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Trip Report Toronto for a few days

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Spent the last 4 days in TO. Arrived via Porter Airline - excellent location to downtown TO and the service is great! Actually walked to our hotel - Westin Harbour Castle - maybe not for everyone but I love to walk and it was an extremely nice day. Checking in to the Westin I mentioned we were on our 25th anniversary and got upgraded to a lake-view room - breathtaking! On the contrary to some reports, I would highly recommend the Westin and would stay there again. The close proximity to the harbour as well as other great spots to dine and shop, was excellent.

Day 1 - arrived at 10:30 am and had no problem with an early check-in at the Westin. We had lunch at the Watermark on the harbour. Great food and good service. Bought tickets on the Greyhound double decker bus. The best value in town. Good for the whole time we were in TO - hop on and hop off - plus a harbour water tour. That night, went up to Yorkville and dined at Morton's. Excellent steak and service.

Day 2 - Decided to do the full bus tour around town. Got off at China Town/Kensington Market. Has been ages since we were there, Kensington Market has changed quite a bit - not as much of a market as I remember. Ate at the Waterfall (indian food). One of the best meals we had in TO and priced well. That evening we did a restaurant close to Rogers Centre (Bataldis?) - not great food but the server Devon made up for it. Went to the Rogers Center for a concert. Great spot to see music but a beer is $10.50 a glass.

Day 3 - Decided to do breakfast at the Harbour Centre. It was a chain restaurant that does panini's, etc. For less than $5 each, we had a huge breakfast including coffee. Great food. Since it was pouring rain, decided to take the bus and hop off at Kensington Market. We then proceeded to the DIstillary, big disappointment, but it may have been the rain. Next stop off the bus was the Eaton Centre where we managed to spend the rest of the day and in the surrounding area. Ate lunch at the 3 Brewers. Wrong choice - both food and service. Would not recommend it at all. That night we stopped at the Loose Moose on Front St. Best barkeeps I have seen in awhile! Good specials between 4 and 7 pm. Had dinner at the Watermark - great rib special on Wednesday night. Lobster club was delicious!

Day 4 - Went back to the Lawrence St. market for breakfast. Paddington's has a pea-meal sandwich to die for. Big enough for two to share - get it with hot peppers, onions and honey mustard. Also used our coupon for the boat ride that comes with the Doubledecker bus special. Great way to see the TO skyline and also another quieter side of TO. Toured the underground shopping district and also had lunch at the Loose Moose. For $10 you get a huge lunch - choice of soup/salad, sandwich and it includes fries. The creamy mushroom soup was really good. Departed TO using Porter. They have their own lounge - complimentary bottled water, tea/coffee, soft drinks, juice and snacks plus a bank of computers and a lovely lounge overlooking the water. Definitely will use Porter again to travel with.

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