Life is a high­way

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

“The trav­eller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”


Ihave of­ten joked that my ideal va­ca­tion would be to park a lounge chair in the mid­dle of NYC’s Fifth Av­enue and soak up the bustling vibe. Re­lax­ing around a pool at a swanky Vegas ho­tel also sounds like a good time, and big Euro­pean cities ex­cite me. Yes, I love ac­tion!

Al­though, while city life is the life for me, that changes when it comes to sum­mer va­ca­tion. Hit­ting the road and be­ing swept up by the charms of a small town – and just let­ting what comes, come – holds a long-stand­ing ap­peal.

As a spe­cial sum­mer fea­ture, Ot­tawa at Home took to the back roads and checked out a few towns out­side the city where we met in­ter­est­ing peo­ple liv­ing their dreams in a life­style of choice (pg 28). We clocked mega mileage tak­ing in the land­scape, drink­ing up the scenery and hunt­ing for all things “cot­tage.” Be­ing in the process of build­ing a new fam­ily cot­tage, work­days be­came like a mini va­ca­tion where I could work and play at the same time! I even picked up a few of the fun vin­tage finds we un­earthed for our read­ers.

Chat­ting with the lo­cals about their pas­sions and life­style made me re­think my idea of the per­fect va­ca­tion. Per­haps it’s my stage of life, or maybe I’m get­ting caught up in a trend to let go of the hec­tic pas­sage of time, but tak­ing in the sim­plic­ity of small town life seems idyl­lic. Pho­tog­ra­pher Mark Holleron ap­pears to have jumped on board with this think­ing too, and his knack for cap­tur­ing ev­ery story in pic­tures shines in our sum­mer is­sue.

The tal­ent of Creative Di­rec­tor Tanya Con­nolly-Holmes to turn im­ages and words into in­spir­ing pages has al­lowed this is­sue to read like a mini va­ca­tion. And we hope our read­ers will take a few road trips this sum­mer to dis­cover what we have seen and find trea­sures of their own. Ded­i­cated city slick­ers can hit some of Ot­tawa’s chicest pa­tios (pg 40), but they may also want to slow down a lit­tle to dip their feet in the wa­ter and en­joy a frozen, gourmet treat (pg 39)! No mat­ter where your sum­mer self lies, Ot­tawa At Home has a lit­tle some­thing to ap­peal to ev­ery­one’s va­ca­tion per­sona.

Hit the road like a trav­eller, not a guided tourist, and maybe even con­sider tak­ing the road less trav­elled!

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