Top Reasons to Stay at Hastings Resort
- The resort is tucked away among pine trees on the banks of the Beaver Creek River. Toronto and Ottawa are a few hours’ drive away.
- The main lodge, where most of the guest rooms are located, has a cabin-like feel to it. There are modern amenities, though, including flat-screen TVs and hydro-massage showers.
- Dine on orange cardamom chicken supreme, lemon oregano pork tenderloin, and other upscale dishes at the resort’s steak house, which has a fireplace and music. With this deal, 2-night stays include 15% off dining.
- There are plenty of activities available to keep you busy. In the spring and summer, you can rent an ATV, fish for bass in Beaver Creek River, and go canoeing.
- Pets weighing up to 50 pounds are welcome at the resort (fee of $15/night).
Hastings County, Ontario: Artisan Galleries Hidden Away in Eastern Ontario
Hastings County is located in eastern Ontario, about two hours from Toronto and Ottawa. It’s a rural landscape full of lakes, rivers, and provincial parks. To experience the wilderness firsthand, visit Bon Echo Provincial Park. This is where you’ll find Mazinaw Rock, which rises more than a half-mile above the lake and has more than 260 native pictographs etched into it.
The county has one of Ontario’s highest concentrations of artists—there are twice as many artists here than the national average. Follow the Arts Route, and you’ll see the works of locals firsthand. Two galleries on the route are near the resort: The Old Hastings Gallery, housed in a circa-1890s general store, features themed rooms with decor crafted by Canadian artists, such as kaleidoscopes, beeswax candles, and soaps.