I am a gal who knows how to have fun, so pulling together Ottawa At Home’s staycation-themed summer issue was nothing but pure pleasure.
There are times when travelling with photographer Mark Holleron to capture images can be a challenge but most of the time we find ourselves saying, “And we get to call this work!” The summer issue was one where we repeated this statement, again and again.
That very first hot day in May, we found ourselves shooting and sampling ice cream in the ByWard Market as we prepared to bring the pages to life. Strolling the streets of the market area while we walked from shoot to shoot, peering into the windows of bars and restaurants and passing people sipping cold beverages on patios, we both commented that it had been a while since we had each done that.
Life often gets in the way of taking the time to simply enjoy the fun to be had right in our own city. Too often we wait until we get away on vacation to sit back, relax and drink in the sunshine. Our summer issue offers up no more excuses!
Ottawa has an abundance of reasons to stay home and vacation right here in the Nation’s Capital. And, yes, we think ice cream is fun! It’s one of my favourite guilty pleasures and Ottawa seems to offer a multitude of options for enjoying a frozen treat. Paula Roy even found a clever way to serve ice cream in the most stylish of ways, topped off with a flower! Check out our Let’s Dish feature (page 54).
And, full disclosure, my son is getting married this fall—so of course you’ll find some wedding inspiration throughout! As always, I offer up a few personal touches in each issue. Meet Danial and his fiancé Hayley in Katie Hession’s Street Style column (page 35).
Whether you’re sipping cocktails on a patio, eating ice cream (or, in my case, gelato!) or zip-lining through the trees, may your summer adventures nurture your passion for fun and guilty pleasures!
Happy summer, Mary
"When you start recognizing that you’re having fun, life can be delightful”
We all scream for ice cream!
KATE SPADE’S STYLISH ICE CREAM SET CAN BE FOUND AT HUDSON’S BAY.
TOP YOUR FROZEN TREATS WITH ALL-NATURAL SAUCES FROM COOP, FOUND AT POT & PANTRY AND JACOBSONS.
WEAR YOUR ICE CREAM IN STYLE WITH LISA TODD’S LICKETY SPLIT COTTON CREW NECK, AVAILABLE AT VINCENT.
IT’S THE BEST SCOOP IN TOWN! FIND SCOOP THAT AT JACOBSONS, LEE VALLEY TOOLS, GRACE IN THE KITCHEN AND POT & PANTRY.
SORBET COLOURS MAKE THESE ICE CREAM SPOONS FROM LE CREUSET EXTRA SPECIAL, FIND THEM IN STORES EARLY JULY, ALONG WITH THE BOWLS (SOLD IN SETS OF FOUR).