A few weeks ago we headed up to Prince Edward County, someplace neither of us have ever been! I’ve always seen everyone posting about how gorgeous it is and the quaint unique stays available in the County so wanted to see what all the hype was about. (the hype is in fact very real lol)

We checked into the Drake Motor Inn, a nostalgic nod to the classic roadside motel – without the musty old-school motel vibes you’re thinking about lol think updated rooms, modern twists and amenities, keyless digital entry, and ‘woof’ beds! This is probably one of the first places I’ve come across who encourage bringing your furry friend along and provide everything they also need for a comfortable stay!

You’re also probably wondering if the Motor Inn has any affiliation with The Drake Hotel in Toronto, and the answer is yes! Think of it as a sister property to The Drake Hotel located in Toronto, and the Drake Devonshire in Wellington (Prince Edward County). The Drake Motor Inn is actually located just up the road from the lakefront Drake Devonshire which allows you to enjoy and explore both properties – the restaurant and bar is actually located at the Devonshire so that’s where you would head for some munch regardless, pleasant stroll included!

The Motor Inn itself is a two-building guesthouse featuring 12 pet-friendly rooms with an abundance of unique art, photography, and installations placed around the grounds (which also translates over at The Devonshire). Rooms can be booked as either single, double, and triple stays, depending on the size of your party, and each room features their own balcony or walk-out garden.

Upon booking, simply let the team know if you’ll be bringing pets or babies and they’ll set your room accordingly – if you don’t know this by now, we literally travel everywhere with our baby bassinet lol and did so again on this trip presuming there would be no other space for her to sleep so it just made sense. We were oh so pleasantly surprised when we opened the door and saw a crib by the bedside and my heart went all warm and fuzzy inside because I thought it was such a considerate and thoughtful gesture, especially since we had never once requested anything for bubba x extra points in our books for the team for catering to their guests and to be honest the same hospitality and warmth was something very evident and consistent throughout our entire stay!xxx

Back to the rooms lol – rooms are equipped with a stocked mini fridge, retro snacks, and quality body amenities (Malin+Goetz Rum Body Wash is now my fave!)  Each building has the most coolest of common rooms which are perfect to lounge in or get some work done – board games, and vintage polaroid cameras are available for you to borrow and complimentary tea/coffee is brought out to the common rooms every morning! An outdoor fire pit and yard space is also on the grounds for guest use.

We were fortunate to spend a good amount of time on both properties, the Motor Inn and the Devonshire as it’s where we ate all our meals and enjoyed the lakefront view!

Our first night consisted of a gorgeous lakefront dinner at The Perch. What on earth is ‘The Perch’ you may ask?! The Perch is a unique multi-functional outdoor wooden A-frame built out over the water, essentially looking like a wooden tent if you will, which can be used for anything from intimate proposals, to concerts, to special dining experiences, and oh so cool in my personal opinion!

The team had set up an almost glamping-like dining experience for us which I loved, and loved even more because there was enough space for us to have our bassinet in close proximity! While we ate, Nunu was lulled to sleep by the waves and it was the most loveliest of evenings x Another notable mention about catering to guests needs, I had mentioned that we only eat halal, but seafood was totally okay, and to be honest did not think twice about anyone sourcing halal meat out in Prince Edward County of all places. Not only was a variety of halal steak and lamb offered to us (which was delicious by the way!), but non-alcoholic mocktails to compliment dinner was the cherry-on-top to us truly feeling that the team had gone above-and-beyond to ensure we got the very best experience during our stay. They didn’t have to, but they did, and again that consistent hospitality and kindness is a reason we will be back again! *sidenote: burrata and grilled peaches is not a combo to sleep on!

I was up early the next morning so had a bit of a wander by the lake and explored the back trail at the Devonshire. It made me realize how much I missed those early mornings during my solo travels of just silent stillness and a cool breeze which made me feel like all was one with the world x I lucked out and caught sight of a beautiful Heron on the lakefront which is actually the first time I’ve ever seen one up close so yay for firsts! The back trail was more of a unique art walk, with various pieces of art posted against the fence and a nostalgic tetherball pole which we of course tried our hand at haha

The addition of a porch at the back end of the property which overlooks the lake was the perfect spot to enjoy my quiet morning with a side of fresh blueberry scones made in-house. It ended up being my private short-lived pinterest morning lol but I loved it just the same! Colourful barstools, standing tables, and built-in benches allow for a less ‘formal’ lounging experience and a perfect spot to grab drinks and chat while enjoying the lakefront breeze.

As our stay was only for a couple days, we only managed to see a little bit of town. There was an Alpaca farm I was keen on taking Nunu to, but I also considered she’s still a little too small to enjoy it so it’s been postponed until our next trip to the County. The Old Greenhouse Ice cream Shop is definitely worth stopping by, and it’s exactly that; an old greenhouse turned into an ice cream shop lol which was quite cool. There was a beautiful park up the road also which overlooks the lake which seemed fab for picnics or for kids to run wild – another point worth noting about the County in general, at least where we were staying, was the sense of community and safety especially for children. Maybe because we’re parents now and our spidey senses are heightened haha but we got the jist of the town being an ‘everyone-knows-everyone’ type town where everyone looks out for each other as if they’re their own and it was really comforting to see. Anyone we also had any interaction with, both on the properties or in town, was extremely kind and friendly and we were met with smiles all around which is never a bad thing!

