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Tales of a Food Writer – Lynn Ogryzlo

As Ontario’s Local Food Ambassador I’ve travelled the province uncovering its hidden treasures from amazing resorts to charming country villages and mouthwatering food festivals. In between I have savoured toasted garlic fudge a the Perth Garlic Festival, enjoyed a romantic field dinner at Cross Wind Farms and chowed down on the sloppiest, juiciest ribs at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market – oh yum.

I discovered Ontario’s most delicious food in the most unlikely places. Travel through Hensall, the bean capital for amazing cassoulet, Perth County the pork capital and home of the Bacon and Ale Trail or the dairy capital, Oxford County and savour your way through the Cheese Trail. I also discovered many resorts that excel at making Ontario food a focus for what they do best.

In Oxford County, Elm Hurst Inn’s executive chef Michael Davies takes his cheese very seriously. I used this historic inn as a base to visit as many stops along the Cheese Trail as I could. At the inn, try Michael’s all-local cheese platter or enjoy one of his cheesy features such as the delicious cheddar soup.  What a great time you’ll have!

Blue Mountain Resort is the centre of Ontario’s apple production and also home to the Apple Pie Trail. The Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood is at the beginning of the Trail and is a great place to take advantage of everything apple pie from the different  stops along the way. Then when you’ve over indulged (as I did), have fun working it off with many of their 4-season outdoor activities, it’s great for the whole family. When you leave, don’t forget to buy a bushel of farm fresh apples to continue your apple love affair.

One of my favourite culinary destinations, the Millcroft Inn & Spa was once a knitting mill providing yarn and blanket. Executive Chef James Buder crafts delicious dishes from fresh, organic and natural foods that are available to him throughout the fertile and unspoiled Hills of Headwaters. Bring a good pair of hiking boots because the tranquility of this place along with Buder’s cuisine will captivate you.

The Hills of Headwaters, or Headwaters as the locals call it, is quintessential Ontario equestrian country with rambling ranches and graceful horses. It’s also a delicious rural landscape with farmers the likes of Amaranth Springs, Besley Farms and Hockley Valley Resort growing amazing food. At Hockley Valley they have a 4-acre vegetable garden providing over 80% of the vegetables for Restaurant 85 and Cabin. Some of it is preserved to enjoy year round. What a refreshing experience to bask in the authentic flavours of the summer when you’re dining in January or February.

You’ll find more gardens at Briars Resort and Spa. Executive Chef Trevor Ledlie plans his menus a year in advance. It’s a great culinary collaboration between Inn owners and a chef who knows it takes as much time to nurture a tiny seedling into a fully mature plant as it does to simmer the ingredients into a luscious meal for his guests in the Briars’ dining rooms. Foods this fresh are thrilling on the palate.

When I was at the Westwind Inn I remember sitting in a large Adirondack chair watching a herd of deer pass through the forest. The Inn is as peaceful and remote a place as any in the heart of Ontario. The owners forage the wilderness around them for wild fiddleheads, leeks, morel mushrooms, edible flowers and more. You can try asking for  their favourite picking  spots but it’s like asking a fisherman for his favourite fishing hole – they’ll never tell. I’m told it I sat in the chair long enough, I might catch a glimpse of a flock of wild turkey, or perhaps even a moose. At Westwind you are allowed to shoot them, but only with a camera!

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Fall in Ontario is a feast for all your senses…breathtaking vistas emblazoned with fiery colours of crimsons, reds, golds and more… Indulge yourself at an Ontario resort or inn this Fall, where an amazing array of packages such as Fall Colour Packages, Reconnect Now…Just the two of you, Spontaneous Getaways and Thanksgiving Packages and celebrations can be enjoyed with those closest to you for just that special reason. Just a short drive away, often only three or four turns from where you are. For a taste of Fall, browse through our web site at http://www.resortsofontario.com

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Ahhh Winter…one of our most majestic seasons. Make time to come with friends and family and savour great times at Ontario Resorts. As the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, Resorts, Lodges and Inns throughout Ontario are rolling out their welcome mats, lighting the fires and grooming the trails for you to experience Winter. The promise of Winter offers both great outdoors and memorable indoor experiences.

A majestic season, winter is a time to bask in the warmth of resorting, romance the snow and find panoramic winter scenes, where you can experience the wonder and enjoyment that winter has to offer. The great outdoors offer all kinds of winter pursuits and adventures whether for making trails, romance, activities on the hill or simply just to taste winter.

  • Dreamy ski hills
  • Exciting trails
  • Luxuriating spa treatments
  • Exhilaration of dog sledding

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Come on up to our place and experience our one-of-a-kind resorts! Our natural surroundings further defines the unique characteristics offered by our resorts. These resorts can be found in spectacular settings with sparkling lakes, forested landscapes, and a place where your senses come alive. Go Resorting!

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Resorts of Ontario (http://www.resortsofontario.com), Ontario’s premier association of resorts, inns and lodges, is pleased to launch our new magazine Go Resorting just unveiled at Casino Rama in Orillia , April 8, 2013. This exciting new Ontario tourism and vacation magazine includes fun vacation stories of inspiring resort experiences and stories by professional travel writers. Go Resorting magazine includes interesting topics that relate to vacationing at Ontario resort, lodges, cottages and inns, including romance, culinary, family, golf, spa and more.

The inaugural edition of the magazine features several informative articles, including “Best Family Vacation Ideas”, “Great All-Girl Escapes”, “10 Great Golf Getaways” and more. A contest is featured in the magazine which we hope will be shared through social media. The contest runs until September 30, 2013.

Enter your “My Favorite Go Resorting Moment” now at http://www.resortsofontario.com or tell , share or show us via Blog, Twitter, Face Book or Pinterest.

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Romance the SnowAhhh Winter… one of the most majestic seasons. Make time to come with friends and family and savour great times at the Resorts of Ontario.

Allow us to help you to make the most of it by acting as your hosts in Resort Country, which is just a short drive away. As the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, Resorts, Lodges and Inns throughout Ontario are rolling out their welcome mats, lighting the fires and grooming the trails for you to experience Winter. The promise of Winter offers both great outdoors and memorable indoor experiences.

Go Resorting!

• Resort Country is blanketed with Snow!
• Trails and hills are groomed!
• Romantic accommodation offering cabins, cottages, lodges and resort hotels!
• Time to savour soothing spa treatments after the rush of the Holiday Season!

Enter to Win $500. Resorts of Ontario Gift Certificate to be used at one of our many Resort Properties at http://www.resortsofontario.com/winter

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Romancing the Snow!

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Fern Resort – Orillia

It is time to romance the snow ! The promise of great times with family and friends await you at any of our unique resorts, lodges and inns here in Ontario’s great outdoors.

* Cooler temperatures!
* Fire lit resort lounges and accommodations!
* Groomed trails!
* Magical landscapes!
* All kinds of experiences just for you both outdoors and indoors.
* Great resort packages.

Give the Gift of a Getaway this holiday season. A Gift Certificate offers so much to your special someone, friend or family member. Visit http://www.resortsofontario.com to buy a $50, $100, $250 or $500 Gift Certificate.

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