Our Favourite Place - Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland

Catch another weekend at “Our favourite place.”

To misquote an old saying, “a journey to a land of a 1000 getaways begins with a single weekend”. So, keep your mouse trapped onto this page as we engage your imagination with a summer’s worth of “Perfect Weekend Getaways.”

Each week, we will compile weekend ideas designed to entice you into our world of charming villages, invigorating vistas, boat loads of fun sporting activities, a host of historical points of interest, colourful cultural events, as well as some of the world’s best butter tarts.

And, whether you’d prefer trolling for large mouth bass in Rice Lake, or fishing for a large mouth urn at an antique shop in Fenelon Falls, you’ll find a hook for everyone to enjoy time well spent in Northumberland, Perterborough and the Kawarthas. Enjoy!

Have a Devil’s Elbow of a Good Time

Have a Devil's Elbow of a Good Time

Imagine a picturesque resort with one of Ontario’s most extensive snowmaking operation. Now picture the same mountain less than an hour from the GTA with the added bonus of relatively short lift lines. Does this sound like heaven on snow to you? It’s actually the wickedly fun slopes of Devil’s Elbow in Bethany, only minutes away from Peterborough, Lindsay, Port Hope and Oshawa: www.devilselbow.com/directions.php

From Bunny for novices to Satan’s for the more advanced, there is much to peak your excitement at Devil’s Elbow Family Ski _ Snowboard area. 

Here’s a fresh accumulation of cool facts about the Elbow:

  • Extensive snowmaking and grooming equipment
  • Six chairlifts (4 Quad and 2 Double) 
  • New in 2013! The addition of two terrain areas
  • CSIA qualified Ski School
  • Junior racing program
  • Pro Shop with the latest equipment and accessories
  • Skis and snowboard rentals (www.devilselbow.com/proshop_rates.php)
  • Pro shop for tune-ups and repairs
  • Spacious two-story, day lodge overlooking the hills
  • 8.5 kms of Nordic trail winding through sheltered evergreen and hardwood forests

 

50 Shades of Romance in Northumberland and the Kawarthas

50 Shades of Romance

 

Toast your love at the award-winning Kawartha Country Winery sampling bar on County Road 36 near Buckhorn (www.kawarthacountrywines.ca)

Take a spin with free skating under the Peterborough Lift Lock, ice permitting (http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/visit/visit6/lock21a.aspx)

Hike hand in hand along the 44 kms of Trans Canada Trail through the City of Kawartha Lakes http://www.kawarthatranscanadatrail.ca/map/map.html

Snuggle up fireside in your chalet at Westwind Resort on Lower Buckhorn Lake (www.westwindinn.net)

It’ll be “Oowatanite” as you set the stage for romance with Myles Goodwin and April Wine at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, February 23rd (academytheatre.ca)

Have a hell of a good time learning to ski or snowboard at Devil’s Elbow ski resort in Bethany (www.devilselbow.com)

Roll into the Snofest snowman contest at the Peterborough Winter Carnival on January 19th (www.peterboroughsnofest.ca)

Wrap yourself in a full body hot chocolate treatment at the Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton (www.steannes.com/hydrating-hot-chocolate-wrap.html)

Really get back to nature with a hike into the preserved wilderness of Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park near Apsley (www.ontario-canada-travel.com/kawartha-highlands-provincial-park.html#.UJq_rMRYupk)

Get steamy with a cuppa jo at the Kawartha Coffee Co. Bakery _ Café in Bobcaygeon (www.kawarthacoffee.com)

Score big with “his and her” tickets to the Peterborough Petes at the Memorial Centre (www.gopetesgo.com)

Walk down the aisle at the Church Key Brewery at Pethericks Corners near Campbellford (www.churchkeybrewing.com)

Glide into fun with iceboating at the Pigeon Lake Yacht Club (http://www.pigeonlakeyachtclub.com)

Read “50 Shades of Grey” to each other at the ultra romantic Dunsford House at Eganridge estate on Sturgeon Lake (www.eganridge.com)

