The 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference: working vacation? Why not!

As the OWC’s gatekeeper of venue and accommodations, I pride myself in vetting pricing that keeps our conference costs low, the savings passed on to delegates in their conference package pricing.

Such was the case this past week when we pitted five area hotel/motel chains against one another to get our out-of-town conference attendees the most bang for their room rate buck. The rates and amenities were so attractive, in fact, that I thought why not suggest making it a working vacation for local writers attending the conference as well.

When you register online for the conference (early bird discount pricing ends Dec 24th, 2012 at midnight!) and request overnight accommodations, you will be given a hotel and motel option. Either option will include a continental breakfast, free WIFI and free parking. Both are also about 15 minutes from the conference venue.

What’s that you say? What’s to do in Durham when one isn’t slaying darlings, dangling participles and misused metaphors?

In a word, LOTS.

One click HERE and you’re instantly transported to Durham Tourism’s website and its “calendar of events.”

Why pick Durham Region for a working vacation?

Glad you asked!

We have Parkwood Estate and tea room, the dressed-in-period home of auto baron R.S. McLaughlin and, as it happens, one of the film sites for Bomb Girls. The house and garden tour is amazing. It looks like the family went for a stroll and was expected back at any moment. One really gets a sense of what it was like to “live like the other half.”

In Durham Region you can walk 5 kilometres north of Hwy 401 and come nose-to-nose with cows, sheep, chickens and even emu on multi-generational family owned and operated farms.

There are two independent wineries in the Region, Ocala and Archibalds, both serving up fruit wines and ciders made from fruits from their own trees and bushes.

For conference goers packing family, we have the Bomanville Zoo; Pingle’s Fun Farm and Corn Maze; and Neb’s Fun World.

And that’s only the tip of the working vacation iceberg.

So, come to the conference… and stay awhile longer. We promise you a time to remember. And write about!

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