10 Things to Do With Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day in Clarington!

February is officially here and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This year, enjoy some of the local charms that Clarington has to offer and take your loved ones out for a Valentine’s Day that they won’t forget. Whatever you’re looking for, Clarington has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are 10 things you can do with your Valentine this year in Clarington.

  1. Go for a romantic trail ride

Take your loved ones on a western style horseback ride from Kuzenko Riding Stables. Their scenic trail rides are suited for every level, and will take you away from the stress of the world.

  1. Dinner on the Town

What could be more iconic than taking your loved one out for a romantic dinner? Luckily, Clarington has many options for you to choose from. Whether it’s an intimate dinner night at Three Six Kitchen & Lounge located in Historic Downtown Bowmanville, or a night out with friends at the Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill in Newcastle, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. Reservations are encouraged. Call your desired restaurant for more information.

  1. Take a Romantic Hike along our many Trails

What could be more romantic than taking a stroll with the one you love along a beautiful stretch of Clarington’s lakefront, or a beautiful conservation area? Sip a warm beverage and hold hands while enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors. Let Mother Nature set the romantic scenery; you just have to bring your date.

  1. Unwind and Reconnect at the Spa

Enchanted Hands Day Spa, located in Bowmanville, has Valentine’s Day packages that will help you and your sweetheart relax and enjoy each other’s company. From a couples massage to a Champagne and Rose Body Scrub, a relaxing afternoon awaits you. For more information and to book your spot, contact Enchanted Hands at 905-623-9836.

  1. Enjoy the Slopes at Brimacombe

Take your date (or family) out for a day of skiing or snowboarding at Clarington’s premier ski hill. If you don’t know how to ski, that’s not a problem. Brimacombe offers lessons, rental equipment and a warm chalet with delicious quick-serve food to help motivate and encourage you.

  1. Celebrate Early, Visit the Courtice Flea Market

The Courtice Flea Market is hosting its annual “Sweetheart Sunday” on February 12. Stroll the market and find an array of hidden treasures and chances to win prizes throughout the day.

  1. Take in some Arts & Culture

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is located in Bowmanville in the historic old Cream of Barley Mill. Rich with history, and artistic talent, the red-bricked building is situated alongside Soper Creek. After appreciating the local exhibits, take a leisurely walk through a beautifully landscaped path running through the grounds.

  1. Take a Romantic Drive along A Country Path

A Country Path is a self-guided tour that runs throughout Clarington’s countryside and offering a beautiful setting for a romantic drive. While driving, stop at Tyrone Mills and pick up some delicious treats, or finish your journey at Tetra Kitchen and Vines for a romantic evening dinner date.

  1. Stay a night at one of Clarington’s B&B’s

Clarington boasts many beautiful bed and breakfasts throughout our community. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening in the country, or a more exotic experience that includes animals at Jungle Cat World, you’re sure to find the perfect place to spend some quality time with the one you love.

  1. Shop Local

Clarington is home to four major downtown cores, all with specialty shops, cafes, and places to search for that perfect gift. Stop by Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle or Orono, to find that perfect.

These are only some of the many options to pick from. For more ideas visit our Tourism Information Centre located at 181 Liberty Street South in Bowmanville, or give our team a call at 905-623-4356. You can also check out our Romantic Getaways options on our website.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Tourism team.

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This August In Clarington

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

As the summer holiday moves into it’s second half, many of us find ourselves in that awkward mindset. While some of us might be sad at the realization that summer is indeed half over, others are trying to do as much as they can before heading back to school or work in the fall. Whatever half you stand in, August is filled with tons of fun and exciting things to do to make sure that your summer ends with a big bang!

Whether it is a continuation of the concerts in the park series (which is happening in various neighbourhoods throughout the week!), street festivals, trips to the zoo, picnicking at the beach, or even camping out underneath a blanket of stars, Clarington has something for everyone. Here are some to look out for:

Orono Antique Street FestivalAugust 9th from 10am-4pm. Whether you’re looking for something specific or just browsing, this is a great place to find what speaks to you right in Downtown Orono!

