The Essence of Mexico


Written By: Robyn Roehm Cannon

With a past that can be traced back to 1531 and the indigenous tribe of the Totorames, the story of Mazatlan is rich with traditions, European architecture, and activities that treat visitors to genuine Mexico. Unlike many more tourist-driven destinations, most “Mazatlecos” have lived their entire lives in the area and are part of large families who also live and work in the city. Family comes first in Mazatlan, and to visit is to become a part of that tradition.

Mazatlan has a position of great importance in Mexico’s international trade. As early as 1820, ships were built in its harbor, and in 1828, a maritime customs house was built that still exists today. As one of Mexico’s major shrimping ports, a highlight for tourists is access to exceptionally fresh seafood – especially jumbo prawns harvested just miles offshore and deliciously prepared in myriad ways.

For a great meal after a day in the sun, Cilantro’s, a romantic candlelit beach house just feet from the crashing surf at the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan, is the place to go. This gorgeous restaurant offers crisp white tablecloth service under a palm thatched roof; freshly caught shrimp and local lobster are simply grilled over a mesquite fire and served over fragrant rice. The succulent crustaceans are garnished with fresh guacamole, handmade tortillas, and pico de gallo, and are accompanied by superb margarita cocktails muddled with tiny locally grown limes.  All finished up with flan, a traditional baked egg custard topped with a caramel glaze, and sometimes, flaming Spanish coffee, dramatically prepared tableside by delightfully charismatic waiters. It simply doesn’t get any better!

Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan is located in the northern part of the city, just beyond a collection of hotels, specialty shops, and restaurants known as the Golden Zone. With impeccable guest service, accommodations decorated with authentic Mexican tiles and artwork, beautifully tended gardens, and pristinely groomed beach, the Pueblo is respected throughout Mazatlan – and Mexico – for five-star service in a warm and relaxed atmosphere that really feels like home, only better.

Since temperatures in May can creep up to the 90s, early exercise is best, followed by a leisurely breakfast at Las Palomas (translated “The Doves”), which resembles the porch of a traditional hacienda, with latticework ceilings, brightly colored bougainvillea vines, and giant fans that create a cooling breeze.

After that, it’s time to hit the beach and take over a palapa. The palapa is a miraculous invention – when it gets too hot in the sun, the shade of these giant palm beach umbrellas lowers the temperature by at least 20 degrees and offers relief in the shade. The roar of the ocean is constant as you read and nap away the afternoon, opening an eye now and then to talk with roaming beach merchants who have silver and brightly colored beach sarongs for sale.

After the sun lowers over the horizon, it is time to think about eating again, and after a shower, you can dress and grab a pulmonia (an open-air taxi converted from a small jeep) to patronize one of Mazatlan’s many great restaurants. Favorites include Panchos Cafe in the Gold Zone on the beach, Pedro and Lola’s or the Pacifico Cafe in the city’s picturesque town square, with traditional Mexican fare, roaming mariachis, and local families and couples mingle with tourists.

For amazing anitpasti, hand-thrown brick-oven pizzas, and scrumptious house-made pastas in a European cafe setting, try Vitorio’s. If you feel like dancing, a stop at Joe’s Oyster Bar can be a fun way to end an evening, or a great way to spend a late lunch on the beach, with deep-fried fresh oysters and an icy cold beer. Sometimes, though, if you dress up a bit and walk just a few feet from the villa you can go to one of the most special Italian restaurants in the world, outside of Venice. Angelo’s is a Mazatlan institution at Pueblo Bonito, with impeccable service and authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The tableside preparation of the classic Ceasar salad is an event, and chef Gilberto DelToro Coello has won many awards for his original presentations.

Besides consuming all the delicious food in Mazatlan, there are so many ways to spend relaxing days. An early morning trip into El Centro allows you to experience an authentic marketplace that has been going on daily for hundreds of years. Jungle mountain tours share the birds, wildlife, and handmade furniture and pottery trades in the little town of Copala, which dates to 1565. And for museum-quality handmade Citali jewelry, visit the Rubio Jewelers and El Delphin. Jose Rubio is a U.S.-trained gemologist, and both shops offer exquisite, authentic pieces at very fair prices.

The ocean, the sun, the people are the same, year in and year out. It’s a touchstone type of place, and once you visit, you’ll find you’ll leave your heart there.

