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This month's HERO product in the spa: jane iredale purepressed base and base mineral foundation. This 4 in 1 is a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen, SPF 20 UVA medium protection, chemical free sunscreen (water resistant up to 30 min.) It's benefits include: it's oil free, weightless coverage and hypoallergenic.
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Our very own Chef Roberto Fracchioni is part of the Cool Chardonnay World Tour Dream Team on Saturday, July 23rd and we're so excited! Tickets are going fast, get yours today! #i4c16 Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration - i4c ... See MoreSee Less

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Alyssa + Adam tied the knot at Hockley Valley Resort yesterday afternoon! The weather was everything a summer wedding should be, bundled with gorgeous florals, fabulous style and Alyssa undoubtly making all the important men in her life cry tears of happiness ... Congratulations Mr & Mrs Beck!

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Oh, Canada: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know


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:


July: What’s Happening


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:

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:

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:

Getting Your Kids Into Golf: Why and How


Starting with toddler toys, golf is catching on for kids of all ages – and encouraging a young interest could lead to a life-long love of the game. According to our Golf Pro, Carl Penfold, here’s what you need to know before you hit the green:

What are the benefits?
• Golf encourages active living, a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation for the great outdoors.
• It teaches kids about self-regulation: not having a referee or a judge involved, and learning to play by the rules is something that all kids should learn.
• It also helps to develop strengths like: discipline, patience, focus, confidence and humility, among others.
• With golf being so commonly used for business, networking and deal-making, being proficient could be a great advantage in the career world.
• Getting to spend extra one-on-one bonding time together is just a bonus!

How do I get started?
• Keeping it simple and fun will encourage kids to stay interested.
• Test the waters by getting them out on the course or driving range with you, watching golf on tv together or even trying it out on your home game system.
• Once you’ve got ‘em hooked, invest in some lessons or a camp to get them clear on the fundamentals and to set them up for success.

Junior Golf Camps are the perfect way to get your kids playing a game they will enjoy with friends and family for the rest of their lives. Our Junior Golf Camps are run by certified PGA of Canada Professionals and follow the curriculum of the CN Future Links program, in line with Golf Canada’s Long Term Player Development Model.

Want to learn more about our junior camps? Find all the info here:

June: What’s Happening


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!

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Farm to Table: How To Get It Right


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:

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:

Photo florals by Seasons Floral Studio 

Cabin’s Dry Rub Recipe


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:

Organic Gardening: Getting Started


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!

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!

April: What’s Happening


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:

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:

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:

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