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Travel: Our Guide to Cottage Country

V.O.C. Guide To Muskoka/Hunstville

With the first long weekend of the summer upon us, we thought it was only fitting to share our guide to cottage country.  If you're lucky enough to be heading north this weekend, check out some of these must see and do things!

Frankie’s Surf Club:
A new addition last summer, Frankie’s Surf Shop is the fun bar we’ve been dying to have in Muskoka. Add in their carefully curated tuck shop (and by tuck shop we mean Mara Hoffman swimsuit selling shop). Stop in for a cocktail on your boat trip up the lake!

Grand Electric:
Who doesn’t want a taco on the water? Grand Electric opened a location in Muskoka two summers ago and it was an instant success. Their patio is in a prime location in the heart of Port Carling. Stop by for lunch, dinner or just a snack. The margaritas are heavenly and the tacos are perfection.

PYC Yoga:
Our friend Jenn Dwyer opened up her yoga studio a few summers ago and we can’t get enough of it. Her studio is situated in an old boathouse near SWS marina. She’s opened up the walls of the studio so that it feels like you’re doing yoga on the dock. It’s the perfect way to start your day.

Abbey’s Bake House:
After completing a class at PYC Yoga head on over to Abbey’s Bake Shop. Everything is freshly baked (hello…the breakfast sandwiches are dream worthy) and their muffins and scones are heaven. Yum!

Lake Joseph Club:
Not just for golfers, the Lake Joseph club has a great patio on the water that is perfect for grabbing lunch or dinner. A super fun party spot and a great place to catch up with friends. Make sure to bring sunscreen – it’s primo sunshine all afternoon! Warning: their sangria is dangerous! 

A road trip staple – Webers is a classic cottage tradition.   We will even take the “longer route” to the cottage just to stop at this burger joint on the way. You can’t make a stop without running into at least 5 people that you know and you MUST have the chocolate milkshake.

About a half an hour from Muskoka (depending on where you’re coming from), is the infamous Canadian-owned Kawartha Dairy, with lineups a mile long for THE best ice cream. Although you can find their ice cream in tubs at grocery stores around Toronto and Oakville, it’s such a fun experience to go to the actual store where it all started, and it’s totally worth the wait in line. It’s one of our favourite summer traditions each year. You have to go at least once before heading home! 
For the best burger you will ever have, you’ll have to drive about an hour from Port Carling or Bracebridge to get to The Portage Store and try their classic “Portage Burger". Right as you're entering into Algonquin Park, located on Canoe Lake, this is a popular pit stop for people on long camping trips needing a meal that wasn’t cooked over a fire. If you drive there, they also have canoe and kayak rentals if you’re just looking to be on the water for the afternoon, OR they have sample canoe trip routes if you’re planning a canoe trip this summer. Definitely worth checking out!

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