Muskoka Cranberry Route: The Cranberry Capital of Ontario

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A fun-filled (and attractive) path impressed by Muskoka’s love for cranberries!

This fall the annual Muskoka Cranberry Route is again for one more season! Join us at greater than 30 stops throughout Muskoka, providing you with the chance to get pleasure from cranberries in a plethora of various methods.

Bala is the cranberry capital of Ontario and has been internet hosting one of many largest cranberry celebrations, the Bala Cranberry Festival for the final 30+ years.  This 12 months the competition is on October 13- 15, 2023. This cranberry capital can be residence to the oldest cranberry farm in Ontario, and the one cranberry farm on the planet with its personal on-site vineyard!

The cranberry love doesn’t cease in Bala; in actual fact Muskoka has lengthy been loopy for cranberries! Across the area gifted cooks, bakers, creators and brewers have been incorporating native cranberries into their craft for years. The Muskoka Cranberry Route pulls this assortment collectively to showcase native meals, expertise and culinary creativity.

Tour the cranberry marsh, sip cranberry craft beer and cider, take pleasure in cranberry baked items, style cranberry impressed delicacies, and a lot extra! Your cranberry journey will take you down a few of Muskoka’s most historic fundamental streets, scenic again roads and alongside iconic lake facet views.

Plan your #CRANROUTE culinary journey at the moment. This is one crantastic expertise you gained’t need to miss!

Visit the Cranberry Marsh

It is just pure to start out the Muskoka Cranberry Route culinary journey with a go to to Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery. Here, you may achieve a real appreciation and understanding of how versatile cranberries actually are earlier than journeying on to the subsequent stops.

  • Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour, an expertise so particular it has been designated a Canadian Signature Experience. This one-of-a-kind expertise features a tour of the farm adopted by a guided wine tasting of their scrumptious wines. The Bog to Bottle tour runs all 12 months and, throughout the fall harvest, the tour is a guided wagon trip across the South Marsh.
  • Take the Cranberry Plunge, considered one of Muskoka’s most fun fall experiences. Don a pair of hip waders and enterprise into the cranberries for that iconic candid photograph of raining cranberries that may absolutely brighten up any photograph album or Instagram feed! There have even been marriage proposals within the berries (they mentioned sure)!

  • Shop the Cranberry Store for some superb goodies to take residence like contemporary cranberries, wines, Mrs. J’s well-known preserves, cranberry honey, cranberry teas and a lot extra cranberry impressed delicacies. A must-take-home deal with is considered one of their Cranberry Ciders or Cranberry Splash Wine Spritzers!

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Dining & Culinary

Muskoka is residence to many hidden culinary gems and deemed a worthy foodie vacation spot by meals lovers. With exceptionally gifted cooks dedicated to contemporary, native elements (like Bala cranberries), it’s no marvel Muskoka is beginning to achieve a repute for implausible meals!

Discover the superb tastes of cranberry-inspired delicacies at these nice eateries and eating places:

Bala Bay Takeaway: Experience a number of cranberry merchandise on the menu, which can be found 12 months spherical and some that accessible seasonally. Items embody Cranberry Chicken Clubhouse Wrap, Halibut & Chips with Cranberry Tartar Sauce, Cranberry BBQ Chicken Wings, Cranberry BBQ Pizza and Cranberry BBQ Chicken Breast on a Ciabatta. Pair any considered one of these cranberry cuisines with an assortment of scrumptious cranberry drinks!

Affogato Café + Gelato: This 12 months on the Cranberry Route, Affogato Café + Gelato are making a cranberry gelato accompanied by different crantastic menu gadgets. This is a must-try cranberry deal with!

BeaverTails Huntsville: After procuring downtown, cease in to BeaverTails for a cranberry deal with! Enjoy their mEHple Cranberry Tail and Cranberry Poutine! The mEhple Cranberry Trail is made with a Maple Flavoured Spread, Maple Sugar Crunch and icing sugar, topped with Cranberry Sauce. The Cranberry Poutine is made with French fries, actual Quebec cheese curds and gravy, topped with Cranberry Sauce!

Huntsville Brewhouse: On the Cranberry Route Huntsville Brewhouse is serving up a specialty cranberry dish and drink. On the menu is the Cranberry Turkey Burger created from contemporary seasoned Ontario turkey with Bala cranberry mayo, brie cheese, and crispy onions on a pretzel bun. Their particular beverage is the Cranberry Trail made with Sparkhouse Ale and cranberry juice!

The Blue Willow Tea Shop: Feed your senses at The Blue Willow Tea Shop by having fun with a cup of tea or a savory meal whereas overlooking the attractive Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. Offering a Fall Harvest High Tea with Cranberry Apple Tea, Cranberry Apple Scones, Cranberry Turkey Sandwich and a Grilled Cranberry Brie Sandwich.

Cast Iron Restaurant: An area spot that places a up to date spin on pub fare meals…all made in-house, contemporary and with ardour! During the Cranberry Route they’re providing up the Cast Iron Red Cranberry Sangria.

Bracebridge Barrelhouse: On the Cranberry Route cease by for a chew and a bevvie, and you should definitely attempt their cranberry menu gadgets. The in home smoked turkey breast sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise, brie, prosciutto, lettuce, tomato on a toasted ciabatta bun is a must-try! Wash that down with the Cranberry Trail specialty drink made with Sparkhouse Ale and cranberry juice!

Tall Trees: On the Cranberry Route indulge of their breaded 10oz pork chop with cranberry, lemon and thyme chutney, served over roasted fingerling potatoes, and seasonal greens.

Hotels/Resorts Dining Options

Check out the gathering of resorts and resorts providing specialty foods and drinks for cranberry season. Available for in a single day company or public entry. Reservations really helpful.

Deerhurst Resort: The Compass Grill & Lounge is serving up a whole menu’s price of delish and decadent cranberry dishes! With options like The Crispy Duck Drumettes with a Bala cranberry discount sauce, Butternut Squash Ravioli with pickled cranberries, Pumpkin Crème Brûlée with a cranberry chutney and far more on the menu! There aren’t any reservations wanted right here.

Touchstone Grill: Touchstone Grill is serving up a wide range of cranberry impressed gadgets on their menu, together with the Grand Muskokan Martini in addition to the well-known Touchstone Salad. Create reminiscences on the one-of-a-kind Touchstone Grill and awaken your senses by way of sight, scent and style!

Taboo Muskoka: Dine on the Boathouse Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Boathouse Restaurant overlooks stunning Lake Muskoka and provides ample seating for Muskoka residents, resort company and cottagers! Come get pleasure from a scrumptious cranberry impressed breakfast for 2 whenever you guide throughout the Cranberry Route!

Inn on the Falls: Basilico, an Italian restaurant and outside patio, overlooks the Muskoka River and is situated proper at Inn on the Falls. Enjoy the signature cranberry dish: Baked Brie.

Muskoka Bay Resort: At Cliffside Restaurant & Terrace During the Cranberry Route Muskoka Bay Resort is serving up particular cocktails in celebration of this little berry, together with a Cranberry Margarita and Cranberry Breeze. Pair these drinks with their Cranberry Butternut Squash Risotto for the complete cranberry expertise!

Sherwood Inn: Located simply 8 minutes away from Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, soak within the cranberry festivities throughout the day and return to Sherwood Inn for a meal from their acclaimed restaurant; that includes a Cranberry Baked Brie!

Local Craft

Crack a pint, cease in for samples and uncover nice native craft breweries. Be positive to deliver some craft pints residence to get pleasure from all through the harvest, taking a little bit of Muskoka residence with you!

