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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/

Getting Your Kids Into Golf: Why and How

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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: http://www.hockley.com/?p=6179

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