Did you say I could win an Island?
Coffee, a good sleep and great food, these are the three foundations of my life and when on vacation they don’t change one little bit. Lucky for me my friends in the 1000 Islands know this and we set out to sleep and eat our way through the town of Gananoque. After all the difference between a day trip away from the heat of the city and a 30 Days In Ottawa weekend getaway is great coffee, a comfy bed and a full belly. What’s better than a weekend in the 1000 Islands? How about an entire week, but you’ll have to read all the way to the end to find out how.
I think I’ve already well established my love and need for my morning Americano. The golden crema and deep earthy aroma are pure heaven to my sleep addled senses. If it wasn’t for Shannon at The Socialist Pig I’m not sure if I could have made it through a single day. What’s even better than the coffee is the small town gossip. Do what I did and sit in a corner with your laptop in front of you and you’ll be treated to the readers digest of what’s happening in Gananoque. It is far too juicy to print here. You’ll just have to hear for yourself!
Coffee has been taken care of and now I need a place to sleep for a few nights. I choose a couple of places so I could get a sense of the options available. First up is the Colonial Resort and Spa. I spent two nights there and it’s a great place to stay if you are a family, group or traveling with pets. It’s not the fanciest place in town but the staff is super friendly, the rooms are clean and they have an indoor and outdoor pool! I remember my excitement as a kid that any place with a pool was heaven! You will be blown away when you see the price they charge as well. Nights accommodation range from $59 to $149 a night, a steal!
My other “home away from home” stay was a little more luxurious and right on the waterfront, The Gananoque Inn & Spa. Room nights range from $245 to up to $400 a night but these have views of the St Lawrence and the higher priced rooms enjoy soaker Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces right in the room. I stayed in one of the waterfront motel style cabins mere steps from their dock. Coming home one night I saw my neighbours enjoying a bottle of wine in the deck chairs watching the sun set, just like home.
Two of my three basic needs have been satisfied, coffee and a good nights rest. Now off to enjoy the fine food that Gananoque has to offer. First up is the restaurant at the Gananoque Inn, convenient and with a view of the water I ate here a couple of times. Fish and Chips, Philly Beef Dip and the Burger were all great with the burger being my favourite by far.
If you are looking for a bit more of a fine dinning experience there are a few options and I tried out two of them for you. First up is the Ivy Lea restaurant, about a 10 minute drive east of the centre of town. The Ivy is rustic, comfortable and boasts a spectacular view. Unfortunately the night I was there it was a torrential downpour so my pics weren’t that great but the food more than made up for it. I enjoyed a Wild Mushroom Tart, Ontario Pork Tenderloin with Bacon Jam and finished it off with a Sticky Toffee Pudding. Delish.
If you are looking to dine closer in town and want to walk then I suggest you enjoy a meal at The Athlone Inn. The Inn and restaurant are housed in a building dating back to 1877 and has seen such illustrious guests as the Earl Of Athlone (Governor General of Canada in 1940) and his wife Princess Alice. On this night it played host to me and my friend Cody. I feasted on Scallops Rissole, Rack of Lamb Gratinee and divine Crème Brule. I even enjoyed a Naughty Otter beer, brewed right in Gananoque.
I think you can see for yourself that if you are planning to escape into the 1000 Islands for a get away it’s worth it to spend a few days. You won’t go hungry, you will sleep like a baby and your caffeine fix is sure to be satisfied.
If this doesn’t inspire you to visit how about this, you could win a week an entire week in the 1000 Islands on an island all to yourself! That’s right thanks to my friends at The 1000 Islands Accommodations Partners who’ve hosted me for my entire time here you can win a chance to win an Island all to yourself for one week in the summer of 2014. All the details on the prize and how to enter are here. Good luck! I’ve entered