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June: What’s Happening

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With the weather getting warmer and everything starting to bloom, we love this time of year. We’ve got lots going on at the resort! Here are just a few of the fun things we’ve got planned to help you get out there and enjoy the weather:

That’s amore: Pizza in the Garden is back! Bring the whole family out to enjoy our garden-to-table fare with fresh, house-made pizza right from our wood-burning oven. From 11-3 on weekends, just sit back and relax, enjoy the scenery and a delicious pizza experience like no other…

Jazz hands: You’re in for a treat on Saturday, June 4th at 8pm, we’re participating in the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. Join us for the smooth sounds of the Oh Chays on our patio by the pool. There’s no cover charge – reserve your spot today!

Dear Dad: Father’s Day is around the corner, and we’ve got just what your dad needs! Spoil your greatest supporter with our Stay and Play package. Along with his accommodation, the package includes one round of golf and full breakfast buffet. What a way to treat your dad!

Looking for more events happening at the resort? Please visit our website at www.hockley.com.

Farm to Table: How To Get It Right

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Farm to table is a movement that’s been growing in recent years, from restaurants to grocery stores to your dining room table. Many of us are prioritizing what our families put in their mouths and learning what it means to be more conscious about where our food comes from. So how do you put a farm-to-table philosophy into practice? Here are our suggestions on how to get started:

1. Home Grown. One of the best ways to know where your produce comes from is to grow it yourself! If you’re not a natural green thumb, not to worry, there are tons of home gardening books and blogs for your reference. You don’t need a lot of space, either; build a raised garden, grow herbs in your kitchen or plant a fruit tree – a little goes a long way.

2. ‘Tis the Season. When buying your produce, try to shop mostly in season. This decreases the chance of an early pick, a long trip and chemicals to keep it fresh longer than is natural – not to mention a smaller carbon footprint. This is a great way to feed your family fresher produce, as well as offering a seasonal variety you might not otherwise try.

3. Get Local. Support farmers and vendors by staying local – not only does this maximize freshness, but getting your meat and produce from a farmer’s market means that you can talk to the growers themselves. Find out their philosophy, get an education on the process and help your local economy. Everybody wins!

Want to ease in slowly? How about receiving organic boxed produce right to your door on a weekly basis? Lots of companies are now offering this service, check your local listings for a company near you!

Are you drooling at the thought of fresh, gourmet meals? Visit us in cabin! For more information, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/eat/#cabin

Wedding Favours: The DIY Approach

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Wedding themes come and go, but it looks like the rustic, homemade feel is here to stay. Along with burlap, lace and mason jars, giving out unique wedding favours can be a creative DIY way to keep with your theme.

“Couples are often going for a rustic or country feel to their big day, and homemade – not to mention useful – wedding favours often fit the bill, showing their guests that they really wanted to add that personal touch themselves,” says to Christine Lawson, our Wedding and Social Sales Manager. Add a personalized tag with your names, your wedding date and a special message to impress your guests.

Here are just a few ideas that can really add that personal touch to your big day:

It’s sweet of you to come. A mini jar of homemade jam, s’mores kit, cookies or even cake – all relatively simple, all definitely delicious!

Love’s brewing. Almost everybody drinks either coffee or tea, so a little bundle, bag or box is sure to be appreciated, remembered and enjoyed.

Grown with love. Tree seedlings, seeds to plant or even succulents for a spring or summer wedding make a lovely addition to your guests’ gardens, as well as an eco-friendly choice.

Local Love. Jars of local honey (or anything local) can be a great way to introduce your guests to one of your favourites, while helping out a local vendor or farmer.

Thanks for making the trip. For a destination wedding, custom luggage tags, personalized flip flops or a local delicacy are all fun ideas to thank your guests for their effort and expense.