Visiting Philadelphia


Written By: Robyn Roehm Cannon

A fine combination of early U.S. history, world-class architecture, culture, gourmet dining, magnificent public gardens, and city parks make it a destination that everyone should absolutely visit once. Here are just a few things – of past and present – not to miss when you go:

Old City

William Penn and his fellow Quakers settled Old City in the late 1600s. Here you’ll visit some of America’s most important buildings, all within walking distance of one another. In Independence Hall, the very chair George Washington sat upon during the signing of the Declaration is on display. Just seeing it makes all the high school lectures you sat through on the American Revolution become real.

Many patriots and heroes worshiped at Christ Church during the past three centuries. You can still sit in pew No. 58, where Washington was found on Sunday mornings, as well as the pews of Benjamin Franklin (No. 70) and Betsy Ross (No. 12) – who, by the way, was not the old Quaker seamstress we see in paintings. She was an upholsterer in her early 20s when she sewed the first U.S. flag.

Standing arm’s length from the Liberty Bell, in an open rotunda in Independence Hall National Park’s Liberty Bell Center, is an emotional experience and puts the ideals these brave men and women stood up for in bold perspective.

An authentic look at life in the early 1700s can be found on Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest continuously occupied residential street. It is named after Jeremiah Elfreth, who built and rented some of the homes to trades people, and sea captains. Amazingly, nearly everyone who has lived on the alley since its beginning has been carefully documented, and twice a year, many residents open their homes for tours.

Reading Terminal Market and the Italian Market

If you’ve played Monopoly, you know Reading Railroad is a prime piece of real estate. The Reading (pronounced “Redding”) Terminal Market was established in 1892, and it still houses one of the country’s best farmers’ markets. Mix with locals shopping at nearly 90 stalls for fresh fish, produce, and baked goods, and choose from a marvelous selection of lunch counters to taste Philly cheesesteak, Amish breads, Italian cannoli, or authentic soul food. The best fresh turkey sandwich you’ll ever eat can be had at the Original Turkey. Owner Roger Bassett is a fifth-generation descendant of one of the market’s first stallholders; he bakes more than 30 fresh turkeys a day and hand-carves them to order. His family also runs Bassett’s Ice Cream at the Terminal on the same marble counter where his great-great-grandfather started in 1893. Vanilla addicts will never enjoy a richer – or bigger – ice cream cone anywhere.

A short cab ride from Old City takes you to Rocky Balboa’s neighborhood – South Philly, where on Ninth Street from Catherine to Wharton Streets many Italian families still live above their shops in the historic Italian Market. Stop at Claudio’s Wholesale, Inc. for an old-world experience tasting handmade pasta, cheeses, imported seafood, unusual sausages, barrels of fresh olives, dried figs, and dozens of vinegars and olive oils. For a fabulous meal, try Sabrina’s Cafe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This quirky bistro serves everything homemade and in giant portions. Huge whisks fitted with light bulbs make a funky chandelier, paying homage to the historic bakery that occupied the space for more than 60 years.

Neighborhood to Explore

Three delightful neigborhoods to check out are Penn’s Landing, Society Hill, and Rittenhouse Square, where you’ll find a mixture of 18th-century homes, vibrant retail, and myriad dining and nightclub options. Penn’s View Hotel is a small, romantic hotel in a restored brick warehouse overlooking the Delaware River and walking distance to the historic district. Its outstanding Ristorante Panorama serves authentic, trattoria-style cuisine, and Il Bar features the largest wine preservation system in the world, consistently awarded for excellence by Wine Spectator magazine – with 120 bottles always available by the glass.

Another lovely boutique accommodation is Rittenhouse 1715. This charming renovated carriage house just off Rittenhouse Square has only 16 rooms and the most deluxe appointments. From Frette sheets to a nightly wine reception and a delicious European breakfast, it’s a delightful way to spend a night or two.

Great antique hunts can be had on Society Hill’s Antique Row, an eight-block area on Pine Street filled with shops offering wonderful finds. For sterling silver, it doesn’t get any better than Jeffrey L. Biber Antiques. Biber is an expert historian.

