Last month I went on a mini weekend away for my mom’s birthday. My mom, sister, and I used to do road trips when my sister was at Dalhousie, so it was fun to revive our girls trips!
We left mid-afternoon on a Friday and headed up to Orangeville first. We shopped around the downtown but got bored after not too long. There was a cute boutique called Noinkees on the main street though, as well as a delicious white chocolate pumpkin spice latte from Mochaberry Cafe!
That evening we were staying at Hockley Valley Resort, just outside of Orangeville. For sake of ease we decided to also get dinner there at their on-site restaurant Cabin. But first we had drinks on their patio!
Our meal at Cabin didn’t really wow any of us. We all had one of their truffle mushroom bruschetta to start, which were nowhere near as good as they sounded. I also had their Tuscan kale salad (just ok) and an appetizer-sized risotto with corn and bacon (the highlight of the meal for sure). Like the true party animals that we are, we were in bed and asleep by 9 pm – ha!
Collingwood & Area
After a pretty awful breakfast at a diner that shall not be named, we left for Collingwood. I’d never been there before, but it was a super cute place! The downtown was larger than I expected with some great shopping spots for clothing, decor, and art. I was totally obsessed with Lëuk, which has a few different locations for their clothing, housewares, and flowers. Their look is Scandinavian rustic. LOVE! Metra was also a women’s clothing boutique that I really liked.
For lunch we went to The Tremont Cafe on the recommendation of several locals. It 100% lived up to the hype. It had a really nice patio, although we opted to eat inside, which was still bright and airy. I had the warm mushroom salad with blue cheese and their sweet potato soup special. Both were great, but the chocolate torte with salted caramel mousse for dessert was my favourite part! Another cool thing about this cafe is that it’s located in a building that houses several different artists’ studios that you can visit.
We finished browsing Collingwood faster than we expected, so after lunch we headed over to Blue Mountain, a popular ski resort and tourist destination with shops and restaurants. But we left about 15 minutes after getting there – it was just too touristy. Instead we headed over to Thornbury, where we walked to their pier and checked out some shops. They also have the Thornbury Village Cider House there that I’d love to check out next time!
After a nap back at our hotel we headed out to a later dinner at Azzurra. The appetizers here were amazing! We split an order of risotto balls and polenta fries, both of which were absolutely delicious. I had an interesting sweet potato gnocchi with apples, bacon, and crispy sage – It wasn’t what I was expecting at first bite, but it was good.
The next day we decided to leave Collingwood and go check out Creemore, a small town about 25 minutes away from Collingwood whose claim to fame is the Creemore Springs Brewery. For such a small town, there was surprisingly a lot to see – an art gallery, some houseware shops, and the Creemore 100 Mile Store full of locally sourced foods and goods! We decided to stop for lunch at Creemore Kitchen, which gets great reviews online. I had their CK breakfast sandwich on a housemade biscuit and was very happy with my choice!
We wrapped up our weekend after this, feeling full and shopped out. But it was nice to spend some time exploring some of Ontario’s smaller towns outside of the GTA. Next year we’re considering Prince Edward County for another mini-getaway. If anyone has been there, hit me up with your recommendations!