Jason, Finn & I were lucky to be able to go away last weekend to the beautiful Viamede Resort on Stoney Lake, close to Buckhorn. Thanks to Charming Media and the staff at Viamede for making this a weekend to remember. I felt a little bit like we were at Kellerman’s and kinda expected Johnny & Baby to walk out from one of the cabins on their way to do activities 🙂
I left work a little early on Friday to go home and pack up myself & the puppy – and I only took 1 small suitcase with me! Jason came home, cleaned up and we jumped in the car and headed out around 430pm.
We arrived just before 8pm on Friday night (it only takes about 2.5 hours but we hit rush hour, took some backroads around it, and made a couple stops). We checked in and were told the Boathouse Pub would be open for dinner AND that there was a movie night set up outside the marina.
We went straight to our cottage #420 and it was the last one in the row, so a little more private, which we loved. We walked in and it was such a cute and charming little weekend spot. We had the Deluxe Cottage room, which came with a full kitchen, huge bathtub and woodstove!
We took Finn for a walk to check out our surroundings and watched the breathtaking sunset across the lake. Jason & I used to do sunset as much as possible when we lived in Fort Myers Beach, FL, but haven’t had the chance as often as we’d like in the city.
After our walk, we took Finn back to the cottage while we went to grab a bit to eat. We decided to order food to take back to our room and had a couple beers at the bar while waiting.
We were definitely a little silly after travelling for so long and it was nice to relax and wait for our meals. We took our fried dill pickles, burger and veggie wrap back to the cottage and Finn was just hanging out, chewing on his bone and waiting for us like a good boy.
We ate our food and sat out on the deck for a couple drinks and then headed to bed. There was a TV in our cottage, which is a real luxury because we don’t have one (and I haven’t had a TV/cable in over 5 years now) and we watched a bit of 48 hours and crashed.
Finn is a creature of habit and at 630am he woke up and wanted to play. Luckily Jason got up with him so I could sleep in a bit longer. The boys went for a long walk and actually met up with the Executive Chef Matt & his white boxer Oscar.
They came back around 830am when I was waking up (yes, we were up super early) and we gave Finn breakfast and then headed up to the main resort for the continental brunch buffet. Now I’ve had my share of continental breakfasts and this was by far the best. The food was fresh and hot with a great variety. Eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, yogurt, granola, pastries, toast, croissants. Everything was absolutely delicious and was a perfect start to the day.
After breakfast we went back to the cabin to get Finn and again, he was waiting for us and just chewing his bone and not the cabin (he’s only 7 months so this is a big accomplishment). We headed down to our little private waterfront and spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon in the water, throwing sticks and suntanning.
We brought some food with us and made a late lunch and then decided to check out the Marina to see if we could rent a boat. Rentals were reasonably priced around $225/day, but it was a little out of our budget for the weekend so we headed back up to the cottage to pick up Finn and go for a walk.
We went down the trails to the Viking Oak Tree and over to the Farm. It was Finn’s first time seeing animals other than dogs/cats/squirrels and he was so funny to watch. The first thing we saw were the turkeys and they were all squaking at him and right up at the fence. He was so puzzled and excited it was hilarious.
We walked along a little more and came to the pigs and Finn wanted to get in their area because they have a little pond and a mudpit. Blonde puppies LOVE muddy water and he searched along the fence to see if he could find an “in”.
The pigs were pretty cute and were very curious about Finn. Then we came to the ducks and chicken pen and again, Finn had no idea what to make of them. He was a little scared, but pretty excited to see other creatures.
On our way back to the cottage Finn found a muddy swamp to get in and we tried as hard as we could to keep him from getting in, but alas, he dove in head first and laid down in the muck.
We finally arrived back at our cottage and decided to have a nap. Yes, it seems a little funny to nap on such a beautiful day, but Jason generally works 6-7 days/week so to actually have time to relax was amazing.
After our nap we went back to the Boathouse Pub for dinner – we weren’t able to go to the 1885 Restaurant in the Main Building due to a wedding (which was beautiful and romantic and we had a private view from our deck) but I’m told that the dinner is delicious. We ate in the restaurant and left Finn on his own at the cabin again.
After dinner we fired up Jason’s BioLite – which is a very cool gadget that creates electricity so you can charge your phone, play music, etc., and we spent the night drinking beer in front of our mini, contained fire.
Sunday morning we slept in a little longer. Finn still woke up at 630am to pee, but we had his 25 ft rope tied to the tree outside our door so he was able to hang out and play outside while we slept in. We finally got up around 830, showered and headed over to the main resort for the continental buffet breakfast – and it was every bit as good as the day before! We headed back to our cottage to pack up and found Finn sleeping in the white bed. Sorry to the housekeeping staff! He was super happy to be on the bed but a little dirtty for the white sheets & duvet cover.
We checked out and headed back to the city feeling refreshed and recharged after such a lovely time.
If you’re looking for a great, family & pet friendly cottage getaway I highly recommend checking out Viamede. We will be back next year and hopefully for a week this time because it was just perfect. And it would be a lovely place to get married at… just saying… it has enough cottages for all your guests, is a beautiful venue and you can bring your pets. What could be better for a wedding or vacation?
Thanks again to the wondeful staff at Viamede for making this such a great weekend and thank you to Val & Charming Media for the opportunity. We can’t wait to go back!
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