Standing in the grounds of Casa Loma – a towering, grey stone castle – it would be hard for most people to believe they were in Toronto. The attractive home, built in the early 20th century and the biggest, by far, of its time in North America, means house on a hill, and was dreamed up by Sir Henry Pellatt, a famous entrepreneur who made his fortune in electricity and railroads. With its manicured gardens, tall turrets and secret passageways, it feels as if it should be in the middle of Scotland, not Canada’s largest city.
My mom was visiting from Ottawa over the weekend, so it was a perfect time to book “Afternoon Tea” for some mother/daughter bonding. Seeing as my mom is from Glasgow, she has always adored scones with clotted cream and the whole “afternoon tea” ritual.
Bride Irene Kim (Editor-at-Large of The Genteel) and her groom Kevin chose the regal Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto, Ontario as the venue for their intimate wedding. Irene's vision was to complement the venue with an 'English garden' theme. With that in mind, Sarah Wu of Petite Studio created elegant floral designs and some unexpected decor touches. With photography by Melissa Sung Photography, this wedding features the classic 'Hayley' wedding gown and a five-flower headpiece from Vera Wang Bridal, Toronto.
On a quiet little side street between two of the busiest streets in the country sits one of the gems of the hotel world–not just in Toronto, or even this country, but one of the gems of the entire hotel world. This is not just a personal opinion, while certainly being that, it is also an opinion backed up by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine which named the Windsor Arms Hotel the third best boutique hotel in the world (out of almost 300 boutique hotels scrutinized worldwide).
The Windsor Arms Hotel is located at 18 Saint Thomas Street, just south of Bloor St. W, between Bay St. and Avenue Rd. In addition to their afternoon tea service, Windsor Arms Hotel is also known for their fine dining and most recently, their newly added vegan menus at Prime restaurant!