Winter is here, which means it’s time to start planning your future skiing and boarding excursions, and where to warm up after you’ve hit the slopes! We know that fresh powder works up quite the appetite, so rest up and chow down aprA�s ski with these great local businesses.
Cross Country in Beaver Valley
West of Barrie and South of Collingwood lies Duntroon, Ontario, home to the Highlands Nordic Ski Club and several kilometres of groomed cross country tracks and snowshoe routes. Our favourite place to warm up after a Highlands ski is in Flesherton, a half hour’s drive away at the Highland Grounds cafe. Cozy up with a giant mug of fair trade coffee, hot chocolate (extra whipped cream, please!) or a homemade cinnamon bun, and check out their pantry section for a variety of local sauces, jams, and other goodies.
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Once you’ve conquered the North Bay Nordic Ski Club‘s 18km cross country loop, you should definitely visit the White Owl Bistro for a hearty and Feast On? certified dinner. We can already picture it — relax and refuel along the Eastern shore of Lake Nipissing with this beautiful lamb roast and a jar of creme brule for dessert. Yummm!
Blue Mountain Bars
If the ever-popular Blue Mountain is your downhill slope of choice, you’ve got a plethora of yummy options just a hop, skip, or a snowshoe away! #CarbUp with some sweet homemade donuts at the Royal Majesty espresso bar and bakery and a latte, or wine and dine at the Bruce Wine Bar for a great selection of Ontario VQA wines, local ciders, and locally-sourced meat & cheese charcuteries. Try your best to make it to an Open Mic night (upstairs every Wednesday) for a relaxed vibe with great music!
PS: you could also make up for all the calories you’ve burnt by stopping along the Apple Pie Trail….
Ottawa Region Excursions
After a day of shreddin’ the proverbial gnar, nothing feels better than a great pint of beer and an even greater burger. Mount Pakenham is Ottawa’s closest Ontario-based slope, and the 40 min drive from there, to Chez Lucien in the Byward Market is well worth the trip! A local staple, Chez Lucien is the perfect combination of market dwellers, gastro pub enthusiasts, and old friends. You can also skip the food and head straight for the brews if you stop by new craft brewpub, Calabogie Brewing Co., 40 min East of Mount Pakenham. They have 11 great beers on tap with several take-home options, and are also a stone’s throw away from the Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort.
Hidden Valley Havens
Heading to the Hidden Valley Highlands? You may want to stop by The Coffee Station Cafe in Gravenhurst for pre and post ski delights — we hear the breakfast sandwiches are killer, and we’ll never say no to a great cookie! If you prefer a proper sit-down dinner to warm you up from the inside out, head South to Rhubarb in Minden for a Feast On? certified and tasty Boshkung stout.
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