Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Pictures from our
Outdoor Barbecue July 25th
|If Keeda could talk: "Is that lamb kibbe?"|
|Father and daughter - guests from the UK|
|Vanessa with ice cream cones|
|Chef, Krissy and Aaron enjoying the day!|
|Seafood Brochettes on tne BBQ|
|These guests from New York woke went hiking early this morning!|
They earned their lunch!
AND MORE GUESTS ENJOYING THE DAY!
|The Reider Family|
|The Simco Family (Mr Simco is probably still sleeping)|
|Lovely Lunch before heading off to Burnt Island!|
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A Lovely Email
from the Newly Married
Rebecca and Brendan:
Hello Arowhon Staff!
Brendan and I just wanted to thank you all profusely for what a beautiful job you did, and for making our wedding day so special. From the moment we arrived we felt totally taken care of. Even the little things that we had overlooked, you were so quick to help us out with. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. My Mom put it best when she commented that, "Here we feel that people come before material goods. Everyone is so helpful and personable. It's so nice to see." My husband's parents were skeptical about staying and so chose to spend the night at their nearby cottage, but after dinner quickly decided to return for lunch the following day, and now they would not hesitate to come back and spend a weekend.
You not only gave us a great wedding day, we now have the perfect anniversary/family reunion/just because spot. THANK YOU!!!
We have included some pictures of the day - thank you so much for making our day so perfect.
We can't wait to be back!
Rebecca and Brendan
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
About a decade ago, any good cheese came from Europe and that was what we served.
Now, Arowhon Pines features only Canada-made artisinal cheeses.
There is a provincial battle of the cheeses happening on our dessert table: Ontario vs Quebec.
On the Ontario side, we serve Thornloe Casey Blue (Tamiskaming region), Balderson Old Cheddar from Lanark county and Mon Forte Paradiso (goat's cheese) from Stratford.Quebec is proudly represented by Le Ciel de Charlesbois, La Sauvagine (literally "wild one"), Blue Benedictine and Le 1608.
We will be alternating them on our cheeseboard - please tell us your favourites!
We were very thrilled (and a little emotional) to read this review, as we felt that this is what we are all about. Thank you to the couple who travelled in July. We hope to see you again.
It's hard to find words to do justice to Arowhon Pines. It's easy to say what it's not. It's the opposite of garish, posh, pretentious, glitzy, or even up-to-date. There's no TV, radio, wi-fi, or fitness club. Once you leave Highway 60 and turn on to the 8 km road to Arowhon, you leave the contemporary urban world behind. Arowhon is about being very well taken care of, in a friendly respectful non-intrusive way, in a gorgeous wilderness setting, with modest but extremely comfortable cabins on the edge of a very private lake in the midst of the vastness of Algonquin Park.
The dining room is a rustic culinary cathedral. The menu changes daily and there are choices to please every taste and even those on special diets, such as vegans,are as happy as the omnivores.When we were there dinners included everything from venison to lobster bisque to smoked ham. Breakfasts and lunch were equally all-encompassing. And the desserts are to die for.
Arowhon Pines is a place to canoe, kayak, play tennis, hike, swim, read, relax on the dock or the dining room verandah. Nature and silence surround you. It's a hard place to leave because once you're in heaven who wants to head back to earth? Yet the experience of Arowhon is both transcendental and grounded.
Expensive? Yes. But you get what you pay for (which includes not getting what you pay for at other "resorts" which cater to the young and the restless). By the way, we observed children and teens at Arowhon who were very well behaved, and who were clearly enjoying the unplugged life and the healthy food. They seemed content. It's a family place, too.
Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Hunter family, from California, visit Arowhon Pines in the spring.
Each visit, Mr Hunter brings Edward (our Dining Room Manager) a music CD - this year the best music from Hawaii!
Mrs Nancy Hunter, we found out, is an artist and she has kindly shared some of her work with us.
Pen and Ink on paper
Algonquin Morning, oil on canvas
The Artist in Her Twenties, oil on canvas
Still Life with Persimmons, oil on canvas
Sunrise on the Island of Kauai, oil on canvas
Fairy of the Islands, gouache, water colour pencil, coloured pencil on paper
Girl Reading, graphite on paper