You'll know you are in Muskoka when you step up to the entrance of Hidden Valley Resort, just outside of Huntsville. An outdoor corridor constructed of sturdy wood beams leads up to the lobby as if you were walking into a castle in the wilderness. But this notion isn't too far off from the truth - in the late 1800s and early part of this century, Muskoka resorts were only for the extremely wealthy and their respective entourages. Today, the resort maintains the same level of luxury but opens its doors to everyone - allowing any walk of life to have a taste of this posh bygone era.
Despite the rough landscapes of the region and mysterious uncertainty of the surrounding wilderness, a stay at Hidden Valley is far from roughing it. Hand-crafted pine furnishings make accommodations ooze with cottage country charm, while 100% cotton linens and complimentary high-speed internet are reminiscent of a Park Avenue hotel.
The Birches Bistro promotes local suppliers and features menu offerings that highlight local products, some of which are organic. Comforting favourites like a New York strip loin and BBQ pork ribs highlight the menu along with pastas, burgers and pizzas (don't leave without sampling the smoked salmon pizza and its lemon dill cream cheese sauce). Dessert is synonymous with vacation and there is a fresh baked pie on the menu daily which never disappoints. Complimentary breakfast in the a.m. includes pastries, cereals, juices, coffee, tea, breakfast meats, scrambled eggs, waffles, and home fries.
For those looking for active pursuits, activities like hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, volleyball and more are easy to find - front desk will point you in the right direction. If a day of leisure and indulgence is in order, take a nice afternoon stroll through the local town of Huntsville and explore the quaint little shops and restaurants (stop by the Nutty Chocolatier for unforgettable homemade fudge, or That Little Place by the Lights for some legendary homemade pasta and gelato).