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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lose Yourself at Blue Mountain Village #SummerAtBlue #NaturalHigh

Ontario is full of wonderful places to explore.  The Georgian Bay region is not new to me, I've visited those cool clean shores many times previously.  This time though, our family made the trip to Collingwood to visit the Blue Mountain resort community.   Many of us think of Blue Mountains as a winter wonderland destination (and it is), but summer fun is also calling!

Blue Mountain village
We live in Southwestern Ontario, where the landscape is generally pretty even.  So, as we drove into Grey County toward Blue Mountain, we immediately loved the terrain as it turned into rolling hills with gorgeous views.  It all culminated with our arrival at the resort,  on the other side of the mountain.   The views at Blue Mountain are breathtaking, no matter which way you gaze.  The atmosphere is welcoming to all.  We went as a family and the kids enjoyed adventure, yet, Blue Mountain is a perfect setting for a romantic couples retreat.

Over the last several years, Blue Mountain has transformed itself into a year round destination.  Central to our accommodations, we could see the down hill ski trails and lifts, which in the summer time are hiking and bike trails.  One of the ski lifts has been changed over to an open air gondola, running up the mountain, where you can view the most amazing outlooks. 

The view from our balcony.  Matthew loved seeing a  mountain bike come down the path
Blue Mountain village is full of shops to explore, restaurants to enjoy and attractions to keep you as busy as you want to be.

Some of the adventure activities for guests to enjoy are,  Cascade Putting Course, Mountaintop Segway Tours, Woodlot Low Ropes, and  Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster.  Opening soon is the all new Wind Ride Triple Zips.   In the center of the village is a lake where people can paddle boat or catch and release fish. 

My children absolutely loved the Ride Runner Mountain Coaster, in fact they waited in line to ride it a couple of times.  They checked out the Rope courses, but didn't feel confident enough to give them a try.  Instead, we visited Crock A Doodle Pottery, found within the village.

We were treated to some delicious meals while we were visiting.  We really enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the Firehouse Pizza Co., located right in the heart of Blue Mountain village.  Our second supper was at The Pottery Restaurant, which isn't in the village.  The resort provided a convenient shuttle bus to take us over and back. The Pottery Restaurant had a quiet low key atmosphere, which was welcome after a busy day.   

Pull up a Muskoka chair and enjoy the evening
In the midst of Blue Mountain is the village square.  It is a hub of activity.  The first night we were there, there was live entertainment, the second night they played a family-friendly movie starting at dusk. 

Any person, young or old can easily lose themselves at Blue Mountain Village.  There is so much to see and do - if you want to play and find adventure, there are lots of choices.  If relaxing is on your agenda, you've found the place.  The atmosphere and scenery is perfect for whatever you may chose.

Stay tuned, I have lots more to share about our trip to Blue Mountain, including a reveal of our wonderful hotel room at The Westin Trillium House,  and an outing to the Scenic Caves.

Disclaimer:  My family was provided with a complimentary trip to Blue Mountain.  All opinions expressed are those of the blog author. 


Sheri said...

It looks really beautiful there, and it obviously brings out the best in people...look at those two and their big smiles!

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Yes, Sheri! Emily and Matthew were EXTREMELY happy at Blue Mountain. Each and every picture they had their arms around each other and big smiles. A true #NaturalHigh, obviously.

Amber R said...

That looks beautiful! i think i will look into Blue Mountain for our next family trip. The pictures you posted are beautiful!

Positively Pampered Patty said...

This place looks so beautiful. I've never been and it's somewhere I've always wanted to go. I do have some beautiful Blue Mountain Pottery pieces that my mom left to me. So a little piece of the area. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

The Pottery Restaurant had some wonderful pieces of pottery on display, Patty. You would love it there.

Christine McN said...

So awesome! You may have just inspired our next family vacation spot :)

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Blue Mountain is very beautiful, Christine. Your little one would have a great time!

Lyne Proulx said...

I have never been to Blue Montains, but read good reviews. Wonderful scenery!

Aeryn Lynne said...

Oh how gorgeous! I've only gone to Blue Mountain during winter/snowy months... never realised how beautiful this place is all year round! Sounds like you guys had a fabulous time! :)

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

I've only been there in the summer - I would love to see Blue Mountain in the winter. I bet is is absolutely stunning.

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed CanadianMomEh said...

This looks fantastic. I've never visited Blue Mountain before despite living only an hour away for five years. Thanks for sharing.