Our Tiny Home Experience
This Christmas was really special, as Conn and I ventured to a lovable tiny home in the woods located about 20 mins outside of Collingwood, Ontario, and the popular Blue Mountains ski resort. I was so excited for my first stay in a tiny home as I have been a huge fan of the many shows and youtube videos featuring the exciting movement towards simple living with less environmental footprint. I love our camper, which is our summer tiny home, so it was very exciting to be able to stay in something similar over the winter.
We checked in to the Tiny home on Christmas day after coming down from Muskoka with the family. When we arrived, we were so impressed with how remote we felt on this picturesque forest lot. The tiny home had so many windows and wood finishing throughout, it gave a really modern cabin feel. There were two comfy seating chairs, a two-seater table complete with two seating stools. The kitchen was really large for a tiny home, complete with a full sink, they use a system similar to our setup in the camper. They use a water jug over the sink which drains into a grey water tank, they also had a two-burner stovetop and a full-sized fridge, which I thought was amazing. They left us cider from a local cidery Ardiel Cider House, they were so delicious, we, unfortunately, did not get to visit the cidery but they do have a few breweries, cideries, and wineries in the area. This tiny home is great for those who are looking to unplug, as there is no power, not the best cell reception and an outhouse. So a sort of winter glamping experience.
We had dinner on Christmas Day in the Blue Mountain village at Twist Kitchen, Conn had the burger and I had the chicken fried rice, both were delicious! Twist had great service and the restaurant was beautiful. I love how Christmasy and cozy the Village is, there are loads of shops and food, as well as skiing and snowboarding. What we didn’t prepare for was that Christmas eve is apparently the second busiest day of the year for the village! So be prepared for crowds, as this place always seems to be busy to me. They also have a light display and other winter activities you can check out more here.
On our second day, we headed into the town of Collingwood. This historic town boasts a charming downtown that also gives it a Christmas feel with its old-world charm. There are so many amazingly decorated shops, that include cafes, art galleries, and restaurants. We made a point to visit Canadas first Caesar bar, 1858 Caesar Bar. As you all know I am a HUGE fan of caesars so I was so excited to visit what I believe to be heaven on earth. This bar exclusively makes Cesars and I, of course, had to get the surf & turf Cesar which included a lobster tail, steak, shrimp and more! It was so delicious, we also got the jerk chicken Ceasar, which included chicken and pineapple. Needless to say, we were impressed and would highly recommend this treat if you’re a Cesar lover!
My top spots to check out in Collingwood:
- Coffee: Expresso Post
- Breaky: The Old Red Hen
- Food: Crow Bar & Variety
- Shopping: ,Leukbijhermas, Awear, homme/femme, Coriander
We also made a visit to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. This spa offers relaxation in a picturesque location, overlooking the forest and it looks beyond beautiful in the snow. The Scandinavian Baths are a form of hydrotherapy, that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. Scandinav baths may benefit the body by stimulating blood circulation, cleansing the body and releasing endorphins. So... the whole process of getting into the spa… not that relaxing. We arrived in the morning, around 8 am think we would be the only people there, seeing as the spa opens at 9. Boy were we WRONG! So you have to wait in a line to put your name on the list for spa access, luckily for us, it was a very small line, only about 15 minutes in the cold. We got our name on a waitlist and had to wait about an hour before we could check-in. Then once inside you can pay and head into the changing area.
It’s not a cheap visit coming in at $65 per person plus $15 per person for robe rental, just to access for the day, we tried to book a treatment which includes access to the baths but they were sold out weeks in advance. The changing area is really lovely, really clean, and full of amenities including water fountains, makeup areas, showers with soaps, etc., and body lotion.
As far as the baths go, they were okay. I can see why they have check-in times and lines to control how many people are in at one time. I was really impressed that they didn’t ram jam the place to make a quick buck but they did a great job with the number of people.
They have six baths three hot and three cold, all at varying levels each warmer than the other. They also had two saunas and one steam room.
I didn’t go into a cold pool but I did check out all three of the hot baths and the two saunas. I love hot tubs so this was really enjoyable or me. They also had heated waterfalls that went from one pool into the other. It is really beautiful, but overall I don’t think it was worth it to get the day pass alone, I would opt for a treatment if I returned.
Things you should know:
- You can bring your own robe if not you can rent one for $15
- Bring a water bottle!! So necessary I didn’t
- Bring flip flops the ground is so cold!!
- Towels are included so no worries
- Its a cell phone free place and they do enforce this, and it is also a quiet space so I don’t believe it is kiddo friendly.
All in all, we had a fantastic stay in the tiny home, playing cards and chatting by the candlelight, getting in loads of cuddles and watching movies on the iPad snuggled up in the cozy tiny living room. Such a relaxing and romantic stay, like being in a tiny cabin in the woods, we both really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, we did not have a fire but you can if you bring your own wood. The outhouse was actually okay! It takes some getting used to though. I would highly recommend staying with this host especially if you’re into the tiny house movement. I think staying for a week would give you a great idea if you are considering this kind of lifestyle full time! I also think that this place would be absolutely beautiful in the fall. So when considering your next local get way check out Giving Tree Hospitality, thank you so much to Stroud for sharing your tiny home with us and for hosting us! To watch what we got up to, head over to my IGTV @hamiltonhippie
I’m always looking for unique local travel ideas, so if you have any drop them in the comments!
Until next time
Peace and love