Friday, May 22, 2015

Chocolate Love

In April, we signed up our baker, Heather Mordue, for some hands-on training with some master chocolatiers in northern Italy - in Torino, the capital of the Piemonte region, and on the shores of Lake Como. We’re anxious and excited to see what comes from her studies – we’ll be testing them this spring! (Well, someone has to do it!). READ ABOUT Heather’s course and travels…

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spring Has Returned!

What a difference a week makes!  All the ice is finally out (April 29), the sun is warm, there are buds on the trees and the loons are back.  The ferns and fiddleheads are popping.

This year we open for lunch on Friday, May 29th! We’re eager to show you what we’ve been up to all winter long.  Have you booked your room by the lake?  Spring rates are $ 210 per person per night (double occupancy) inclusive of three meals per day and all facilities, up to June 25.

In the spring, the wildlife viewing is best and for most of the time, you’ll have the trails and lakes to yourselves.  Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely, Theresa, David and Adam 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Winner of the 3rd Annual "Win a Weekend for Two" Contest

Congratulations Alexandra F. from Toronto - the winner of our contest for a Spring Weekend for Two!  CLICK HERE for the correct answers to the contest.

We know that the contest was especially difficult this year and would like to thank everyone who participated – we hope it was a fun learning experience!

To reward all of those who correctly identified all but did not win, you can look forward to hearing from us for a 20 percent discount on any spring dates (May 29 to June 25) – a great deal on top of our already low spring rates.

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3rd Annual Contest "Win a Spring Weekend for Two at Arowhon Pines"

CLICK HERE to view our newsletter and enter our 3rd Annual Contest  "Win a Spring Weekend for Two at Arowhon Pines"! 

Correctly identify the 12 wildlife photographs taken in and around Arowhon and Algonquin by Ann and Brian Gray, and your name will be added to the draw to win a complimentary spring weekend for two at Arowhon Pines between May 29 and June 27, 2015.  
As you may know, new Canadian anti-spam legislation recently came into effect.  If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to provide your consent so that we can continue to share Arowhon news, recipes and photos.  ONLY THOSE GUESTS WHO HAVE CONSENTED WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN!  

Contest ends April 30th, 2015.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet Artist Eleanor Himel

There are some Arowhon guests who inspire us:
Meet Eleanor Himel from Port Washington, New York.

Her statement:
The moods and colors of the ocean beaches and bays of Long Island have been a constant source of inspiration. Memories of watching waves cascading onto the shore and then receding are entwined with the scent of salt water and the carefree joy of a dash into the surf. The emotional essence of each locale is reflected in contrasting layers of bright paint.

Time spent in Japan gave me an appreciation for the simplified design that is indigenous to that country. It has affected the way I look at art, architecture and fashion as well.

The parklands of Ontario with their peaceful flat landscapes and giant uninhabited lakes have been a summer destination for years and have also been favorite subjects of my paintings. It is a pleasure to sketch and be enveloped in the stillness of the woods, rocks and shimmering water. The works of Arthur Dove, Milton Avery and the Canadians, Lawren Harris and Jack Bush have helped me to develop my own interpretation of these beloved areas.

Click here to see more paintings.

Little Joe Lake-Algonquin Park-40x48-oil

Georgian Bay View-36x48-acrylic

Morning Walk-36x48-oil

Muskoka Hills-38x48-acrylic

Eleanor Himel 

Hunter College
New School
Paul Wood Studio of Port Washington 

Solo Art Show, “Summerscapes”, Port Washington Public Library Gallery, June 2009
Numerous juried group exhibitions in Connecticut, Long Island and New York City. 

Firehouse Plaza Gallery, Garden City, “Abstraction Now”, 2009 – Award of Excellence
Art Guild of Port Washington “Art at the Bank”, spring 2007 – Second Prize.
Long Island Museum, Summer 2005 – First Prize 

The Art Guild of Port Washington
New York Artist’s Equity

Manhasset Art Association

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

From the Kitchen

After 38 years of standing in kitchens, I am enjoying a semester at Algonquin College in Ottawa, teaching Cooking Class 080.  The students and I, we started in January, have cooked lunch together every Monday and Friday, at Restaurant International at the Woodroffe campus.

For many of these students, this is their first time in a professional kitchen and their first practical semester!  It has been great fun watching the progress made.  Each service is better than the one before, and I feel proud that some of the knowledge I have managed to pass on will help these students thrive in a trade that has always been good to me – and employs thousands of new cooks every year.

I’ve also learned the importance of patience and clear communication – and by teaching, I will become a better chef myself!

The snow is starting to melt, and the kitchen renovations have gotten to the point where the vision is reality, and I can't wait to see it humming with action.

See you soon!

David Cooke

Friday, March 13, 2015

Three Generational Family Trips

Algonquin holds a special place in the hearts of many. Perhaps you came as a couple exploring the Park. Later you brought your children and taught them the importance of connecting with nature. Today your grandchildren are growing fast.

Don’t postpone it for another year - Arowhon can help you plan a fun and stress free family get together.

We’ll take care of the sleeping arrangements and provide a feast of meals three times a day. We can organize family canoe trips, relaxing walks and hiking expeditions, pontoon boat rides, cocktails on the deck in the afternoon and nightly bonfires under the stars.

We’ve also been known to chip in at family talent shows, help with sack races in the meadow, hide Smarties for scavenger hunts, and we put on a mean ping pong tournament!

We would be happy (and honoured) to host your family trip this summer.

Click HERE to contact us. 

A weekend gathering for 16 family members in an 8 Bedroom Cabin this spring (May 29 to June 27) is $ 8,800 – that’s for accommodation, six meals (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch), all facilities, tax & service charge. In high season, the rate is $12,350 all in.  

P.S. Our American neighbours save about 20 percent more at current dollar exchange rates.