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to visit Prince Edward County and understand what all the hype is about, take this as your sign to just go! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to experience it for the first time with the Drake Motor Inn and the Devonshire as it truly was the cherry-on-top to our visit and would forever recommend the property to you, be it your first or third visit to the County. An affordable, chic unique stay, and Canada’s only Conde Naste Traveler 2020 Hot List, why would you stay anyplace else?!

Thank you to the exceptionally helpful and friendly staff at The Drake Motor Inn and Drake Devonshire for providing a complimentary stay. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Oh Canada/Toronto. You were doing so well. I was just starting to feel home sickly and fuzzy feels about you and your people and the way things are done but it was too good to be true. I’m sat at Pearson Airport in my fairly (new) patriotic Toronto Raptors hoodie (probably my first time owning any Canadian/Torontonian memorabilia. yes not even Roots sweatpants. and I’ve only done so as a result of this trip and all the good ‘we the north’ feels [thanks Zain lol]) and I was hoping for a smooth check-in, reception, flight etc. My small talk for the check-in counter was prepared so as to distract the rep. from my slightly overweight luggage, I knew what seat I wanted to request alongside exactly what I wanted to pick up from duty free. Alas.

It decided to snow this morning. Toronto’s first proper snowfall of the year, wind and flakes, the whole 9-yards. Obviouslyy I know what happens when it snows. I was born here, went to school here, waited for countless buses in horrid weather etc etc. and once upon a time loved snow, so naturally we left home a couple hours earlier to get to the airport on time. Squads of salting trucks were taking over the streets and long story short, 2 and a half hours later we made it to the airport. Mind you my flight was leaving in 45 minutes, but I just had to drop my bags and run and I would’ve made it. Air Canada has got to have the worst customer service ever whilst employing the most senile, un-empathetic, non-smiling, and frankly rudest employees ever. One of the ladies had me jump the queue because of the time, but the woman at the desk was so bluntly in-your-face and goes nope you missed your flight go line up behind everyone else so I can serve them first. errrr…..so I waited and watched how she somehow managed to get someone else in my same position  on to get their flight.but that’s none of my business. got called to another counter with yet another failure of a representative who told me to go home and I’d have to get changed onto a flight tomorrow and actually had to reason with him to let me use a phone to call my brother to turn around and pick me up. “do you have a phone I can use please?” “no.” “the phone behind you, can I please use that? my phone isn’t working in this country.” “—-” “can you at least dial the number and you can call for me??!!!!” “what’s the number?” 😐   argh!! dealt with another rude lady until finally someone was silently able to change my flight whilst consciously ignoring my sniffling teary-eyed self.why are people so mean and unfriendly Air Canada?!?!?

So now I’ve got another 2ish hours at the gate. I’m seated in a middle seat on the plane which I can’t handle for a 13hour flight. Duty free didn’t have what I wanted, and my Starbucks tastes horrid. Everything happens for a reason and alhamdulillah again for everything and I didn’t have to pay extra for a new flight, but dang son. It’s definitely one of those days!

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I’m sitting at Frankfurt Airport feeling distressed. I feel anxious and on the verge of a panic attack which is weird because I’ve never felt that before. Is it mean that I don’t want to go home? Not ever, I just don’t feel ready to go back to it all yet. Maybe travelling on my own has something to do with it but there’s this unsettling feeling in the pit of my stomach. My feet hurt; flip flops are a bad idea I guess, and I haven’t eaten partly because i don’t think my innards can handle it atm. Shaheers in the air somewhere on the way to London. I’m tempted to book a flight from here to Gatwick on a spur of the moment feel but I can just imagine how mama would feel lol argh. I feel uncomfortable and it’s different seeing people follow rules for a change. How can home and a people’s you’ve lived amongst and grown up with seem so foreign to you within a couple years? Kelly and I were on the same flight so we kept each other company prior to boarding and departing so that was nice. Not sure who’ll be waiting to pick me up from the airport but pretty sure I’ll knock out as soon as we get home. The PAs been announcing that only 1 piece of hand luggage is allowed as the flight is full; I’ve got 2 so what do I do.. I hope there’s no one sitting next to me so I can put my feet up; got lucky on the last flight and managed to snag two seats which I was over the moon about and had as fabulous of a sleep one can have on an airplane. It’s meant to rain in Toronto when I arrive and I can’t remember the last time I experienced rain; going from 42-47 degrees to about 25 is going to take a bit of adjusting to I imagine. Boarding has started with the special classes and passengers with kiddies so I presume I’ll be up soon. I guess Lufthansa has an affiliation with Air Canada because that’s the second leg and I don’t think I’m quite a fan. 8 hours until touchdown inshallah x
  

#possiblymymostfavouriteteeever xo.

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 Tee: Tshirtpolicy London

Cardi: ya’anee by Saira

Necklaces: AZHA workshop (@azhaworkshop)

BF Jeans: Primani

Flats: Zara

I love anything that contrasts well with white, so when I was gifted this lovely necklace from The Gift of Glamour (@thegiftofglamour), it kinda sorta made my day! I paired it with one of my pieces, a lilac high-low shirt dress, and white skinnies because why not!

Be sure to check them out on instagram and facebook. They have a variety of statement necklaces, headpieces, clothes and more which are uber cute and reasonably priced! You can also shop online via their website and shipping is free to Canada & the US (they also ship internationally!)

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 Shirt Dress: ya’anee by Saira

Necklace: The Gift of Glamour

Watch: The Gift o Glamour

Skinnies: H&M

Flats: Zara