If your pockets are feeling a little light after the holidays, no worries, there are plenty of budget-friendly weekend getaways in South Eastern Ontario.
Bundle up in your warmest winter attire and plan a winter getaway in this cozy off-grid cabin.
Cabinscape is a fairly new Canadian-owned company that offers off-grid tiny cabin rentals in the woods! The Penner Cabin is one out of 4 cabins located in Sydenham, Ontario which is part of Frontenac County. The cabin is completely off-grid, solar powered, with a touch of rustic glam. Before my partner and I arrived, co-owners Lauren and John sent me detailed manual offering directions, things to do, and what to bring with us. It’s important to note that an off-grid trip switches up the regular routine that we have all grown to love and requires a little more work. The payoff of knowing that you have invested in a low-carbon, and eco-friendly getaway is truly rewarding though.
As my partner and I arrived at the cabin, we were amazed by all of the beauty that surrounded us in the woods. Our cabin was facing a lake that was just begging for us to return in the warmer seasons to go kayaking. Frontenac Outfitters Canoes and Kayak Centre is located close by on the main road, and not only do they offer kayaking but they also have campsites located nearby.
There’s a full kitchen which includes a stove, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and kettle. You can tell the owners put a lot of thought into making their guest feel at home during their stay. We had accommodations big enough for three people with a Queen-sized bed and a single bunk bed above. The Queen-sized bed folded up into a seating area that could fit 5 people comfortably. There’s an island bar which overflows to outside but is separated with a garage style window. The large deck, island bar, and lakeside view had us wanting to return with some friends in the summer to rent the cabin and the extra campsites nearby.
For now, though, our plan was to leave all of our work and personal responsibilities behind, hang out in nature, and enjoy each others company. Not only are getaways a fun thing to do with your loved one, but it’s one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and the relationship. We were able to spend quality time together without distractions and reflect, appreciate, and celebrate everything in our lives.
We kept ourselves busy throughout the day by embracing the outdoors and visiting Frontenac Park (a 2 min drive from the Penner Cabin) Frontenac Park is the largest provincial park in the region encompassing 22 lakes and 100 kilometres of breathtaking beauty! Some of the activities you can do are hiking, ice fishing, skiing and snowshoeing. If you don’t own snowshoes, rent a pair from the visitor centre and enjoy the 3 km Doe Lake Loop and the 1.5 km Arab Lake Gorge Loop. The hiking distances range from 30 minutes to over 3 hours so be prepared! A park prescription was something we were needing to shake up our routine.
In the evening, we created an artisan board full of local meats and cheeses picked up at General Brock’s Commissary in Kingston. As a Kingstonian, this has become my new favourite place and somewhere you don’t want to miss when you’re visiting the 613. The store recreates the look of visiting a commissary of the 1800s and the staff were so helpful with their recommendations and pairings. Some of the items I picked up were a Madawaska cheese from Back Forty, jalapeno blue cheese salami from Seed to Sausage, and smoked salmon from Brothers Quality Meats. The board turned out insta-worthy and as they say these days, the camera eats first.
Before you leave for your getaway, download a few Netflix movies on your iPad so at nighttime you can cozy up with your S.O and watch some movies! The perfect companion for a winter Netflix binge is Hot Chocolate. We made these tasty (boozy) Campfire S’mores Hot Chocolates that paired perfectly with our evening!
A winter getaway is nice to switch things up, leave all of your work and personal responsibilities behind and truly disconnect without breaking the bank! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful province, so why not take advantage of that?
Make the most of the winter paradise that is Ontario, and plan a quintessential Canadian experience to Frontenac County with Cabinscape.
Know Before You Go:
Where: Sydenham, Ontario (about a 3-hour drive from Toronto, 2-hours from Ottawa,and 30-minutes north of Kingston)
Cost: $129 weeknight, $139 per night on the weekend.
What to bring with you: One of the stacks of books currently towering over on your nightstand.
Additional tips: Be prepared for no cell phone service and no WiFi (aka freedom.) If necessary, cell phone service and WiFi can be accessed after a short 2 min walk to Frontenac Outfitters.