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I recently had the opportunity to visit a classic Muskoka Resort – Cleveland’s House. Located on the western shores of Lake Rosseau, Cleveland’s House was established in 1869 by Charles Minett and has since become an icon for the traditional resorting experience.

With some of the original buildings still standing and holding out against the pressures of Mother Nature and time you get a real sense of the history that is a part of the present day resort. With a traditional dining room, beautiful views, golfing and daily entertainment (through the summer months,) Cleveland’s House offers something for everyone.

The beautifully decorated dining room, complemented by the professional staff and delicious meals, is something everyone should have the pleasure of experiencing. While enjoying the fresh morning air, I was treated to a “breakfast call,” which saw servers announcing that the restaurant was open by ringing the triangle bell. All guests on the property knew breakfast was ready to be served.

The waterfront makes the perfect playground for children and the young at heart with water toys, an expanse of open water for boaters and fisherman or just relaxing in the peaceful environment of Muskoka. With the new “water park” in place, people can play the day away on the water “icebergs,” trampoline, slides and more. It gives everyone a challenge while they soak up the sun and water. Cleve’s also offers “the most extensive children’s program” in Ontario, and has been awarded as a “5-star Destination” for children’s programming by Hotel Fun for Kids.

Golfers are offered choices at Cleveland’s House with options of playing their nine-hole executive course through Maple Hills Golf Course or tackling the challenging, yet stunningly designed Nick Faldo Course “The Rock.”

Daily entertainment includes everything from live music, a water-ski show, movie nights, theater and so much more. The staff certainly go the extra mile to ensure that every guest is having a great and truly memorable time.

Part of the entertainmentFor meetings, Cleveland’s House is also a conference resort. What better setting to hold a successful meeting then at a resort located on 3,000 feet of one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world? Once you have completed your professional agendas you can relax and clear your head, allowing the natural surroundings to take your mind away. With the motto “We Take Care of Everything,” the professional staff truly take the steps to ensure your meetings or conference is successful and fun.

Come on up to Cleveland’s House and experience timeless Muskoka resorting at it’s finest. 

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Sunset from the wharf at Clevelands House Resort

Sunset on Lake Rosseau from the wharf at Clevelands House Resort

I love the new Pirate Ship Cruise for kids at Clevelands House Resort. It’s a dinner cruise for the kids on Thursday nights from 5-7 pm aboard the notorious Muskoka pirate ship Wenonah II. Clevelands House is probably the last remaining of all the grand hotels that were built in Muskoka at a time when rail and water were the only way to get there. Today this resort is very family-oriented. They’ve got 55 qualified counsellors to care for and entertain infants to teens. Check out the Cleve’s Kids Club! Parents can take advantage of their babysitting and something they call “hallsitting” – kind of like the hall monitors we had back in school.

The pirate ship is a perfect fit for a resort which was built to look like a boat 140 years ago when, who knows, maybe there was the odd pirate stalking the Muskoka Lakes. Bob Cornell, whose family is only the third to manage the resort in 140 years spoke to me recently. Great guy to talk to. He started his resort career at Clevelands House as a bellhop in 1949. His son-in-law is Ted Carruthers, the current General Manager of the resort. The Minett family, the original owners of Clevelands House, homesteaded here in 1869, and it wasn’t long after that that they were in the resort business. As well as building Clevelands House, the Minetts were also in the boat building business. Minett boats, and later, Minett-Shields Boats, set the standards for the great wooden boat building history of the Muskoka area. Bob Cornell remembers well the 1917 “Mineta” that used to take resort guests on excursions around the lake.

More Clevelands House history can be found here.

If you’re thinking of a holiday in Ontario this summer, check out Resorts of Ontario for family/summer packages. Packaging activities together with accommodations can save money! This is an example of a “Family adventure” package – Ultimate HORSEplay Adventure at Horseshoe Resort. This package includes two night’s accommodation, daily breakfast, two-hour Rhino Safari (ATVs), Tree Top Trekking Adventure, two 18-hole rounds of golf, two Kids Korral Adventure Day Camp and one dinner at the Crazy Horse! Rate based on two adults and two children (ages 11 and under). Price is $800.00 plus tax and resort amenity fee.

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