It’s fun to mix things up and get away now and then.
In Ontario we are lucky to have so many places to visit and staycation in. Recently I headed north for a week of R&R with some friends for winter adventures. We were invited to stay at Cedar Grove Lodge in Muskoka.
I heard the agenda for the first time as we were driving up there. Our winter adventures would include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, an art gallery, dog sledding, restaurants and visits to local businesses. In this post I will be focusing on the amazing place that hosted our wild week of adventures – Cedar Grove
There was a decent amount of snow on the ground as we headed up through some of the most beautiful terrain you will ever see. We found Cedar Grove nestled in the hills and forests of the District of Muskoka. Recognized recently by National Geographic as one of the “100 places that can change your child’s life,” I have to agree. I’ve visited many places around Muskoka since I was a child and with my own kids, and it does affect you.
Cedar Grove offers many things to do, see, eat, drink and photograph all year round.
One charming feature here is the people come back year after year. Established in the 1930’s, this resort offers all-inclusive stays for couples, families or groups in all seasons. We met a grandmother who had been coming since she was a child and had brought her daughter and grandchildren back.
Three meals are provided from menus that change daily and you can bring your own wine to dinner. Special arrangements are available depending on your food preferences including an extensive gluten free option.
The fresh food was a combination of traditional and newer cuisine with vegetarian options each time. I was impressed by the variety and the service was exceptional. For the duration of our visit we had our own table and our hostess Bonnie got to know our preferences – very personalized and considerate service. winter adventures
One day we brought a packed lunch with us on our adventure. I’m used to making these for my kids to take to school and I really don’t like doing it – to have one made for me was quite exciting. ( A little thing but it was so nice and serves as another example of the attention to detail you will notice at this resort. ) It was delicious!
Our luxurious log cabin, the Blue Heron, was beside the lake offering incredibly beautiful views of sunsets, sunrises and nature. The cabins are spaced out in such a way that you aren’t looking into the window of your neighbour which led to the feeling of privacy.
Every time I came in from the outside I was welcomed by a fantastic wood smell from the actual logs that made this place. It was such a treat for my nose. Bright and comfy with a wood burning fireplace you could snuggle in there and never make it to the comfy beds.
We had 3 rooms with enough space for a big group – all the different sized beds and the pull out couch. Closets, dressers, extra blankets, and lots of lighting made this a perfect home away from home. The spacious bathroom with it’s heated floor and air jet tub was another bonus. Oh and there were LOTS of towels.
We probably could have slept on the floor we were so tired after all the things we did each day but I’m so grateful for the comfortable beds and pillows. Better than at home!
At this resort you have access to their cross country skis, skates, hockey sticks, sleds and snow shoes. Paths are established throughout the property and the lake is cleared off, sometimes several times a day, for skating. An ice fishing hut is also available.
In the main lodge you can play in the games room or hang out in the lounge by the fireplace. winter adventures
While I enjoyed the food, the activities and the photographic opportunities immensely, my favourite part of this stay was hanging out in the cabin after the day was done. Sipping wine by the crackling fire, playing games, and reviewing our stories from the day. All with a great group of friends. My face hurt from so much laughing. I’d love to bring my family back here next time.