Philadelphia has so many terrific dining options, you’d have to stay a month to even make a dent. But a sure bet is any one of the dozen magnificent establishments operated by Bon Apetit‘s 2005 Chef of the Year, Stephen Starr. Alma de Cuba transports you to old Havana in the ’50s (the chocolate cigar gives new meaning to the word “dessert”), while Tangerine, Budakan, and Striped Bass all present a contemporary take on classic cuisines of the world, in environments so beautiful they take your breath away.

Philadelphia’s motto is “the city that love you back.” For sure, you won’t find a place packed with more history and hospitality anywhere in the nation.

Off the Beaten Path


Written By: Robyn Roehm Cannon

Old Faithful has performed with nearly military precision every 90 minutes – day and night – for well over a hundred years. On a typical summer day, huge audiences pack circular boardwalks surrounding the world-famous geyser in anticipation of its awe-inspiring show.

Yellowstone has shaped the American public’s definition of nature since 1872, when President Ulysses S. Grant made it the first national park in the world for good reason: There are more geysers, hot springs, and other thermal features here than the rest of the planet combined. In the spring, pristine snowmelt cascades into dazzling waterfalls of every description, including one that is twice as high as Niagara Falls. Yellowstone has a canyon that is deep and colorful enough to fall into the “Grand” category. Best of all, a significant portion of the park’s incredible terrain is accessible by a hiker of just average ability.

Then, there’s the wildlife: Ever focus your telephoto lens on a wild, untamed grizzly bear grabbing a trout from a stream? Or a bald eagle spreading his wings? What about a mother bison nursing her baby calf? Thousands of people experience these wonders in Yellowstone annually.

The park covers a mind-boggling 2.2 million acres. The most popularly used entrance is adjacent to West Yellowstone, a classic tourist town that is home of the Museum of the Yellowstone an the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Both are worth a visit to get oriented on the extensive history, wildlife, and geography that are encompassed within the park.

There is an authentic guest ranch experience removed from the bustle of town, the perfect spot just 5 miles from the park’s west entrance on Buttermilk Creek Road – a beautifully restored lodge with private cabins called the Bar N Ranch. The location is superb: 200 private acres on the south fork of the famous Madison River, renowned for its world-class fly-fishing.

In 2003, Gavagans left their professional lives in Chicago behind, where Gayle practiced residential interior design and Mike was involved in film and video production, after Mike’s employer spotted an ad in The Wall Street Journal and bought the property.

The Gavagans became sweat equity partners and assumed the role of managers. But they arrived in November to bitter-cold winter temperatures and extreme snowfall, discovering that the buildings were sadly neglected, needing drastic structural and cosmetic improvements. Undaunted, they moved into the attic of the main lodge and set to work. After months of back-breaking physical labor and carpentry, they’ve succeeded in creating a simply, beautiful appointed retreat like non other in the region.

Today, the massive lodge is an ideal place to sink into a cozy hair-on-hide sofa with a glass of wine and a good book, next to a crackling fire. Giant hand-hewn log ceiling beams are artfully draped in Pendleton wool blankets. A massive handcrafted pine burl staircase was restored and leads to the guest wing, where creature comforts in seven guest rooms or one of seven cabins are top-notch – private baths, luxurious down comforters, silky sheets, and plush doeskin robes are standard issue.

Authenitcally chinked log cabins all have wood-burning fireplaces, supplied with an endless stack of split logs. Each cabin’s four-person hot tub is perfect for a late-night soak after a day spent exploring Yellowstone – from fishing to rafting, kayaking, hiking, or horseback riding. It’s all available, and the Gavagans are happy to arrange the details for their guests.

Each morning, guests enjoy a multicourse breakfast that may include homemade blueberry pancakes or ranch hand Ron’s French Toast – a truly divine way to start the day. A seasonally changing dinner menu is prepared each night by executive Chef Jack Cole, whose pedigree is impressive – New York’s Club 21 and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel are among his former culinary stops. Here at the ranch, his philosophy focuses in an unpretentious style that caters to a regular local clientele in addition to ranch guests.

There’s plenty of magic at the Bar N Ranch, where nature and luxury are perfectly mixed with authentic and warm Western hospitality.

