It’s Sweater Weather and there is lots to do and even more to eat (and Drink) in Huntsville this fall!
The awe-inspiring hills coloured with fantastic reds, oranges and yellows is why so many visitors flock to Huntsville (and Muskoka as a whole) during autumn’s peak. While there are plenty of photographs illustrating Fall’s colours, it’s a magical event when witnessing them firsthand. Although the weather is a tad bit cooler this time of year, all you’ll need is a good sweater or light jacket when outdoors.
Thinking of outdoors, no trip to Huntsville would be complete without a nice walk a walk along the Hunters Bay Trail trail in town, or one of the many trails in Arrowhead Provincial Park (just minutes from the downtown core). Arrowhead’s Big Bend Lookout and Stubbs Falls trails are great places to take in the full effect of autumn’s leaves. Another in town location for wonderful vistas is at Lions Lookout, where one can see the whole town as well as the natural beauty that surrounds it.
However, the community offers more to see and do than simply soak up the marvelous fall colours and amazing views.
The Sandhill Nursery Fall Festival takes place from September 17th through October 31st and offers plenty of fun activities as well as stunning photo ops – selfies and group shots galore with their fantastic installations.
With so much happening this autumn in Huntsville, you may not need another reason to visit, but we still have one for you! If you’re planning to visit Huntsville this fall (between September 24, 2021 and November 30, 2021), then it’s a good idea to get with the Sweater Weather program.
How to Get Involved in Sweater Weather
How do you get involved in Sweater Weather? Well, just book a minimum stay at a participating location during the September 23 to September 30, 2021 for a fall stay between October 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021 and you can register for one of 500 packages.
The Sweater Weather packages are each $100 in value, and consist of a $50 gas card and $50 in cash vouchers to redeem at participating attractions, restaurants and shops!
There are over 50 tourism businesses to choose from to stay and to spend. And there’s no catch!
Sweater Weather is the perfect package to experience everything Huntsville has to offer in fall, from outdoor adventures to dining and more.
For full details visit: thegreatcanadianwilderness.com/huntsvillesweaterweatherfall2021
All those excursions and activities will cause hunger to stir, but not to worry as Huntsville has an abundance of amazing eateries and cafes waiting for you.
To make things easy, we’ve made a list and let you know a little about more than a few local favourites. So, have a read and then plan your Sweater Weather visit today!
Here are some of amazing restaurants and cafes where your vouchers will come in handy:
This in the know simply know this iconic restaurant as “3 Guys.” From the atmosphere to the delicious meals, 3 Guys and a Stove provides an unforgettable experience for first timers and repeat guests alike.
Those visiting in the fall are in for a treat: their Curry Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup – a 3 Guys staple since 1996 – is full of wonderful flavour. And what better way to end the day than with a delicious soup.
This fun café is located on the other side of Main Street across from the Town Docks and River Mill Park. With a large menu of delightful treats and fantastic beverages, it’s a great place to grab a quick snack and hot beverage on the go.
Speaking of warm beverages, Affogato’s Chai Latte is a must-try when visiting Downtown Huntsville. Grab one to keep you toasty while walking along the docks, in the park, or checking out the amazing nearby shops.
Affordable and delicious are most people’s two favourite words when it comes to food. In this regard, the Algonquin Café and Deli hits the mark. With over 65 years of smoking experience, they use an original spice mixture to dry rub all their meats and fish before smoking them in-house.
But, the Algonquin isn’t all about the smoked meat. Their Mile High Grilled Cheese takes the warm and fuzzy favourite to the next level. This grilled cheese is a triple decker Texas toast creation complete with sliced marble cheese, candied bacon and tomato.
Truly a place where the menu is crafted and designed like a fine piece of art. Using years of culinary experience honed while working in kitchens overseas and in Canada, the executive chef will excite your palate with his palette of flavours.
If you have yet to visit, then you must try the beef stew. Hearty, bold and delicious, it’s served with homemade spaetzle and green beans.
Located beside the Deerhurst Highlands clubhouse, this popular steakhouse offers plenty for the carnivore crowd, while providing many lighter options as well. The scenery isn’t too shabby in the loghouse restaurant either, as the restaurant overlooks the canal between Fairy and Peninsula Lakes.
Being a steakhouse, of course The Antler has high quality cuts available for their guests. Steak lovers are certain to enjoy the 8 oz AAA Beef Tenderloin, served with truffle scented wild mushroom sauté, asparagus, crushed fingerling gratin potatoes, and a smoked herb/garlic/peppercorn reduction.
A Canadian classic treat if there every was one. BeaverTails has plenty of options to satisfy that sweet tooth, at the corner of Main Street and Brunel Road.
While the flavours vary from the Classic (golden pastry sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar) to the Brownie (topped with Chocolate hazelnut spread, brownie pieces, and white chocolate chunks), Fall is a great time to try the Apple Pie (complete with Apple pie filling with whole apple slices, caramel sauce, and crumble).
With awesome views of Peninsula Lake and Hidden Valley Highlands Ski hill, The Birches Restaurant at Hidden Valley Resort offers a little something for everyone. It’s a great place for an easy night out and grabbing dinner and drinks with friends.
And when visiting The Birches, have a taste of their Chicken Wings, which go great with a nice draft beer. In fact, combo it up and go for a pitcher and a pound.
