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Have you tried the Couch Potato package?

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that involves relaxation, tranquillity, and all the comforts of home, the Couch Potato Package at Elmhirst’s Resort might just be the perfect option for you.

Located on the picturesque shores of Rice Lake in Ontario, Elmhirst’s Resort has been welcoming guests for over 70 years. With a variety of accommodation options, from cozy one-bedroom to larger 3 and 4-bedroom cottages, the resort caters to different needs and is open year-round. The Couch Potato Package is a short getaway designed for those who want to unwind and recharge without feeling guilty about not being active. It is available from September until May.

So, what exactly does the Couch Potato Package include? Here’s a rundown:

Accommodation: You will enjoy 2 nights in your own private waterfront cottage. You can choose from a range of cottage options, depending on your group size and preferences. All cottages come equipped with a full kitchen, living room, dining area, and outdoor space. They also have fireplaces, adding to the cozy vibe.

Meals: The package includes some meals, prepared by the resort’s culinary team. If you enjoy this package on a weekend, you will have breakfast and the famous all-you-can-eat roast beef dinner in The Pub on Saturday. On Sunday, after check-out, you will be treated to our Sunday Best menu in the Hearthside Dining Room. The menu features a variety of dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, and uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Weekday packages include breakfast and dinner from the Wild Blue Yonder Pub menu. Don’t forget, with a full kitchen, you can also enjoy meals and snacks in the privacy of your cottage.

Activities: The Couch Potato Package is all about doing as much or as little as you want. While there are plenty of activities to choose from, you’re under no obligation to participate in any of them. Some of the options include:

  • Spa treatments: Visit the Spa@Elmhirst’s- which uses organic and natural products- to indulge in a massage, facial, or body treatment.
  • Movies and popcorn: Borrow a DVD from the resort’s extensive collection and curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn.
  • Board games and puzzles: The resort has a selection of board games and puzzles for you to enjoy, either alone or with your companions.
  • Reading: Choose a book from the resort’s library or bring your own and lose yourself in a good story.
  • Napping: Yes, napping is an activity! With no pressure to be anywhere or do anything, you can catch up on your sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

If you do feel like venturing outside your cottage, there are plenty of options for exploring the resort and its surroundings. Here are some ideas:

  • Walks and hikes: The resort has several walking trails, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging hikes. You can also explore nearby conservation areas, the Trans Canada Trail, and provincial parks.
  • Swimming: Feel refreshed after a swim in our indoor pool. The pool area is bright and spacious, with large windows that offer a view of the boardwalk and lake. You can also take advantage of other features of the pool area, such as the hot tub and sauna.
  • Fishing: Rice Lake is known for its excellent fishing, with species such as bass, walleye, and perch. You can rent a boat or bring your own and spend the day on the water.
  • Shopping: If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, head to nearby towns such as Peterborough or Cobourg, which have a variety of shops and boutiques.
  • Museums and galleries: The region has a rich history and culture, and there are several museums and galleries that showcase it. Some options include the Canadian Canoe Museum, ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, and Lang Pioneer Village Museum.
  • Wine and cider tasting: Sign up for one of our wine-tasting sessions (when available) in our unique underground wine cellar to experience some of the best Ontario Wines as selected by the Elmhirst’s Resort team. The area is also home to several wineries and cideries, where you can sample local vintages and ciders. Some of the options include the Rolling Grape Vineyard, Rice Lake Hard Cider, and Black’s Distillery.

Whether you choose to be active or not, the Couch Potato Package at Elmhirst’s Resort is designed to help you slow down and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of your daily life while enjoying a true Canadian cottage experience.

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