Huntsville is the place to be this Fall!
After a season of incredible views as the awe-inspiring hills were coloured with fantastic reds, oranges and yellows during autumn’s peak, you may be wondering what to do next. Huntsville in the fall offers so much more to see and do then simply soak up the fall colours and amazing views.
Eclipse “Walk with Light” is an artistic sound to light walking trail arriving at Muskoka Heritage Place in Huntsville on November 5, 2021. Visitors will enjoy an array of artistic expression featuring sites and sounds that will illuminate the buildings and surrounding nature that pay homage to the past and present of this vibrant community. Beginning at the Rotary Village Train Station, those in attendance will follow a circular path of light through the property and journey through the seasons as seen through the vision of the creators. There will be music, spoken words and thousands of interactive lights that will respond to sounds created by the visitors themselves in this unique and brand-new experience.
Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend returns to Huntsville this November 12-14. Headlined by Brett Kissel at Deerhurst Resort, Girlfriends’ Getaway always provides a revitalizing and exciting weekend full of fun, fashion, live music, food and shopping.
The Huntsville BIA will be hosting the 1st Annual Muskoka Market: Huntsville Holiday Edition on November 27 and 28. Local partners are working to bring people together to shop local and take part in some holiday cheer.
With so much happening this autumn in Huntsville, you may not need more reasons to visit, but we still have many for you! Keep reading below to find 6 more activities for you to do!
1. Abundance of Artistic Expression
Featuring works from Canadian artists from across the nation, the Eclipse Art Gallery is a destination within a destination. Located at Deerhurst Resort, Eclipse is a must-visit for all ages of art aficionados.
Delightful designs, funky finds, and a bevy of locally crafted art await you at Fibre Studio & Gallery. From clothing to pottery – and much more – there is certain to be a piece that catches your fancy.
Finding fine art created by both local and national artists is made easy by The Framing Place & Gallery. Centrally located in Huntsville at the corner of King William Street and Cliff Avenue, it’s within walking distance of the town’s downtown core.
The best way to describe The Potter’s Studio & Gallery is by saying, “it’s more than just pottery.” While the wonderful carved clay items are in abundance, they feature a variety of other mediums including painting, wood and sculpture.
There is something for everyone on your gift list (including yourself) at Two Horse Gallery on Main Street in Downtown Huntsville. With pieces from several Canadian artists, the gallery features painting, photography, pottery and jewellery.
2. Pleasure Your Taste Buds
This 45-acre farm and sugar bush is the place to find amazing, locally produced liquid gold. Enjoy the natural scenery before taking home a bottle (or two!) of Pure Muskoka maple syrup and other maple goods.
A Huntsville staple for decades, The Nutty Chocolatier can satisfy the sweet tooth in almost everyone. Belgian chocolates, handmade truffles, fudge, candy, ice cream and other treats the whole family will adore await you.
3. Adventure’s Galore for You to Explore
Experienced outdoor adventurers and newbies alike can find the equipment, apparel and advice they need at Algonquin Outfitters. Whether you are planning a paddling, biking, or camping trip, they likely have what you need; and provide some rentals too.
If you’ve never experienced a horse drawn wagon ride through a maple forest surrounded by autumn leaves, you’re missing out. And if you have, you’re probably wanting to do it again. That’s where Back of Beyond can help satisfy the itch for a wonderful open-air excursion.
Get out and explore your wild side in the great outdoors with axe throwing, backcountry bush challenges, glamping for two, and more. Find Your Wild is located a short drive along Highway 60 on Morgan’s Road.
Remember that time your partner ate the last slice of cake? Or perhaps left all the dishes for you to clean up? Here’s your chance to get back at them without causing serious bodily harm. All kidding aside, MJD Paintball offers a variety of paintball fields for all skill levels to enjoy.
If riding a recreational vehicle is something you’ve always wanted to try, then Yamaha Riding Adventures is the place to go. The two-hour training and guided tour at the Deerhurst Adventure Park includes use of an ATV or side-by-side, riding equipment, lessons and instructions, fuel – and fun.
