We went to Fern Resort for Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I along with our 7 year old daughter. After reading the rave reviews we were slightly disappointed. We did not expect 5 star but did expect better than we got.
We had the suite in Fireside Inn. Very large and conveniently located close to dining room. The rugs are worn, stained and old. The pullout sofa is a twin and quite worn. Next time we will bring sheets and blankets for our daughter. The ones on the pullout had seen better days. We opted to try the spare blanket but it was stained and had holes in it. The suite was probably quite nice 15 to 20 years ago but needs some attention. You expect rustic but this was more rundown.
The food was excellent! Our server was horrible but we made due. When you arrive you are given your table and server for the entire stay. Don't order the pancakes or the pizza. Everything else is great, especially their baked goods. We loved the prime rib, nachos, crab cakes and caesar salad. The kids buffet is well stocked with everything kids love like chicken nuggets, fries, hotdogs, cookies etc. We would order our daughter a kids meal from the menu and she would grab bits from the buffet.
The kids activities are great and there is lots to do as a family as well.
Evening entertainment is sort of hokey, but charming.
We will probably return as we had a good time. Just wanted to warn visitors it's not as good as the reviews we read but still is worth a visit. A nice place to kick back and relax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fern Resort and the Conference Centre at Fern are located along the shores of Lake Couchiching in the city of Orillia. We offer all inclusive packages for both family vacation stays as well as meeting and conference stays. All meals, use of facilities and at specific times of the year, we offer activity programs for all ages, children supervision and nightly entertainment. Established in 1895, Fern has a long tradition of offering our guests with good olde fashion hospitality in a professional and friendly manner. Whether it's the traditional family vacation, a little getaway weekend or a sales meeting or corporate seminar, Fern Resort and the Conference Centre at Fern should be your venue of choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fern Hotel Orillia
- Fern Orillia
- Fern Resort Orillia, Ontario