Linger over a bottle of SEXY from Portugal at Pane Vino Trattoria and Wine Bar in Lindsay (www.panevino.ca)

Port Hope

Be a little bad at “Red Riding Hood, The Naughty Version” every Friday and Saturday through December at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope (www.capitoltheatre.com/content/theatre)

Peak her rate of interest with an overnight and dinner at the charming Carlyle Inn and Bistro in the original Bank of Canada building on John Street in Port Hope (www.carlyleinnandbistro.com)

Buy both of the above and double your pleasure for only $365 per couple for a luxury overnight package (www.capitoltheatre.com/content/theatre)

Enjoy some pre-dinner “horsin’ around” with a free wagon ride through the Heritage District on Saturdays during December

Get that twinkle in your eye with a walk through the beautiful Christmas lights on display in Memorial Park

Paint the town romantic red at the Lindsay (lindsayartgallery.wordpress.com) or Peterborough Art Galleries (www.agp.on.ca)

Make your own love paddle at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough (www.canoemuseum.ca)

Take your relationship to new heights with a hot air balloon ride over Rice Lake at Uptuit Balloons (www.uptuitballoons.com)

Lure your valentine into a day of frozen fun snuggling together while ice fishing with Dalrymple Dock _ Leisure in Kirkfield.

(www.dalrympledockandleisure.ca/lake-dalrymple-ice-hut-rentals)

Take your sweetheart to the Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival at Sandy Flat Sugar Bush on March 9th and 10th (www.warkworthmaplesyrupfestival.ca)

Get your love life cookin’ with a weekend culinary class at South Pond Farms B_B in Pontypool near Bethany (www.southpondfarms.ca)

Take a “roll in the hay” on a luxurious bed in a real barn overnight at Adam Farm in Trent Hills (www.adamfarm.ca)

Frolic in the woods on cross-country skis at the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club (www.kawarthanordic.ca)

Slip into something more comfortable at The Lingerie Loft on Kent St in Lindsay

Treat your lover like royalty at the historic Victoria Inn in Gores Landing on Rice Lake (www.thevictoriainn.ca)

Pine Vista

Valentines is the perfect weekend to enjoy a cozy cabin with a whirlpool bath, fireplace, complimentary wine, strawberries and chocolate at Pine Vista Resort on Stoney Lake (www.pinevista.com)

Pine Vista is also the ideal place to serenade each other with “Jingle Bells” in your two-horse open sleigh ride.

Wake up at Elmhirst’s Resort near Keene and delight in the spread of their famous Sunday brunch (www.elmhirst.ca)

Shopping together is especially fun at the eclectic End of the Thread Marketplace, Bakery and Café in Brighton (www.endofthethread.com)

Shower your love with a side-by-side hydrotherapy treatment at the Spa on Hunter at Euphoria in Peterborough (www.spaonhunterateuphoria.com)

If the way to your lover’s heart is through their stomach, the 7-Course Tasting Menu at the Inn at Mount Julian is the way to go. Make this fine dining experience part of an overnight stay at Viamede Resort (www.viamede.com)

Improve your lava life with a tour of the ice volcanoes along the shores of Presqu’ile Provincial Park in January and February (www.friendsofpresquile.on.ca)

Get in great shape at a pottery and sculpture class from Gail West at the English Potter in Lakefield (www.englishpotter.com)

With twelve antique shops situated between Port Hope, Cobourg and Peterborough, you’ll have lots of old fun with a new flame (www.yellowpages.ca/search/si/1/Antique+Dealers/Port+Hope+ON)

Grab a copy of Casablanca, Wall-E and When Harry Met Sally and head to the luxurious Irwin Inn for a weekend of classic Hollywood romance on the south shore of Stoney Lake (www.irwininn.com)

Star gaze with your little chickadee amid the 25-acre wooded property surrounding the Claire de Lune B_B on the shores of Pigeon Lake (www.clairedelune.ca)

A romp in the woods at Ganaraska Forest or horseback riding at Maple Crescent Farm is the ideal prelude to a night at the Woodland Gardens B_B in Garden Hill (www.bbcanada.com/woodlandgardens)

Fenelon Falls

Put some real power in your dashing through the snow with a day of snow mobiling from Fenelon Falls Marina (www.fenelonmarina.com). 