Guests just love that personal touch, so consider getting crafty for your big day! You might find it’s a little friendlier on your budget too…  Looking for more wedding day info from our experts? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/?s=wedding

Photo florals by Seasons Floral Studio 

Cabin’s Dry Rub Recipe

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The season for barcebues and patios has arrived! Looking for a new recipe? Give this dry rub a try, it’s straight from our cabin kitchen:

3 Parts Chile Powder
3 Parts Dried Basil
3 Parts Dried Thyme
2 Parts Dried Oregano
2 Parts Cayenne
2 Parts Paprika
2 Parts Cumin
.5 Parts Garlic Powder
.5 Parts Mustard Powder
.5 Parts Celery Salt
.5 Parts White Pepper
1 Part Brown Sugar

Looking for more recipes from our kitchen? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/?s=recipe

Organic Gardening: Getting Started

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So you’ve decided that you want to start an organic garden… Now what? Well, the old saying “measure twice, cut once” is the way to go. Give it some thought, make a plan, and consider these tips before you really dig in:

Stake it out
You want to be able to physically see where your garden will be. Consider how much room you might need (depending on what you are planning on growing), how much light that area gets, and whether you have room to expand in the years to come, if you need to.

Build it
Decide whether you are going to dig a “garden-variety,” build a raised bed or plant in pots. If you are using a large area, be sure to include a walkway of some sort so that you can get to all areas when harvesting or weeding. Organic gardens come in all shapes and sizes – even if you only have a little space, with careful planning and planting, you can still get a great yield!

Planting
Here comes the fun part! Once you have put your organic soil down, it’s time to plant… You can grow from seed or plants, but if you are using plants, be sure that they have been organically grown, or you may be introducing chemicals into your organic space. Once you’ve planted, give your garden a good watering and add mulch or compost, which will increase moisture absorption and decrease weed growth. Label your rows, too, so you don’t have to guess what’s sprouting! (A quick, hard-learned hint: use weather-proof materials for labeling or it will be a guessing game at harvest time!)

A few last tips for getting started:
- Choose to plant what your family likes to eat
- Make friends with your neighbours so you can trade at harvest time
- Stagger your planting to have a harvest throughout the season

Organic gardening is important to us too! Our 4-acre organic garden is a testament to our farm-to-table philosophy, providing 80% of all menu ingredients (offering house-made pickles and preserves in the winter). Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at cabin, Babbo or 85 today! www.hockley.com

April: What’s Happening

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Spring has sprung! Get ready to enjoy spring flowers, warmer weather, and all the fun we’ve got planned at the resort… From girls’ get-togethers to tons of laughs to the return of golf season, here’s a look at some of the events we’ve got scheduled for April:

Fashion For a Good Cause: It’s our 4th annual charity fashion show! Start the evening with a champagne cocktail and silent auction, followed by a delicious 3-course meal and fabulous spring fashions… Grab your girlfriends and get ready for a fun night out, with proceeds benefiting Bethell Hospice Foundation! For tickets, please visit us here: https://shop.hockley.com/special-event-passes/2nd-annual-charity-spring-fashion-show

A Laugh A Minute: Looking for laughs? It’s comedy at its finest – Yuk Yuk’s is back on April 30th for a night of hilarious comedy! Enjoy the opening act, headliner and delicious sit-down dinner – and don’t forget to ask about our special package rates… Hurry, this event is a guest favourite and it sells out quickly! To purchase tickets online, please visit us here: https://shop.hockley.com/special-event-passes

Go Fore It: It’s finally golf season again, so dust off your clubs and visit us for our Stay ‘n’ Play Package! Spend a great day on the course, enjoy our saltwater pools, fitness centre and don’t miss getting pampered in our 8,000 sq. ft. spa. For specific package details, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6122

For our full event calendar, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

Your Home: Pre-Spring Cleaning

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Yes, it’s still winter (barely) but you can beat those winter blahs with a home that sparkles and shines! Looking to do a little pre-spring cleaning? No problem! Our housekeeping staff has some nifty tricks to help you whip your house back into shape, in a snap:

Salt stains from winter boots?
Try using a half and half ratio of white vinegar and hot water to scrub them clean. If they are heavy duty stains, switch to ¾ white vinegar to ¼ water to maximize your results.

Dirty windows?
Get your windows squeaky clean by using a squeegee. Quick tip: Make sure you dry your squeegee completely each time you lift it off the window to avoid getting streaky water marks.

Trouble sleeping?
At the resort, we rotate our mattresses with each season to extend their life span. Because this helps to minimize the permanent imprint of your body, it’ll be like giving new life to your mattress and more importantly, could afford you a better night’s sleep.

Messy Grout?
At this time of year, the grout in your front hall can become awfully messy. Get that grout clean with peroxide or bleach; simply scrub your grout with a hard bristled brush to restore it to its summer beauty!

Static Cling?
With the dry winter air, static is often an issue. Save the waste and your embarrassment – trade in your dryer sheets for a dryer bar. They are reusable, can last up to 6 months and an indicator will let you know when it’s time to be replaced. Can it get any easier than that?

Looking for more interesting content? Check out our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

March: What’s Happening

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It’s March and spring is right around the corner… The days will get longer and the weather will continue to warm up, so enjoy! We’re jam-packed with fun at the resort this month, here are just some of the events we’ve got coming up (and a sneak peek into April):

Break Time: When your kids are off school for March Break, why not spend the week together? Stay with us from March 11-20 for movie nights, kids’ activities, skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, and an indoor saltwater pool! Escape just 45 minutes out of the city for a week of fun for the whole family! For details on our March Break accommodation package, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6055

Head For the Hills: It’s spring skiing at its finest! On top of our regular fun, don’t miss our Food Bank donation days, St. Paddy’s Day Carnival, Puddle Jump, Easter Egg Hunt and much more… For our complete calendar of March events, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5998

A Look Ahead: If you thought March looks exciting, wait ‘til you see what we’ve got planned for April! From the Toronto Bridal Show April 8-10, our 4th annual charity fashion show on the 29th and Yuk Yuk’s comedy show on the 30th, we’ve got your April covered too!

For our full event calendar, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

New Year, New Budget?

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It’s a new year, do you need a new budget? Now that the holidays have passed – along with the financial burden that comes with holiday season, are you feeling like your finances need a makeover? Daniel Cox, Controller at Hockley Valley Resort, offers you his top 5 tips for getting your budget back into shape:

1. Just the facts: Help determine how much you can spend by starting with how much money you actually have. Don’t estimate, don’t divide your annual income by 12 – go by your actual take home pay each pay period – that way you can do a weekly budget based on actual numbers.

2. Follow the rules: A great formula to use as a guide is the 50/20/30 rule. This means that 50% of your income goes toward essential expenses, 20% goes to long-term financial goals and 30% or less goes to your “fun fund.” This can be adjusted to your needs, of course, but it’s an easy way to stay on track.

3. Cash out: Measure the amount of money you’ve allowed for discretionary expenses (or your “fun fund”) in cash each month. That way you avoid adding to any credit card debt, you know at a glance when you’re getting close to your limit and there’s no way to go over your allotment.

4. Details, details: Re-adjust your plan on a monthly basis to stay focused and on track. Look at what worked the previous month and what didn’t, and tweak your plan accordingly. It doesn’t exactly take care of itself; for maximum success, you need to be on top of your budget on a month to month basis.

5. Tech talk. Do you still get paper billing? Consider automating bill payments as a way to ensure you pay on time and avoid late charges. Interest and late fees can really add up and eat away at your savings. Having all your billing come out of one account can also help you really stay on top of where money is going and where you may need to fine tune your plan.

Budgeting can seem daunting and can be a stressful endeavour. Take it one step at a time and consider these tips to simplify your process and set you on your path to success!

Looking for more interesting content? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/