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CLASSIC RESORT FAMILY ESCAPE

CLASSIC RESORT FAMILY ESCAPE

A look at the Boat House on-site restaurant.

A look at the Boat House on-site restaurant.

In Partnership With my Friends at Viamede Resort

In what has been a magical summer, our visit to Viamede Resort in Kawartha was a highlight. I was invited, with my family, to spend a weekend to explore and enjoy the century old resort hotel. I hadn't previously heard of Viamede and wasn't certain what to expect – it turns out that it's a hidden gem that is a tradition to many families who return every year. We stayed in a charming two-bedroom cottage and there was a good selection of things to do during our weekend visit.

The boys loved the lake and the enormous floating trampoline. We also paid a visit to the indoor/outdoor pool and I indulged in a visit to the eucalyptus steam room and sauna for a spa-like time out. 

Des prepares for a canon ball.

Des prepares for a canon ball.

A sauna and eucalyptus steam room are tucked just out of frame of the indoor/outdoor pool.

A sauna and eucalyptus steam room are tucked just out of frame of the indoor/outdoor pool.

There is also a sweet little farm on the property and we spent some time with the chickens & turkeys who were roaming about alongside the pig pen and quail cage. Stumbling onto a trail we followed signs with "Oak" printed on them and were rewarded with finding this beauty at the end of the trail:

The great oak tree at the end of our hike.

The great oak tree at the end of our hike.

The jewel in the crown was our memorable visit to Mount Julian, the on-site fine dining restaurant. While the boys made their own pizzas, painted birdhouses and watched a movie, in the nearby Dining Hall, hubby and I were able to enjoy a five-course tasting menu and wine pairing (there were also seven and nine course options available). Under the direction of chef Kevin McKenna, we felt incredibly spoiled with his delicious menu, based on fresh local ingredients (many farmed and foraged on site). The vegetarian options were well thought out and intentional, not the poor second fiddle to the "real" meal. It was a true experience. By the end I was so entranced – and on the fifth glass of wine! – that I forgot to take a picture of the amazing finishing dessert; "Berries 'n Cream – Buckhorn Strawberries & Raspberries, Milk crumb, Sweet Cicely , Meringue & Bone Marrow) – I still think about it.

Mount Julian restaurant, an unforgettable dining experience housed in the old Inn built in 1874.

Mount Julian restaurant, an unforgettable dining experience housed in the old Inn built in 1874.

Dylan's Bread with Wild Leek Butter, Rose Cherry Castrique & Douglas Fir Bean Purée.

Dylan's Bread with Wild Leek Butter, Rose Cherry Castrique & Douglas Fir Bean Purée.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Sherry Jelly, Crisp Ciabatta, Oregano Flowers & Basil.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Sherry Jelly, Crisp Ciabatta, Oregano Flowers & Basil.

Mcleans Sweet Snap Peas, Carrot Pearls, Toasted Pinenuts, Grilled Raddicchio & Carrot Cider Vinaigrette. 

Mcleans Sweet Snap Peas, Carrot Pearls, Toasted Pinenuts, Grilled Raddicchio & Carrot Cider Vinaigrette. 

Grilled Lake Pickerel, Jarrod's Radish, Baby Kale, Tokyo Turnip, Sumac Champagne Gastrique.

Grilled Lake Pickerel, Jarrod's Radish, Baby Kale, Tokyo Turnip, Sumac Champagne Gastrique.

Canapes

Canapes

Thank you to Viamede Resort for being such wonderful hosts! So glad that we're now in on the 'secret'.

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