Maxwell Lee - Budget-minded Traveler
I was born and raised in: Hamilton/Ancaster region
How I make a buck: I'm a university student, and I work at my college pub.
My favorite activities include: watching live theater; reading; and discovering new places to explore.
3 things I love about the Stratford Area:
It's got a lot of sophistication without being pretentious. It's one of the few areas that make great efforts to remain affordable, so that there are many ways to have a rich and cultured experience without it costing too much. I love the Stratford Festival. It is the best quality theatre I know.
3 Favorite local hidden treasures you shouldn't miss:
One of the great aspects of the Stratford Festival is that if you want to see a show, they will accommodate you. A quantity of $29 tickets are made available for each show, and enable me to enjoy a world class production of a Shakespearean play that I would have otherwise not been able to see. Discounts also available for theatre-goers under 35. Check out a great transportation option from Toronto or Detroit - Stratford Direct!
Canadian Grub Restaurant This is a place that prides itself in using only Canadian products to create memorable tasting cooking from scratch. Soups, sandwhiches and hot and cold entrees are made fresh daily. My favourite is the specialty smoothies. If you have food sensitivities, they serve vegetarian, no wheat, no dairy and vegan dishes.
Offering an "eclectic range of items from the unusual to the useful," Watsons Chelsea Bazaar always has something new for me to see. The perfect place to stop and pick up something for Mother's Day and Father's Day, this place never disappoints in selection of kitchen and bbq items and mom's favourite soaps. Prepare to stay awhile to take it all in (downstairs too).
My perfect day spent in the Stratford Area:
I would go on a Saturday and begin at the Stratford Farmers' Market, where I could sample all kinds of organic foods, and stock up on what I need for the week at home. Everything is fresh and inexpensive. Then I would walk along any one of the myriad nature hikes that surround the city. In addition to all the other interesting shops, there are so many book stores each with a large selection of Canadian fiction, theatre related works—especially Shakespeare-and classic novels that anywhere else you would have to special-order. Watch for the discounted books on tables outside downtown stores. Book Stage has new, used, rare or antiquarian books inside and outside in the shaded front area across from the Studio Theatre and I like to spend time with Manfred, the charming German who is a real expert. Then I'd walk down to the Art in the Park exhibition, browse the artisans and their crafts, and sit by the river with lunch that I prepared from the market or select from tasty dishes prepared from local ingredients at Canadian Grub Restaurant. The best place for dinner would be at Bentley's, a busy casual pub with 15 draft beers on tap and a varied fresh menu. If I needed my Italian fix, I'd go next door to Fellini's.