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The end of the summer is coming... We're getting ready to enjoy the fruits of our labour with pears and apples! Have you harvested any fruit yet? ... See MoreSee Less

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Snow in August is a rude awakening for these Canadians Published Aug 22, 2016 =================== As summer churns to an end with late August appearing on the horizon, it has started snowing in Canada. No, it isn't the usual culprit of Nunavut, or anywhere else in our country's large swath of the Arctic, but rather Alberta, whose highest places are seeing some noticeable snow on the radar. Flashes of blue on the archived radar map (shown above) are a rare and never too welcome sight in what's supposed to be a month. More Here: tinyurl.com/zgjuvts #LakeLouise tinyurl.com/z9rtpgf

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"Dinner at Cabin was a gastronomical experience. Compliments to the chef and Anthony was just delightful! A million thanks to Nancy (Adamo). For your gracious hospitality your staff were all incredible. My friends loved every minute. They're all talking about coming back. Grazie."
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Did you know... That 1 medium-size peach contains 37 calories and is a source of Vitamin C? Get them while they're in season in Ontario! ... See MoreSee Less

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To celebrate #meatlessmonday, here's a shot of the AMAZING Nutella Crepe Cake featured on our new dinner dessert menu in cabin - available after 3 pm daily! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you tried our weekend Pizza in the Garden yet? Choose from our 4 pizza options, with our house-made dough, oven baked crust and ingredients harvested from our farm... Delicioso! ... See MoreSee Less

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September: What’s Happening

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Fall is officially right around the corner… With summer ending, the kiddies going back to school and cold weather in the foreseeable future, it’s time for some fun! We’ve got tons of exciting events and lots of amenities, guaranteed to provide an experience you won’t forget. Here is just a sample of some of the things happening at the resort in September:

Labour Day Getaway: Need to get away and unwind? Spend the long weekend with us! Your package includes your accommodation, 3-course dinner in cabin, and full buffet breakfast. Don’t miss live music by the pool on Friday night, Pizza in the Garden (Saturday, Sunday AND Monday) and be sure to visit our golf course and spa. We’ve got just what you need to say goodbye to summer in style. For more package details, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6254

Pizza In The Garden: Soon enough, Pizza in the Garden will come to an end for another year, so get it while it’s hot! Open weekends (weather permitting) from 11-3, you’ll enjoy the garden view, as well as our amazing house-made pizza with the finest fresh and local toppings. Bring the family and make a day of it!

September Spa: Looking for an escape? Wind down your summer by soaking in our spa… We offer a full range of services and this month we’re featuring our La La Lavender Vanilla Body Glow, along with our Renewal Fall Facial…. So let us pamper you! For more info on our spa package, please visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6280

DIY Beauty Tips and Tricks

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Have you run out of your favourite beauty product? Did you know that some of the things you have lying around the house can be used in a pinch? “Keep it simple,” says Racheal Ellery, our Spa Director, “you might be surprised at what you already have around the house to help you get the look you want.” Here are some easy tricks to get you started*:

- Combine 20 oz. soda water with a tsp. of sea salt in a spray bottle for a beautiful beachy look and texture.

- Gently rub a dryer sheet over your hair to eliminate static – especially great for winter months.

- Use apple cider vinegar as a toner and to help prevent blemishes, it’s a purifying agent and an astringent.

- Clean up stray glitter around your eyes with clear tape. Gently blot with it to remove any excess and you’re good to go.

- Use toothpaste to clean up your silver. Just use a toothbrush, then buff with a paper towel and watch your silver shine.

- Use conditioner as a shaving cream alternative for a smooth, moisturized finish.

Tired of DIY? Visit us in the spa! With a full-range of treatments and products, our 8,000 sq. ft. spa is exactly what you need! View our spa menu here: http://www.hockley.com/spa/
*Source: cosmopolitan.com

The Effects of Chlorine: What Can You Do?

