Monday, February 04, 2013

Gananoque Getaway

From conquering castles to sunbathing on the beaches – how to plan your perfect weekend in the newly revived and re-invented 1000’s islands.

Step 1. Escape in Style – be it sunset sails or hikes through winding trails on the Canadian Shield, make sure you dress to match the picturesque landscape.

What’s your packing lacking?
Essentials for your Suitcase – swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, maxi dress, flip flops, lip balm, sun hat, sunglasses, camera, and a good book.

Step 2. Driving the Distance – the ride there is half the fun! Whether its with family or friends, make the most of the road trip by taking the scenic route and by bringing lots of snacks, maps, and a killer play list to pass the time.

Step 3. Awesome Accommodations – whether you’re looking for rustic relaxation or romantic renewal, Gananoque offers a variety of B&B’s, Resorts, and Inns all situated within walking distance of the town and marina.
Our Top Picks:
The Athlone Inn – A recently revived 1870’s Victorian mansion holds 9 available suites with whimsical themed rooms such as “The Tea Rose” and “The Magnolia”. This cozy, tranquil inn provides excellent comfort in luxurious style and features a fine dining restaurant where gourmet breakfast is always included for guests.
The Gananoque Inn – Situated on the waterfront, this is a historic haven, converted from a carriage factory in the 1860’s, features 2 restaurants, a spa and games room. Each room comes complete with a Jacuzzi and/or fireplace to help make your stay more relaxing.
            Tip: Confirm your reservation before you leave.
Step 4. Embrace Exploring- With a rich history of over 200 years and endless activities to choose from, 1000 islands provides many opportunities to discover, relax, and play.
       Our Top Picks:
 Boldt Becomes New
– modeled after a full size German castle, complete with         tunnels, Italian gardens, and a stone arch resembling the Arc de Triumph. The construction of Boldt Castle began in 1900 at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnet George C. Boldt as a tribute to his wife, however, when she suddenly passed away just months before completion all construction came to a halt. Since 1977, several millions of dollars have been applied to restoring and improve the Heart Island structure – a truly revived piece of history.
Boating– canoeing, kayaking, or cruising. Pick your perfect way to spend the day exploring the beautiful 1,865 islands that are strewn throughout the waters of the St. Lawrence River.
     Beautiful Beaches – choose to soak up some sun on the shoreline with your choice of granite pebbles or fine sand. With clear emerald green water, you may definitely want to take a dip!
Step 5. Dynamite Dining – finding the right place to dine is no more a chore. Indulge and tempt your palette with pubs, coffee shops, bistro style bakeries, fine dining and more.
Our Top Picks:
The Althlone Inn – Fine dining and contemporary French cuisine, Red Seal Executive Chef, Jason McMillan, creates menus which features fresh, local ingredients, artful presentation and nightly specials created to bring your palette to life!
Muskie Jake’s Tap and Grill – The sunny patio deck and a dock & dine option available makes this the perfect place to kick back and enjoy gourmet burgers or the catch of the day!
The Nest Egg – Need something sweet? You’re in for a treat with a 24-flavour selection of Ontario made Kawartha Dairy ice cream. An ice-way to cool off of a sunny day!

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