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Pine Vista Resort

Last week Evan and I went on a leeettle romantic getaway to Pine Vista Resort, a small-ish cottage resort on Stoney Lake, just outside of Lakefield. We had been planning it for a while, as a kind of anniversary/Christmas getaway, and we looked into a bunch of different Ontario resorts. We chose this one because it had fantastic reviews, it was a great deal, and Pine Vista offers a ton of activities in the winter – cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating (and skating parties!), and even a toboggan hill. So for the entire month of December I was excited to get my winter adventure on.

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Our winter has been quite mild so far (until this week), and I almost started this sentence with “Unfortunately” but I don’t think a mild winter is unfortunate at all because last year was freezing and we got an insane amount of snow and it was annoying. However, it is unfortunate that the ONE TIME I want there to be snow there is none (also no snow for Christmas and that was sad). The day before Evan and I left for our getaway we had given up on tobogganing and cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and were resigned to the fact that we would instead be going on muddy nature walks. Hurrah.

But even without the snow, Pine Vista was pretty awesome. Definitely more family-oriented, but I saw a few other pairs of lovers lovering around as well. I also liked that it was not fancy and quite rustic. It felt like a cottage. Each accommodation is set up like your own little cabin, and we had a full kitchen:

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Which was fantastic because it was just after Christmas and we brought all our turkey dinner leftovers.

One bedroom with a double and single bed…

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A second bedroom with a queen bed…

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A living room with a wood burning fireplace…

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A huge deck with a view of the lake/other cottages (and a barbecue!)…

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And two full bathrooms, one with a jacuzzi tub and shower, and the other with just a stand-up shower.

The amenities around the resort included an indoor hot tub…

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Outdoor hot tub…

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A games room! (air hockey is the best)

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And lakeside tetherball!

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Exciting! We took advantage and did all the things. Also included in our romantic getaway package was a bottle of wine.

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Which was much appreciated.

Since there was no snow, the staff had to get creative with the holiday activities. When we arrived they were hosting a “winter” festival (I shouldn’t have quotes, it did become extremely cold our second day), with a fire for weenie and marshmallow roasting…

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And syrup drizzled onto ice to make taffee. Also archery.

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Which looked like a good time, but Evan and I did not partake as the kids looked like they were loving it and we didn’t want to take it over.

Our first night there the lake wasn’t even entirely frozen.

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But it froze overnight!

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I was really excited about this, because if we couldn’t go tobogganing and snowshoeing and cross country skiing, at least we could maybe go skating. The lake rink wasn’t ready yet though, so we decided to wait until the next day.

Also included in our getaway package was a ride on a horse drawn carriage.

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Usually it is a horse drawn sleigh, but again the no snow. The beautiful horses took us on a 45 minute adventure along the lake.

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It was really cold at that point, so very important to bundle up.

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Afterwards the resort staff invited us inside for hot chocolate and homemade chocolate chip cookies, which were delicious. I ate at least five of them.

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We went on our nature walk, which thankfully was not even muddy because it got cold.

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Guess the animal tracks! We are thinking raccoon maybe?

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That tree had a sign beside it that said it was marked by the Ministry of Natural Resources as the perfect example of a healthy pine tree because it was so tall and straight. It did look like a perfect tree.

We spent both nights in our little cabin by the fire.

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Lots of wine and lots of reading.

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So that was pretty amazing.

And on our last day we went skating!

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I was so, so excited about this. You may remember on our Niagara Falls getaway last year my plans of romantic skating were foiled because the rink was closed, and when I saw the state of the ice when we first arrived I thought that was going to be the case again. But nope! I was a little unsteady at first, but it all came back to me. For Evan though, this was his first time on skates in 20 years, so he was a bit apprehensive…

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But with a little coaching he was all good, and surprisingly steady.

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I just held his hands and skated backwards, pulling him around, which I am pretty sure would have looked hilarious to anyone watching.

The scenery was beautiful.

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I love that we were able to go skating. I miss living on a lake.

As for eats, we brought all of our food with us and made pretty spectacular breakfasts…

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And for dinner one night we had a giant soft bun filled with leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy.

We also went into town for dinner one night at Trip Advisor’s #1 restaurant in Lakefield: Jack’s Family Restaurant!

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We looked up the reviews beforehand and everyone seemed to recommend the seafood chowder, so both Evan and I started with that.

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Definitely good. For my main I ordered the pan-fried haddock with Caesar salad and rice.

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My fish was amazing.

They also made homemade pies so I got a slice of lemon meringue to go.

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Because I cannot resist homemade lemon meringue pie. Ever. It didn’t compare to my mom’s, but it was still tasty.

So all in all, a very good time and I’m so glad we did it. It was nice to get away from everything and just relax for a few days.

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Highly recommend Pine Vista resort if you are looking for a cottage resort to stay at in Ontario. It would be amazing in the summer, and we are definitely going back in the winter when there is snow for activities.

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