Summer's easePublished on June 10, 2016

Photo by: Mark Holleron

One of the favourite aspects of this job is the people we meet and places we visit. I am often asked if it’s hard to find new things to feature and my answer continues to be an emphatic “no!” Ottawa and its surrounding areas offer plenty of intriguing people and places, as seen inside when we enter the historical and political doorway to Stornoway, the Residence of Canada’s Leader of the Official Opposition.

This summer issue drives us around and beyond the city limits as Ottawa At Home stakes its claim to being Ottawa’s StayCation guide, offering up day trips, afternoon drives and weekend getaway ideas. Even our food section pays tribute to the freedom trail with a road trip full of fun ideas from local food purveyors on what to pack for a picnic or cottage visit.

While Jane Whiting is the authentic horsewoman on the team, I get to experience my equine passion for these elegant animals with thanks to my high-school pal Jeremy Roberts and his wife Jane Asselin. They generously share their horse-loving lifestyle and breathtaking horse farm in Dunrobin on the pages of a feature story that provides the visual for our stunning cover.

I must admit that by the normal set of rules, I’m not a cottage girl!  I don’t like messing in the garden and prefer swimming in the ocean over the lake, but there are aspects of cottaging that are in my blood. The simple, easy décor splashed with treasured finds and passed-down trinkets always make me smile. And hopping into my kayak on a quiet morning, when the lake is flat and the sky clear and blue, is magical for me. It all offers the chance to relate to the lifestyle of cottage-country living, and brings the opportunity to take in the relaxing effects of summer’s ease.

The features that took us to small cottage communities throughout the Ottawa Valley and across the bridge to New York, all made my heart sing. The images created by our photo editor Mark Holleron capture the essence of the artistic vibe found in each location, and they are all well worth a visit.

Summer brings out the best in all of us in the easiest and most simplistic ways. May this season take you to people and places close to your heart, and if your plans keep you within a short driving distance from home, we hope you enjoy the experiences we offer up in our summer of ‘16 StayCation issue.

Happy summer!

Mary Taggart

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