Muskoka, Canada – Cottage Country and then some

If you’ve got the money, I’ve got the place. Muskoka, Canada – cottage country and then some. It’s a few hours north of Toronto. It’s beyond beautiful with more trees and lakes than you can imagine. A fantastic place for a vacation or weekend in the summer. Muskoka in the Fall, when the leaves change colour, is gorgeous. If you like snow and ice (ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, snowmobiling) then you would like it here in the winter too. It’s well worth it to travel to Muskoka.

Muskoka Background

The District of Muskoka is bigger than the state of Rhode Island and contains more than 1,600 lakes. It’s also the home to 7 Provincial Parks and the world famous Algonquin Park for campers. 20 golf courses and top resorts like Taboo, Deerhurst, Grandview, Clevelands House, and JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort.

It’s been the place to go for the well heeled for many years. Tourists flock here from Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world to see Muskoka’s natural beauty. Many Torontonians, some Americans and others have cottages, chalets and/or country homes here. Bryan Adams, Goldie Hawn, Martin Short, pro hockey players and more own some of the more fabulous summer homes. My sister (not famous) has owned a regular cottage for years. My brother-in-law owns a float plane and will fly off their lake to buy butter tarts and chelsea buns.

Here’s a chance to take a quick ride on a ski boat in Muskoka:

The Aura of Muskoka

There’s a few places that have an aura about them in Muskoka. Bigwin Island in Lake of Bays. Now a private island with club and full 18 hole top rated golf course. (As a world golfer, I can tell you that the 18th hole is one of the prettiest in all the world. The longest hole on the course, it sweeps down to the right from an elevated tee towards the lake and clubhouse). Years ago, Bigwin played host to big bands like Tommy Dorsey, Count Basey and others at the Pavilion.

The “Kee to Bala” Bar, located on Lake Muskoka, dates back to 1930 but still has musical acts performing. The Ramones, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Burton Cummings and many more have played here. Mix in some great bakeries, diners and burger joints through the area and traditions stay strong. It’s the longed for Muskoka cottage lifestyle that keeps them coming back.

If you’re convinced that this is the place for you, check out cottages for rent in Muskoka. Or take the plunge, and get a Muskoka Cottage for Sale.

Seriously, it’s well worth it to travel to Muskoka!

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

I am excited to be nominated for a great, new Blogger Award – the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. My thanks to Luke at for the nomination.

Luke is an insightful and inspirational blogger who always brings enthusiasm, knowledge, and positivity to his posts. (I hope to share a beer with him one day in England).

The rules of this award

Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.

  • Answer your nominator’s questions
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them new questions
  • Notify your nominees by visiting and commenting on their blog
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo

Provide the Link to the Award creator

Now here are the answers to Luke’s questions.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself being a full time blogger within a few years. Definitely 10 years from now. I’ll be travelling more in the coming years and writing about it in my blog.

What got you into blogging?

I was asked to write a travel article for a golf magazine about 12 years ago. I went onto write a few articles and was paid for it. The editor left and the incoming editor canned everybody (including me). By this point, I had the “writing bug” so I started my own blog – Mark’s Travel Journal

Where is the best place in the world, you’ve visited?

The best place in the world is a tough one to answer. Dubai, Egypt and Rio de Janeiro are all at the top. I live in Canada so I don’t visit per se but Canada is amazing. I’m a big fan of Austria and have visited there many times. My father grew up there. I love the food, people, drink and views. Austria may be the best place for me and I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been.

Your favourite alcoholic drink?

My favourite alcoholic drink is definitely beer. And that’s one of the reasons why I like Luke’s blog – As a regular reader, I think more about what I’m drinking and have an extra appreciation for the craft.When I buy beer to drink at home, I normally buy 3 or 4 different beers. And when I go to a pub, I look for what is local and what’s on tap. I like the adventure of trying different beers.

If you could meet someone famous or a celebrity, who would it be?

