Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Fuel & Fun

Read about our hike on the Centennial Ridges Trail

As if a getaway in the beautiful season of autumn wasn't spectacular enough, 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 30th for a 2-night stay between October 1st and 31st and you can be 1 of 200 travelers 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 bowl, 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 October 1 and October 31, 2014

When do you book?
Make your reservation and register for your vouchers (we'll tell you how) by September 30, 2014

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 $236**

**Most dates are $236/couple; the Thanksgiving long weekend rate is $270/couple for two nights or $375/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.
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* Quantities are limited. Only the first 200 "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 Sept 30, 2014
• register your confirmation number directly at Explorers' Edge
• stay between Oct 1 and Oct 31, 2014
• stay for 2 consecutive nights or longer
Experience Vouchers may only be used between 
Oct 1 and Oct 31, 2014

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Paddle at Your Own Pace: Ragged Falls Day Trip



I've told you before about the paddling day trip to Ragged Falls near Oxtongue Lake. It's a popular excursion for guests in summer and fall, and for good reason:

It suits pretty much every skill level; it feels like being in the wilderness while not being far off the beaten path; it provides a scenic destination to aim for instead of just wandering around a lake; and as a 3-hour or so round trip, it's the right length of time to feel like you've done something substantial without eating up your whole day.

Now it's even easier for our guests to paddle to Ragged Falls because Algonquin Outfitters, the fine folks who'll rent you a canoe right by the water, are providing vouchers for us to include in our packages which you can use to rent a 2-person canoe or to put towards other equipment (such as kayaks or stand up paddleboards).

And if you want a canoeing day trip that's either tamer or more challenging than the paddle to Ragged Falls, you can use the voucher for other options, too.

Paddle at Your Own Pace: Ragged Falls Day Trip

Package includes:
• 2 nights accommodation
• Breakfast both mornings
• Canoe rental voucher

From $259/couple + hst
If choosing an option in Algonquin Park, add $15 for a one-day park pass.

For more information or to book your paddling getaway package, call us at 1-866-311-8519, shoot us an email, or book online via our website at www.ferngleninn.com.

Algonquin Outfitters voucher options:




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer and Fall Events Listings

There's so much happening throughout the region in the summer and fall, from live performances to sporting events to active learning to shopping and dining. Of course you don't have to do anything but relax and unwind if that's your perfect getaway, but if you do want to be entertained, inspired, and enlightened, you'll find plenty of choices.

Check out these Events Listings and Calendars to see what's happening on your days in the area, or browse the offerings and plan your trip to coincide.

Calendar of Events, Huntsville and Area

Festivals and Cultural Events, Huntsville and Area

Sporting Events, Huntsville and Area




Events Listings, Explorers' Edge tourism region

Calendar of Events, Muskoka tourism region


Sunday, July 20, 2014

The BBC comes to Emsdale!

Unwinding after a long day. The camera is out to get some moon and star shots after night falls.

We were delighted to host a film crew from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) for 12 nights earlier this month. They were here to film at a local bear rehabilitation sanctuary as part of a nature documentary series for BBC Earth

Jim and I are big fans of BBC programming, so we were thrilled to have a peripheral connection to the production. Of course we made sure our "boys from the beeb" were well-fed and comfortably housed, but they also enjoyed unwinding with a bonfire, a bit of "footy" with the soccer ball, or a soak in the hot tub after a long day of shooting.

And boy, did they put in long days! They started early every morning and often worked well into the evening. Definitely a hard-working, focused team. And yet, even with the long hours, they were still absolutely lovely guests. Always pleasant and cheerful -- even early in the morning before the first cup of coffee! -- and happy to share their stories and adventures with us.

They've promised to let us know when the documentary comes out, and we'll be sure to let you know, too.

Geraint, Sam, me (Jackie), Jim, Graham and Matt. It's a wrap!

Thanks, boys, for a great visit!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!


On July 1st we celebrate the vast and beautiful land, the warm and diverse people, and the values and aspirations that comprise this great country that is Canada.

Canadians -- whether they were born here or adopted this country as their own -- feel proud and blessed to call it home. Visitors, we hope, feel genuinely welcomed and are enriched by their time here.

Everyone, Canadian and visitor alike, owes it to themselves to experience the full breadth and wonder of this country at some point. In the meantime, you can travel it vicariously through a classic from the National Film Board of Canada.

My recommendation for your Canada Day celebrations: include a 25 minute journey across Canada with Buster Keaton in the 1965 silent film comedic travelogue, The Railrodder. This is a favourite with my family and I hope you enjoy it also.

Happy Canada Day!



Watch The Railrodder on YouTube: The Railrodder on the NFB channel

Monday, June 30, 2014

June in Pictures

The month started off right with beautiful swimming weather. Arrowhead Park beach looks practically tropical!

Lilacs in bloom are a sure sign it's early summer. My mom's favourite flower!

Some of our so-called wild life, though that bunny looks pretty mellow to me (and Saba's pretty chill, too).

Our little fawn is growing up! Two-year old Kit came back for a visit.

Late June is a lush time. The trees form a green tunnel on the Seguin Trail.

Wildflowers add a splash of colour.
Beautiful day for a walk up to the little lake.

Summer sunshine on Fern Glen Inn




Friday, June 20, 2014

Huntsville Half - Band on the Run 2014

Happy runners showing off our hardware!

Race kits and Fuel & Fun
The 2014 Band on the Run was a great success. This was the third year of the event and it just keeps getting bigger and better.

Our guests had a fabulous time, and so did we! As innkeepers with busy weekend business, we don't usually get out to festivals ourselves, but this is one event that we make sure we can attend.

Jim runs the 10k every year (this year he got his best time for this course!) while I stick with the 5k. Our running guests opted for the 5k distance for their first year at the Huntsville Half because the course is notoriously hilly. For one of our guests, it was his very first timed race and he rocked it by placing 4th in his 50-59 age category -- and he smoked the rest of us 5k-ers in the group!



By limiting our guests to runners and their cheering squad, we were able to change up our breakfast routine on race day. Because we wanted to give the runners control of their breakfast intake (and Jim and I needed to keep clean-up simple so we could leave with our guests) we set up a self-serve buffet breakfast with bagels and toppings, fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, chia puddings, cereal, granola, and peanut butter cookies, along with coffe, tea, milk and orange juice.



We opened the dining room early so everyone could be at the starting grounds by 8am to get checked in and warmed up, and to see the half-marathoners take off. We had already picked up the race kits for our guests the day before, so check-in was quick and easy.


Danny Michel
After the morning run, we came back to change and freshen up, while some of the guests enjoyed a well-earned soak in the hot tub. Back to town for the afternoon concert. Danny Michel, Whitehorse, and Matt Mayes all but on great performances. It's worth mentioning that Luke Doucet (half of the Whitehorse duo) ran the half marathon before performing. Not only that, he placed 1st in his age category and 3rd overall! Talk about a dedicated runner and a dedicated musician!



Whitehorse

The all-ages, licensed concert in the park was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Afterwards, we all opted to head over to the Iron Skillet in Kearney for a satisfying dinner to end the day.

Our guests are already talking about coming back for the Huntsville Half - Band on the Run next year and we will be marking it on our calendars as soon as we know the date. Follow us on facebook to keep in the loop with events around here, or visit Band on the Run and subscribe to their newsletter.


Matt Mayes
We hope to see you next year!