4. Cold and wet outside? Try some Indoor Fun
Glow in the dark bowling, pool tables, a licensed bar and full menu, and a good atmosphere make visiting Huntsville Bowl great for a date or a family night out. It’s a popular place, so call ahead to book your lane.
Who says you need to be outside to do rock climbing? When the weather is just a little too chilly or wet for your liking, the Deerhurst Indoor Rock Wall provides a quality challenge for all ages with varying degrees of difficulty.
As long as you don’t panic too easy, Zig Zag Escape Rooms provides hours of indoor adventure. Located at Deerhurst Resort, the escape rooms come in four themes; Uncle Tick-Tock’s Circus Escape, Kraken Casino, Sven’s Last Secret, and The Artist Is Missing.
5. Pamper Yourself
Everyone needs to relax and rejuvenate occasionally; there is no substitute for a little bit of “me time.” So, after a busy day of adventures – be it in the wild or on a retail hunt – pamper yourself at the full-service Amba Spa.
6. For Those About To Shop – We Salute You!
The name says it all: find great original pieces by Muskoka artisans. Take home a piece of Muskoka that you can show all your friends – and that no one else will have!
It’s the yuletide all year round at Christmas Tyme (located right beside Two Horse Gallery). Find the perfect gift with personalized ornaments, detailed and colourful mugs, and many other lovely items.
Head over to Howland Drive to find fantastic home décor and women’s fashion items, as well as great furniture and cabinetry. They feature a large variety of handcrafted works that exemplify the Muskoka lifestyle.
With an eye on style, Decorated on Main offers a meticulously curated selection of furniture, clothing, jewellery, décor, personal care and baby items. They take pride in updating the inventory seasonally, and staying on trend throughout the year.
Keeping up with your healthy lifestyle can be a tough task when visiting new places. Well, not in Huntsville, where the well-stocked and knowledgeable neighbourhood health food store, The Great Vine, can be found in the middle of Downtown Huntsville.
Toys are more than just objects to occupy a child for a set period of time: they’re education tools providing learning opportunities. That’s the mindset of Minds Alive, where you can find hands-on toys, crafts and books to excite your child’s brain in an enjoyable manner.
The family-owned and operated Muskoka Jewellery Design is where to find original and artistic designs handcrafted in-house. From the fashion-centric to the Muskoka iconic, it’s a must-visit for those wanting something more from their jewellery store.
Those in the know will often tell you that music on vinyl can never be duplicated. More than just a location to buy records, The Record Shoppe has turntables and accessories, as well as being a big supporter of the local music scene.
Featuring well-made clothing and footwear for men, women and children, Reflections of Muskoka has been a favourite Huntsville spot since 1984. They’re also the exclusive Roots outlet for all of Muskoka and are a Hatley Store-in-Store location.
Wooden boxes, framed pictures, coffee mugs, tumblers, bath bombs and many other lovely items can be found at Rustic Homespun Designs. Some of their newest items allow you to get set for Halloween with trick-or-treat sacks and festive decorations.
A destination point for both residents and visitors, Sandhill Nursery is well known for its ability to provide amazing products for green thumbs and amateur gardeners alike. Yet, many others love to visit to see the fabulous seasonal displays, navigate their large maze, see the farm animals, and enjoy the welcoming service.
For over two decades, Soapstones has been providing their clients with luxurious products that delight the senses. Their lovingly crafted, natural products – from bath oils to scented candles – are a favourite of many in the community and beyond.
With a variety of décor and collections built from Pine, Maple, Wormy Maple, Walnut, Oak, Cherry, Poplar and Ash, Wooden Penny is a must-visit when in Huntsville. Natural wood provides that warm, nostalgic feeling of days gone by; walking through the store can bring back those amazing memories.
Plan Your Place to Stay for Fall
A hop, skip and a jump away from Highway 60 – and close enough to the downtown core – the Best Western Plus Muskoka Inn gives guests the service the brand is known for with an added touch of Muskoka hospitality. With an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, in-room free Wi-Fi and a complimentary deluxe full breakfast, they provide plenty of comfort in a great location.
