Under no circumstance were we going to let freezing rain, an unexpected snowstorm, and a broken windshield wiper stop us from our girls getaway to Blue Mountain last weekend. After what seriously seemed like an episode of 'A Series of Unfortunate Events', Joëlle, Rebeca and I piled our bags (6 of them may have been Rebeca's, lol) into my car and headed up for an overnight stay at the Grand Georgian Resort in The Blue Mountains. To give you an idea, if you don't already know, Blue Mountain is Ontario's largest mountain village resort that offers all year round fun-- not just skiing and snowboarding! The Village is adorable and filled with shops, amazing restaurants, and nearby there are tons of activities to take part in-- hiking, spas, zip lines, and more.
Blue Mountain Village invited us up to experience their first ever Full Moon FEEST on the Apple Pie Trail. We literally made it just in time... seriously, not one minute to spare! We met the group at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures cabin, put on our snowshoes (yes, I said snowshoes), snow pants and inserted our glove warmers in our mits, and headed off into the moonlight to hike 5KM of scenic trails while sampling local chefs, and their culinary delights. All the dishes were inspired by The Red Prince apple. It's only available in the winter since it's harvested in the fall and then cellars for a few months. It's tangy, sweet and all the dishes were delicious (thank goodness we were doing all that uphill snowshoeing along the way)! Apple gnocchi from Azzurra, lentil, apple, herb salad from Bruce Wine Bar, and apple fritters from Thornbury Bakery Cafe were some of the eats on the menu. Did I mention all the cider and wine you can image! Ugh... just thinking about it now is making me hungry.
The region has so many amazing restaurants and what I loved most was actually getting to chat with the owners and learn about their families, how they make their dishes and how they source ingredients locally! All the owners were incredibly friendly and even started referring to us as "the bloggers"! Yeah... pretty much besties by the end!
Coming back to the king size bed and fireplace after being in the cold for a few hours was perfection. We stayed up late, headed out for a cocktail in the village, and woke up early for a morning Ganban yoga session at iwa spa Blue Mountain. If you have never done Ganban you seriously need to. It's yoga but on a rock sauna which soothes muscles, accelerates metabolism and eliminates toxins from the body. Feeling the warmth from the stones was an amazing experience and so soothing. The spa offers manicures, pedicures, spa treatments and also private yoga sessions! How cool is that?
STAY : G R A N D G E O R G I A N
We spent the rest of the afternoon in the Village walking around, having lunch at Copper Blues, and taking in all the mountain air. Sometimes just getting away for one night is all you need to get reinvigorated and feel refreshed. The best part? Getting to spend it with two amazing ladies. Blue Mountain Resort is so close to home yet I never really got the chance to embrace all it has to offer before. You don't need to be a winter warrior or ski bunny to experience the beauty of Blue Mountain. There are so many other activities and things to do; I can't wait to check it out in the summer or fall. Zip lining through the mountain? Outdoor spas? It's all calling my name!
Check out more from our getaway in the pictures and then get yourself to Blue!
EAT : C O P P E R B L U E S
Thank you to Blue Mountain Resort and all their sponsors for making this weekend the ultimate girls getaway!