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Snowflake Getaway at Samuels

9 Dec


Snowflake Stay PackagesSamuelsHotel2

Starting at $105 per person.
Package includes a $50 dining credit for Samuels, a winter welcome package in your guestroom, overnight accommodation and breakfast for two.
Prices:Queen $210 for two people, King Riverside $230, King Jacuzzi Suite $255, Schoolhouse Suite $430
BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 1-877-524-1371

*** Alternative Rates February 13 – 15

by Diva Caroline
I am still enjoying the relaxed feeling that I instantly had upon entering the front lobby of Samuels hotel, located just outside of Goderich, for the Snowflake Getaway with my husband this past weekend. As parents to three busy kiddos we always say to each other that we need the chance to get away and spend some time without the kids but rarely do that. This package from Samuels provided just what we needed to relax and enjoy some “us” time with out being called “mom and dad” for a bit. The package included accommodation with a welcome gift, $50 voucher towards our dinner from the bistro menu and breakfast. I have enjoyed cooking classes and dinners out at Samuels but I never had the opportunity to stay overnight. The owners, Hugh and Kim Burgsma, have created a beautiful 13 room (plus the school house suite) boutique hotel that one would expect in a big city and made it available to visitors to Ontario’s West Coast.


We were greeted by the friendly front of house staff member, Sarah, and felt very welcomed. The large Jacuzzi room was nicely furnished and very clean. The view from the terrace was of the beautiful Maitland River and provided a wonderful sunset as we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in our room. As the weather was cooler, we took advantage of the fireplace in our room to add to the relaxing atmosphere.

We enjoyed a fabulous meal from the Bistro menu along side other guests by the stone fireplace in the dining room. We started with the baked Brie with berry port compote and French Onion soup, which was the perfect start to our dining experience. Our mains included a smoked pulled-pork wrap (a favourite of my husband’s) and coconut curry prawns with basmati rice, which was beautifully scented.  And, the servings were very large! We decided we could not turn down dessert and shared a mouth-watering brandy baklava that was served with warm crème Anglaise. YUM!


On our way back to our room we stopped to pick up a DVD from the collection available to guests to watch back in our room. It was nice to be able to have access to a wide variety of titles, along with several books that are free to borrow.  A variety of snacks and beverages are also available for guests to purchase.

I took advantage of the beautifully large Jacuzzi tub and enjoyed a nice long soak with some wonderfully scented bath salts that were provided in the room. Afterwards we cozied up on our bed to watch the movie. It is so nice to have a DVD player in each room.

After an amazing long sleep in the comfy bed, we ventured out into the dining area for our breakfast, which included a continental buffet of cereals, fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries, juice and coffee as well as an item off the hot breakfast menu. My husband enjoyed the Caramapple crepes (so good) and I had the Belgium waffle with fresh berries. Service was, again, excellent – as was the food.


I would highly recommend the Snowflake Getaway package at Samuels. They really understand hospitality and treated us like valued guests. It is in a great location for exploring all that Goderich and area has to offer this winter – from snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the trails to shopping at the many excellent shops in the downtown square! Why not book yourself some time with friends or your partner and enjoy all that Samuels and Ontario’s West Coast has to offer?!


For more information or to book you package visit here:

Starting at $105 per person.
Package includes a $50 dining credit for Samuels, a winter welcome package in your guestroom, overnight accommodation and breakfast for two.
Prices:Queen $210 for two people, King Riverside $230, King Jacuzzi Suite $255, Schoolhouse Suite $430
BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 1-877-524-1371

*** Alternative Rates February 13 – 15


A diva and her happy feet

15 Dec

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

While on my travels of Downtown Goderich I, of course, stopped in to Wuerth Shoes. This store has been around for as long as I can remember. Not only do they have great shoes, boots, slippers, purses and more, they have beautiful window displays.They put their pretty products on display and lure me in to the store every time I pass by.

On this trip I quickly visited with the ladies working and then spent some time exploring. Winter may not have arrived yet, but it will and if you are in need of warm and protective, yet fashionable boots Wuerth Shoes has them!

142 Court House Sq  Goderich, ON N7A 1M9, Canada – (519) 524-7432

Their current hours are:

Monday – Thursday 9am-6pm

Friday – 9am-8pm

Saturday – 9am – 5pm

Sunday – 11am – 3pm

Had a great summer, I’m back to blogging!

8 Nov

By: Diva Jenna

Well, the summer flew by, and I will say that I had a great summer! Unfortunately, this means that I just didn’t blog, at all. I am back though I had so many great experiences this summer and will try to tell you all about everything!

Yes, I know, summer isn’t just over, but fall is now coming to an end. I am actually getting pretty excited about winter. Skiing, cozy nights, beer tastings, hot chocolate, snow. When you live in Canada you have to love all four seasons, especially winter. Well I guess you don’t have to love them all, but if you hate winter, a good 4-6 months of your year will not be fun!

Over the next few months I plan to write regularly and post all of my travels through out Ontario’s West Coast!

Bye bye summer :(

7 Sep

Hey all, hope you had a wonderful labour day weekend, even if the weather wasnt exactly a hit. I gotta say its pretty depressing, summers over, and I dont think I was ready  for it to come to an end. O well never fear, there is still lots going on in this happenin county… for example Taste of Huron is still taking place. If you have not yet been to an event, no worries there are still events this week. Tonight is the Little in and  tomorrow is at Eddingtons in Exeter, and the Gala on Saturday night…. looking forward to it!

