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My Hometown: Welcome to Toronto, With Jana Webb

My Hometown: Welcome to Toronto, With Jana Webb

In FTT’s series My Hometown, notable travelers divulge local places they couldn’t live without.

By Esme Benjamin

This week Jana Webb, CEO and founder of JOGA, a yoga-based movement system designed for athletes, shares her go-tos for Toronto, Canada. It’s full of wellness-y recommendations, as you’d expect from an established health and fitness expert, but don’t be fooled; Jana is all about balance.

From the best local vineyards and an opulent steakhouse date night spot, to restorative spas and wellness boutiques, Jana’s guide to Toronto is perfect for anybody who likes to blend self-care and indulgence on their vacations. Bookmark it for your next visit.

Ravi Patel | Scarborough Bluffs

My hometown is special because of the cultural diversity, epic live events including music, concerts and theatre, and so many amazing restaurants. And, of course, the beaches and waterfront, where I live. A visit to the Scarborough Bluffs lakeshore park provides an instant nature fix.

The best place to stay in my hometown is The Broadview Hotel, a boutique hotel located inside a 128 year-old landmark building in the east end of Toronto. 

When you're in my hometown, you absolutely need to get an Aperol spritz at Harbour 60, a steakhouse housed inside a very grand restored building, and order the Singaporean-style signature slaw (a huge tower of vegan-friendly ingredients tossed in salted plum dressing) from Lee Restaurant.

Courtesy of Casa Loma

When friends visit my hometown, I always take them to a sporting event. Either a Blue Jays (baseball), Raptors (basketball) or Maple Leafs (ice hockey) game.

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, check out the winter experience at Wayne Gretzky Estates, which includes an outdoor bar with iconic Canadian grub, whiskey, wine and a magical outdoor ice rink.

Without question, the most romantic date night spot in my hometown is Casa Loma. After dinner at the historic castle’s Blueblood SteakHouse I like to catch a show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

Courtesy of The Toronto Apothecary

I spend far too much money at The Toronto Apothecary, a wellness boutique and clinic where you can shop products by female, Black, and Indigenous founders, then get a treatment like acupuncture or energy healing.

When you're in the mood for some "me time" head straight to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, where you can soak in outdoor baths among a 25-acre natural forest.

Courtesy of Miraj Hammam Spa

My secret obsession is treating myself to a facial from Miraj Hammam Spa

Something only locals know about my hometown is that about a quarter of Hollywood movies are filmed here. 

Don't end a trip to my hometown without checking out the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, including award-winning Peller Estates and Jackson-Triggs Winery, which is known for its ice wines (sweet varietals made from grapes harvested while frozen on the vine).

The pool at @krallerhof is an elegant and inviting oasis, nestled within the beautiful surroundings of the Austrian Alps. It offers a serene retreat for guests to relax and unwind, with both indoor and outdoor options available. The pool area is meticulously maintained and features luxurious amenities, providing a tranquil escape for visitors to enjoy during their stay.

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Point Reyes: A coastal gem with diverse landscapes, wildlife, and stunning views. Perfect for hiking, beachcombing, and stargazing.

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The Busan Air Cruise, also known as the Sky Capsule Train, is a popular attraction in Busan, South Korea. This unique train ride takes passengers on a journey above the city, providing stunning panoramic views of Busan`s coastline, mountains, and urban landscape. The futuristic capsule-shaped cabins offer a comfortable and immersive experience, making it a must-try activity for visitors exploring Busan.

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"Checking into Estelle Manor, the closest thing to a Saltburn-esque staycation you`ll ever experience in the UK. Imagine a beautifully restored Jacobean manor on the cusp of the Cotswolds and nestled within 3,000 acres of Oxfordshire parkland, with extravagant interiors to match (expect bold artworks and intricate details around each corner), a Riviera-style pool to lounge by, and three different restaurant to sink your teeth into. The addition of the hotel`s new Eynsham Baths (an incredible spa modelled on traditional Roman baths) really takes the hotel up another notch, despite it already being in a league of its own." - @ginagoesto ...

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A scenic coastal drive in Africa.

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At The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, HaSalon is the spot for upscale, experiential dining. With an energetic atmosphere, exceptional service, and the freshest eats, HaSalon nails high-end, upbeat interactive dining. ...

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Atlantis Ibiza: Famous for its cliffs and coves, perfect for adventurous activities like cliff diving and snorkeling.

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Located in the historic center of Mexico City, @sohohousemexicocity offers a blend of luxury amenities. The pool area is meticulously designed with chic loungers, umbrellas, and lush greenery, creating an oasis in the heart of the bustling metropolis.

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"Known for its rugged mountains, Grand Teton National Park has a lot to offer for outdoor adventurers. With the airport located inside the national park, landed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is an experience.
It is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, wolves, black and grizzly bears. With glacial alpine lakes and mountain ranges all around, Grand Teton National Park is a treat for rock climbers, hikers and backpackers."

📍 Mormon Row
📍 Schwabacher Landing
📍 Delta Lake
📍 Hidden Lake falls

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Explore the fascinating world of Piedra Pómez in northwest Argentina! This lightweight volcanic rock is used in everything from construction to beauty products, while its unique formations create breathtaking landscapes that attract adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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