by Diva Danica Rush
Looking for a unique way to start off the holiday season, I treated my mother to a snowflake stay package at Oakwood Spa and Resort. The staff were warm and the wonderful evergreens on the grounds were decorated beautifully adding to the holiday cheer. We made our way to a wonderfully spacious suite and opened up our welcome basket containing Huron County treats. Our room was stunning and the two fireplaces and the pine finishes were the perfect setting for some mother/daughter time. I’m a bit of a boutique hotel junkie and have to say that I was very impressed with the waterfall bathtub and rainfall shower that came with the suite. After enjoying a walk down to the private beach, a soak in the indoor hot tub and saltwater pool, we made our way to the Oakwood Pub for dinner.
The decor of the Oakwood Pub was beautiful and tastefully decorated in red bows and garlands, with little Christmas arrangements and gingerbread houses set out along the oak bar and fireplaces. The crowd was a lively mix of all ages; a table of women in their 20s enjoying a girls’ night, couples mingling at the bar and a few seniors out for a Friday night meal together. The ambiance was lovely – enjoyable background music and soft lighting seemed to put everyone in a jolly mood. The Chef has created seasonal menus for the weeks leading up to Christmas; with each week showcasing a different menu. Being the first week of December, we were handed “The First Week of Christmas Menu” and it was pretty hard to choose a dish as they all sounded amazing. I ordered “The Snow Man Beef and Noodles” while my mom ordered the “Ocean Jewels” off the traditional menu, neither of us were disappointed. My Ontario raised- grain-fed beef was delicious and the papperdalle noodles were perfectly cooked. The addition of sour cream and green pea shoots complimented the mushroom, red wine and demi-glace nicely. My mom said the scallops and shrimps were perfectly cooked. She loved the lemon rice that came with the dish and veggies reminded her of the way my grandma used to cook them. We were definitely satisfied but could not give up the temptation of sharing the Candy Cane Cheese Cake – a chocolatey and creamy piece of holiday joy. The night ended with girl talk by the fireplace while we enjoyed the complimentary coffee and teas that awaited us back in the room.
After a refreshing sleep we made our way to the Oak Room Dining Room for a hot breakfast buffet overlooking the Oakwood grounds. The experience of the Snowflake Stay Package at Oakwood Spa and Resort was a wonderful way for my mother and I to connect, recharge and unwind before the excitement of the holiday rush. If you are looking for a special way to treat your mom (or another loved one) to the warm spirit of Huron County, I would highly recommend a snowflake stay package at Oakwood Spa and Resort.
Oakwood Spa and Resort
70671 Bluewater Highway
Grand Bend (South Huron), ON