It’s a perfect getaway from Ottawa for a day or two and there was so much more to do than just eat butter tarts (although, that was clearly the best part).
Day one: Apsley, Fenelon Falls, Eganridge Resort
Day two: Bobcaygeon and Settler’s Village, Lindsay, Lakefield
Day One: Apsley, Fenelon Falls, Eganridge Resort
Nina picked me up in the Ford on Saturday morning and we set out in search of the cutest butter tart bakeries/stores in Kawartha Lakes. Our first stop brought us to Apsley: The Swiss Bear Restaurant and Bakery. They had the best presentation by far AND if it’s your first visit to the Swiss Bear you get a butter tart on the house! Unfortunately, the lunch was SO good I had almost no room left for the rest of the day for any more butter tarts. (That certainly didn’t stop us from buying a few though).
Our second stop was Fenelon Falls. If I had to pick, it was my favourite town of the trip. We dropped in at the most instagrammable bakery (The Little Pie Shack), grabbed a skor butter tart at Dolce, rented some bikes and toured along the water (our attempt to at least work off some of those butter tarts), wandered to the falls (saw a blue heron) and enjoyed the locks.
We made our way to our last stop of the day for dinner: the Eganridge Resort. We shared the baked brie and each got the fish entree and a slice of cheesecake for dessert. Everything was so tasty and I was so full! We went back to the room and Nina made us a gameplan for the next day while I went to bed. It was nice to take the backseat on the planning!
Day Two: Bobcaygeon, Settler’s Village, Lindsay, Lakefield
Our second day we packed up the car and set off to Bobcaygeon. The front desk workers gave us a few tips and things to check out while we were checking out of the resort.
Our first stop was the Bobcaygeon Bakery and their Maple tart is to DIE for. It was srumptious! They also had a cute bakery and other local products like jams, honey and maple syrup!
After filling up on butter tarts, we wandered to the Settler’s Village where there was a Psychic Fest. The registration for readings was too long a wait so we walked around the village. It reminded me of Upper Canada Village!
We tried to go for a hike in the Ken Reid Conservation Area and made it about 5 minutes before we decided the bugs were terrible and looped back to the car. We set off to Lindsay to eat more butter tarts and thought about buying bug spray but ran out of time!
Lindsay was a cute village. Unfortunately, it seemed to close down around the time we stopped in for a visit but we were able to snag a cold beverage and a butter tart before heading out!
Our last and final stop was Lakefield. I’ve been to the town before for work events but never explored. We tried to stop at the Nutty Bean Cafe but they ran out of tarts!! So we stopped at Stuff’d. (A very fitting final stop. I was stuffed!) They had tons of ice cream flavours.
I certainly overindulged but isn’t that what travelling is about??