The Out Standing In Our Field field dinner event serves up something ‘Just A Little Corny’ on August 10th, with the third evening in a series of four taste experiences of local produce.  Served right in the field of Watson Farms, Bowmanville, this is a taste and learning experience highlighting locally grown, sourced and prepared food. This menu features the August favourite, corn! Save the date for next months ‘Fall Harvest’ dinner as well.

Is more formal tea your taste? There is still time to relax and enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Bowmanville Museum every Wednesday in August from 12- 3pm. You can call to reserve a table (905) 623-2734 and enjoy home-made scones and cream with preserves, assorted sandwiches and tea (or lemonade), and take in the charming view from the Museum verandah. Ahhh, summer!

Summer Corn Festival and Jamboree – August 10th from 9-4:30pm The Courtice Flea Market is home to many wonderful vendors, including a fresh farmers market! During their Summer Corn Festival you can shop, eat, play and sing along to the local artists.

Moonlight Madness and Busker Festival – August 15th from 6-11pm Another one of Historic Downtown Bowmanville’s wonderful events, the street is blocked off from cars and instead filled with music, street sales and more. It is always an excellent way to sing, dance and shop the night away!

Racing into town August 15 to 17 is the Superbike Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park! Canada’s top motorcycle riders compete in a doubleheader points race for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

Picasso’s Picnic – August 23rd from 10-4pm If your looking for a fun day for the little ones, the Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville has a perfect day for you. With interactive workshops, youth  performers, vendors and delicious food, Picasso’s Picnic is a great was to explore that creative side.

On August 23rd from 12-4pm is OPG Family Days: Tractor Time, held at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre in Bowmanville. Join Clarington Museums to celebrate our municipality’s agricultural roots! Admission is free.

Chevrolet Silverado 250 – August 29-31st  Consider yourself a race fan? Check out the Chevrolet Silverado 250 race at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns for its only Canadian appearance the Labour Day Weekend. It might just be the perfect end to the Summer holidays.

These are just a few that we’ve mentioned! For a complete list of events, we provide several outlets. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page, as well as the Events page on the Clarington website Also download our Clarington App for free, available for iPhone ,  Anroid  with mapping to events and local information on the go!

Whatever you’re doing this August, we hope that you have a safe and memorable experience in Clarington!     CT-only-in-clarington-01

Picnicking in Orono

Story and photos by Clarington Tourism

Imagine yourself on a long, leisure drive (or pedal!) through the beautiful countryside of Clarington.

You’ve been driving for the majority of the morning, and lunchtime is quickly approaching. Your passengers are starting to get hungry, so you decide to take a little side street to what can only be described as the perfect picnic spot: Orono Park. Or, as it is known to the more established locals, Buttercup Hollow.

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A perfect park located within the village of Orono, it is nestled around a beautiful tree line, a serene stream complete with a bridge, picnic areas, and several more modern utilities, such as a play structure, splash pad, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, skateboarding park, and of course, Clarington’s only outdoor public pool.

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The rich history of this park can be taken as far back as 90 years, and has been considered a gem as well as the heart of Orono. Many locals find solace here, and it is quite easy to see why. It is perfect in every way a park should be. For more on the history of Orono’s Crown Lands, click here.

But our adventure does not stop there, because Orono has a lot to offer its residents and visitors. Home to the Stanley Cup Champion, Bryan Bickell, its quaint downtown area is home to an assortment of different stores and shops, including ones specializing in flowers, delicious baked goods, cafe’s, lots of antiques, health and wellness, professional services, and more. A complete list and more information on each one can be found here: www.visitorono.com.Downtown Orono 1

Depending on the time of year, Orono also runs many different types of events, from the annual Orono Fair, to the Orono Chili Cook-off, Santa Clause parade and breakfast, and even “Girls Night Out”. Among many others, this tightly knit community is proud, and with great reason, of this little village.

Any summer afternoon could be well spent here, as there is always something to do, and always interesting places to see. Whether you pack your picnic, take out lunch in one of the restaurants, or even treat yourself to a delicious apple fritter from The Village Bake Shop, it is guaranteed to be a day well spent.

