by Diva Rachel Lynn
Snowflake Stays are taking place at four different Inns throughout Huron County From Dec.1 to Jan.1. Packages start at $101.50 per person per night and all come with a special welcome gift, dining and accommodation. For more information on this great winter opportunity visit http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/beta/news/snowflake-stays/
Hessenland Country Inn is a beautiful place on Lake Huron between Grand Bend and Bayfield. My husband and I were looking for a night away and decided Hessenland was the place for us. We decided on the Snowflake package, which included a welcome gift, a 3 course dinner and breakfast.
There is a rich history to Hessenland, which is now run by second generation Ihrigs: Frank and Liz. Frank is the head chef and Liz takes care of the day to day operations as the Innkeeper. For more on their history please visit: http://www.hessenland.com/about-us/http://hessenland.com/about-us/
My family is German and this is one of the reasons why I wanted to stay at Hessenland. My dad was born in Germany and came to Canada in 1956. My maternal grandmother came to Canada in 1933.
As we opened the doors we were greeted to a beautiful décor and our host for the evening: Katie. She showed us around the Inn and to our room before we were guided to dinner.
Shawn got the Caesar salad, but not just any Caesar salad. Here is there description:
Hessenland’s Classic Caesar Salad made with Crisp Romaine and tossed with our own Caesar dressing, with Westphalia Ham, and aged white cheddar and 12 Rye Bread.
I choose the Die Hessenland Gulasch Suppe (goulash ) cup of soup. I was not disappointed. It was full of flavour and the beef was so tender.
Main course: Katie was informing us of the specials for the evening but as soon as Shawn saw Rouladen on the menu he tuned her out (sorry Katie!). Rouladen is tender slices of Beef stuffed with vegetables, bacon & spices. My mom makes this German staple like no other and Shawn has never seen it on any other menu. He did not offer to share with me.
I knew before we arrived that I was going to order the schnitzel. It’s one of my all-time favourite comfort foods and reminds me of home. I had high expectations for this meal. It came with spaetzle (homemade noodles) and fresh veggies. I was given the option of red cabbage (also one of my mom’s specialties and one of my favourites) but opted out as they make theirs sweet and my mom makes hers sour (I usually prefer it sour). I was pleasantly surprised when my dish came to with a sample of the red cabbage.
My expectations were beyond met. I could not get enough of the food. It brought me right back home. And the red cabbage was so good.
Pork Schnitzel, “Schweine Schnitzel”, Huron County Pork breaded and sautéed
I had to stop myself from eating all of the schnitzel to save room for dessert. Shawn ordered crème brule and I ordered the strawberry sherbet. My sherbet was made with real strawberries from Masse Fruit & Vegetable Market down the road. It was the perfect ending to a spectacular meal.
When we arrived at our deluxe room, a welcome package was waiting with lots of great goodies, including homemade cookies from Chef Frank, a welcome letter from Frank and Liz and a Snowflake list of “Things to do” in Huron County this winter. This was extremely useful as it helped me decide to go to the Poinsettia Festival the next evening.
Hessenland was a great staycation (only 25 minutes from Goderich). We will definitely come here again….and again.
Hessenland Country Inn
72981 Bluewater Hwy, RR1