Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Until Next Year...

Thank you for being part of another successful season!
While we’re sad to close the gates, we’re ready to catch our breath and spend time with our family and friends.
Until next year! 

Love Theresa, David and Adam
And All of us at Arowhon Pines

Monday, October 12, 2015

Thanksgiving Day 2015

From our family to yours, 
we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

 Love Theresa, David & Adam 
& Everyone at Arowhon Pines

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gorgeous September Photos

Thank you Brenda and Andrew Excell for these gorgeous September photos of Arowhon / Algonquin Park.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lovely Photos by Artist Gabriele Mayer

Thank you to our recent guest and artist Gabriele Mayer for these beautiful photos of Arowhon Pines. 

See more of Gabriele's work:  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Arowhon Pines in 1981

A beautiful photo of happiness galore at Arowhon Pines in 1981.  Thank you to Andy and Christine Attalai for sending this.

The photograph was taken by Andy’s parents, Peter and Lilly Attalai who were guests here for 30+ years!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Algonquin Park and Other Places by Gary Cralle

Enjoy a travel story with visual impact about Algonquin Park and other places by Gary Cralle:
"Algonquin Provincial Park is bigger than Prince Edward Island, bigger than the state of Delaware. Established in 1893 because the land wasn’t good enough for farming, it looks marvelous as the Grand Dame of the Ontario Parks system. 
And does it have wildlife! — 279 species of birds, 45 types of mammals, 15 different reptiles, 17 amphibians and 56 varieties of fish. But that’s not all; for every variety of human there’s hiking, biking, camping, birding, picnicking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, winter yurts and the most beloved sport of all — canoeing."  Read more

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Autumn in Algonquin

Although we’ve been experiencing summer-like temperatures all week – a few of us are still out swimming daily (water temperature is 18 degrees) – we know that the chillier weather is in the forecast.

Soon, the dining room fire will be lit every meal to welcome guests.   The bellmen will spend much of the day replenishing wood in the cabins and splitting wood for kindling.  The chef will be pondering the Thanksgiving Weekend menu.  Our bathing suits and sandals will be packed away for another season.  And guests will try to decide where best to see the magnificent changing colours of the leaves, by canoe or on a trail?

We look forward to welcoming autumn (and you!) to Algonquin Park.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Last Weekend of Summer 2015

It is the last week of summer with hot and sunny weather in the forecast.  Thank you to all our summer guests who enjoyed swimming in the lake, canoeing, hiking, the moose, the food and the new renovated rooms.
Our best regards!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What a view!

This photo of a gorgeous August sunset was taken by one of our guests, Lis Angus, from the Arowhon Pines dining room verandah.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunflowers and Shorelines

Sunflowers and Shorelines is an exhibition of pottery and paintings by artists and sisters Karen Gray and Jane Gray.
Karen's functional carved pottery graphically interprets cottage country images including canoes and sunflowers.  Jane's oil paintings are based on her experiences of the moonlit skies and shorelines of Algonquin Park.

You are invited to the exhibition of pottery and paintings by two sisters who interpret similar subjects in their chosen mediums.

July 25 - August 15, 2015
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
The Chapel Gallery
15 King Street, Bracebridge

Friday, July 24, 2015

What do BBQs and renovations have in common?

They are both featured in our July newsletter!

Our annual "100 Mile Challenge BBQ" is coming up soon.
Join us on Sunday, August 2nd, from noon to 3:00 p.m.

See our renovations and featured section in Hideaways magazine.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FRIENDS OF ALGONQUIN PARK July Newsletter is Now Out!

The July newsletter of the Friends of Algonquin Park is a special Logging Edition.  Read about the following and more!
  • Loggers Day on Saturday, July 25, 2015 
  • The Algonquin Logging Museum 
  • New book:  Dam Builders: The Natural History of Beavers and their Ponds
  • 40 Years of the Algonquin Forestry Authority
  • New Video: The Loggers of Algonquin

Monday, July 20, 2015

Early Morning Yoga

Randi Skurka enjoying early morning yoga on the dock at Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park.

Monday, July 13, 2015

FALL COLOURS Writing Retreat

Attention All Writers!
Get Inspired and Unlock your Creativity at our: 

FALL COLOURS Writing Retreat
From Saturday, September 19 - Monday, September 21, 2015
led by instructor Brian Henry

Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers.  He also teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops across the US and Canada. His proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

The retreat will feature both instruction and guided writing exercises, plus one-on-one critiquing and coaching from Brian.  You’ll also have lots of time to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect with your creativity – as well as eat wonderful meals, canoe and hike.

Everyone is welcome – from those interested in developing their writing skills, aspiring writers or accomplished authors, to those who simply enjoy writing as a hobby. There is no requirement for you to have been previously published or even to have an intention to publish.  P.S. If you have an on-going writing project, bring it with you! If you’re not currently working on anything, don’t worry, we’ll get you writing.

For more details, click here:  Fall Colours Writing Retreat

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Date for Annual August Barbeque

It is soon time for Arowhon’s 5th Annual Civic Holiday Weekend Barbecue – there are still some chairs available by the lake.

This is when our team of cooks, headed by our chef, David Cooke, step outside for the afternoon and cook up a feast using local products from within 100 miles. Guests can meet the farmers and suppliers, enjoy some local art and music and tag some monarch butterflies before they head south.

This year’s date is SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd, 2015!

More information:  http://arowhonpines.ca/eat/dining-room/

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Rare Find

Last summer, Arowhon Pines held a Moth Workshop led by Jason J. Dombroskie, Ph.D., Collection Manager, Cornell University Insect Collection & Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab, Cornell University.  Jason's extensive knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious and all of us “caught the bug".

Last September, long time guests Ann and Brian Gray noticed a pinkish moth near a light at Arowhon.  After much research, they could not get a perfect match or identification.  The Grays, who have been volunteer naturalists in the Leslie Street Spit area in Toronto for the last 17 years, contacted Jason for help.

Turns out, their find is very rare... CLICK HERE to identify it!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Arowhon Pines - Open for the Season!

Welcome to summer! 

The canoes are in place, the sailboats rigged and the trails are being cleared.  The beds are made and everything is spotlessly clean.  There is some last minute painting to do this morning.  The kitchen has tested some new and interesting dishes, ready for your enjoyment.  The fire is burning in the dining room.  The maintenance staff who have worked late every night are ready for a little rest. We’re welcoming new friendly staff every day from Canada and around the world. 

We’re very excited to show you what we’ve been up to all winter long – gorgeous, renovated rooms and a new addition to the kitchen.  The usual things will remain as magnificent as ever – good, tasty food in a beautiful dining room, a warm welcome from the office and the timeless beauty of Algonquin Park any time of the year.

We hope that you can visit.  
Contact us to book your room by the lake! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Loon in Algonquin Park

The Common Loon is the iconic symbol of Algonquin Park.  Even if you don’t see one, you’ll hear their incredible sounds every night on Little Joe Lake.  The HOOT, TREMOLO, YODEL and WAIL are used to communicate different messages.

CLICK HERE to hear the sounds and learn their different meanings.

The loons arrived on Little Joe Lake a few weeks ago when the ice wasn’t even out yet. Word must be out that there are nice people here, and the food is good!  We say, welcome back!

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