I had the good fortune to meet Sir Richard Branson a few years ago. (Here’s my post – Hello Sir Richard). That was really exciting. He’s a very nice man and a true gentleman. I really don’t have anyone that stands out as wanting to meet although Jennifer Lopez might be a solid choice…

My Nominees:

I’ve been blogging for 10 years as of fall 2020. I really can’t believe it. Rather than nominate other veteran bloggers, I’d like to nominate newer bloggers. Please check them out and show some blog love and support. Here they are:

1. The Lifestyle Confessions – @Lifestyleconf7 – As the title would suggest, there is a little bit of everything here – and with great humour. Love, healthy living, everyday life, and more.

2. Lucy Jacovelli – @lucyjacovelli – Lucy is in her first year with her blog. She covers life, beauty and travel. Her work is fresh and inspired. She’s a lass from Edinburgh and her blog deserves a read. Check it out!

3. Pugsy Wanderlusts – @Hayley_Pugs – Hayley is an inspired travel nomad (ah, to be young again…). Her blog is a journal about travel, lifestyle and other inspirations. Her blog is uber cool and features YouTube videos well worth a watch.

4. Positivity Pledge – @positive_pledge – Brittany is a just a few months into blogging but is off to a great start. Her blog is all about positivity (something we could all use a little more of) and self-improvement. It features wellness, creativity, productivity, relationships and living. Great stories and information. Have a look!

Here’s my questions, in no particular order:

  1. What is your top lesson learned from living in a pandemic?
  2. What country would you love to live in?
  3. Who is your “hippest” relative and why?
  4. Where is your next trip to?
  5. Who is your favourite musical act?

I hope my nominees will join the fun but no pressure to join in. Above all – please support your fellow blogger, and these blogs, with views, likes, shares, and comments.

Cheers, and happy travels!


Best Beaches to Visit in America

sea shells on a sandy beach

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When it comes to vacations, beach visits are among the most popular with Americans. There’s just something so soothing about sitting on the beach, feeling the sand between your toes, and listening to the sound of the waves crash. Although beach vacations are extremely popular, not all beaches are created equally. There certainly are some beaches that stand out from the pack and have asserted themselves as premier destinations. So what exactly are these great beaches? Here are the best beaches to visit in America.


Out of all of the popular beaches in the United States, Malibu is probably one of the most famous and well known. The beach attracts all sorts of celebrities, ranging from movie stars to superstar athletes. Malibu has some beautiful sights and weather, making it the perfect place to kick back and relax. In addition, the area is known for its great waves and perfect surfing conditions. As a result, surfers from all over the world come to the area in order to experience these perfect waves. Being in Malibu will have you feeling like an absolute star, which is just one of the many reasons why it is one of the best beaches to visit in America

Fort Lauderdale

Florida has some great beaches, but some of them rise above the competition and are truly amazing places to visit. One of these great Floridian beaches is Fort Lauderdale, an absolutely classic option for a beach vacation. Here you can experience everything that Florida has to offer, the classic Florida palm trees, the beautiful white sandy beaches, and the crisp warm weather. The area has some great restaurants and shops to go along with its great beaches, making Fort Lauderdale one of the best beach spots on the East Coast. Fort Lauderdale houses for sale are some of the most in-demand real estate in the entire state, and it’s mostly because of the area’s great beaches. If you’re looking to visit a great Florida beach, then Fort Lauderdale should be at the top of your list.

Ocean City

When people think of beaches in the United States, they commonly think of Florida beaches in the southeast and the great beaches on the West Coast. However, one of the nation’s most popular beaches is actually Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City has around ten miles of beach for visitors to enjoy, as well as several miles of boardwalk. Ocean City is also an extremely family-friendly beach, making it the perfect beach to bring the whole family to. If you live in the Northeast and are looking for a great beach getaway, then you can’t go wrong with picking Ocean City.


Hawaii is known for its absolutely gorgeous beaches and perfect weather. One of the state’s most famous beaches in Maui, a beach that draws thousands of visitors every year. Of course, the beautiful sandy beaches are the main attraction for visitors, but that is not the only great quality that Maui has. Maui has some great attractions as well as some breathtaking views. The geography around the beaches is absolutely stunning, and makes relaxing on the beach absolutely blissful. If you want to see some amazing beaches, then visiting Maui would be the perfect place for you.