Fall visitors can warm up with a beer at Canvas Brewing Company. Opened in 2019 in downtown Huntsville, Canvas has quickly earned a reputation for well-made craft beer in a great setting. Their brewery includes a taproom with 20 taps and a 3200 square feet of event space.
Speaking of warming up, try the Imperial Spiced Ale, which is made from sweet caramel malts and a combination of species and herbs. With a rosemary-lemon-pine flavour and aroma, there in a minty-ness brought from thyme. Nutmeg in the recipe provides warmth, with hints of nuts and sweet notes arising from the cinnamon.
Hey! Budda-boom, Budda-bing! It’s fun and catchy slogan which goes well with East Side Mario’s easy-going atmosphere. Great for a family night, gathering with friends, or just a couple, the menu of Italian-American favourites.
To fill a hungry belly, try Mario’s Spaghettini and Meatballs. It’s certain to satisfy with loads of spaghettini, meatballs and topped with Mario’s signature tomato sauce.
An extensive breakfast menu featuring all the favourites, a dinner menu that melds pub classics and chef creations, combined with fantastic lake vistas make Eclipse a top choice for either the first or last meal of the day. Situated inside the main building at Deerhurst Resort, Eclipse isn’t only the place to go for overnight guests.
The Mushroom Ravioli will tingle those taste buds and is a great vegetarian option. The stuffed pasta is tossed with root vegetable puree, roasted cauliflower, Brussel sprout leaves, diced tomato, fresh herb pesto, shredded parmesan, and spiced pumpkin seeds.
Known for making quality comfort food in a welcoming restaurant, Family Place has been a Huntsville favourite for generations. While there are many wonderful choices on the menu, the breakfast dishes and homemade pizza are true staples.
And if going with a staple, then what better than a Pepperoni Pizza (either dine in or take out). This true classic is just what you want without any frills; pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce.
Locally sourced fare with plenty of choice from the taps, the Huntsville Brewhouse by Lake of Bays Brewing Co. has quickly become a top choice for nibblies and brews by both locals and visitors. With an onsite microbrewery and knowledgeable staff – as well as a central location – it’s the place to pop-in for lunch or dinner.
For a hearty meal, order the Oven Baked Man ‘N’ Cheese; it’s made with Monterey Jack, mozzarella, 3-year-old cheddar and parmesan cheese in a creamy white sauce, topped with herbed spent grain crumble and more parmesan. Ask your server to recommend a nice brew to accent the flavours.
A well-known franchise to many, Kelsey’s is a friendly place to have a meal with friends, family and coworkers. Great drinks, great laughs and plenty of yummy meals to choose from keep people going back for more.
Everyone has their go-to dish at Kelsey’s, but you would do yourself a disservice if you never try the full rack of ribs. These fall-off-the bone pork back ribs are slow cooked with BBQ sauce and served with your choice of sauce, side and coleslaw.
Serving “feel-good food” that is about passion and supporting local farmers, Main St. Local is a lovely place to visit at any time of the day. Family owned and operated since it’s inception, the restaurant takes great pride in preparation and service.
A visit to the Local is a great way to start the day, so header over for The Original Breakfast. It’s exactly what you need to get the body feeling good: two eggs, choice of bacon, ham, sausage or peameal with home fries and toast.
Deerhurst Resort’s pub and patio is a laid-back place to have a meal and enjoy good company throughout the day. Stop in for lunch or dinner and take in the scenery as the Maple overlooks both Sunset Bay and the Lakeside golf course.
When in a classic Canadian pub setting, why not go for a classic Canadian dish, eh? Grab your beverage of choice and order a good helping of the Maple’s classic poutine.
Just outside of Huntsville along Highway 60 is Muskoka on the Rocks, where you’ll feel welcome when you arrive and well-fed before you depart. Several indoor dining areas and a nice patio accompanying a well-appointed pub.
If you love burgers, you must have the Muskoka Burger at least once.
You know you’re doing something right when Italians walk in the door and the aroma reminds them of Nonna’s cooking. Well, that sums up That Little Place By The Lights pretty well: each dish is made with love like they’re making a meal for their own family.
Which brings us to Annie’s Famous Lasagna (also none to many as Mama Annie’s or Nonna Annie’s lasagna). This hearty but delicate lasagna literally melts in your mouth as the layers of homemade noodles, béchamel and bolognese sauce, and other ingredients melt in your mouth.
It’s hard not to figure out where and what this restaurant is best known for; it would be pretty funny (or maybe silly) to name a rib joint Westside Fish & Chips. Located on Main Street West, the favourite local haunt has been dishing out tasty fish and chips for decades.
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Well, head over and order a Signature English Style Fish and Chips to enjoy. Choose from haddock, white fish, or halibut, to go with the side of fries and coleslaw.
Walking through the doors at Windmill is like arriving at baked-goods heaven. The sweet aromas and mouth-watering selections are all so good it will be hard to choose what to take home. Of course, that means you’ll have to splurge a little while you’re there.
It’s also the best time of year for many harvest creations, so make sure and take home a pumpkin pie to share with your family and friends. Or don’t share … we won’t judge!
Plan Your Place to Stay for Sweater Weather
Each of the following accommodations’ partners are taking part in the Sweater Weather 2021 voucher offer. Have a read more and learn about each.
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.
Here is the full list of where to redeem your vouchers (including incredible spots to dine):
- 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, come for the leaves but stay a while and experience everything else that Sweater Weather and Huntsville have to offer!