Insider Itineraries: Erin Stevenhaagen

By Kingston Accommodation Partners

Born and raised in Kingston and a shopaholic at heart, Erin loves buying locally and tries to support as many Canadian Companies as possible. On the weekends, you’ll always find her boutique shopping, or outdoors walking her dog. She travels all over the province looking for the next best Gluten Free food, all while keeping it fashionable and making sure she looks her best.

Read on to see some of Erin’s favourite spots in Kingston!

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Mesa Fresca

1347-2 Gardiners Road

A new Latin Mexican inspired restaurant out in Cat Woods. Owners Allison and Andrew are very passionate about creating dishes that are locally sourced, fresh, and made to order. The fish tacos are my suggestion- but there is a Jackfruit taco which is vegan and really tasty also. You will find most of the menu is Gluten Free, and they are working towards getting a dedicated fryer but at this point they are using a shared fryer so be aware.

Allison created some elevated dishes with a lot of depth, a small amount of heat, and bursting with flavour. The Fish tacos have an amazing pineapple pico de gallo which is something I’ve never tried but really amazing because it has a bit of heat that was enjoyable. This is a great spot for people with many different requirements when it comes to eating and everyone will find something delicious!

Note from Erin: Oh, by the way- Thanks to owners Andrew & Alison, head over to my Instagram page @glitzangf to find the correlating post for this Itinerary to enter to win a $25 Mesa Fresca gift card!

Luce Hair Salon

170 Princess Street / 235 Gore Road

Be sure to book your appointment with Erica D. One of my favourite places to get pampered, they have multiple locations and a new location in the West End. Erica is fantastic at creating whatever hair dreams you may have, and they even have a convenient online booking system. With various locations you’re sure to be seen relatively quickly and get that amazing hair you’ve been looking for!

I have gone to Erica D twice now, who also happens to be a long time childhood friend, and she has done completely what I asked of her. She is patient and knows exactly what she is doing with hair and has hit it out of the park every single time. Luce now has three locations in Kingston, downtown Princess St, on Gore Rd, as well as their new location across from Walmart in the West End. They are great with booking, you can even book online, and you will leave feeling absolutely refreshed. They are a Green Circle Salon which means they are as eco friendly as can be and take extra measures to reduce their carbon foot print.

Sipps Coffee & Dessert Bar

33 Brock Street

This is the place to stop in if you’re just downtown for any reason. A delicious Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate and a tasty gluten free desserts are on the menu. So many great coffee options and they’re all beautifully made and hand crafted each time. Full of flavours, they even have dairy free options for milk which is good for those who are Vegan or Dairy Free.

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An amazing little coffee date today at @sippscoffee with my new friend @dappetit_ygk ! Was so happy to finally meet- making friends in #ygk has been the biggest challenge so I’m super blessed to have been welcomed with open arms😻 Sipps was delicious and they even had a gluten free dessert, it was very rich though so I only ate half! And a lactose free peanut butter hot cocoa! • • • • • • • #glitzandgf #ygk #kingstonon #ygkcoffee #ygkfoodie #yfkfood #coffee #glutenfree #celiac #celiacdisease #autoimmunedisease #rheumatoidarthritis #chronicillness #chronicpain #foodie #foodporn #cafe #gfdessert #hotcocoa #canadianblogger #canadianfoodie #canadianinfluencer #bloggersofontario #glutenfreeblogger #visitkingston #downtownkingston

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The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

390 King Street West

This beautifully constructed 90,000 square foot building is home to some fantastic artistic events in YGK. Situated right on the waterfront on King Street, this gorgeous building was constructed by EllisDon, and many of the materials used were repurposed.  Visit the property for a fantastic view of the waterfront, or even attend a performance. This building is owned by Queen’s University, and was previously known as the J.K. Tett Creativity Complex. The site included the J.K. Tett Centre, the former stable building and the Stella Buck building. Queen’s purchased the stable and Stella Buck buildings as the site for the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Many local events happen here, and are open to the public to purchase tickets and attend. The building is breathtaking and another part of Kingston’s deep rooted history.

Describe Kingston in 3 words: Hip Foodie Town

If Kingston had a theme song what would it be: Coming Home – City & Colour/ Dallas Green

Kingston makes me: feel at peace with where I’m meant to be and where I belong