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Snowflake Getaway at Samuels

9 Dec

 

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SAMUELS BOUTIQUE HOTEL, GODERICH ONTARIO
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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

SAMUELS BOUTIQUE HOTEL, GODERICH ONTARIO
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

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Snowflake Stay @ Hessenland

3 Dec

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/

Snowflake Stay Packages

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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
Zurich, ON
519-2360-7707

Hessenland: www.hessenland.com
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and Twitter: https://twitter.com/HessenlandInn

 The Snowflake Stay Package at the Benmiller Inn & Spa

1 Dec

Snowflake Stay Packages

by Diva Calista Powell

BENMILLER INN AND SPA, GODERICH ONTARIO
Starting at $131 per person
From $262/per two people/night | Includes – A special gift ($20 value) awaiting your arrival, Over-night accommodations, A three course a la carte dinner for two (Appetizer, Entree & Dessert) off the regular menu. A full Huron County breakfast in the morning Monday-Saturday mornings or Brunch is served on Sundays
BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 1-800-265-1711

*** Alternative Rates February 13 – 15

Snowflake Stays are taking place at four different Inns throughout Huron County From Dec.1 to February 28. 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/

 

A cozy lounge area outside of the dining hall decorated for the holidays.

A cozy lounge area outside of the dining hall.

 

My appetizer: Blyth Farm Golden Eweda Raclette. A must try!

My appetizer: Blyth Farm Golden Eweda Raclette. A must try!

Once we get hit with the notorious Huron County snow squalls, it’s easy to go into hibernation mode and want to stay indoors until the warmer seasons. After experiencing the Snowflake Stay package at the Benmiller Inn & Spa, I am so glad that I got to enjoy the beautiful side of winter. My partner Dan and I arrived to Benmiller after dark, so we went right to the dining room to enjoy our three-course meal that was included in the package. The entire menu looked delicious, and I always appreciate when local fare is incorporated into the recipes. I was feeling pretty adventurous so I chose the Blyth Farm golden eweda raclette appetizer, which was a skillet full of rissole potato, cornichon pickles, double smoked bacon and a grainy mustard sauce. I have to say; I‘ve never had anything quite like this dish. The double smoked bacon was to die for, and I especially enjoyed the cornichon pickles. For the main course, I treated myself to the grilled Ontario duck breast that was crusted with a delicious spice served on top of a sweet potato mash and root vegetable rissole. The montmorency cherries were the perfect amount of sweet to compliment the rich flavours in the duck. Just when I thought our meal could not have gotten any better, it was time for dessert. A natural chocoholic, I selected the flourless chocolate gateau. The serving size was massive, and it tasted absolutely decadent and rich-just how chocolate cake should be. I must also credit the attentive dining staff, as our server Amber was especially thorough, and ensured that our experience was first-rate.

Grilled duck on sweet potato mashed

Grilled duck on sweet potato mashed

After our meal, it was time to check into our room in the River Mill building where we found a lovely gift of jam preserves, candy canes and Huron County thermoses. Bundled up in our Benmiller robes, we enjoyed a bedtime tea in our room, which had a view that overlooked the Maitland River. We arose early in the morning to check out the indoor pool, and I was wishing that I had packed a swimsuit. We headed back down to the dining hall to enjoy our breakfast of Omega-3 eggs, smoked bacon, homefries, fresh fruit, and Benmiller Inn baked scones with fresh blueberry jam.

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Not wanting to leave just yet, we decided to take in the beautiful day and walk around the grounds. Growing up in this area, I am aware of how beautiful the river is in the summertime, but with the sunshine gleaming off of the fresh fallen snow and the frozen ponds, it was absolutely stunning. I can’t recommend the Benmiller Inn & Spa enough for their friendly service, delicious food, gorgeous landscape and cozy rooms. I most definitely want to try out another Snowflake Stay package at another Huron County destination. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or even a girl’s weekend, any Snowflake Stay package will be sure to create lasting memories for you this winter.

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All Snowflake Stay Packages include:

– A welcome gift awaiting in your room
– A snowflake sugar cookie
– Accommodations for one night
– Three-Course Dinner for Two
– Breakfast for Two

BENMILLER INN AND SPA, GODERICH ONTARIO
Starting at $131 per person
From $262/per two people/night | Includes – A special gift ($20 value) awaiting your arrival, Over-night accommodations, A three course a la carte dinner for two (Appetizer, Entree & Dessert) off the regular menu. A full Huron County breakfast in the morning Monday-Saturday mornings or Brunch is served on Sundays
BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 1-800-265-1711

*** Alternative Rates February 13 – 15

The Benmiller Inn & Spa
81175 Benmiller Line
Goderich, Ontario
Canada N7A 3Y1
Tel: (800) 265-1711 or (519) 524.2191
Fax: (519) 524.5150