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Hotel + Travel

Drake Writers' Retreat: Zoe Whittall

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 4 months ago

"Sometimes being ridiculously in love, enjoying cocktails and desserts and staring at the lake, is as much a part of a writing practice as putting pen to paper," writes author Zoe Whittall, who joined us at Drake Devonshire for a relaxing and well-earned sojourn.

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Hotel + Travel

My Night In Nine: Creative Director, Robbie Stilez

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 4 months ago

Moody, dark, and at times dangerous, Robbie Stilez' distinct photo style has attracted a huge following on Instagram.

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Drake Scribbles: Barstool Perspectives at Drake One Fifty

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 4 months ago

What does one do when they sit quietly, alone, at a bar?

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Word to Your Mother: Life Advice From Drake Moms

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 4 months ago

Beyond wrangling toddlers to “say cheese,” we asked our moms to give us the goods: life lessons they've learned along the way.

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Drake Devonshire Writers' Retreat: Ann Y.K. Choi

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

"By the time I drove away from the Drake Devonshire, I was convinced the place was a poem, a song, art itself," says author Ann Y.K. Choi, our first guest in the new Writers' Retreat feature we're thrilled to share with you. Read Ann's poignant short story, inspired by art at our lakeside property.

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Escape to The County for Team Building at Drake Devonshire

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

“The space is so serene and breathtaking that you have the opportunity to really ‘check-out’ of city life and immerse yourself in the inviting community that Wellington is," says Dave Elliott, who manages events at all Drake properties.

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Drake One Fifty Lunch & Learn: Tim Jones

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

With 2300 people living or working in one of ten Artscape buildings across the GTA, and community events or splashy fundraisers happening daily, Artscape has made a lasting impression on so many Torontonians, but our experiences vary widely.

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Drake Scribbles: Life Aquatic at Drake Devonshire

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

"My beautiful friend Chrissy and I giggled our way through a decadent cheese board and fancy fries. The food was yummy and the view was stunning," says Madeleine Pfull, Australian artist visiting The Drake Devonshire.

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Dani Roche shares her inspiration for Urban Conservatory

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

With 50K followers on Instagram watching her every move, Dani Roche is an elusive character who translates her bold style into striking images and impeccable design. This month, she partnered with Drake General Store to help launch the Urban Conservatory collection. From the process of designing the Queen West window to picking a colour palette, we get inside the mind of this creative wunderkind.

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Food + Drink

Meet the Maker: Jennifer Commins of Pluck Tea

Posted by Jen McNeely, 1 year, 5 months ago

She's a fascinating woman who makes a mean cuppa, and doesn't shy away from the cold hard truth: "There are a lot of people making really, really bad tea." It is this pitiful reality that led her to start Pluck Tea.

Interview with Jennifer Commins of Pluck Teas now served at The Drake