Once outfitted, hit the Victoria Rail Trail (www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/victoria-rail-trail-corridor) for a day of fun. 

After your day on the trails, warm up by the fire at The Lakehouse Restaurant in Fenelon Falls (www.lakehousefenelon.com)

Treat your lover like a king or queen at the Royal Resort, where you can soak up the memories of a great day in your room with fireplace and private whirlpool (www.royalresort.com)

Butter up your sweetie with a weekend making all the stops on the official Butter Tart Tour through The Kawarthas and Northumberland (www.ourfavouriteplace.ca)

A warm embrace in the historic charm of downtown Peterborough awaits gay couples where you’ll find many fabulous shops and restaurants proudly under the rainbow (www.peterboroughpride.ca)

Lace each other up and go skating under the stars in downtown Cobourg. The free public rink is located behind Victoria Hall and offers an outstanding view of Lake Ontario.

Find fresh and better tasting ingredients for an ultra romantic meal in some of the many farms and markets selling Kawartha Choice FarmFresh (www.kawarthachoice.com/find-local-products/farms) and Proudly Northumberland products (www.proudlynorthumberland.ca/farmgate/map.aspx)

 

Find the Perfect Butter Tart

Ontario's Butter Tart Tour

Name an iconic Canadian food, not from Quebec. That excludes tourtière and poutine!

The answer lays in a small, crusty, pastry shell, filled with a magical combination of butter, sugar, eggs, and, for many, raisins. From its humble beginnings in Upper Canada back in the early 1900s, the butter tart has become a proud part of our national heritage. Step aside Mr. Beaver! But, the topic of what makes the perfect tart is not without hot debate among the many self-proclaimed aficionados among us.

Should they be runny or firm? With raisins or plain? Dense or crumbly? Served warm or from the fridge? These questions have raged for years, but the best answer to what makes a great butter tart is personal: “Did you wipe your hands after eating one or lick your fingers clean?”

It is quite possible that the butter tart was hatched at a farmhouse in The Kawarthas or Northumberland. For that reason alone, plot your next getaway to the land of 1000 perfect getaways, and embark on a tour of the region’s best butter tarts. We've started the tour in Port Hope and ended in Woodville, but with so many places to choose from, we welcome you to explore to your tart's content:

  1. Betty’s Pies and Tarts – Port Hope
  2. The Pastry Peddler – Millbrook
  3. Doo Doo’s – Bailieboro
  4. The Buttertart Factory – Campbellford
  5. Doohers Bakery – Campbellford
  6. Swiss Bear Restaurant and Bakery - Apsley
  7. Country Mart – Buckhorn
  8. Kawartha Bakery – Lakefield
  9. Nuttshell Next Door – Lakefield
  10. Black Honey Desserts – Peterborough
  11. Pantry Shelf Fine Foods – Lindsay
  12. Buttertarts ‘N More - Little Britain
  13. Zehr Farm Fresh Produce and Bakery – Woodville
  14. The Argyle General Store – Woodville
Ontario's Butter Tart Tour
 

If unsure about sampling them all, remember those many women from the ‘Titanic’ that waived off the dessert cart.

Map this tour on Trip-Click, your GPS journey through Peterborough, The Kawarthas and Northumberland.

Fall Colours Driving Tour

Fall Colours Driving Tour

Eye catching, lip smacking, heart pounding, history loving and smile inducing stops are at every turn on this Fall Colours tour of Ontario’s best getaway region – Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland.

From spotting stands of big red apples and sighting migrations of Great Blue Herons to diving into buttertarts and delving into Canadian history, it’s all waiting for you in the land of 1,000 perfect getaways. After only one visit, we’re sure that “Our Favourite Place” will turn into your favourite place.

See the $199 Fall Colours driving tour special at Viamede Resort on Stoney Lake.

   

This Fall Colours interactive tour of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland starts and finishes from the Scarborough Town Centre. The drive includes the following memorable stops: