Thursday, April 15

Calling All Hikers! Spring Getaway Packages

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Right now we are smack in the middle of great hiking conditions! 

The daytime temperatures are warm but mild; the sun shines most days; daylight hours are lengthening; an unusually dry spring means the trails are quite firm; the water is open and sparkling on lakes, ponds and rivers; birds, buds, frogs and foliage are all returning.

Another perk for hikers: it's our quiet season. Not only does this mean lower rates, it also means fewer people to share the trails with.

Our friends were hiking in Algonquin Park last weekend and told us there were hardly any cars at the trailhead parking lots. For those of us who like to think we have this big beautiful world to ourselves now and then, it's a nice feeling to truly escape the crowds.

Here at Fern Glen Inn , we offer packages for folks who love to get out and hit the trails. 

Day Hike to Sprucedale 
Enjoy a 13 km walk along the wide, level Seguin Trail from Fern Glen Inn to the town of Sprucedale. We offer free drop-off or pickup (with any two-night stay) so you only have to hike it one-way.

Almaguin Woods and Water
With this two-night package, you'll receive two nights accommodation and our famously delicious breakfasts, a packed lunch, a booklet on Trees of Algonquin Park, plus our recommendations for trails and picnic spots.

BYOBoots Tour 
New this spring! Bring your muck-about boots (hikers, galoshes or any footwear you don't mind getting dirty) and we'll take you on a guided tour through our woods. We'll show you some of our favourite spots and explain some of our favourite sounds. If we're lucky, we'll even be able to point out moose tracks or other signs of wildlife. Complementary with any two-night stay (but only until the blackflies are out!).

Find out more about our spring hiking getaways. Call or email if you have any questions. We hope to see you this spring and share our trails with you!

Thank you to Pedro, Ursula & Ruby (first our guests, then our friends, and now -- neighbours!) for use of the photos in this post. 

Saturday, April 10

I Heart April

It's happening again. Every year I cling to Winter, willing it's pretty white cloak to stay a little longer, to dress the trees in a fresh layer of powder. But then, every year, April arrives and Spring sneaks in while my attention is turned. And, fickle me, I love it!

I stop mourning the snow and immediately revel in the brilliant green which—almost overnight—is burgeoning everywhere. The moss is the first to wow us, boldly verdant from the moment the snow recedes. Then the grass and ferns start to revive and buds start to form on the tips of trees and shrubs.

Spring is early this year, with my rhubarb already poking up, red and green buds forming on the trees, and delicate little spring beauty flowers adorning the floor of the hardwood forest.

We love love love walking in the woods now. Before the dense undergrowth fills in, and before the (hopefully brief) black fly season starts, we wander through the property and delight in the myriad textures, colours, sounds of the new season.

Spring is not just in the air — it's everywhere. And April is the very heart of it!

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.~Mark Twain

Thursday, April 1

Spring Events in Muskoka & Almaguin

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Spring may be the quiet season in cottage country, but there's still plenty going on in and around the region. Check back often — we add new events as we hear about them. Do you have a spring event not listed? Send us an email and let us know!

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Easter Long Weekend
Celebrate spring with a leisurely long weekend at Fern Glen Inn. Call or email to book your getaway.
April 2 - 4 

Holly Cole - Spring Fever Weekend
Huntsville businesses are hosting a Spring Fever Weekend featuring shopping, dining and the soulful voice of Juno-award winning, Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole. Here at Fern Glen Inn, we're offering two packages for the weekend, including a general admission ticket to see Holly Cole perform live.
April 17

Victoria Day
Better known as the May two-four, the holiday actually falls on May 24th this year! Famous as the first long weekend of the sunny season, it is the weekend to get out of the city and into the woods. Spend the weekend at Fern Glen Inn and we can help you with plans to go canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, or just chilling out in the fresh air. Call, email or book online for your long weekend getaway.
May 21 - 24

Spin the Lakes Cycle Tour
Bring your bicycle for a great peddle around the lakes of Muskoka. Choose from 50 km, 110 km, and 170 km routes. Visit Muskoka Cycling Club - Spin the Lakes for details.
May 30

Reel Paddling Film Festival
Algonquin Outfitters hosts the Huntsville screening of the world's best paddling films. Come be inspired by the paddlers and the rivers, lakes and oceans they travel. Playing at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. Visit Algonquin Outfitters for ticket and show details.
June 2 

Grady's Paddle for SickKids 
Paddle 32 km down the Magnetawan River and raise money for the critical care unit at SickKids Hospital. Collect pledges for your chance to win some fabulous prizes, including a 14' kayak, a week at a lakefront cottage, and other great experiences and gear. Visit Grady's Gift for details and to download registration forms and pledge sheets.
Register by June 10
Paddle on July 10