Mayan theme going on and was very comfortable for our one night stay.
Door Fiftyfive | Women’s Room
The Grand | Indoor Pool & Suite Deck
CN Tower | Brookfield Place | St. James Cathedral
One of the things I love most about Toronto (other than the fact it’s home to Frank Gehry) they have the amazing ability to salvage historic buildings and incorporate contemporary modern architecture seamlessly. Google Royal Ontario Museum and thank me later.
Both Rick and I are suckers for Greek Revival and Toronto has no lack of downtown curb appeal!
“The Flatiron Mural” | Derek Michael Besant
Of course it has lavish great halls, ballrooms, conservatories, towers….
Casa Loma | Great Hall & Library
But also has the most beautiful details. IN. EVERY. SINGLE. ROOM!
Casa Loma | Breakfast Nook & Round Room
Other Art & Architectural Mentions:
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Old City Hall
- Rymerson University Student Learning Center
- Canada’s National Ballet School
- Design Exchange Museum
- And last, but not least! Gardiner Museum
While wondering about the city we came across a few design shops. I tried really hard not to drag my family through each and everyone of them, but I did manage to sneak in two while downtown!
On to the restaurant scene! There are so many great restaurants and so many of them have fabulous designs! Probably the most impressive restaurant design we experienced while there was by the “crush worthy” firm, Studio Munge. Their design of Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie in the Distillery District was by far my favorite. Who doesn’t love a good use of a old warehouse? One that completely transforms your experience into a lux French bistro, oyster bar, bottle shop! And also, who doesn’t love gingham, pop of toile, and cement tiles!!
Cluny |Historic Distillery District | Design By Studio Munge
Other Restaurant Mentions:
- Bar Raval See interior pics here
- El Catrin – another amazing design by Munge
- Drake One Fifty
- Café Boulud
As you can see it was easy for us to fall head over heels with Toronto! Looking forward to planning a return trip soon. Stay tuned for more IA travels.
“Under The Mistletoe” | Historic Distillery District