We booked an "Up, up and away" Package at the Pretty River Valley Country Inn for our 24th Anniversary. The package which contained 2 nights accommodation with a hot breakfast and an "Air 44" helicopter ride to the Georgian Hills Winery for a Cheese tray and wine tasting was pretty much the perfect romantic weekend getaway we were looking for.
Our attention was concentrated on the Helicopter ride as we figured the view of the lake and the Blue Mountain Ski Hills would be spectacular. Little did we know there was much more waiting for us for an unforgettable experience.
We drove from Kitchener on a snowy afternoon and very poor driving conditions guided by our "trusty" GPS; the stress of the slippery drive was gradually slowed down with the enchanting view of the snow copped threes in the lovely country roads well illuminated by a shiny moon.
All pretty wonderful until we realized our "trusty" GPS had taken us off the road and into a trail and as soon as we realized it our car decided to slip down the ditch. With very little information about were we were, we decided to give Paul (The Pretty River C. Inn Owner) a call to see if he would be able to locate us and help us. It turns we were about 5min. away so shortly after our call he showed up with his son and hauled us out of the snow and guided us to the place.
I took no more than 5 min. in our room (The Loft) for the stress to melt down, they had left a bottle of champagne with two cups on the small table in front of the wood burning chimney which was all ready to go, all we had to do was light a match and relax with the sound of the fire and the view of the snowy hills through the balcony doors next to the TV. The location of the Jacuzzi across from the bed was so inviting we had to make that our next stop. All set for a good night sleep on a very comfortable bed.
The next day as we reached into the mini fridge for some water, we noticed a very nice home made "Happy Anniversary" cake. What a nice touch!
We headed down to the dining room for our well anticipated hot breakfast and we were not disappointed, we met with the other guests and had a chance to get to know some very nice people, then we headed out to our first ever snow shoeing adventure, we had read about some nice things to see at the facility but being not the most cold weather friendly people we figure that was going to last around 10-15min. To our surprise once we went past the Reindeer and horses, we automatically got hypnotized by the breath taking view of the snowy trees as we walked up the hill, the sound of a very nearby water stream with tiny little falls was so relaxing and the view was just spectacular, it was about two hours later at the top of the hill contemplating the valley that we realized we had lost our cold weather fobia and had actually learn to like and enjoy the white stuff. For the last two hrs. we had actually forgot about our up and coming helicopter ride and our concentration was completely aimed to enjoy the scenery.
Our helicopter ride was booked for 3:30 and we made it back to our room around 2PM so we decided to skip lunch as we were not going to make it to town and back in time, that was when we learned how delicious the anniversary cake was.We decided to relax and watch a DVD movie (They are available in the common area) while we waited for the big moment.
At around 3:30 we walked to the common area to met our guide that took us to the side of the building where they have the helipad right next to the building where you can find the outdoor hot tub and the salt water pool. Watching the helicopter land was a spectacle but watching it take off with us inside was a great experience. It took about 15min to land at Georgian Hills Winery where we had a very delightful wine and cheese tray tasting, the frozen grape wine was delicious. In our way back the pilot took us on a scenery tour around the Ski Hills with some breath taking views of the lake before landing back at the hotel. We were very lucky the weather cooperated as our entire trip took place during a nice clear sky sunny break between a morning and afternoon snow fall. As we took off from the Winery we could see the black cloud coming towards us, an ugly picture that we found fascinating.
We had allowed Paul to select a good local restaurant for a romantic dinner to celebrate, he made a reservation for us at Chez Michele in Creemore, the food and service were exceptional and the atmosphere was definatly the set for a wonderful anniversary celebration.
Our last night was enjoyed again in front of the fire and it didn't take long before we felt tiered after a very exciting day.
After a hearty and delicious hot breakfast we headed home the next day with our expectations completely blown to the Sky!!!!
Thanks to Paul and the Staff at the Pretty River Valley Country Inn, this is a weekend that will live in our memories for a very long time, probably to be replaced only by our next adventure there as we are sure to be coming back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn, one of Ontario's Finest Inns, Spas & Hotels is perched on 125 acres on the Niagara Escarpment (UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) overlooking 3,050 acres of Provincial Park, 15 minutes to Collingwood and the Blue Mountains, minutes away from skiing, hiking, biking and Scandinave Spa. All 11 accommodations have wood burning fireplaces, full bathrooms, fridges, Queen or King Tempur-Pedic sleep systems and many have double Jacuzis (not in bathrooms). Hot tubs, salt water swimming pool( and exercise room await! The inn is home to reindeer, horses, chickens, guinea fowl, bees and Angus & Mac (official canine greeters). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pretty River Valley Country Hotel Ontario
- Country Inn Collingwood
- Collingwood Country Inn
- Pretty River Valley Country Inn Ontario/Nottawa, Canada