Have you heard about all the exciting changes at Deerhurst Resort this summer? With over $1.2 million spent this winter and spring on improving the way our guests experience Deerhurst and Muskoka, you will see and experience a fresh new feel to many areas of the resort. And, in-keeping with our rich heritage and classic Muskoka setting, all of the changes have been designed to further the amazing sense of place we have here – in the heart of cottage country.
Seriously, what’s more ‘Muskoka’ than a giant swim dock from which to jump into the water? That’s just one of the new features guests can expect at Deerhurst this summer.
Check-out all the projects we have on the go – and get ready for one of the BEST summers yet right here at Deerhurst!
NEW Waterfront Space at Sunset Bay!
The new Sunset Bay area will add 900 feet of lakeside enjoyment to the existing beachfront area. Guests will enjoy a 60 ft. swim dock extending right into the middle of the bay, a beach sand play area with sun loungers, beach volleyball court, floating water hammocks (yes hammocks that float in the water – how great is that?!), a park area with picnic tables and a new wedding/event space, All it took was a little rerouting of the Deerhurst Lakeside golf course and the creation of a walkway to connect the Pavilion with the lake. The new bay area almost doubles the waterfront that is now accessible by all guests.
Guests can stretch and take in the view starting June 15.
Indoor Treehouse Playspace
Deerhurst is bringing Muskoka outdoor fun indoors! This new playspace opposite the existing Stargazer Ridge children’s arcade and rock climbing wall features an obstacle climbing course leading to a log themed ‘clubhouse’ at the top of a sculpted tree, ideal for toddlers all the way through to age 10. Plus, there is also a toddler area a climb’n slide, soft foam flooring and activity panel.
Kids get ready to climb, explore and slide starting May 20!
Muskoka’s Only Escape Cabins
With their mystery solving challenges, adrenaline inducing time limits and the pure fun of working – or should we say playing – together, it’s no wonder Escape Rooms are the latest wave of experiential entertainment. Families can step into a real-life enactment inspired by computer mystery games, while corporate groups have a blast while building trust and teamwork. This summer, Deerhurst Resort will open two themed escape game buildings each designed to fit with our rustic, wooded surroundings: The Prospector Cabin and The Artist Cottage which is based loosely on the Tom Thomson story in Algonquin Park. Both cabins are designed with two different games that vary in complexity to suit families and adult groups.
Guests can enjoy this starting in the summer of 2017.
When it came to choosing a refreshed look for Deerhurst’s lobby, the resort reached out to another cottage country landmark, Hilltop Interiors in Rosseau. Rich tones, comfy leather furnishings and a chandelier updated with Edison lights will be unified by a warmly coloured central area rug. Coming soon, the focal point will be a stylized wooden deer head sculpture mounted on the newly painted wall above the fireplace, which is anchored between two stone pillars. The overall effect recalls the grand Muskoka resorts of a century ago but with a modern, welcoming vibe.
See the new look on June 10.
Pavilion Room & Summit Lodge Refresh
Sometimes it’s the details that can make a big difference. Accenting the existing cottage country-inspired tartan drapery in the Pavilion Rooms will be deep red bed skirts and bed runners over simple white duvets, while decorative pillows with a deer motif playfully tribute the resort’s namesake. Lindgren Pottery soap dishes, comfortable new desk chairs and other accents add Muskoka touches. In the Summit Lodges freshly painted walls highlight new rich red toned sofabeds accented by the same deer motif throw pillows.
Guests can snuggle up in these rooms starting June 15.
Maple Pub & Patio Lawn Expansion
One of the best views in Muskoka is getting better! The popular patio at Maple Pub is being expanded to include the Deerhurst Lakeside pro-shop entrance and will feature new outdoor bar seating overlooking lake and golf course and a permanent fire pit. The outdoor experience here will now extend to the Maple lawn beside the practice green, which will create an idyllic space for wedding ceremonies, group events, family activities or just enjoying the sun. Now the Maple area will connect seamlessly to the Rotunda and Eclipse decks, campfire pit and waterfront walkway for easy flow of outdoor functions.
Pull up a chair starting May 20.
The Antler Steakhouse
Deerhurst’s popular summer steakhouse is being rebranded from Steamers to The Antler Steakhouse, to connect it more thematically to the resort’s identity and to reflect the woodsy yet polished dining experience that is definitely geared to the carnivore crowd. High end beef, game, northern fish and seafood take centre stage on a menu brimming with locally sourced ingredients, many foraged in season. New table linens, chair upholstery and wall colours compliment the natural loghouse walls and accents. The front room tucked between the main dining area and the Deerhurst Highlands golf pro shop has been redesigned as a lounge where guests and golfers can relax enjoy a beverage before their meal or after their round.
Reservations available starting May 25.
Smaller Projects with BIG Impact
All around the resort guests will see several subtle changes that will give the resort a fresh new feel:
- New ‘quiet cart’ fleet at Deerhurst Highlands
- Peninsula Ballroom carpeting
- New pool furniture
- Fitness room refresh
- Plus several ‘behind the scenes’ updates … that only our Engineering team find interesting!
We can’t wait to show off all these new and exciting things this summer!