Fall In Love With Winter
Trust us, we know how great it is sitting indoors by the fire, watching Netflix, and peeking out the window to view the snow fall outside. But winter can be the most adventurous time of the year! This winter, I wanted to add skiing to my winter bucket list and naturally thought about visiting Batawa Ski Hill in the Bay of Quinte!
Right off the 401 highway is the Best Western hotel that we chose for our accommodations. There’s something nostalgic about hotels, the faint smell of chlorine in the hallway, crisp white sheets, and hotel breakfast are just some of the perks of staying in a hotel. The amenities offered for the room were a great value and the location was close to nearby restaurants and shopping. During our trip, we were welcomed with some freezing rain and snow so being close by to everything made our travels easier.
Our room came with a couch and coffee table, which is where we found a copy of the Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide. Visitor guides are the ultimate tool for trip planning, and I always find myself adding to the itinerary after flipping through one. The Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide recently won a Tourism Print Collateral Award from TIAO (Tourism Industry Association of Ontario) – basically the Ontario Tourism Oscars. It’s clear to see why! There’s also a digital copy you can find here. After gearing up for skiing we made our way to Batawa Ski Hill in Quinte West.
The Slopes Are Calling At Batawa Ski Hill
Confession – I have never been skiing but it has been on my list of things to do in the winter for quite some time.Batawa Ski Hill is a winter playground for people and families of any age to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. If you don’t own any gear, no worries.
After getting suited up, I was put through a course on the Bambi hill to see how comfortable I was before getting on the hills. My instructor was Judy who had an incredible amount of patience for teaching me the ropes before hitting the slopes. I thought it was very sweet of Judy to say that as long as people enjoy skiing then that’s the biggest reward for teaching. I sure did enjoy! We eventually made it to the top of the hill and took in the view of the Batawa resort before slowly making our way down the slopes while viewing the amazing scenery. Despite falling a few times, I had a great time and can’t wait to return!
It’s easy to make it a full day at Batawa Ski Hill due to their chalet and night skiing. You can get a hot lunch in the warm chalet when you need a break. After the sun sets, keep skiing under
An Unforgettable Dinner At Capers
In the heart of downtown Belleville lies an exceptional restaurant since 1999 called Capers. Before celebrating their recent 20th birthday, this charming restaurant has gone through some recent renovations that I like to call “contemporary rustic.” There is definitely a vibe when you’re dining at Capers. A cosy place with great decor and friendly service. The food was excellent, reasonably priced and was fitting to the atmosphere. Their amazing local wine and craft beer list made choosing what to drink the most difficult task for the evening. I decided to have a glass of Huff Estates Rosé where my partner made the obvious decision of trying Capers own Lager which is brewed by Dead Elephant.
For starters, we shared an apple and sage sausage board with Guinness braised Brussel sprouts. Apple and sausage naturally go well together. Add in some sage and you have the perfect taste tantaliser. We also split a roasted and toasted brussel sprout salad with crispy bacon, aged cheddar, potato hay and creamy charred shallot vinaigrette. Calling all brussels sprouts haters. Yes, you. You need to try this salad that will change the way you think about baby cabbages. These were basically magic brussels sprouts. For my main, I had the roasted chicken leg with a side of sweet potato rosti and white country gravy. A lighter take on southern comfort food. All around a delicious meal to finish our evening.
A Sweet Surprise At Glazed and Confused
The next morning, we decided to stop at Glazed and Confused, a dine in or take out dessert and breakfast place. Glazed and Confused is a must try if you have a sweet tooth. There is a huge display of doughnuts, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and brownies plus more! The variety of choices made it even harder to pick something. Think about all your favourite chocolate bars and now think about them made into cupcakes and brownies. Oh, decisions, decisions.
We ended up buying a unicorn milkshake, a cotton candy cupcake, a
Incredible Views At Sager Conservation Area
After feeling a little guilty after the dessert experience we just had, we drove out to Sager Conservation Area for a winter hike. Located near Quinte West, Sager offers an incredible view of the countryside from a 30 ft lookout tower. Get ready to stair climb though! After a short 1 km trail, 97 steps up a hill and 48 steps on the tower, you will see beautiful panoramic views of the countryside stretching into the Trent Valley. Be sure to read the on-site information to give you some context into the conservation area and what you’re looking at. This is the perfect day-time activity to go on if you’re in the mood for a little adventure. I can’t wait to return in the evening during May 24 or Canada Day to watch fireworks! Worth the climb any time of year.
Enjoy A Pint At Signal Brewery
Before heading back to Kingston, my partner and I stopped in the small community of Corbyville (10 minutes away from Belleville) for lunch at Signal Brewing Company. The historic Corbyville Distillery District that is now Signal, used to be a gristmill and the former home of Wiser Whiskey. Signal Brewing is set on the Moria River and offers some beautiful views from their patio in the summer. We treated ourselves to a couple of refreshing pints right by a window seat looking over the Moria River. For lunch, I had the potato, bacon, and cheddar soup and we shared a three beet roasted salad and a chicken BLT on