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A Perfect Summer Retreat

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by Meaghan Newey

Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery and Cider House Golf is a fourth
generation family farm business located in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Owned and operated by Fred and Sandy Archibald, this 40-acre property is an ideal orchard site with a south-westerly slope for good air and soil drainage. With a number of other local attractions and beautiful surrounding countryside. Originally established in 1967 as a wholesale operation, Fred and Sandy have developed the family farm into several components including pick your own apples, wine tasting and more!

Wednesday June 25, 2014 will mark the 17th anniversary of the Archibald’s Winery. With a wide array of non-alcoholic, ciders and apple blends, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wine for yourself, or as a gift. After all, Archibald’s is Ontario’s leading Fruit Winery.

This summer the estate is introducing it’s Junior Golf Clinic, for ages 6-16, and instructed by Becky MacIntosh. Sandy has asked to please inquire within for more information regarding Junior Golf. http://www.ciderhousegolf.ca

There truly is so much to do at Archibalds’s. Make sure to check back in the fall months for information on weekend events!

Picture3Don’t forget to follow/like Archibald’s on Facebook!

 

Simple Shopping

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Story and Photos by Meaghan Newey

Do you ever spend your morning’s searching through your closet, trying on every piece of clothing you own, and still can’t find the perfect outfit? Well, search no further, you have a personal stylist close to home.

Jake’s is predominately a Surf and Skate shop, housing all the latest fashion trends in the bohemian, beach-side style. The store carries big-name brands such as Roxy, Billabong and Volcom, but also sticks to its sustainable roots by showcasing TenTree, Friggin’ Lip Balm, and many other Canadian brands. Jake’s opened its two-storey location in 2006 in the Historic Downtown Bowmanville core. If Jake’s doesn’t suit your typical fashion style, you can visit its neighbouring sister stores: Cactus and Heritage.

Whether you are looking for a swimsuit, or a business casual blazer, Jake’s has you covered. The staff works hard at maintaining a high standard in customer service by acting as your own personal stylist each and every time you enter the store.

“I love making a personal connection to my customers,” says Brittney Boone, District Manager. “Every customer that walks through the door is greeted, and all of the clothing you see in the store has been hand picked from our brand warehouses to fit our customer’s personal styles.”

You can definitely rest assured knowing that you’ll be looking fabulous in whatever you leave the store with!

Follow on:
Instagram @ShopJakes
Twitter @JakesSurf
& Facebook

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Experience A ‘Field’ Trip To The Blueberry Patch

Photos and story by Clarington Tourism

There is something refreshing about a visit to Wilmot Orchards in Newcastle, Ontario. Perhaps it’s because the blueberries picked fresh off the bush are firm, juicy and full of healthy goodness. Or maybe it’s the stand alone, naturally blue food that makes being at the orchard feel like you’re attending a summer party. Everywhere you look is a salute to the unique shade of berry blue, and the understated simplicity of picking your own food.

Here is a slide show of our visit. We hope you and your family enjoy your own ‘field’ trip to Wilmot Orchards in August. For more local ideas pick up one of our Visitor Guides while at the orchard  and make it a day to remember in Clarington!

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See Inside Our Bed & Breakfast Accommodations

Article and photo by Nancy Ellis

Check out our newly added bed & breakfast review page (above)Eleanor and I had a fabulous time at a few of Clarington’s own bed and breakfasts. These are some great places to host your relatives, give a complimentary stay or plan a weekend getaway. From friendly faces and tasty food there is a real down-to-earth hospitality in Clarington. Although we have only reviewed a few on this page, we have plans to visit some more in the future. If you had a good experience or have a memory you’d like to share from a bed and breakfast visit our website and submit your story.

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Salad Niçoise at
The Stone Coach House

Welcome to Our New Blog!

Nancy Ellis

Nancy Ellis

 

We are excited to have the opportunity to share, in words, the stories of Clarington. Today we welcome a Durham College intern just seven weeks away from the title of journalist. Nancy Ellis is also a resident of Clarington, a travel writer and experienced photographer. We are
glad to have you with us, Nancy!

Nancy has been commissioned to travel Clarington and experience life as a young, modern ‘tourist’. We hope you find her discoveries refreshing, authentic and vivid.

Watch for her first post this week.