The Briars Blog
The Briars is full of stories waiting to be told.
Activities and events, historical insights, celebrity visits, and of course the abundant, majestic beauty of the property as it transitions from season to season. Whenever we get a chance to take a breath, we occasionally sit down to reflect on the beauty of this place, and our wonderful experiences here.
The results of those reflections are captured in this, The Briars Blog.
Over the last 150 years, Canada has faced growth, loss, challenge, triumph, and also acceptance – that although our country isn’t perfect, our people are our lifeblood and positive change is within our reach.
At The Briars, we believe that all people deserve the same respect, service, access, and opportunity as one another. We also believe that to serve our guests in the best way possible; we need to offer a diverse selection of foods, services, and things to do.
Soothing and beautifying – The Briars pedicures will soften your “soles” and brighten your day
As relaxing as any spa treatment, a pedicure has the added benefit of bringing a splash of colour to your getaway at The Briars. Let our accomplished spa staff soothe away any aches and pains and leave you polished to perfection.
The Briars Spa is the ideal retreat for women to connect and recharge but it’s only the beginning
Ladies love a weekend away with their closest friends but finding a beautiful and affordable destination can be difficult. Who hasn’t dreamed of spa days interspersed with physical activities, outstanding food, wines, and surrounded by the glory of nature?
Saying ‘thank you’ to the women and men who are closest to you is no easy feat
They’ve stood by your side through thick and thin, and now they’re attending to your every need on the biggest day of your life: your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Such loyal friendship, devotion, and unwavering support is worthy of acknowledgement and reward. But what kind of reward?
Discover true tranquility and embrace an easygoing lifestyle at our heritage lakeside resort
Conquering life’s stresses, pressing the “reset” button, and replenishing your mind and spirit by allowing yourself to relax takes a little effort. How ironic.
Excited to take to the links? Read our five pre-golf game tips and improve your game
In Canadian Leslie Nielsen’s uproarious parody of golf entitled, “Bad Golf Made Easier”, the late comedic actor demonstrates many bad golf swings while detailing the frustrations most recreational golfers feel, and how to circumvent them.
Think location first and foremost if you want to ensure your next event is a memorable one!
As winter slowly fades away and we anxiously await to welcome spring’s warm embrace, businesses across a myriad of industries are gearing up for the start of conference season. Amidst the hustle and bustle of preparing programs, itineraries, and booking speakers, making your business rendezvous with colleagues and customers a truly memorable one can be a tall order.
Dry skin can’t be cured by everyday moisturizer alone. Learn how to quench and protect your parched epidermis
Between the harshness of winter’s unforgiving chill outside and the dehydrating warmth of relentless central heating in your home and workplace, no wonder your skin feels dry, itchy, and unpleasant. The weather may be starting to turn, but we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from our clients about how they should take care of their skin throughout the year, especially as spring takes hold.
There is something incredibly romantic about a winter wedding. Many couples are choosing to celebrate their nuptials off-season with a winter wonderland celebration. With a sprinkle of snow and the twinkle of fairy lights, these weddings are proving to be more and more popular.
Here’s what you should know before planning your winter wedding!
Yesterday, our friends Jake Charles and Chantelle of First Nation Cultural Tours, from Chippewas of Georgina Island, First Nation, helped eighteen Briars guests create dream catchers. Tomorrow, they'll help our guests create medicine bags!
If you have prepared your house for sale and gone through the process of decluttering and staging -- so suddenly the house can breathe and you see how beautiful it is (so, why leave?) -- you'll understand what has happened to us with the Manor House verandah.
My recent re-read of Sheila Burnford's The Incredible Journey reminds me of what's happening here, as we move forward with a number of projects.
Should you need an outsider's pint of view about summer, we're pleased to present Will Tang's blog, Going Awesome Places. We had a great time with Will and Chantelle, who stayed at The Briars for several days in late August.
Dancing with Zumba instructor Oksana Kalinina is high energy fun. A professor by trade, on weekends Oksana lets loose and helps our guests let the trapped energy flow!
Fitness coach Sheila Maxwell helps you discover the rage from Scandinavia, Nordic Walking, where proper technique helps you gets a safe, full body workout.
Our Canadian build 1920's styled fan-tailed classic launch has been cruising the south shores of Lake Simcoe for 25 years, getting people out on the lake's "shining waters" [as named by the indigenous peoples] where they chat and learn about local ecology and folklore.
When paddling into the beautiful Black River in summer you will not end up the situation that my friend Colin and I had in very early spring.
Though cooking shows have always drawn me, I have always found them somewhat overwhelming. The host talks too quickly, cake dough goes in the oven and instantly comes out decorated, and in 11 or 22 minutes an entire meal is gathered, prepared, cooked, served and tasted. I can't catch it all. Cooking with the Chef is not like that!
Last night was a gorgeous summer evening, with a gentle breeze, comfortable temperatures, no mosquitoes and partial cloud so no one was blinded by the dropping sun. It was the perfect night for what is an ancient rite at The Briars -- a Wednesday night barbecues followed by a sing-song. At least the custom is more ancient than I am!
Twenty of us joined Sean Chubbuck today for Garden to Table tour of The Briars herb garden. Sean really enjoys his time with the Briars guests which reminds him of a favourite time in his life when he was an intern in Disney's life science/horticultural program! You may have seen the photos I posted on The Briars Facebook page a few days back, with Sean and three generations of guests mixing and stirring cream, milk and other goodies, then eating the results: ice cream! Sean and "eat-what-you-make" seem to go together.
When I dropped by Forrest and Taylor yesterday, Greg was just finishing up the Duckie Launching Pad for the Duckie Races to the Dam at the High Street Festival this weekend. (Don't forget to purchase your Rubber Duckie Racer ticket!) He was very pleased with the raft, but wasn't quite sure how to legally get the oversized raft from his parking lot to the river...
Coming across the golf course last night, I was musing on my youngest child's birthday and the stars overhead...
It was a pleasure to walk through the tree blossoms this morning, with guests playing on the lawn, golfers out enjoying a round and Lake Simcoe glittering under the spring sunshine. The property has exploded into its spring glory, but so late that an awful lot is going on to catch up: