Sunday, May 27, 2012

Opening Weekend News 2012

We're excited to be open for the season!  We hope that you can join us in Algonquin Park this spring. 

Besides the usual opening day challenges and a couple of extra curve balls (like a little tornado warning!), this past weekend was a gorgeous one, with only a couple of hours of dark skies but no rain followed by some breathtaking sunsets.  Guests canoed, sailed, swam in the lake and relaxed on the dock.  A small intimate group, organized by Laura Traplin enjoyed their third annual opening weekend healing retreat at Arowhon Pines.  It felt wonderful seeing regular guests again, and meeting new guests from Switzerland and Germany.   

Plans for our new Laundry facility are underway.  The remnants of the old building have been taken away, and the new cement pad and blocks are set to go this week.  We would like to thank our contractors, Pat Land Custom Woodworks (Pat, Tom, Bunny and crew) who've been quick to lend their support. 

The bathrooms in our Private and 2 Room Suites have all been renovated and most have new carpeting.  Lakeview and Cedarview have huge new decks overlooking the lake.  We can't wait to show them to you!

A reminder that spring rates are $198 per person - based on double or single occupancy - and include three meals and all facilities.  These rates have been extended until June 28th.

As we sit on the verandah with a glass of wine before dinner and gaze out at the lake, with the hummingbirds and butterflies all around, we're hoping that you can join us soon! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fire in Our Laundry

Yesterday, our little cozy Laundry building burned down.  Sadly, all the laundry machines and equipment, some linen and our housekeeper's hand made quilts all went with it.  Absolutely noone was hurt, our staff was awesome containing the fire until more help arrived, and plans are already underway to replace it.

Edwin, Peter, Vern, Spenser, Chris and Adam and to all the other staff on site - thank you.  Thank you also to the volonteer firemen and women out of Oxtongue and Algonquin Highlands and the Park wardens.

As a resort operator in the middle of the woods, fire is one of our worst nightmares.  We aren't sure if this fire was preventable as all the machines were turned off hours before and all was quiet.  We are sure that our staff's quick response was key to preventing a disaster.

I know I will be checking my smoke alarms at home today. Will you?  Please.