5 Glamping Getaways in Hastings County

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Let’s face it: camping is great, but we don’t all want to sleep on the ground or cook over an open fire. An actual bed with sheets would be welcome, as would four walls, or at least some strong canvas. Luckily, glamorous camping, a.k.a. glamping, has taken off across North America in recent years, including here in Hastings County. From a riverside yurt to an off-grid cabin in the woods, here are five spots to get your glamp on.

Four Seasons Getaway

The outside view of the glamping tent along Moira River through Four Seasons Getaways in Madoc, Ontario

Nestled along the peaceful Moira River just south of Madoc, this unique canvas structure has everything you need to comfortably get up close to the great outdoors: two double cloud beds (extra soft sheets, duck down feather mattresses, cool gel pillows, natural down duvet), hammock, outdoor kitchen, outdoor hot shower, fire pit, woodstove (in the fall and winter), dock, and paddle boats. The site can accommodate up to four people, and no doubt everyone will feel refreshed after falling asleep to the tickle of the river and experiencing a slower, quieter pace of life.


Forest Yurt

The inside of the Forest Yurt, featuring a bed, wood stove, chairs and sofa, located in Madoc, Ontario.

You’ll find this glamping yurt down a rocky path in a secluded, 20-acre forest property near the hamlet of Ivanhoe, where you can walk to the famous Ivanhoe Cheese Factory. Inside the cozy yurt is a queen bed, couch, woodstove, fully equipped kitchen, and half bath (a shower is available in the main house). Outside: a firepit, barbecue, patio area, and an herb garden — all surrounded by dense, old-growth forest. There is a large Amish and Mennonite community in the area, and so nearby there are plenty of farms and produce stands to buy fresh eggs, fruits, and vegetables.


Off-Grid Cabin

The inside view of the kitchen and living room with a wood stove, of the off-grid cabin on Airbnb in Maynooth, Ontario.

Five minutes west of the town of Maynooth sits this charming cottage with its own semi-private lake. Although it is completely off-grid, some of the comforts of home are delivered through a wood-burning fireplace, propane, solar power, and rainwater collection. There are two bedrooms here — one with a queen bed, the other with two singles — as well as a fully-stocked kitchen, bathroom with tub, outdoor shower with granite floors, sunroom, and a firepit area behind the cabin. Down by the lake, there is a walkout dock and floating dock, while the rest of the 28-acre property is lined with trails and paths to explore. 


Kings Mill Cider Yurts

The inside view of one of the tents at Kings Mill Cider in Stirling, Ontario, featuring a queen bed.

Margaret and Kees have been perfecting their hard ciders on their beautiful rural property north of Stirling for the past several years. Now, they’ve added three 400-square-foot glamping yurts to the mix so that everyone can stay and sample their award-winning craft brews. The simple warm-weather canvas yurts come with a queen bed, and the price includes a wood-fired pizza for dinner with a flight of five ciders. For breakfast, fresh-baked croissants with coffee or tea. Walk off all of that delicious next door at Kings Mill Conservation Area.


Ride the Wilderness Cabins

The outside view of a cabin on a field in the woods at Ride the Wilderness in Bancroft, Ontario.

Famous for their horseback riding, dogsled, and snowmobiling tours near Algonquin Park, the folks at Ride the Wilderness recently built a number of 10 by 10 cabins on their 130-acre property. Completely private and secluded in the woods, each simple pine cabin comes with a front porch, barbecue, furnishings, sleeping loft, and private outdoor toilet (remember to bring your sleeping bag and pillow). The property is about a half hour drive from Algonquin Park and five minutes from Maynooth, and there is a beautiful lake and swimming spot nearby.


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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)