Try these scrumptious cranberry-inspired craft brews:

Clear Lake Brewing Company: Find this native brewery downtown Torrance, simply off of Southwood highway. The Cranberry Radler is a refreshing beverage made with Muskoka cranberry juice. Pair the Cranberry Radler with any one of many scrumptious cranberry featured menu gadgets!

Canvas Brewing: Canvas Brewing Company is Huntsville’s hometown craft brewery, born out of a love for the native panorama and a ardour for contemporary, well-made craft beer. En route throughout the cranberry harvest season cease in for a thirst quenching cranberry impressed cocktail in addition to a cranberry infused beer.

Sawdust City Brewing: Sawdust City Brewing is Gravenhurst’s go-to craft, native brewery with a scrumptious menu. During the Cranberry Route, cease in and revel in their cranberry beer in addition to the cranberry impressed menu choices.

Muskoka Brewery: The Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout is wealthy and durable with roasted darkish chocolate malts, actual cocoa, 70% darkish chocolate, and freshly harvested native cranberries.

Lake of Bays Brewing Co.: Visit the brewery in Baysville to attempt their particular beverage: the Cranberry Trail made with Sparkhouse Ale and cranberry juice!

Cranned Goods

Visit these route stops and produce the cranberry harvest residence with you to get pleasure from 12 months spherical!

Bala Freshmart: Don’t neglect to choose up a few of their well-known pure pork Cranberry Sausages, the right hearty fall BBQ headliner. The candy and savoury mixture is a match made in heaven. Pair with fresh-baked buns for a scrumptious cranberry dinner you may get pleasure from from the consolation of your individual residence. Available contemporary or frozen.

Muskoka Olive Oil Co. / North Country Fudge: Muskoka Olive Oil Co. is providing up a novel spin on olive oil: a Cranberry Pear Olive Oil! As effectively, they are going to be making a tasty Cranberry Fudge, excellent to get pleasure from there or take residence. They additionally carry cranberry jams, cranberry blended nuts and a lot extra.

Field of Greens & Torrance General: Field of Greens is serving up an assortment of cranberry treats! From assorted baked items that includes cranberries – cookies, loaves, squares, pies, tarts – to peameal on a bun with native cranberry mayo and extra. They will even offer a wide range of packaged cranberry merchandise from Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh. There will even be scrumptious fall themed lattes and low drinks to remain cozy!

Unique Muskoka: Situation downtown Bracebridge, go to Unique Muskoka for particular cranberry choices like Yummies in a Jar cranberry jam.

Rich Hill Candles: Take residence the fragrant scents of harvest season with cranberry impressed candles. Choose from a wide range of codecs that may match any decor type. Every time you gentle this cranberry candle, it can deliver up the fond reminiscences of Muskoka’s Cranberry Route.

Henrietta’s Pine Bakery: Visit this household owned and operated bakery as you make your method by way of the Cranberry Route and indulge of their scrumptious cranberry-inspired baked items!

Soapstones Natural Skincare: A Canadian-based pure skincare firm situated in Huntsville. TO rejoice this little berry, they’ve come out with a full line of Muskoka Cranberry skincare merchandise!

The Shipyards: On the Cranberry Route, The Wheelhouse inside The Shipyards might be providing Starbucks Coffee and particular bundle of scrumptious do-it-yourself Cranberry Tarts. The 30+ artists and distributors will showcase their cranberry merchandise together with: Cranberry jams, chutneys, sauces, candles, home wares and extra!

Experiences

Muskoka BeerSpa: Spa day visits or and in a single day lodging accessible.  Introducing the two Beer Cranberry Pedicure! While spending your day at this quintessential Canadian spa, benefit from the alternative to buy a pint and settle in for a cranberry infused foot soak, scrub and therapeutic massage. Seriously. Two beers, one to your toes, one to your face and each with cranberries if you want! Be positive to test the web site for extra nice Cranberry season provides! Overnight packages accessible.

