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Friday, September 21, 2012

WIN A $400 Glamping Getaway + Zip Lining!

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.
Contest! We want to send you on a one-night Glamping Getaway + Zip Lining Adventure ($400 value). Enter using the widget below and you and a guest could be experiencing an amazing weekend outdoors at Long Point Eco-Adventures and watch the leaves turn.
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44 comments:

  1. This reminds me of my safari in Africa! Definitely not a fan of camping, but love the idea of glamping. Sign me up :)

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  2. I love traditional camping but this looks pretty great too! A nice treat. I'd love to win and take my boyfriend away for some relaxation.

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  3. definitely need a vacation and this would be the perfect opportunity. Also I LOVE zip lining!!

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  4. I need a holiday, because - um - let me count the ways. Single income family means more work, less time to maintain the status quo. I love eco adventures and work in travel - but don't get opportunities to travel. My wife is Taiwanese (I'm Canadian) and I want to expose her to the wonderful world of Canadian nature.

    These are a few of the reasons!

    Thanks!

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  5. It looks and sounds amazing! I think I will book a trip myself (if I don't win, that is).

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  6. I'm pretty stressed right now and this sounds like just the thing to restore my sanity! :)

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  7. I am definitely not a camper at heart (my idea of roughing it is a 5-star resort!!), but this I would try in a heartbeat! My life has been stressful lately, and I would love to run away and de-stress in a very cool place!! )

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  8. I have done zip-lining before by Horseshoe Valley and it was so fun! Would also like to try this glamping thing since I'm not into camping but like the serenity of nature.

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  9. I do love camping, but this looks so much more relaxing! And gourmet restaurant food beats hot dogs over a fire any day (maybe not smores though. Still love those) Looks like the perfect hassle-free getaway from city life

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  10. Two children: A 16 year old and a 1 year old. I am not sure which one is more challenging. I lose sleep for both - one because I'm worried all the time and wait till he's in the house before I can sleep and the other because he doesn't always sleep through the night.
    I am not a camper, but have checked this out before and would LOVE to do it!!!!

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  11. Because all work and no play make Anne go crazy!
    Autumn is a crazy season and this girl needs to disconnect, hide the tech, and spend some time in the wilderness.

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  12. I need a vacation because my wife and I work hard damnit!

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  13. Reasons for why I need a camping holiday: 1) I haven't been camping since I was 13; 2) I haven't been up north for over four years; 3) I haven't taken a vacation in over a year; 4) my last vacation was to Costa Rica for a friend's wedding, but I came down with really bad food poisoning and was stuck in my hotel room the entire time.

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  14. I work 2 jobs, teach classes at the gym, am training for a weightlifting competition and when it's all said and done glamping would give me the piece and quiet I need to restore my sanity and relax my sore muscles!!

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  15. Perfect for the city girl who likes camping!

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  16. My fiancée and I loved camping but we haven't gone in a few years because our backs couldn't handle sleeping on the hard ground anymore. We do miss the fresh air and being surrounded by mother nature. Glamping would be the perfect escape from the city to rekindle our long lost love for camping!

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  17. I love camping but you won't catch me in a tent... this is my perfect idea of a nice getaway to relax. :-)

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  18. My husband works non stop and travels 90% of the time! I need a vacation so we can reconnect and actually spend some time together! xo

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  19. This looks so cool! Would love to have the chance to try it out. Plus, I have always wanted to try zip lining!

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  20. This looks like such an awesome getaway! I've always wanted to go zip lining!

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  21. What a great idea!! I've heard about glamping awhile ago, but it's so much better to see someone I know who's actual done it. I'm not a camping person, but this seems like fun! And zip lining just seems like the cherry on top :)

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  22. I've always wanted to go zip lining!! I need a vacation to throw out the routine in my life and go a little crazy! I think this could help. ;)

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  23. I hate camping & I'm terrified of heights so no air mattresses & a non-scary ziplining adventure sounds awesome!!

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  24. I love doing things that are outdoors. You get to see what things no longer matter to you in your life and when you get back home, you start to change. Its a great time to detox as well!

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  25. I love camping but would love to try a step up with glamping! Also I'm going through a lot of personal stress (dealing with infertility and treatment) so a chance to get away would be great!

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  26. OMGEE ~~ exactly what I was looking for!!! "camping" minus all the gross sleeping on the floor and getting dirty thing! would absolutely LOVE to have my first GLAMPING experience with HUG!!<3

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  27. I don't think a day goes by that I don't think I need a vacation. This sounds awesome.

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  28. would LOVE this! did a similar zip lining adventure last fall and it was so fun! I need a vacation bc we were so busy this year that I didn't get to really have one!

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  29. I haven't had a vacation in 2.5 years. I need this! LOL

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  30. My kind of camping!

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  31. i need a vacation that's affordable and adventurous!!

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  32. I am recently a single-mom who is getting back on her feet financially after leaving an abusive marriage. I feel stressed, overwhelmed financially and emotionally and now feeling incredibly guilty because my daughter is in daycare while I work. So I could use a mini-vacay to just relax, decompress and say "ahhhh", and hopefully find myself again and figure out what my next steps are.

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  33. The last time I went on a proper vacation was over a year ago and so I really need one now as I'm starting to go a little stir-crazy! Plus, I don't really camp...but glamping...now we are talking!

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  34. This would be the perfect way for my hubby and I to celebrate our 2nd anniversary! I love the idea - especially love that "tent"!

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  35. I have never been camping before and would love a getaway!

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  36. The glamping pictures have me sold, and I bet my husband will be in love with it too. Just wait 'till he tells his buddies if we win...

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  37. I know that glamping will be my thing. Now, it might take a little more to convince my husband. But, I'm sure he will come around...then he'll have tell all his buddies about it!

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  38. I've never been "camping" but I think I can handle this.....LOL! Being a mom of 3 very super active kids I always need a vacay! ~Giulia

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  39. My boyfriend and I have been trying to go on a decently priced trip because we are both low on money, so this would help out a lot and we could spend some much needed time together.

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  40. Hi I'm entering so my son and husband can go. My son is an adventure nut and I want to see his face when (if) he gets this surprise of his life. He's going to love the accomodations and the ziplining? What an experience for life.

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  41. This is the only way I would do camping! What an amazing idea! Bring it on Canadian Fall :)

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