It’s time for a baecation!
Grab your S.O. and hit the 401 highway for a trip for two to Cornwall & SDG Counties. Here are our top picks for romantic places to visit and explore with that special someone.
Skate Through The Woods With Countryside Adventures
Our trip began with skating at Countryside Adventures. This isn’t your regular outdoor skating rink, at Countryside Adventures you get to skate throughout a winding 3 km trail in the forest! Surrounding yourself by snow-covered trees is an absolutely stunning sight and the definition of a winter wonderland. The weather was perfect for us to enjoy a couple rounds of skating throughout the forest. Once you finish skating for the day, warm up with some hot chocolate by their bonfire. There’s also a food truck on sight to fill up on moose ears and poutine.
Who would’ve thought that hidden in SDG Counties would be a place that makes the winter season seem not so bad after all!
Know Before You Go:
Where: 16495 Sixth Rd, Moose Creek, ON (50 min drive from Ottawa, and a 2-hour drive from Kingston)
Cost: G/A $12 per person
What to bring with you: You can bring your own skates and snowshoes or you can rent out a pair for 4 hours ($10 per person.)
Additional Tips: Check out their Facebook feed for the latest updates on ice conditions.
Stay at the Chesley’s Inn
The accommodation for our overnight stay was in the historic Chesley’s Inn, a beautiful Georgian house built in 1814. The house is one of Ontario’s oldest Inns and has hosted famous guest such as Charles Dickens! We were greeted by our gracious host Robert and his resident Scottie dog “Hamish.”
The decor of the Chesley’s Inn is a mix of antiques and modern art. Throughout Roberts travels he has collected many beautiful items and displays them proudly throughout his home. We stayed in The Governor’s Suite which was lined with hand made embroidered drapes, luxurious duvets, and furnished with beautiful antiques.
Staying at the Chesley’s Inn is perfect for a romantic getaway!
Feeling Fancy At Table 21
Sometimes, you just want to feel fancy. You want to grab your bae and treat them to some delicious wine and gourmet cheeses. A quick 4 min walk from the Chesley’s Inn was Table 21. This swanky steakhouse features fine steaks and fresh oysters. I can’t say enough about how good the food was. We shared the blue cheese sauce escargot and a charcuterie board featuring local cheeses from Glengarry Fine Cheese.
After a couple of glasses of
The next morning we had a lovely spread of local goodies prepared for us by Robert who also joined us for breakfast. We sat down together and had a gourmet-style breakfast featuring frittata and shared stories about travelling, history, and art. After breakfast, we were given a tour of some pieces that had caught my attention since the previous night. Robert showed me a Montreal graffiti piece from 1841 that he preserved during the renovations. I was drawn to one painting by Northern Alberta artist Jane Ash Poitras who is known for creating mixed-media collages. My partner loved so many pieces including the 3 piece tables from Syria and an antique piano. The Chesley Inn is like an open art gallery and you could easily spend the day going through all of Roberts art collections.
Exploring St Raphael’s Ruins
It seems like around every corner in Cornwall and SDG Counties there’s a historic gem waiting to be explored! We made our way out to Glengarry to the legendary St Raphael’s Ruins. Known as one of the first English-speaking Roman Catholic churches in Canada, St Raphael’s Ruins was a beautiful church that was built in 1821. In 1970, a fire destroyed the church but left the outer walls spared. Now the site is a photographers haven and has been used for weddings as well as concerts due to the acoustics. You can visit this beautiful ruin any time of the year. A heads up to explorers and photographers planning their shots, the gates are locked when the space is not booked for private/public events.
Enjoy A Taste Experience With Glengarry Fine Cheese
A short 8-minute drive away from St Raphael’s Ruins is Glengarry Fine Cheese. Over the years, Glengarry Fine Cheese has perfected their methods and expanded their offer from gouda, to creamy Celtic Blue and a creamy bloomy Figaro. We were given the opportunity to try some of the delectable selections of
Gallery Heist With Rush Hour Escapes
Our next stop was at Rush Hour Escapes for a challenging escape room. I have recently become such a fan of escape rooms that whenever I’m visiting a new city I love to check one out! In Gallery Heist, my partner and I play notorious art thieves trying to loot the Mona Lisa painting before getting caught.
The escape room has a 35% success rate, so you know you’re in for a challenge. The rooms were well thought out and challenging. Owner Colleen, was there to help us with clues and was a lot of fun from the moment we got there to the time we left. We failed to escape but we had a great time working together to find clues and solve puzzles. If you’re looking to try something new, try out an escape room. I guarantee after you do the first room, you’ll want to do more!
Know Before You Go:
Where: 52 Pitt Street, Cornwall, On
Cost: $24 per person
Additional Information: The game requires 2-8 players to
Mouthwatering Burgers at Truffles Burger Bar
To finish the incredible stay we have had in Cornwall, we headed over to Truffles Burger Bar (sister restaurant to Table 21.) I have been eyeing this burger joint ever since we featured it in our blog post: 11 Burger Spots You Must Put On Your Food Bucket List. Nothing beats an amazing burger and let me tell you, Truffles did not disappoint. Truffles mean business when it comes to making burgers and they don’t leave any idea left behind. They offer options you’d expect at a regular burger joint but they also have intriguing options such as rabbit, duck, llama, alligator, boar and more! There’s also the solid gold burger which features black truffles and gold dust. Good luck on deciding what to get!
I opted for the Hawaiian burger which was topped with ham, pineapple and melty cheese. For a side, I chose the rich gooey classic mac & cheese. Count me in when a restaurant offers mac & cheese as a side. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous than your typical burger, check out Truffles Burger Bar in Cornwall.
This concludes our trip to Cornwall and SDG Counties.