TRAVEL: Muskoka

5_01We made it to 5!  For our annual anniversary celebration getaway, Mike and I took to cottage country.  For those who escape Toronto, the weekend voyage you hear most of is, north, to Muskoka.  As  Mike and I do not have the luxury of a regular weekend lakeside escape, we did the next best thing; we booked a couple nights stay at a resort.  As first timers to the Muskoka region, we set out to relax, be one with the lake, and explore.

5_02En route during our 2-ish hour drive up, we stopped in at Webers for lunch; a burger + shake establishment [in Orillia] on Highway 11 since 1963.  We pulled in, parked, and proceeded to queue up in a dauntingly long line [I took this as a good sign] that, surprisingly, moved quickly.  With burgers + fries in hand, we picnicked behind the converted rail cars in the park.  The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and our bellies were filling up with the perfect grilled bites of summer.

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G R A V E N H U R S T

Too early for check-in, Mike and I decided to check out Gravenhurst.  Secretly, Mike and I both love nothing more than exploring new towns; people watching, antiquing, and escaping the pace of the “big city”.

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Currie’s Music and Antiques5_07Mike and I were sucked in to the rooms off  of rooms of retro memorabilia, books, and antiques.  From Sears Catalogues to 70’s plate wear to furniture, we interestingly sifted through the daily artifacts of eras past.  

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Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Why commit to 1 beer when you can chose from a menu of 12+ craft brews?!  Mike and I each sat to a flight of beers sampling a variety of their core, seasonal, and special brews.
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T A B O O  M U S K O K A
muskoka_11With spacious + updated rooms overlooking Lake Muskoka, our home base for the next 2 nights was more than comfortable.

muskoka_12muskoka_14muskoka_16** Ps. I finally got to wear my pompom clutch!!!

B R A C E B R I D G E

muskoka_1515 minutes from our resort was the town of Bracebridge.  We started our Saturday at their weekly famers’ market.  Located in Memorial Park in downtown Bracebridge, I immediately felt transported to a little slice of Star’s Hollow [fr Gilmore Girls…duh].  Amongst our market finds were butter tarts + pirogues + pepperettes. 

muskoka_21muskoka_19[Ice cream from Momma Bear’s Ice Cream & Sweets]

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Muskoka Brewery

Our last order of business in Bracebridge was a tour of the Muskoka Brewery.  We viewed the operation and ended the visit with a couple pints as we enjoyed some live music out in the sun.  

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With weather on our side, we reserved our last day of vacation for the beach.  We packed, checked-out and stopped back in to Bracebridge for breakfast @ Bethune’s Bistro; the perfect spot for a good no fuss cup of coffee + $6.99 breakfast and people watching.  

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W A S A G A  B E A C H

…and then we were off to the beach; a 1h20m drive south of Muskoka. muskoka35muskoka33muskoka_22

Relaxed and well rested, we made the voyage back to Toronto.  Muskoka was the perfect little weekend getaway cottage or no cottage!

 

Here’s to the next 5!

madelaine

 

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