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Want to make a splash this summer? We love the summer weather and pool time, but the chlorine can really wreak havoc on our hair, skin and nails! What can you do to protect yourself, before and after the damage occurs? Sometimes it’s best to go back to basics and according to our spa experts, there are simple some steps you can take to minimize the damage being done:

Hair-apy: If you’re hitting the pool regularly, we suggest that you rinse your hair before you go in. Your hair will be less absorbent to chemicals if it’s already wet. Doing laps? Wearing a bathing cap will help keep your hair out of the way, as well as keeping it out of the water. After swimming, be sure to wash and condition your hair with a leave-in conditioner, doing your best to eliminate the chemicals sitting on your hair and to replenish any of that lost moisture.

Save Face: Keeping your skin exfoliated and moisturized as a daily practice will help get your skin ready for the chemical abuse in the pool. Be sure to moisturize your skin after the pool, too – there are even some after-swim lotions available on the market to help neutralize chlorine. And don’t forget to stay hydrated from the inside out. One of the best tricks for healthy skin is to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the summer.

Nail it: Our nails tend to get dry and brittle the more time we spend in the pool but what can we do? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! We recommend using a body butter twice daily on your cuticles, and pushing them back with your fingers. Also, add a cuticle oil to your nightly routine, so it can do the work for you while you’re sleeping…

Looking for expert care? Visit us in the spa! With a full-range of treatments and products, our 8,000 sq. ft. spa is exactly what you need! View our spa menu here: http://www.hockley.com/spa/

August: What’s Happening

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As the summer continues into August, the fun at Hockley Valley Resort is just getting started… We’ve got so much to see and do, you’d better plan to stay! Here are just a few of the things happening at the resort in August:

Serenity now: From our Dreamy Orange Coconut Bliss Wrap to our Oxygen Renewing Hydration Facial, our 8,000 sq. ft. spa has everything you need to leave your stress behind. Looking for a little something extra? Try lunch in our Oasis café and a refreshing swim in one of our saltwater pools for the perfect finish! For more information, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6197

Fore fun: Get out there and enjoy the sunshine! With our Stay and Play package, you’ll experience a full buffet breakfast, accommodation and one round of golf with a cart. Don’t forget to visit our spa, treat yourself to Pizza in the Garden and dine in our signature restaurant cabin. You might find one night just isn’t enough… For more info on our amenities, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/

Love is in the air: Want to get away from the hustle and bustle for a much needed break? Our #lovelife package is just what you need! Along with your accommodation, our package includes: a 3-course dinner in cabin, full buffet breakfast, welcome bottle of wine and $100 room spa credit. Sounds like the makings of a perfect weekend… For more info, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6160

Looking for our complete event calendar? Here it is: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

Wedding Hair: Summer Trends

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If your big day’s rapidly approaching and you haven’t settled on your hairstyle, not to worry, this summer’s got some amazing looks sure to hit your fancy! Deciding on a look that compliments your dress, is comfortable for you and reflects your style can be tricky. Here are some of this season’s hottest runway trends for you to choose from:

Braids: From long and flowing to face-framing, braids are here to stay. No matter the length of your hair, a braid – or multiple braids – can provide classic elegance with a modern twist.

Long and flowing: Keeping hair down and loose with textured, beachy waves is another way to get a natural, casual look and a great way to look unfussy, if that’s your style.

Loose updo: Chignons are still around, but rather than the traditional severe pulled back effect, this summer’s updos are less structured, rather loose and relaxed – kind of like the best of both worlds.

Need help? Our spa offers bridal hair and makeup! Visit our website here for a full list of our services: http://www.hockley.com/spa/

Caprese Salad

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Have you been looking for the perfect summer salad? Give our Caprese Salad recipe a try, it’s straight from cabin kitchen. Here’s how:

Ingredients
3 red cluster tomatoes
3 yellow cluster tomatoes
1 lb. buffalo mozzarella
6 leaves fresh basil, washed and finely sliced
1 lb. arugula leaves
12 tbsp. olive oil
6 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions
Slice the tomatoes into 6 pieces each.
Slice the cheese into 5 pieces, then cut in half to make 30 half circles.
Toss the arugula with the oil and vinegar, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix or display as you choose.
Sprinkle on the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 6 people.
Enjoy!

