Sunday, November 28, 2010

Collingwood: Take 2

Most people wouldn't think of visiting Collingwood in the middle of November:  it's a bit chilly for Summer/Fall Outdoor activities and yet not cold enough for skiing yet.  However, Chris and I accidentally discovered the "Fallicious" a couple of years ago when we stayed at the Wild Apple Bed & Breakfast and we're hooked!

November is usually the time of the year when I can catch my breath after months of slavery during the budget cycle.  To help forget about all the number crunching and political non-sense, Chris and I normally pick early November to go away for a long weekend to unwind and read a book (in my case, home decor magazines).

We first discovered Wild Apple Bed & Breakfast when we were searching for a place to stay while visiting the Scandinavian Spa.  For those of you who haven't been to this bath, you don't know what you have been missing.  The whole experience allows you to relax your mind and body, with its many outdoor baths at different temperatures, sauna, steamroom, the relaxation areas, and massage by professional.  All at a very reasonable price at $250 for two a day, which includes lunch and a 1 hour massage.  As much as I love the Scadinavian Spa at Blue Mountain, I will have to say though its other location at Mont Tremblant stole my heart.  I went there three years ago and at this location, you could actually swim in the river!

If a visit to the spa is not your thing, then you may want to check out the Blue Mountain Village.  It has gone through a complete redevelopment in the past decade and had successfully transformed itself from typical ski recreation centre into a "European Inspired" tourist trap!  Oops.. . I meant tourist attraction.  It offers shopping from Christmas products to fashion, not to mention all the restaurant options.  Here are a few of the restaurant options:

The Copper Blue was where we discovered Fallicious.  The $25 lobster and steak combo was delicious and offered real value for money.  We were going to try Kaytoo this time but unfortunately it was closed for a private function. Next time Kaytoo!  So instead, we went to the Fire Hall Pizza:

The place is quite fun and for this time of the year, decorated with an upside-down Christmas tree.

The $25 for two pizzas, or two pastas, or pizza+pasta, gives you endless options, no matter what your heart desires and the food is actually quite good.   We even had leftover to take home with these chic eco-friendly takeout boxes.

We also tried the Twist Martini Bar the following night.  

As much as I liked the interior and the food tasted good, I have to say we weren't too impressed with the food portion and the overall price.  Here is what we ordered:

First of all, they wouldn't give you the Fallicious menu unless you asked for it.  Its ads for Fallicious says $25 for a 3 course meal and it turned out to be 2 courses only.  So, an appetizer and a drink per person later, we got a bill for $90. It would have been ok if it's not Fallicious, as I simply don't think the price is not much different than the regular menu.

On a happier note, we also love the coffee from Royal Majesty Expresso Bar and Bakery, and of course I heart their interior:

What an innovative way to hack these Ikea finds!
I love the Nutcracker and this great chalk board wall:

and these lovely coffee designs:

and of course WE (or should I say HE) had to visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate:

The Olde Stanton Store: home decor destination in the Village:

Enough of the Blue Mountain Village... the Wild Apple Bed and Breakfast is a great place to rest your tired feet after a day of shopping or skiing.  The place is very clean, comfortable, the breakfast continues to exceed our expectation, and best of all, the warm welcome from our fab hostess Carol.

These are the two bedrooms on the main floor and a shared bathroom:

For a little bit more, the King Suite in the basement, which comes with your own bedroom, mini kitchen, living room with fireplace, and a bathroom with sauna, is definitely a steal!

Here is the living room on the main floor and a table for two, where guests can enjoy the breathtaking view while enjoying breakfast.

and if you just want to take it easy and go for a walk, Carol has a "backyard" for you to explore.

Best of all, as the B&B sits on a hill, the sunrise from the living room is just unbelievable:

So for those of you who are thinking about finding a great place to stay in Collingwood, be sure to give Wild Apple B&B a call.

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