Monday, July 27

3-Night/4-Day Itinerary

Many of our guests come to simply relax and unwind—some don't even leave the property until it's time to go home. For other guests, though, an active getaway full of new sights, experiences and adventures is just what they need to feel revitalized. For these folks, we suggest the itinerary below. It's highly adaptable to individual interests. Just ask us for alternate suggestions.

3-Night/4-Day Getaway

Day 1: Huntsville & Check-in
  • Pack up the car and hit the road. Don't forget tunes for the car and a stop at Tim's for coffee and road snacks.
  • Depending on the time (if it's before 3pm), stop in Huntsville and explore the charming downtown shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants. Have lunch at a restaurant patio or carry some take-out down to the riverside park. Did you forget to bring sunscreen, a hat or other getaway gear? Pick them up in town.
  • Rent a canoe or kayaks from Algonquin Outfitters on Main Street and take a paddle up the Muskoka River and back.
  • From downtown, drive up to Lion's Lookout Park for a view over the lakes, river and hills of Huntsville.
  • After 3pm, head on up to Fern Glen Inn to check in. We'll show you around the property, give you maps of the area and printed information about things to see and do, plus a directory of restaurants.
  • Get settled in your room, stretch your legs with a short stroll, or enjoy the fresh air and green views from the gazebo or one of the decks. Relax, unwind, decompress.
  • Dinner in Burk's Falls or Huntsville, or here at the inn with advance notice.
  • Star gaze from the hot tub before turning in for a great night's sleep.
Day 2: Algonquin Park
  • Hearty, wholesome breakfast (you choose the time between 8:00 and 9:30). Ask us about favourite trails and spots in the park, or to clarify directions.
  • Head over to Algonquin Park's day-use corridor. Hike a selection of trails, check out the interpretive displays in the Visitor Centre. Break for lunch at the cafe in the centre or at the Portage Store restaurant. Didn't get a chance to canoe yesterday? Then rent a canoe from one of the in-park outfitters for a short paddle or try some more of the gorgeous trails.
  • On your way back from Algonquin stop at Ragged Falls Park, just off Hwy 60. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the top of the falls. Have fun but be careful clambering over the boulders as you get right in there for some great shots.
  • Stop for dinner at 3 Guys and a Stove or one of the other great restaurants in Huntsville.
  • Return to the inn for an evening fire. Soak your tired muscles in the hot tub or in a nice warm bath before sinking into bed.
Day 3: Almaguin Highlands
  • Wake up to another great breakfast!
  • Start your day with a walk along the Seguin Trail or through our private trails.
  • Back at the inn, gather up your maps and list of things to see and do then head out to explore the region. In the summer months, don't forget to bring your bathing suits, beach towels, sunscreen, hat.
  • Tour the sights, towns, trails and lakes of the Almaguin Highlands. Some you might want to include are: Long Lake for a swim; Birch Beach on Doe Lake for swimming or lounging; Brook's Falls (waterfall, swimming, short trail); the town of Burk's Falls for shopping and dining; Screaming Heads (bizarre outdoor artscape); the town of Magnetawan for swimming, viewing the locks, or just a pretty country drive; the town of Kearney (light meals, canoe & kayak rentals); Seguin Falls; local galleries, studios and shops.
  • End your day out with a great dinner at Danny's Justa Pasta or bring take-out back to the inn for an al fresco meal on the deck.
  • Back at the inn, enjoy a campfire under the stars and a comfy bed.
Day 4: Check-out and the journey home
  • Yet another great breakfast to start your day!
  • Walk around the property and take some photos before packing up and checking out.
  • If you didn't get a chance to stroll the shops of downtown Huntsville yet, this is a good time to swing by.
  • If you're not in a hurry to get home, we'll recommend some additional stops and detours on your way, such as: Arrowhead Provincial Park, the Dyer Memorial; the Dorset Fire Tower; or Parry Sound.
  • Back home in the real world... enjoy your photos and memories from a great getaway!
Do you have an extra day?

Make it a 4-Night/5 Day Extended Getaway and add on one or more of these activities:
horseback ridingpaddlingswimmingstudio tourAlgonquin Park Backcountry day trip • indulge in the rare opportunity to do nothing except get comfortable and enjoy your surroundings, your travel mate, the fresh air...


Randy M. - Algonquin Outfitters said...
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Randy M. - Algonquin Outfitters said...

We would love to have any of your guests drop by either our Huntsville (705-787-0262) or Oxtongue Lake (1-800-469-4948), Algonquin Outfitters Stores.

With so much to do in the area we are often used as a hub of "what's there to do" by Muskoka visitors.

We have something happening almost every day of the week. Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Camping and Hiking or even just a little souvenir shopping if the weather's not co-operating for you.

Visit our Events page on our new website for more information and while you are there, enter our "My Untimate Canoe Trip" contest to win a 3 day canoe trip for 2 people and at the end you get to keep the gear including a new 2010 Swift Kipawa canoe!, or bring your camera out with you and enter our Online, "Landscapes of Algonquin", Photo Contest.

Jackie said...

Hi Randy, thanks for the info!

I know there is SO much to do around here that the biggest challenge is deciding what to choose.

Jim & I are definitely entering the Ultimate Canoe Trip contest (we want that canoe!). Looking forward to seeing the entries for the Landscapes of Algonquin photo contest. We've seen some gorgeous shots from our guests over the years. Maybe one of them will be the lucky winner.