Monday, September 1, 2014

Bon Voyage Butterflies!


It was with mixed emotions that I tagged my butterfly today and let her go.  I was happy to watch her climb to the tops of the trees then later, free fall to feed on the sunflowers.

I loved seeing them as caterpillars too, ravenously munching on Algonquin milkweed.  In the blink of any eye they became cocoons, before morphing magically into these beauties.

Arowhon Pines became a monarch way station last year as part of www.monarchwatch.org.  We reared and tagged 19 butterflies.  This year there were 180 caterpillars!  So far 160 butterflies have been tagged and now they are setting out on their journey to Mexico!  The rest will be hatching soon!

The most heartwarming of all was to see everyone, guests and staff, both young and young at heart, enjoying the experience.

A BIG heartfelt thank you to Donna who researched all of this, and whose genuine enthusiasm, patience and hard work made this a huge success!


Bon Voyage Butterflies!

P.S.  As happy that I was seeing the monarchs, I could not help feeling a little angry, sad and ashamed that something like Monarch Watch has to exist at all.  We’ve cut down their habitat, mainly milkweed and poisoned their environment.  Did you know that last year was the poorest on record for monarch sightings in Mexico, where they roost for the winter?  What of our brown bats too whom we have not seen for years?  Do you remember the barn swallows that used to live in the rafters of our dining room verandah?  They too have disappeared from here.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunny and hot August weekend at Arowhon Pines

Sail. Canoe. Swim. Relax. 
Find your inner peace, outdoors.




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pictures of August 4th BBQ

These photos say it all!  Extraordinary guests, weather, music, artists, farmers, suppliers and FOOD!
A great way to end a superb long weekend!
Love from Arowhon Pines.












Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Menu for Arowhon Pines “100 Mile Challenge” Summer BBQ 2014

Join us!  Monday, August 4, 2014, noon - 3:00pm
For reservations:  (705) 633-5661


Salads
Smoked Trout and Potato Salad
Tomato and Cheese
Broccoli, Mushroom, Radish
Coleslaw
Marinated Beets
Bean Salad

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From the Grill
Hamburgers and Sausages
Barbequed Smokey Peach Pork Back Ribs
Lamb Spareribs
Lamb Kibbe
Marinated Flank Steak
Smoked Whitefish Burgers
Trout with Cornmeal Crust
Chicken with Smoked Peach Glaze
Chicken with Maple
Mexican Pulled Pork on Housemade Corn Tortillas
Zucchini, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Squash, Corn on the Cob

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Desserts
Peaches, Plums, Cantaloupe, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries
Maple Custard Tarts
Shortbread
Fruit Flan Tarts
Pies

Ice Cream:
Plum
Honey Lavender
Raspberry Ripple
Blueberry Ripple
Cherry

Bon Appetit!

Thank you to all our local suppliers and producers!




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Join us for the Arowhon Pines “100 Mile Challenge” Barbecue - Monday, August 4th, 2014

Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park is holding its 4th Annual “100 Mile Challenge” Barbecue on Monday, August 4th, 2014.


The concept is based on the food blog / book "The 100 Mile Diet" by James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, whose challenge was to create and execute a menu using food sourced within 100 miles. The book raised awareness that locally produced food is not only environmentally friendlier but delicious as well!

Arowhon Pines features local food into their daily menus for guests whenever they can. Food is then prepared with care and respect by our team of chefs. The barbecue menu this year will include fresh lake trout, Lake Huron whitefish, local heritage pork and hand-picked vegetables from Muskoka farms. There are seasonal salads, meat and vegetarian entrees on the grill and homemade desserts and ice cream.

There will also be live music, local artists, a beer tent and boat rides of the Algonquin lakes! Guests will get a chance to meet the farmers and suppliers from the region.

Tickets are $35 per person, and going fast! Noon to 3 pm.
Reservations required: (705) 633-5661

P.S. Early August also kicks off our commitment to our monarch butterfly way station program, where butterflies feed in our gardens before their long migration south to Mexico!

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Meet Jason J. Dombroskie: Moth Man

Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting Jason Dombroskie from Cornell University. He was in Algonquin conducting an insect workshop for the Friends of Algonquin Park.

Jason grew up around the Park and at a young age discovered his talent for indexing – first he indexed the 34 native species of trees in the area, then the 272 bird species. Finding these somewhat limiting, he turned his attention to insects, where there is an estimated whopping 7,000 species in Algonquin, nearly 2,000 of which are moths. Jason worked as an Algonquin Naturalist for 10 years. Now, he holds the position of Manager of Insect Collection at the prestigious Cornell University in New York, and is the Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab which takes him to many countries internationally each year. His current research is on the leafroller moth in North and South America.

When at Arowhon, we joined him at the crossroads where he set up a light to see some of the nocturnal insects in the area. Witnessing firsthand his knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious. Now, I find myself stopping at every moth I meet!

Good luck, Jason!



Monday, June 9, 2014

We're open!

We’re Open!

We’ve been so busy scurrying around like chipmunks changing
light bulbs, hanging pictures and painting - that we forgot to announce
… WE’RE OPEN!  

We opened May 30th with a lovely wedding in the woods. 

Although spring brings some mosquitoes and black flies, guests 
are well rewarded with lots of wildlife sightings.  Every day there
are moose at the Crossroads and fox on the Arowhon Road. 
One beaver had the gaul to swim by during dinner, emptying the 
dining room and leaving Edward holding warm plates!  
The loons continue to mesmorize every night.

A reminder that our spring rates are our lowest of the season 
at  $204 per person/per night up until June 26th - including 
accommodation, three consecutive meals and use of all facilities. 

Contact us to book your room by the lake!