Last Wednesday I went to Wingham for the Fireside Cafe dinner, and it was delightful. I had never been to FIreside cafe and was very pleased to learn that they make a large effort to keep things healthy. The owner was create, he came out and spoke and told us many stories about why he feels its important to eat healthy. He was great to listen too!

Also the food was so great! I had this amazing porkloin with peaches, roasted potatoes and broccolii, while JD chose the lambshank. We all started with a funky greek salad, and finished with a white pound cake with strawberry jus and blueberries! DELISH! It was a great experience. If you are ever in Wingham, I would definitely recommend Fireside!

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Taste of Huron Kicks off at Hessenland

31 Aug

Hello everyone,

On Monday evening Taste of Huron kicked off at Hessenland in St.Joseph’s. Unfortunately the majority of the Taste of Huron had to be cancelled due to the unfortunate incidents in Goderich. However many of the dinners are still going as planned, which means there are still a number for people to attend. Wednesday there is a dinner in Wingham which still has openings. It is being held at the Fireside Cafe from 7-9. Just call Fireside if you would like to make a reservation.

Hessenlands dinner was very very tasty! What I enjoyed about it was that it was very low key. it was buffet style and spread out between inside the restaurant and out in the beautiful backyard. The best thing about buffet is that I was able to eat as much as I wanted 🙂 and believe me when you are at Hessenland, you want to eat as much as you can!

I really enjoyed the entire night, and from the surveys I had customers fill out it seemed that I was not the only one! In fact I did not have one person complain about anything! impressive I must say!

Anyways make sure you get out and head to at least one Taste of Huron event, experience the LOCAL cuisine. It is so refreshing eating a meal and knowing exactly where all the ingredients came from!

Hope to see some of you out at the events. Also just check out the Ontario Westcoast website to find out more information!


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29 Aug

Hi all! hope everyone is doing ok, its been a crazy week, and I hope that everyone is doing better in Goderich and in Benmiller.

I have been keeping myself busy, and we know what that means, Me going out and eating yummy food 🙂

I went back to F.I.N.E  in Grand Bend. I have been there a few times in the past, and it is one of my absolute favourite restaurants! I have never had anything but amazing experiences at F.I.N.E.

JD and I shared two appitizers to get us started. We had the curried seafood bisque, and crab crostini. The grab crostini was unbelievable! o my goodness wow. O oh I almost forgot about the bread to start. Many restaurants provide  some sort of bread or baguette  and what not, but at F.I.N.E they bring three different kinds, and they are all housemade! the basket included mini soda biscuits, olive focaccia, and (my personal favourte) banana bread!
















Than for our mains! We both went for the special, steak tenderloin, garlic mashed potatos, and grilled asparagus, with a red onion jus.  It was perfect, melt in your mouth steak.














And then, just when you thought there is NO WAY Kaylie can eat anymore, I continued to push forward and went all the way and had probably one of the greatest deserts I have ever tasted. It was a chocolate peanut butter pie made with oreo cookie crust, chocolate mousse, whipped cream, melted fudge, o my mouth is watering again!


Not only was the food perfect, but as usual, so was the service. Our server was so knowledgeable and nice. I left F.I.N.E as one happy, and extremely full lady!!!


gettin my eat on!

12 Aug

Hiya folks!


So this past weekend I realized that I had only been to the ArtSee café ONCE this whole summer! Whats that about!?! I am not pleased about this! I went on and on over a month ago about how it’s the BEST BEAKFAST EVER and I havnt had time to get back there since. Last Saturday morning I made it my mission to get me some tasty breakfast.


Jd and I went and luckily got a table outside in the beautiful sunshine. I mentioned this last time, but I love how the ArtSee is on Main Street but is still kind of tucked away and very private feeling.


Anyways, as usual the breakfast was ridiculously amazing! I order my go to, the pesto scramble, and JD had a scramble as well but with smoked ham, peppers, and cheese.


I have to tell you this was my first time ever finishing all the eggs! They give a very large portion of eggs, and normally I cant finish it. But that day I had my game face on and those eggs didn’t stand a chance!





Then on Saturday evening, me and two of my girlfriends went to the Red Pump for dinner. I have to admit, I forgot to get pictures.. OOPS! Everything was just so tasty and I was so excited, and I had a glass of champagne . As our dessert was half gone I realize I had taken no pictures to share with you all. My sincere apologies.

I will tell you about how delicious it was though! Phoebe and I had Caesar salads as an appetizer , and Kendra had the trio of brushetta, one being the classic tomato balsamic and basil, the other was with mascarpone cheese and smoked trout, and the last one black olive tapenade with prosciutto.

For our mains I went with the linguine with pancetta and fresh tomatos, Phoebe had the white fish with sauted veg and fingerling potatos, and Kendra ordered the veal chop with sweat potato mash.


And yes it was all as good as it sounds!


We were all stuffed buuuuut. The desert at the Red Pump is way too good to pass up. We decided to split two desserts, three ways. We had the flowerless chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet, and the pecan tart with chocolate gelato.


I bet you are all thinking, wow isn’t Kaylie lucky two GREAT meals in one day, well that’s not all folks. Sunday morning I got a text from my mother (it was her birthday btw) asking if JD and I were interested in going for brunch with he and my dad. Guess where we went?!? ARTSEE!! Woohoo!! The best part is that on Sunday they have a brunch menu, so it was different that on Saturday.

I had the cajon egg scramble with chorizo sausage, Jd had the goats and hens, which is eggs with goats cheese and herbs, my father had the monte Crisco sandwich, and my mother also had the cajon eggs.

It was all delicious again! And Busy holy heck that place is booming during breakfast and lunch!

All in all I was very lucky and very full after a yummy weekend eating in Bayfield.


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