Location is a key component of finding accommodations; specifically, a place that has quick and care-free access to where you want to go. Those looking for a rustic place to stay that’s close to all the wonderful things to do in Huntsville will be happy with what the Comfort Inn has to offer.
Lovely décor and a short walk to Downtown Huntsville are just two of the reasons to choose Crews On Inn. Located on Main Street West, the Inn has only three private suites, making it a nice option for those preferring a more intimate setting.
A destination resort known throughout the world, Deerhurst is also home to many of the wonderful Fall activities listed above. With quality restaurants, a large pool, fitness rooms, business centre, plus almost any amenity you can think of, it’s a great home base for extended stays in Huntsville.
If budget is a motivating factor in choosing where to stay, the Econo Lodge in the West End of Huntsville is one of the more affordable options available. You won’t get a lot of frills, but you will get value for your dollar.
A favourite of many repeat visitors to the area, Hidden Valley Resort has plenty of room options and features stunning views of Peninsula Lake. They’re pet friendly (upon request), have a wonderful bar and restaurant, there is a pool and spa, and plenty of other amenities and activities to enjoy.
A newly renovated indoor pool, hot breakfasts, and the service the Holiday Inn brand is known for is located a stone’s throw from Highway 60 and a short trip to the downtown core. With 87 rooms to choose from, most people’s needs can be met.
Planning to spend most of your time out on adventures and just looking for a place to lay your head at a decent rate? If that’s your fancy, then the Knights Inn is the place to stay while visiting Huntsville.
A stay at Morgan House Bed & Breakfast is worth the trip to Huntsville all on its own. Located right beside the Find Your Wild property, Morgan House gives you the full Muskoka experience, complete with an onsite art studio, serene surroundings, welcoming hosts, and much more.
It’s been decades since the Rainbow Inn first opened, and despite changes in ownership, it’s still a family run business. Walking distance to restaurants, pubs and retail outlets allows you to enjoy an extra beverage or two while out on the town.
With spacious rooms and welcoming décor – as well as a couple jacuzzi suites for romantic getaways – the King William has been a popular place to stay for many visitors over the years. It’s also within easy walking distance of all the things to see and do in historic Downtown Huntsville.
Bonus! Did you Get Sweater Weather Vouchers? Here is the full list of where to redeem your vouchers until November 30:
- 3 Guys and a Stove
- Affogato Cafe + Gelato
- Algonquin Cafe & Deli
- Algonquin Outfitters
- Amba Spa at Deerhurst
- The Artisan House
- Artisans of Muskoka
- The Antler Steakhouse
- Back of Beyond Equine Centre
- The Birches Restaurant
- Canvas Brewing Co.
- Christmas Tyme
- Compass Grill
- The Cutter’s Edge
- Decorated on Main
- Deerhurst Disc Golf Course
- Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course
- Deerhurst Indoor Rock Wall
- Deerhurst Lakeside Golf Course
- Deerhurst Resort General Store
- East Side Mario’s
- Eclipse Art Gallery
- Eclipse Restaurant & Terrace
- Family Place Restaurant
- Farmer’s Daughter
- Fibre Studio & Gallery
- Find Your Wild
- The Framing Place & Gallery
- The Great Vine
- Huntsville Bowl
- Huntsville Brewhouse
- Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse
- Main St. Local Kitchen
- Maple Bluff Farm
- Maple Pub & Patio
- Minds Alive
- MJD Paintball
- Muskoka Jewellery Design
- Muskoka North Good Food Co-op
- Muskoka on the Rocks Pub
- The Nutty Chocolatier
- The Potter’s Studio & Gallery
- The Record Shoppe
- Reflections of Muskoka
- Rustic Homespun Designs
- Sandhill Nursery
- Soapstones Natural Skincare
- That Little Place By The Lights
- Two Horse Gallery
- Westside Fish & Chips
- Windmill Bakery & Bistro
- Wooden Penny
- Yamaha Riding Adventures
- Zig Zag Escape Rooms
All those excursions plus plenty of places to eat and drink, retail outlets featuring original items, and a vibrant community await you in Huntsville, Ontario.
So join us to experience everything else that Huntsville in the fall has to offer!