Escape to Door County

Written By: Rebecca Sweat

Located on a 75-mile peninsula surrounded by the waters of Green Bay on the west and Lake Michigan on the east, Door County, Wisconsin, is fast becoming one of the nation’s most popular travel destinations. The county embraces 300 miles of picturesque shoreline that is dotted with bustling harbors, quaint seaside towns, pristine beaches, and quiet covers. Ten lighthouses guard the harbor and the 42 islands in the county.

The dozen shoreline communities along the Door County peninsula each have something unique to offer,but five tend to be a favorite among visitors. As you explore them, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you.

Sturgeon Bay

Door County’s largest town and county seat, Sturgeon Bay is an eclectic mix of Victorian-era buildings and modern hotels, resorts, restaurants, shops, and galleries. History enthusiasts will not want to miss the Door County Historical Museum, located in Sturgeon Bay’s historic district, to view exhibits depicting the county’s settlement from the early 1800s onward.

The Miller Art Museum and the Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art provide art lovers with a quality cultural experience. Also downtown is the Door County Maritime Museum, with displays relating to the city’s long shipbuilding history, a lighthouse exhibit, and a pilot house from a working freighter.

Just west of the city, Potawatomi State Park has miles of trails, excellent campsites, and an observation tower with an eagle’s eye view of the shoreline and woods.


Some of the most spectacular shoreline scenery can be found in or around Jacksonport, on Door County’s eastern shore. Lakeside Park, in the center of town, has a public swimming beach and several picnic areas. Cave Point County Park, located just a few miles south of Jacksonport, features miles of limestone bluffs and sea caves and is a haven for divers and photographers. A short drive away is Whitefish Dunes State Park, which boasts the highest sand dunes in Wisconsin, a unique lookout point called “Old Baldy,” an expansive swimming beach, and 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and skiing.

Jacksonport is also home to the county’s Cherry Festival, which take place annually in early August. There are more than 2,000 acres of cherry orchards in Door County, and the festival is a celebration of the harvest each year. Enjoy the music, parades, carnival rides, and, of course, baked goods made from cherries.

Fish Creek

Located on Door’s western shore, Fish Creek is known throughout the nation for its active artistic life. There are more than 100 galleries and art museums in Door County, many of which are in Fish Creek. Art enthusiasts will enjoy a day browsing the different galleries or even taking an art class of their own. The Peninsula Art School and Guenzel Gallery offers on- to five-day workshops in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and metalwork, painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking.

Performing arts are also big in Fish Creek. Top theaters include the Peninsula Players, America’s oldest professional residential summer theater, set right on the shoreline with breathtaking views of Green Bay; American Folklore Theater, an outdoor amphitheater featuring original plays and musicals performed by local actors and musicians; and the Door Community Auditorium, which plays host to dozens of nationally known artists and productions each year. Additionally, the Peninsula Music Festival draws musicians from America’s finest orchestras to perform ten concerts in Fish Creek over three weeks every August.

While in Fish Creek, be sure to visit the White Gull Inn for an authentic Door County fish boil dinner, a method of cooking that is unique to northern Wisconsin.

Sister Bay

Settled in the 1850s by Norwegian and Swedish immigrants, Sister Bay is proud of its Scandinavian heritage. Quality shops, restaurants, and bakeries abound in the town center, featuring Scandinavian fare, unique gifts, and collectibles.

One of the most famous Door County restaurants is in Sister Bay, and that’s Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. The menu features authentic Swedish cuisine – dishes such as Swedish meatballs, roast beef hash, limpa bread, and lingonberry pancakes, along with Lake Michigan-caught whitefish and fresh produce from area farms.

Washington Island

Just north of the western tip of the Door Peninsula is Washington Island, the County’s largest island and a very remote, back-to-nature kind of destination. The only way to get to the island is by car ferry from the mainland. The quickest trip is via the ferry from Northport, and that takes about 30 minutes. You also can take narrated boat excursions from Gills Rock, about 90 minutes each way.

Take in the island’s pastoral views by biking, hiking, or riding mopeds around the island (bikes and mopeds can be rented from local tour operators). Check out the island’s many gift shops and art galleries. Catch some rays at East Side Park Beach or the Sand Dunes Public Beach. For a great view of neighboring islands and Escanaba, Michigan, climb the 184-step tower at Mountain Park.

