Here in Muskoka, enjoying local cuisine, creative cocktails, and unmatched scenery are summer staples. Whether you’re seeking historic charm, lakeside lounging, or elegant dining, Muskoka offers experiences for every type of foodie. We’ve compiled a selection of unique, local, must-try destinations. With unparalleled views and diverse cuisine, this summer you truly can savour the sights of Muskoka!
1. Tall Trees Restaurant
Located in the heart of Huntsville, Ontario, sits Tall Trees Restaurant. This genteel establishment was founded over 30 years ago, in a charming, historic former mayoral home. Built in the 1890s, the home served multiple functions, and its history is evident throughout the vast 4 acre property. Enjoy elevated-casual cuisine, little twists on simple yet delicious ingredients, paired with decadent wines and cocktails. Overlook the Bay in the restaurant’s unique, fully screened and heated outdoor gazebos. A private space for you and your family and friends, whether you choose to dine bug-free in the summer, or toasty in the winter, Tall Trees offers guests a dining experience you won’t forget.
2. Jack & Stella
Vibrant with historic charm, Bala, Ontario, delights every traveller. Where one can imagine steamboats once docked and sailors once roamed, sits the old general store building – or as it’s known now, Jack & Stella. Come for the smoothies and decadent sandwiches, and stay for the atmosphere and experience. In the evenings, enjoy a glass of wine by the lake in Stella’s Lounge, or up in the second floor lookout. Jack & Stella is also excited to be launching Georgie’s L’il doughnuts, ice cream and sundaes. Jack & Stella fuse together furniture, decor, grocery, and other general-store style items, truly restoring this historic space for the modern guest. Be sure to pop by their bottle shop featuring Cavinona wines, Terroni’s exclusive wine agency. A great assortment of Terroni’s products will also be available for purchase.
Jack & Stella is online, and available for pre-orders at jackandstella.com.
Port Carling, Ontario is a well-known destination among frequent cottagers. Surrounded by stunning scenery and charming shops, Beveragino has been a welcome new addition to the community. Beveragino proudly offers a unique, sit-down restaurant experience to their guests. Open at 6am each morning, Beveragino prepares specialty coffees and fresh-baked goods. Guests can indulge in a variety of house-made dishes and cocktails on Beveragino’s patios. Enjoying a day on the water? Come by boat! Try their smoked brisket, fresh smoothies, or even a poke bowl! Visitors can take in the sights of nature, or unique, acclaimed artwork for sale. And, if you’re looking to surprise your partner with a “flowers for no reason” gesture, Beveragino has you covered with fresh bouquets available for purchase. Whether you’re looking for a date night out, or a catered night in, Beveragino is happy to help, 7 days a week.
4. Windermere House
Affectionately referred to as “The Lady of the Lake,” Windermere House has stood over Lake Rosseau since 1870. This historic Victorian landmark concludes our list with its decadent dining experiences: The Rosseau Grill, Veranda, and the Windermere Pub & Patio. Chef Kee returns this year to lead the remarkable in-house sushi program, available in the Grill, Veranda and for take-out. Newly appointed Executive Chef Christopher Duernholz also arrives this year. With experience working in Toronto’s top restaurants, Chef Duernholz offers a new twist on Muskoka classics supplemented by an exciting array of farm-to-table creativity. For guests seeking a beverage or two (or three, why not?), Windermere Pub and Patio is excited to re-open this summer. With a focus on fresh pub fare and Muskoka craft beers, this pub is sure to elevate your Muskoka experience.