A tip from our kitchen: This recipe relies on excellent quality ingredients (olive oil and balsamic vinegar) and fresh, ripe tomatoes.  Some people may also like to mix it up and add grilled bread or tomatoes to this recipe – feel free to make it your own!

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

Organics in the Garden: The Basics

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At Hockley Valley Resort, we believe in sustainability, reducing our carbon footprint and making our farm-to-table philosophy a priority. Our 2-acre on-site farm supplies our kitchens with fresh, seasonal produce you will see on our menu! Interested in adopting some of our practices? Here are some tips from our farm to get you started:
- Rather than a traditional fertiliser, go organic by sourcing out local compost and/or manure.

- Try an organic pesticide, like a fertiliser that discourages slugs and snails from visiting your garden.

- Practice companion planting: we planted basil in between the tomatoes so that insects attracted to tomatoes will be repelled by the basil. Planting thyme can discourage cabbage worms and grubs, rosemary can be used to deter white flies: there are many combinations of plants that can naturally discourage garden pests.

- Wherever you can, weed by hand or mechanically, by rototilling and using a hoe or rake, rather than choosing a traditional pesticide.

- When it’s time to plant, do your research! You may not know that many packaged seeds are coated in pesticides, so look for companies that sell organic seeds when it’s time to place your order.

- For the larger wildlife, you may need to get creative to discourage their interference. We’re using netting and trellises primarily to keep them out this year. Chicken wire, auditory devices or even just making your garden less attractive by eliminating nesting spots are also great options for keeping pests out.

- Help grow our bee and butterfly population and encourage natural pollination by planting wildflowers in and around your garden. Providing a source free from pesticides and full of nectar and pollen will work towards encouraging the natural balance we strive to maintain.

Looking for more tips and tricks from our gardener? Visit us on our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

Oh, Canada: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know

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Celebrate Canada Day this year by learning something about this great nation! We’ve got so much to be proud of, eh? Here are 10 things we bet you didn’t know about the land of the free and the home of the brave*:

1. The first known use of the word ‘canuck’ to describe a Canadian was in 1835.

2. Canada is the second largest country in the world, after Russia.

3. In Saskatchewan, a “hoodie” is called a “bunnyhug.”

4. Nunavut’s license plates were once shaped like polar bears.

5. Newfoundland didn’t become a province until 1949.

6. Canada has 11 sub species of geese.

7. 80% of all alcohol consumed in Canada is beer.

8. After Paris, Montreal is the largest French speaking city in the world.

9. We produce 77% of the world’s maple syrup.

10. Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other country.

Happy Canada Day! Looking for more interesting information and tips? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

*sources: o.canada.com, factslides.com, hikebiketravel.com, lifebuzz.com

July: What’s Happening

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Summer’s here and it’s hot, hot, hot! At Hockley Valley Resort, we’re your home away from home, just 45 minutes north of the city… From poolside to pampered, we’ve got something for everyone. Here are just a few of the things we’ve got planned for July:

Mini Golf: Looking to get your kids into golf? Try our July and August junior golf camps, where campers will get instruction, swimming, lunch and prizes! Our PGA Professionals will help them develop a lifelong skill and interest in the game. Your kids will thank you fore it… For more information, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6179

Summer Spa: Get some much needed down time with our Terrific Tuesdays. Treat yourself to poolside pilates, spectacular spa treatments and a glass of bubbly! Our 8,000 sq. ft. spa will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of summer… You’re worth it! For full details, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6199

Pizza Party: Gather your friends and family for Pizza in the Garden! From 11-3 every weekend, you can enjoy farm to table, house-made seasonal fare, with ingredients harvested right from our onsite farm. It’s an experience unlike any other… Delicioso!

Looking for our complete event calendar? Here it is: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/