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Gourmet Lodges & Resorts of Ontario

 

Get out of the city and head to one of Ontario's many resort properties and luxury lodges and kick back and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation away from it all. Here's our cream of the crop with great restaurants on site. Check out our five favourite gourmet resorts.


 

Elmhirst Resort

This resort rears its own Black Angus Beef cattle so you're not going to get a steak much fresher than in the Elmhirst Resort's dining room. Just 90 minutes east of Toronto, this colony of lakeside cottages is number one on our list of gourmet retreats. Their very own free range chickens promise farm fresh eggs for breakfast and home grown veggies and herbs ensure that the food at Elmhirst is about as fresh as you are ever going to get. After a long day of canoeing or hiking, you'll be ready to fill your boots with gourmet 'farm to table' grub washed down with one of the many wines from Elmhirst's wine cellar.

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Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort is a year-round, world-class resort just a two hour drive from Toronto overlooking the shores of Georgian Bay. This village-like resort is located near the world's longest fresh water beach and boasts spas, golf courses and a whole host of outdoor adventures and activities to include tree top walks and cave adventures and doubles up as a ski resort in the winter! Dining options are varied and Blue Moutain Resort offers everything from nachos to steaks and sushi to pizza but for a fine dining experience head to the Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill at the Westin Trillium House hotel within the resort. Featuring specialty menu items such as fire-roasted pizzas, steaks, seafood and a delicious a la carte sunrise breakfast menu all with locally sourced produce.

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The JW Marriott Rosseau Resort & Spa

The JW Marriot is the newest resort property on the Ontario block. It's located in the heart of the Muskoka Lakes and combines distinguished luxury with rustic touches. This resort boasts several places to feast, and Teca is the reason this resort makes the top five. This Italian gem was voted one of Canada's top 10 newest restaurants in 2009, and promises sophisticated, imitate dining, a great Italian influenced menu and an extensive selection of wines to choose from.

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Arowhon Pines Resort

This resort takes prime position in the heart of Algonquin Park surrounded by lakes, rivers and forests. Those that choose to stay here are lucky enough to get to eat here three times a day, with it being an all-inclusive resort. The restaurant is a favourite with locals who come here to experience fresh, seasonal dishes influenced by Canada. The dining room is in fact a six sided teepee with wrap-around views of the forest and lake. It's rustic, warm, cosy and inviting. The best bit? You can bring your own wine so this gourmet experience isn't going to break the bank.

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E'Terra Lodge

This eco-luxury hideaway is located on the shores of Lake Huron in Northern Ontario and it's a bit of well kept secret. It's all about organic, eco and sustainable at E'Terra - green is the word! The personal chef produces daily set menus of seasonal combinations, all designed to provoke the human senses. All dishes are created from fair trade, organic and direct trade ingredients; E'terra is very conscious of its sustainable image. Expect gastronomic extravaganzas featuring organic rabbit, bison, elk, lamb, and a variety of fowl combined with herbs and vegetables that are grown onsite. If you fancy learning how to optimize health and wellbeing through the foods you eat, venture into the kitchen for a cooking class, which will do just that.

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