Friday, November 10

Local Moose


While we know we share our forest and surroundings with moose all sorts of wildlife, it's not every day we get to actually see them. That's why we were so excited for our guests -- and ourselves -- to have so many sightings this season.

The highlight was a mother moose and her calf spotted hanging out at the pond for five days straight! Even though we haven't seen them for weeks now, the fresh tracks on the Seguin Trail tell me they're still in the neighbourhood.

Some of us managed to snap some quick photos. Thank you to our guests for sharing theirs!







Monday, May 8

Spring Fuel & Fun 2017



June will be bustin' out all over! The Fuel & Fun promo from Explorers' Edge is back and it's the best way to make a Spring getaway even better. Book your June jaunt now and get $100 in free gas and goodies!

Just book your getaway by May 30 for a 2-night stay between June 2 and June 30 and you can be 1 of 500 travelers to receive a $50 gas card and $50 worth of vouchers to use-as-cash at participating restaurants, shops and attractions.

We love Fuel & Fun because it lets us give a great gift to our guests -- who doesn't like to get free gas and spending vouchers? -- but also because it lets us showcase a lovely month before the busy summer season gets in to full swing. Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat to recharge your batteries or a few days of hiking, paddling, cycling and exploring, we hope to see you here this June!

Quantities are limited -- first come, first served -- so act quickly to avoid disappointment.

When do you stay?
Any two consecutive nights between June 2 and June 30, 2017

When do you book?
Make your reservation and register for your vouchers (we'll tell you how) by May 30, 2017

What do you get?
$50 gas card plus $50 in spending vouchers to use at participating shops, eateries and attractions during your stay. Of course, you also get two comfortable nights and two delicious breakfasts at Fern Glen Inn.

What's the catch?
There is none! You don't have to "buy one" to "get one" nor spend a minimum amount of money. Consider the free gas and vouchers as an invitation to come explore the quintessential Canadian wilderness just north of the city -- courtesy of Explorers' Edge, our regional tourism organization.

The Fuel & Fun Getaway at Fern Glen Inn

Your getaway includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation for two people in one room
  • fresh and delicious breakfast each morning
  • $50 gas card
  • $50 in Experience Vouchers to use-as-cash at participating attractions, restaurants and shops during your stay

Your getaway price:

  • Stays between June 2 and June 21 start at $228/couple when you apply the Spring Quiet Season Discount
  • Stays between June 22 and June 30 start at $248/couple
June 9 & 10 is Band on the Run weekend! The only breakfast option on Saturday June 9 is an early “racer’s buffet” to give time for racers, spectators and your hosts to get to the starting line on time. No check-ins or dinners on the Saturday. Sunday’s breakfast is our usual affair!

Lower rates available for solo travelers. 13% HST is extra.

Call, email or book online. Visit Fern Glen Inn for more information about the inn and the area.

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* Quantities are limited. Only the first 500 "Qualified Bookings" within the entire Explorers' Edge region will receive the Gas Cards and Experience Vouchers. To be a "Qualified Booking", you must:
• book by May 30, 2017
• register your confirmation number directly at Explorers' Edge
• stay between June 2 and June 30, 2017
• stay for 2 consecutive nights or longer
Experience Vouchers may only be used between 
June 2 and June 30, 2017, at participating businesses.

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Thursday, April 20

Foxy Neighbour




We've been seeing signs of one local resident for months. All winter we routinely saw fresh tracks in the snow and and the occasional glimpse of orange fur through the trees and we figured out there must be a den in the woods just beyond our back meadow. Our sly neighbour has become quite bold and one March evening as guest sat around the fire pit, the foxy fella sat on a knoll and watched them with open curiosity.


So perhaps it wasn't surprising last week when Jim was out in the back yard and Mr. Fox decided to pay a visit. I like to think he was introducing himself (or herself? We really don't know if our Mr is a Ms!).


Mr. Fox catches a glimpse of Jim...


...decides to take a closer look...


...and closer still.

Cool as a cucumber, he walks right past. Fantastic!

Monday, December 19

Jim and Jackie's Adventure Down Under


From the Kepler Track, overlooking Lake Te Anau and snow-capped mountains beyond.

Inspired by tales of travel from our guests -- and an incredible seat sale too good to pass up -- your intrepid innkeepers set off for another adventure, this time to Australia and New Zealand.

We closed up shop after a busy fall season then hopped on a series of flights for the looong journey to the other side of the world.

The trip started out with sun and sand in tropical north Queensland, mixing some R&R with easy touring from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, and spending a night on a liveaboard boat on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sun and sand to recharge after a busy season.

Watching the sun rise over the Coral Sea from a boat on the Great Barrier Reef.

Jim's bucket list: diving the Great Barrier Reef. He did seven dives over two days, including a night dive.

Not a diver, Jackie's happy to snorkel instead.
We saw sharks! Both of us saw sharks, and they didn't try to eat me!

We then spent a brief time on the north island of New Zealand, discovering the wild west coast and temperate rainforest of the Waiteke Ranges, before flying to Queenstown on the stunningly scenic south island. Here the adventure included fiords, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and sheep (so many sheep!) on our road trip from Queenstown to Christchurch.
We were in New Zealand when the big earthquakes struck Kaikoura and Wellington but we were fortunate to be safely in Queenstown at the time, well away from danger.

Karekare Beach, where the movie "The Piano" was filmed.

Wild and wonderful trees in the temperate rain forest.

Mountains + rivers = wateralls. We saw so many!

New Zealand Fur Seals at the mouth of Doubtful Sound with the Tasman Sea beyond.
Rushing river on the Haast Pass.

Franz Joseph Glacier
Windsurfer on Lake Wanaka. Love the colour of the glacial lakes!
Playing in the big boulders on Castle Hill.