Once one Washington Island, you may want to take the 10-minute ferry trip over to Rock Island, home of Rock Island State Park. Cars and bicycles are not allowed on Rock Island, but it is easy to get around on foot. Be sure to tour the Potawatomi Lighthouse, an all-stone structure and the only lighthouse in Door County that you can climb to the top, and the Thordarson Boat House, an elaborate 1900s boathouse made entirely from local stone. Backpacking, hiking, diving, swimming, and kayaking are also popular. Of course, you may just be content to relax in your beach chair, admiring the brilliant white cliffs, cobblestone beaches, and turquoise waters.

Portland: A Foodie’s Delight

Written By: Ashley Griffin

Often overshadowed by West Coast foodie favorites San Francisco and Seattle, Portland is the West’s newest culinary epicenter. Today, trendy Portlanders frequent James Beard award-winning restaurants, shop a variety of expansive farmers’ markets each week, benefit immensely from their proximity to sweeping farmlands and award-winning wineries, and are as food literate a population as that of France or New York. As such, it comes as no surprise that Portland tourists should lead with their noses when planning their travel itinerary.

Begin your stay at a local hotel but forgo the chains; Portland’s indie spirit means there are plenty of boutique hotels to check into. Among them: Hotel Lucia with its sleek lobby and cozy rooms; the glamorous, old Holleywoodesque Hotel deLuxe; Hotel Monaco with its playful decor and complimentary evening wine tasting; and the European-style Ace Hotel that takes up an entire downtown block with an adjacent restaurant, quaint coffee shop, and authentic New York-style deli.

Whether morning or afternoon, a perfect day exploring in Portland start with a cup of coffee and a sinful pastry from one of the many independent bakeries and coffee houses about town. The best baked treats are found at one of three spot: Ken’s Artisan Bakery makes flaky, buttery croissants and rustic breads; St. Honore Boulangeric exudes Parisian charm and makes classic pastries such as brioche chocolat; and Pearl Bakery makes a delightful fig-anise roll. You’ll also find these treats and more at the city’s highly regarded Saturday Farmers’ Market from April through December in the  city’s Park Blocks.

For a rich roast to start or break up your day, visit local favorite Albina Press, whose famous baristas have won multiple coffee competitions. Stumptown Coffee Roasters are another favorite for coffee connoisseurs who enjoy small-batch roasts, French press coffee, and beautiful espresso drinks served in a laid-back setting.

For a casual mid-day activity, wander any of Portland’s four major city quadrants for shopping and more eating. The quaint streets in the Pearl District house block upon block of boutiques, eateries, and the famous Powell’s Books. One could spend an entire day browsing the shelves at Powell’s, an expansive warehouse-size store the rumors to house more books than Portland does residents.

A popular way to experience some of the Pearl’s culinary hotspots is by joining Portland Walking Tours for a three-hour Epicurean Excursion tour. You’ll taste wine, local produce, teas, mustards, beer, coffee, sorbettos, chocolate truffles, and artisan breads, among other treats. While indulging, you’ll also chat with the artisans themselves and glean a bit of history about the Pearl District from your tour guide.

Across the river, Mississippi Avenue provides another, albeit smaller, area to explore. While wandering this artsy district, be sure to stop in at The Meadow. This tiny store sells only gourmet finishing salts, flowers, chocolate, and wine, but you’ll be wowed by the selection found in each category. Then, after browsing the other neighborhood boutiques, act like a local and head to the nearby 820 Lounge, where cocktail maven Lucy Brennan invents delightful libations of all sorts.

Have only a pre-dinner drink here, as there are many restaurants you’ll want to sample during the dinner hour. Portland’s most famous restaurants serve seasonal, locally sourced fare and include the venerable Wildwood, Higgins Restaurant and Bar, and Paley’s Place. Each of these esteemed restaurants has its own style of decor and cuisine, and none should be skipped over on your tour of Portland.

For many of Portland’s new culinary talents, these establishments served as makeshift cooking schools. Chefs from each institution have recently opened their own restaurants or have decided to rule the roost as head chef at another. Chef Adam Sappington (formerly Wildwood) opened Country Cat to serve regional, American home-style cuisine such as beer-batter-fried rockfish and bacon-braised collard greens; Chef Gabriel Rucker (formerly of Paley’s Place) took over as head chef at Le Pigeon. Meals here cater to adventurous eaters with dishes such as pig’s ear pate, beef cheek bourguignon, and a dessert of apricot-bacon corn bread crowned with maple ice cream and warm bacon bits.

