Being the type of traveler that I am, it’s not often that I stay at nice places.
Recently, I had the opportunity to stay at Viamede Resort in Ontario, Canada. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised!
When I’m traveling it’s like I have a lot more energy. I want to explore the area. I want to see new things and just kind of run around.
That being said, I was curious about how my stay at Viamede Resort would be.
Viamede Resort, located on the edge of Stoney Lake, sits on a 2000ft water front and 165 acres of land allowing for tons of activities.
Once I realized how much there was to do, I worried I wouldn’t have enough time to do it all!
Right off that bat I found out there was a farm on the resort. Me being the huge animal lover that I am, I of course had to check it out. The farm consisted of ducks, chickens, turkeys and some pigs. They’re all well fed and taken care of and as time comes along end up feeding people staying at the resort.
Speaking of feeding people, there are also a few gardens on the property that provide Chef Matt Cowan with fresh ingredients to offer visitors in their meals.
(Heirloom tomato salad with garden herb pistou and bufala mozzarella, check out the rest of the menu by clicking on the picture or here at Travel Past 50)
Since the location is right on a lake there are plenty of water activities. Matter of fact, my very first time on a kayak happened to be while staying here! Aside from kayaking they also offer canoeing, paddle-boarding, boat rides as well as fishing. The water is super clear right around the docks and you can see fish swimming all around.
One of the more recent additions to the property is a 9 hole Frisbee golf course. Over the past couple of years I’ve started getting more into the sport so of course I had to play a few holes. (Frisbee golf is like regular golf, but instead of golf balls and various clubs there are an assortment of different discs and baskets for holes)
They have Frisbee golf discs on the property to use which is nice. If you’re not familiar with the sport, it may be tricky as the course isn’t worn in yet and is over grown with greenery. Over time I’m sure it will get used more and easier to figure out.
The cool thing about the Frisbee course is that it weaves through trails that run and intertwine all along the acreage. I played through four holes then decided to do some exploring. The area was so lush and beautiful that I had to wander around.
Adding on to all of that, Viamede Resort also offers the essentials that vacationers look for at a place like this. People can hang out pool side, enjoy the Spa and eat at the multiple restaurants located on the property. For those interested they even offer Wedding services.
The staff there were all super friendly and helpful as well. Ben Sämann, the General Manager was there to help out with whatever we needed and to answer any questions.
Ben Sämann has more recently become the GM and seems to really be doing a lot with it. After talking with him, I can tell that Viamede Resort is only going to be improving and becoming an even nicer place. Aside from some minor aesthetic touch ups I thought the placed looked great already!
I didn’t really talk much about it, but the rooms were nice too. My room overlooked the lake and had a door that allowed me to walk right onto the deck and down to the pool or docks. Aside from sleeping I didn’t spend much time in there. (I actually almost slept in the first night there…oops. Sign of a comfy bed though, right?)
Even at night I found myself taking advantage of the clear skies and doing some night photography from the docks.
It’s not my typical place that I find myself staying at, but if other places offer as much, it’s something I can get used to. : ) Maybe at some point I’ll find myself in the area and able to stay here again to enjoy the location and all it has to offer.
(My stay at Viamede Resort was part of a press trip that I took part in with the tourism board for Peterborough and the Kawarthas. For more information on the area please check out their websites. All opinions are my own.)