Looking down on a lush New Zealand valley.

Up to the top of the world!

The highlight of our time in New Zealand was a spectacular hike on the Kepler Track. On the 3-day/2-night hike, we covered 50km and a lot of elevational change. To make it even more challenging, the second day -- the toughest one when we cross a number of ridges over the saddle of the mountain -- we were blasted with a snow storm and 65kph winds. We managed to get a little video (below) before the worst of it. The snow was coming sideways and on the exposed ridges, we were nearly blown off our feet. Such fun!

Climbing above the tree line, eye-to-eye with mountains.

We're heading for that summit behind Jim.

One of the ridges on the Mount Luxmore saddle.


When we weren't above the tree line, we were in verdant mossy forest.

Down on the valley floor, getting near the end.
From Christchurch it was back to Australia, this time to Melbourne. I have family just outside the city and it was a real treat to spend time with them (some I hadn't seen since they left Canada over twenty years ago!). While there we took a trip up the Great Ocean Road where we marvelled at the scenery and also saw kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos, penguins and koalas.

The famous Twelve Apostles and sandstone cliffs.

Clouds, sun and mist over cliffs and ocean.
A mighty wind, an exhilarating view.
Wild cockatoos who don't mind taking a free meal from a human. Kind of like our chickadees!

We came across this koala in the wild while out on a hike. Of course Jim climbs the tree to get a close-up.

It was worth the effort for this adorable guy!
Hiking in the Otways. Now that's a tree!
We had an amazing time and can't believe the month flew by so quickly. It has only whet our appetites to experience and explore more of this incredible, diverse part of the world. Cheers to the next adventure!


Thursday, August 25

Fall Fuel & Fun 2016

Read about our hike on the Centennial Ridges Trail

Autumn -- with it's spectacular display of colours and moderate temperatures (and no mosquitoes!) -- is already a favourite season for many but it gets even better with the Fuel & Fun promo from Explorers' Edge. Book your Fall Getaway now and get $100 in free gas and goodies!

Just book your getaway by September 8 for a 2-night stay between September 9 and November 30 to receive a $50 gas card and $50 worth of vouchers to use-as-cash at participating restaurants, shops and attractions!

You can combine the Fuel & Fun promo with any of our packages or with any standard two-night stay. Our famous breakfasts are always included, along with use of our property, fire pit, hot tub, private hiking trails and rustic cabin guest lounge.

Quantities are limited -- first come, first served -- so act quickly to avoid disappointment.

When do you stay?
Any two consecutive nights between September 9 and November 30, 2016

When do you book?
Make your reservation then register for your vouchers (we'll tell you how) by September 8, 2016

What do you get?
$50 gas card plus $50 in spending vouchers to use at participating shops, eateries and attractions during your stay. Of course, you also get two comfortable nights and two delicious breakfasts at Fern Glen Inn.

What's the catch?
There is none! You don't have to "buy one" to "get one" nor spend a minimum amount of money. Consider the free gas and vouchers as an invitation to come explore this beautiful region, courtesy of Explorers' Edge.

The Fuel & Fun Fall Getaway at Fern Glen Inn

Your getaway includes:

Fuel & Fun Fall Getaway Price: starting from $240**

**Most dates are $240/couple; the Thanksgiving long weekend rate is $280/couple for two nights or $390/couple for three nights. Lower rates available for solo travelers. 13% HST is extra.

Callemail or book online. Visit Fuel & Fun at Fern Glen Inn for details.
: :   : :   : :   : :

* Quantities are limited. Only the first 500 "Qualified Bookings" within the entire Explorers' Edge region will receive the Gas Cards and Experience Vouchers. To be a "Qualified Booking", you must:
• book by September 8, 2016
• register your confirmation number directly at Explorers' Edge
• stay between September 9 and November 30, 2016
• stay for 2 consecutive nights or longer
Experience Vouchers may only be used between
September 9 and November 30, 2016

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Wednesday, June 22

What's New Under the Sun?


Finished projects -- crossed off the list!

Ever a work-in-progress, we're continually adding projects to our "how can we make it better?" list and, as time and resources allow, crossing them off with a flourish and sense of accomplishment.

Our main project this spring was a new gazebo to replace the old one which was starting to look weathered. At 14'x14', the new gazebo is larger, plus it's a sturdier design and has a hard-top semi-transparent roof. Rather than set it up on plain lawn, we decided to install a pea stone pad for stability, drainage, and to keep the grass from coming up. I have to say, if you're going to dig up a bunch of sod and move a few tons of pea stone gravel, it's reaaalllly nice to have a good neighbour with a tractor and bucket!

Our neighbour, Bob, lent a hand (and a bucket!) with the pea stone pad.
Then it was time to put together the giant jigsaw puzzle that was the gazebo kit.
With the base laid, it was time to assemble the gazebo. The instructions on the kit said it should take about three hours for the task. Ha! Nine hours later we were surveying our handiwork, patting ourselves on our backs for mission accomplished, and contemplating applying for "Amazing Race Canada"(hey, if we could do this, we could tackle any challenge).


We still had a pile of pea stone and a self-congratulatory swagger so we decided to keep going and update our fire pit. This meant shifting the location by a few feet to be further from the trees, levelling out and moving some sod, and installing a 15' diameter gravel pad for the fire bowl and seating, adding a few more Muskoka chairs while were at it.


Not ones to be wasteful, we kept the old gazebo and "walked" it to a little clearing by the trailhead and added a couple of comfy loungers. Now you can zip yourself in and stretch out for a nap feeling like you're in the middle of the woods.


We're so pleased with the results and based on the feedback we've had from guests so far, the upgrades definitely tick the "make it better" box!

Jim test-driving the new fire pit setup.