Dabbling in Destination Journalism

A few weeks ago, a friend of ours, Laura P, wrote an article for the Daytrippers feature of Ottawa Citizen where she described her visit to Oxford Mills. The response to the article was incredible. People were making the trip from Ottawa to visit our little village and loving it. I decided to dabble in this medium, purely for self-promotional purposes, and write a similar article for the Kemptville EMC. My goal started out to be a vehicle to toot our horn, a piece to support the banner advert we had just placed. The result, I'm happy to say, was something very different. Instead of producing a self-serving piece of drivel, I ended up writing a short piece that dedicated about a paragraph to several businesses in the area. I gave a shout out to the Brigadoon Restaurant, Maplewood Community Centre, The Branch restaurant, Butler's Victorian Pantry, Oxford Mills General Store and of course, Blue Gypsy Wines. It's not Hemmingway, but it should be enough to let people know about some of the small businesses in the area. I am a big proponent of the idea that when you build up the identity of a community, it becomes stronger. In turn, stronger communities attract interest, especially those look to take short day trips. Let's face facts. Gas prices are killing the idea of travelling long distances. To make the most of our (and I include myself here) travel dollars, I prefer to spend less getting there and more once I arrive. With that, I hope to see the article in the Kemptville EMC on July 5. If the editors REALLY like it, there is a small chance it will be distributed to a wider audience. We'll see how that works out. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Louis Gaal is the winemaker (and spouse of the ever patient Claire Faguy) at Blue Gypsy Wines in Oxford Mills, Ontario Canada, 45 minutes south of Ottawa. You can find this raving lunatic using the BlueGypsyWines Facebook or Twitter account. Visit them on the web as well at www.BlueGypsyWines.com

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