Muskoka Wake – Wander and Waves Coffee Co.: Located proper exterior Muskoka’s premier water sports activities faculty, Wander & Waves is Muskoka Lakes specialty espresso trailer serving up contemporary, domestically roasted coffees, snacks + extra. From iced, made-with-love lattes to seize and go drink picks, Wander & Wake have a bit of one thing for everybody. For Cranberry season they’re providing a particular, domestically supply Cranberry Tea.

Jack & Stella: The excellent place to stop-in and revel in all it has to supply, particularly throughout the Cranberry Route. The cafe might be serving up a particular Cranberry Loaf, Stella’s Lounge could have cranberry impressed cocktails, and Georgie’s Li’l Doughnuts will delight you with cranberry flavoured doughnuts. Visit them over the Cranberry Festival weekend on October 15 for a mini market, the place you’ll discover  handmade items created by native artisans and small enterprise, in addition to stay music dockside within the afternoon.

Overnight Packages

Muskoka is sensible throughout the fall season, and a Muskoka Cranberry Route culinary journey is the right excuse for a fall getaway. Stay at considered one of these nice Muskoka Cranberry Route lodging companions:

  • Muskoka BeerSpa: (Torrance) Spend the evening in reimagined glamping cabins full with in room draught faucets, complimentary junk meals, delivered morning pastries and extra. In celebration of the cranberry harvest, attempt the brand new 2 Beer Cranberry Pedicure!
  • Residence Inn by Marriott: (Gravenhurst) A good looking lakeside view of Lake Muskoka proper from the Gravenhurst Wharf that the entire household will get pleasure from. The Residence Inn is able to welcome you with a cranberry impressed bundle in addition to cranberry choices throughout breakfast.
  • Club Muskoka: (Between Gravenhurst and Bala) Stay for 2 nights from Sept.19 – Oct.16 and obtain a free cranberry themed snack pack valued at $30. Ready and ready to be loved upon your arrival. Book at the moment at reservations@clubmuskoka.ca
  • Muskoka Bay Resort: (Gravenhurst) Along with their cranberry impressed menu gadgets, Muskoka Bay Resort is providing a Cranberry Getaway Package.
  • Taboo Muskoka: (Gravenhurst) Book the Bala Cranberry Tour Bed & Breakfast Package which features a one evening lodging within the Premier Lakeview Rooms, a bottle of Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Wine, breakfast for 2 within the Boathouse Restaurant. This bundle begins at $214 per particular person.
  • Inn on the Falls(Bracebridge) Inn on the Falls is providing 10% off your keep whenever you spend 2 or extra nights or 8% off whenever you spend 1 evening. Be positive to take a look at their restaurant for some scrumptious eats and superb views!
  • Jayne’s Cottages: (Across Muskoka) Jayne will assist you choose a Luxury Muskoka Cottage Rental to satisfy your wants. Also rely on Jayne’s concierge providers to assist with trip planning. Book your keep throughout the Cranberry Route interval and revel in a Cranberry basket upon arrival together with native cranberry treats.
  • JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa: (Minett) Stop by the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka to see how they’re celebrating cranberries this season throughout the Cranberry Route!
  • Sherwood Inn: (Port Carling) Located simply exterior of Port Carling, in a single day company can get pleasure from a particular cranberry dessert made specifically by the Chef.
  • Christie’s Mill Inn and Spa: (Port Severn) Get away from the on a regular basis on the image excellent lakefront Christie’s Mill Inn & Spa. Unwind in your snug and tastefully adorned visitor room, and take a second to place your toes up by the fireside or in your patio overlooking the lake or gardens.
  • Jypsy Inn: (Bracebridge) This boutique inn/resort in Muskoka has seven themed suites and is ideal for a romantic {couples} getaway are a weekend away with associates. Cranberry bundle contains cranberry loaf and Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery wine upon arrival.
  • The Dudley Inn: (Bala) Beautiful, model new renovation! Contemporary boutique hideaway outfitted with 6 quiet, clear suites. Located minutes from Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery with a bottle of the native wine included together with your in a single day keep.

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