Fortunately, for those of us who enjoy caloric indulgences such as these, Portland is also a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city. Here, you can eschew the use of your car for the weekend and use either the well-planned public transportation system or your own two feet to get around. Walking or biking the river-front esplanade in warmer weather (Portland sees its share of rain) is a pleasant activity; for a more strenuous climb, head to Forest Park, where thousands of acres of trails mean you’ll never walk the same path twice.

The Charms of Quebec

Written By: Ruth Carlson

Quebec has adopted the best of France – the cuisine, architecture, and laid-back attitude – and avoided the snooty waiters, rude salespeople, and high prices.

Begin your stay in Quebec City’s old quarter with cobblestone streets and storybook buildings right out of an Ivory Merchants movie. The chic Le Port-Royal Hotel is located next to the most picturesque street in Quebec, Rue Sainte Anne, lined with antique shops filled with treasures you didn’t know you were missing until you spotted them. Nearby is North America’s oldest shopping street, Rue Petit Champlain. Towering above it all sits the stately Chateau Frontenac, the most-photographed hotel in the world and worth hopping a cable car to see the view.

The birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, Quebec is known for its over-the-top festivals featuring street performers. Every August, Les Fetes de la Nouvelle France, or New France Festival, transforms the city into the 18th century and guests are invited to travel back in time. Rent a costume or make your own and walk among the other peasants, bourgeois, and noblemen in the parade follwing the 16-foot-tall papier-mache giants.

The annual international fireworks festival in July and August takes place against a waterfall taller then Niagara Falls. Countries mount elaborate expensive pyrotechnical show choreographed to music ranging from Placido Domingo to Dean Martin.

The largest city in the French province of Canada is Montreal, and the most relaxing way to get there is by train. Your journey begins at Montreal Palais Depot in Quebec, a train station resembling a fairy-tale castle. Splurge for a first-class train ticket to enjoy gourmet food and access to the club car, where you can sip a martini on a red velvet loveseat and pretend you’re in a 1940s movie.

For old-world charm, stay in the chic and minimalist St. Paul Hotel, located in the most historic quartier down by the Old Port. Spend the day wandering through Marche Bonsecourse, a showplace for Quebec fashion and jewelry designers; to find it just look for the silver dome. This shiny beacon was installed in 1847 to guide sailors into the harbor. Pop into the tiny church next door to see ship models dangling from the rafters, donated by sailors grateful for a safe return. If you run out of cash don’t just visit any old ATM. The Royal Bank and other historic money houses are working museums with gold teller cages and marble counters guaranteed to make you feel wealthier.

The most-visited attraction in Montreal is the Basilique Notre Dame, modeled after the Parisian original. The Limoge stained glass windows depict the history of Montreal while the romantic Sacred Heart wedding chapel is the most popular spot for small weddings.

If you get more excited about living landmarks than historic sites, star-spotting is popular. Canada is still a cheaper place to film than Hollywood – the paparazzi haunt the Glove restaurant.

Move stars must look the part, and thankfully the city’s 14 fashion schools supply new talent. For original styles, walk up Boulevard St. Lawrence from the water, go right then stroll down St. Denis, stopping for lunch at the French bistro L’Express. Local designers are showcased in 3 Monkeys, Emily and Lola, and U & I.

The department stores are located on St. Catherine Street, the longest shopping street in North America – don’t you just love the sound of that? The Holt Renfrew flagship store has a quality in-house label, the only clothing most mortals (i.e. non-movie stars) can afford in this exclusive Canadian landmark.

Like the French, the Quebecois take their food seriously. The good news is you’ll save on the meal and the wince since it’s a BYOB, or Bring Your Own Bottle, town.

To stretch your dollars even further, pick up picnic supplies at the Marche Jean-Talon. This year-round farmer’s market, ranked one of the best in the world, is located in the Little Italy section of town. A store on the perimeter of its central square sells local specialties such as maple crystals and ice wine.

You’ll need bread for your sandwiches, and local claim their bagels are the best in the world, thanks to egg-sweetened batter and old wooden ovens. St. Viateur Bagel and Fairmont Bagel, on streets by the same names, are open 24 hours a day, perfect for those hungry movie crews.