Articles on Kawartha Vacations

Perfect getaway close to home

Westwind There's no need to fly to a faraway destination in search of beauty and tranquility. Ontario's own Westwind Inn, just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto in Buckhorn near Peterborough, is the ideal close-to-home getaway for, weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats or couples looking for a relaxing atmosphere.

Westwind sits on a sprawling 60 acres encompassed by Crown land and Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

Innkeeper Inga Gallacher describes the family owned and operated resort as "reminiscent of a Rocky Mountain Lodge surrounded by tall pines at the water's edge."

The cedar inn, open since 1986, features 35 rooms - 31 in the main lodge and four luxury suites in the nearby chalet. The decor is rustic yet modern with a log cabin feel.

Guests are guaranteed a room with an incredible view whether it be overlooking beautifully maintained gardens or picturesque waterfront.

Rooms are suitable for two but come with a sofa bed for additional guests. They each feature a spacious four piece ensuite bath, fireplace and private balcony. Six of the main lodge rooms also boast a corner heart shaped jet tub. Chalet suites are larger and brighter with pine floors, cedar ceilings, a four poster bed and jetted tub.

Westwind is open year round and offers many complimentary on-site amenities including an outdoor pool with waterfall, sandy beach, hot tub, bicycles, hiking trails, non motorized boats and a variety of seasonal sports including skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, volleyball, and a putting green. Hammocks are also available along the 1/4 mile natural shoreline for those looking to take a break from activities or enjoy a good book.

There's something to suit every palate in Westwind's first class dining room.Breakfastanddinner are included in package pricing.

Wine connoiseurs will savour delectable tastings from local Buckhorn Winery who specialize in berry wines, but there aremany other selections to choose from such as maple and chocolate.

For visiting art enthusiasts, Westwind is only a short stroll to the renowned Gallery on the Lake featuring works by some of Canada's most talented artists.

Whether it is a romantic mini vacation for two or use of the entire venue for a special function, Westwind Inn is all you are looking for and more. Relax and unwind at Westwind Inn. Paradise is closer than you think.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.westwindinn.net or call 1-800-387-8100.


Kawartha Stargazing

The most obvious sign of winter is the constellation Orion the hunter. The straight line of three stars that mark his belt are a sure sign that you've found him. He resides in the southeast and southern sky most of the winter. In late March, just as the maple sap begins to run, Orion dips below the western horizon and is gone until next winter. But he’s around for ice fishing season. And don’t forget romantic starlight night tours on snowmobiles, cross-country skis and snow shoes.

If you follow Orion's belt to the right it will take you to the "V-shaped" group of stars that represent the horns of Taurus the bull. Move further to the right and you'll come to a misty patch of stars that are known as the Pleiades. They burst into a dazzling patch of fireworks in binoculars. To the left of his belt is the brightest star in the winter sky - Sirius. I call it the dog tag on his hunting dog - Canis Major.

To learn more about the winter night sights in the Kawarthas, visit a bookstore and pick up a star chart. For all the reasons we can give you to enjoy the Kawarthas in the daytime, we can show you a millions at night. Just look up.