When I had first announced that I was going 'glamping' there were moans of, "That's not real camping, Lisa!" Well obvi. Gone are the air mattresses, sleeping bags, cramped tent quarters, coin-operated showers and gross bathrooms. I am generally not a happy camper and I didn't grow up camping, so the whole thing is really foreign to me.
So when I had read about Long Point Eco-Adventures in Toronto Life magazine, I had to call them up right away and arrange a visit! I LOVE being outdoors, but I hate all the stress, organization and mosquito bites that come along with 'roughing it'. It was the perfect balance of what I was personally looking for, a very unique getaway experience and only a two-hour drive from Toronto. So off I went with hip + urban husband to our eco safari tent in the woods!
When we arrived, we checked into our super-awesome glamping tent which sat on a wooden platform with smooth hardwood floors on the inside. Two Muskoka chairs in front overlooked Long Point, which made the deck a great place to chill out.
The tent was large enough to fit a queen-sized bed! The majority of the lighting is solar and there are electrical outlets if you need to charge your camera or phone. The side windows zip open to let in the fresh air and there is a screen on each window. Your tent also locks via a screen door and there is a large fixed tarp to protect you from the rain and to provide a bit of privacy.
A peek from inside the spacious safari tent. Behind me is the outdoor shower and to the left is a sink with running water and a FLUSH toilet!!! Each tent includes a mini-fridge, heater and fan with a cooling temperature function. Because you are still in the wilderness and there are furry animals around, they don't recommend that you keep food in your tent. A continental breakfast was included with our stay. There are also lots of lunch and dinner options in Port Dover (15 minute drive).
So how does one properly kick-off a glamourous camping vacation? Dinner at the on-site winery of course! Burning Kiln Winery is located just across the road and shares a few of the same owners as Long Point Eco-Adventures. Grab a seat on the patio if the weather is nice! Burning Kiln is also open for tastings, if you're not going to do dinner here. We chose the three-course prix fixe that was included with our package and added the wine pairings ($25/person) to fully experience what the winery had to offer. It was a great way to unwind after a long drive and to just enjoy being out on their patio in the country.
The homemade pasta was divine and perfectly cooked - don't miss it. We ordered the beet and smoked fish starter and the creamy pancetta gnocchi to start. For hubby's main, he ordered a big grilled portion of pork belly over a bean mixture - very hearty.
Dessert included a lemon curd meringue cup and a chocolate cake with ice cream
Here I am contemplating how I am going to survive zip lining (above). A view of the glamping tents from the front and the outdoor showers around back. Each tent has a mini hot water tank, but you're going to want to shower quick as it goes quickly. Biodegradable soap and towels are provided and bring your flip-flops. What we did, we had one person shower before breakfast and the one person after so the water could heat up again.
To change things up a bit, on our second night we headed ten minutes down the road to The Normandale Century Inn & Restaurant for dinner. The vacation package we booked included meals and we devoured huge portions of home cooking. From the three-course prix fixe, we chose the roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. I had the shrimp and spinach fettuccine which came with bruschetta and corn. Our appetizers were a garden and Caesar salad and for dessert, a pumpkin pie. The homemade cornbread, pickles, beets and coleslaw were also a lovely touch.
On our second day at Long Point Eco-Adventures, hubby and I went on a zip lining adventure ($95/adult)! It's absolutely not scary at all and our tour guides, Ray Ray and Paige were well-trained, cracked lots of jokes and were chilled out enough that our whole group was super relaxed. They'll even take photos of you along the way. Just remember, if eight year-old children can do this - so can you! For the uber-adventurous, there is a night-zipping option ($116/adult) where you can sail amongst the trees in the dark. Just look at for flying squirrels! I'll be posting more about zip-lining next week, so stay tuned.
At night, a campfire is lit and there is an observatory built into the main building with a 16" telescope. If the clouds are clear, you can spend the night star-gazing, hanging by the fire or just reading and chilling out in your tent. There is also free WiFi if you need stay connected.
If you are an intermediate to advanced mountain biker, there are lots of amazing trails on and around the property. There was so much to do that it was easy to keep active all weekend. Just BYOB as there are not any on-site for rental.
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