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Give the Gift of Experience this Holiday Season  

As we enter the 10 days to Christmas countdown, who needs some last-minute gift-giving inspiration?  This year, fill your loved ones’ stockings with the opportunity to make memories and do something special in Hastings County. From a back country camping trip to season pass theatre tickets, there is sure to be an experience for everyone …

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Hastings County: Your dream fall wedding destination

You might think that June, July, or August is the most popular month to get married in Canada. But it’s actually September, and October isn’t far behind. It makes sense. Autumn’s just right temperatures and fall foliage provide the picture-perfect backdrop for a wedding to remember. And here in Hastings County, where those colours are part of what puts us on the map, some wedding venue operators say they’re often busiest in the fall. In other words, book early if you’re looking to tie the knot in September or October here. If you need some help choosing, keep reading. From a modern barn on over 15 acres to a new event centre at a race track, these five venues are ideal for a fall wedding in Hastings County.

Soak up the sun: 12 patios to check out in Hastings County

The days are long, the nights are warm, and the mosquitoes are finally getting less annoying. It’s patio time. Whether you’re looking for river views, a more urban oasis, or craft beers under the stars, Hastings County has you covered. From north to south, here are a dozen of the best patios in the area. …

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Stirling’s Rocky Horror Night Out!

Like most of us these days you’re probably getting tired of being cooped up at home, eating the same things for dinner and binging an entire season of the newest show in one weekend. If you are anything like us you are looking for something different and fun to do with your partner or a good group of friends. So how do you break the boring routine? It’s easy! First head to Stirling then “it’s just a step to the left and a jump to the right…”

Hikes and hops: Where to pair nature treks and craft beers in Hastings County

Is there anything more refreshing than a crisp, cold beer after a healthy hike? Lucky for us, Hastings County has plenty of craft breweries just down the road from stunning nature trails. From Stirling to Madoc to Bancroft, here are some of the top spots to pair a walk in the woods with a post-hike …

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12 Events to Hit in Hastings County this Summer

Finally, life feels like it’s returning to normal. We don’t have to wonder if the Rockhound Gemboree will actually happen or if we should bother getting out our boots for the Tweed Stampede. Yes, events are definitely back across Hastings County this summer. And to help you get ready, we’ve put together this guide to 12 events you’ll want to put on your calendar. From Canada Day festivities to music festivals to Marmora’s 200th birthday — it’s time to get back out there.

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Sweet Talk: Hastings County Sugar Bushes are Fun Places to Visit

It’s that sweet time of the year! Local maple syrup producers have been prepping for weeks, and now, the sap is running. Hitting the sugar bush is the first harbinger of spring, and after a long, cold, COVID winter, it’s a lot of fun to visit a local ‘sugar shack’, take in an Ontario Maple …

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Family Day 2022: Why Not Try Something New?

We’ve been celebrating Family Day in Ontario for 14 years now. It’s a day to experience whole family activities and have some fun amid warming February temperatures. This year, given the recent loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, we can eat in or get take-out at local restaurants, take in a movie, or simply get outside and …

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B&B Autumn Staycations

Autumn may just be the best season for a bed and breakfast staycation, especially here in Hastings County. From Maynooth to Deseronto, you’ll find cozy abodes perched on rural hillsides, hidden in forested valleys and tucked off side streets in sleepy towns. All of them come with views of vibrant fall colours right outside your window and smells of hot coffee and a warm breakfast just outside your door. Here are seven bed-and-breakfast options to get your autumn on across Hastings County. 

Countdown to Thanksgiving: A Guide to Planning the Meal and Keeping it Local

It’s hard to believe that fall is here, and that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In Hastings County, there’s a lot to be thankful for and this year you can support local farmers, businesses, and artisans with a bit of pre-planning. As always, locally sourced items are abundant in the area. What better time than Thanksgiving to ty locally grown meats, veggies, desserts, beverages, and artisanal décor?  

A Health and Wellness Staycation at Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing

Coming here was a dream for us; our stay included all meals, morning yoga, evening workshops/seminars, afternoon snack and elixir, a guided tour of the grounds including a hike to their Crystal Crop, huge yoga/sun deck with lounge chairs, Muskoka chairs, swim raft, camp fire, unlimited use of: the thermal circuit (sauna, 98 degree thermal tub, 104 degree thermal tub, old plunge tub, Nordik shower bucket), canoe, paddleboat and SUP equipment, Sacred Labyrinth, Medicine Wheel, Prayer Tree, Volcanic Ash Healing Bed, and Trail of Dreams/hiking.

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Culinary Tourism Alliance Launches Unique Recovery Program Promoting Hyperlocal Travel as Ontario Prepares to Welcome Back Visitors

The Great Taste of Ontario will help rebuild capacity in the food, tourism and hospitality sectors, while connecting Ontario residents with regions and experiences that are ready to safely receive them. Recovery Program to help Ontario’s culinary tourism and hospitality sectors build back better from the pandemic. Initiative involves +90 partners, including Destination Marketing Organizations …

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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.

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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.)