By Alison Butlin
Just one look at the myriad activities offered near Deerhurst Resort and you know you’re being spoiled for choice.
Deerhurst Resort offers the quintessential Muskoka experience. Built on Peninsula Lake, the resort’s 760-acre campus is as stunning as it is diverse. Whether you want to kick back and pamper yourself, or go all in for adventure, you have 60 onsite activities to choose from. Here’s one way to sample the best of living within this beautiful resort.
Own a Piece of Paradise
It doesn’t take much for the beauty of Deerhurst to captivate and enthrall. But vacations have to come to an end sometime… unless you make your own Muskoka base camp for real. Skyline Resort Communities is creating Lakeside Lodge, a rare chance to own affordable Muskoka real estate, just steps from the waterfront. On a daily basis, residents will enjoy breathtaking views of Peninsula Lake and Sunset Bay, as well as endless possibilities for resting, recreating and socializing at Deerhurst Resort and all the amenities it has to offer.
So how do you make the most of a day when you live in paradise?
7:30 am – eighteen holes await
It’s only you, and the loons floating on placid Lake Peninsula, who are up this early. Your tee time is up and Deerhurst Highlands awaits, a par 72-championship golf course consistently ranked among SCOREGolf ’s Top 100 nationwide. It’s also received a 4.5 star rating (out of five) in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” In between swings, take a moment to appreciate the spectacular granite outcroppings and lush forest around you that are so much a part of the character of Muskoka. Not too much distraction though, this course is known to be challenging. If you’d rather enjoy a more laid back game today, the rolling greens of the Highlands course (also right in your backyard) may be what you’re looking for today.
10 am – breakfast of champions
Now it’s back to the Eclipse dining room for a well-earned breakfast. Because you’ve built up an appetite, it’s straight to the hot and cold buffet for a selection of fresh-baked breads, pastries and fruits before tucking into the hot stuff. Try some French toast or pancakes, with maple syrup made right at Deerhurst, or the classic bacon and eggs with home fries.
12 pm – release your inner monkey
After heading back to your Lakeside Lodge condominium and changing, it’s time to explore your adventurous side and make sure you go home with a story. Forget hiking, you need to trek and experience nature at its best – high up in the forest’s canopy. Deerhurst Resort has it all – rope bridges, balance logs, Tarzan swings and cable traverses. You can choose from a range of courses that suit beginners to more advanced climbers, all with experienced instructors on hand. But the pièce de résistance is ziplining back to terra firma at high speed, with the requisite blood curdling screams of joy.
3 pm – spa-aaaaaaah
Your legs probably now ache a little, maybe your arms feel like they’ve had a workout? What better therapy than the couples massage you wisely booked at Shizen Spa? Enter the zen sanctuary dedicated to pampering you from head to toe, don a robe, and get ready to check out in la-la land for 60 muscle-relaxing minutes.
4:30 pm – pub time
You’ve earned those post-massage creases on your face and now you’re thirsty and a little peckish. The casual Maple Pub & Patio has just what you need. A nice crisp glass of Chardonnay or a freshly pulled pint are served to you on the patio. Have a quick snack, too. Maybe share some flatbread pizza from the stone oven or a crunchy salad from the garden. Just enough to tide you over until dinner later.
6 pm – walk the grounds
On the way back home, take the time to visit the water’s edge. It’s quiet now after the day’s activities. But notice you can hop into a canoe or kayak for an early morning paddle along the shoreline tomorrow. Or stop by the pool and pre-select which chair is going to be yours when you and a cocktail are sitting poolside for a lazy afternoon.
8 pm – dining in
The only way to end a satisfying day is with an equally satisfying meal, and you’ve earned it. The anticipation of a great meal is heightened by the enjoyment of preparing it while listening to music and sipping a glass of wine. Delicious scents of herbs and garlic simmer while you take a moment to soak in the relaxing view from your balcony, overlooking the lake. Tonight as you taste the dish you made with fresh, local ingredients from a recent trip into town, a smile creeps across your face.