Winter getaway in Gravenhurst

Where do you go to enjoy winter for a weekend? I took my family to Gravenhurst and it was like stepping into a winter wonderland.

Friday night we arrived at the Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf, and it was snowing, and absolutely wonderful. Toronto has been short on snow this year, so it was perfect arriving in the middle of the snow, and the hotel looked like a dream right on a little inlet of Lake Muskoka.

Our room even looks out over the ice, and we’ve been enjoying the views, the winter weather, and the change of pace.

We’re headed on to Arrowhead Provincial Park tomorrow for our first trip there, and we’ll be skating the trail, but there’s a lot to love about Gravenhurst, and I’m really glad I made time to explore here first.

I’ll be writing up some of my favourite places and things to do in Gravenhurst in the winter, but it’s a great place to come snowmobiling, and the Residence Inn has been a fantastic home base while we’ve been here. The rooms are cozy, there’s a pool, and the free breakfast is actually really, really good. I’d actually like to come back some time, especially since it’s been a long, long time since I’ve been on a snowmobile.

Beer flight at Sawdust City Brewing
Beer flight at Sawdust City Brewing

One other huge highlight though was Sawdust City Brewing and their bar, store, and brewery on Muskoka Road. Their bar has 18 of their amazing brews on tap, plus you can buy cans and bottles in the store, and they also have food and nibbles. I can’t say enough about their beer–it’s delicious, balanced, and creative, so I also picked some up to bring home. They’re even planning 52 new beer releases this year–one for every week.

Stay tuned for my full stories from Gravenhurst and our skating trip to Arrowhead.

Featured photo shot with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.

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