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Raft, Ride and Retreat to Calabogie

SummerAdventure-eblastbannerNever mind the calendar, summer is here and if you haven’t started thinking about where you and the family will spend time away from work and school, here are three new options to help seal the deal. These are three brand new hotel packages intended to provide adventure and escape for our guests. Have a look and feel free to click on the banners below to check out more on our website and book online.

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Two Night Hotel Special

Experience a whitewater adventure on the Ottawa River as part of your stay at Calabogie Peaks with meals and transportation included.

Our Ottawa River Rafting package includes…

  • 2 night accommodation (Sunday and Monday nights only)
  • Breakfast served on both mornings
  • Chef’s dinner on Sunday night
  • Rafting on the Ottawa River with Owl Rafting on Monday (lunch included)
  • Transportation to and from Owl Rafting
  • Price is based on double-occupancy in a standard room per night
  • Package does not include taxes

Available Dates: June 8th to August 30th, 2016
Minimum Number of Nights: 2 nights (Sunday & Monday only)
Available Units: Standard Room

RideTheHighlands_TwitterRide The Highlands Hotel Special

Ride the curves, twisties, entertaining elevation and miles of paved paradise to Calabogie Peaks. Stay the night, enjoy the tranquility of the Ontario Highlands, and head back out with a $20 gas card.

Our Ride The Highlands package includes…

  • 1 night accommodation
  • Breakfast at Canthooks Restaurant
  • A $20 gas card (limit to one per room)
  • Price is based on double-occupancy in a standard room
  • Package does not include taxes

Available Dates: June 8th to October 31st, 2016
Minimum Number of Nights: 1 night
Available Units: Standard Room

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Celebrate the season with friends and family as you enjoy the greatest traditions of the summer.

Our Country Retreat package includes…

  • 2 night accommodation in a Deluxe room or 1-bedroom condo
  • Breakfast at Canthooks Restaurant
  • A welcome basket in your room, including local maple syrup
  • Price is based on double-occupancy in a Deluxe room
  • Package does not include taxes

Available Dates: June 8th to November 30th, 2016
Minimum Number of Nights: 2 nights
Available Units: Deluxe rooms or 1-bedroom condo

Snowbound #1: Stay & Play @ Calabogie

It’s time to start thinking snow! In the two years I’ve been here with Calabogie Peaks, there’s one thing I’ve learned: you guys LOVE snow. Even a video of snow falling on the mountain a couple of weeks ago caught your attention. Everyone behind the scenes has been busy getting hotel packages, Snow School programs, terrain parks, ticket prices, and everything ready to rock for the day we officially open for the season. (And before the comments start rolling in, we have not yet set an official open date until we can set a true open date based on weather patterns, snowmaking, and more. That means when we open, we want to throw the gates back and let everyone enjoy the full mountain from day one!)
The goal with this series of posts we call Snowbound is to give you a heads up to what’s coming this season and how you can take advantage of terrific savings this winter, starting with our brand new hotel packages. We’ve had the honour of servings guests from Kingston, Toronto, New York, Connecticut, and beyond on a weekly basis. The big thing they like to do is mix relaxation with activities, so our theme for this year is to provide exactly that. Each of these hotel packages provides an opportunity to ski, dine, even take lessons for those who want to brush up on an old sport or try something new.

STAY & SKI
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We’ll start with a classic, perhaps the most popular hotel package we’ve ever offered. It’s simple: for every night you stay at the Calabogie Peaks Hotel, you get a free lift ticket to enjoy a day on the mountain. Starting at $84 per person (based on double occupancy), it’s the perfect deal for anyone who wants to ski first and sleep later.

CHRISTMAS VACATION
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Imagine 3 nights living the dream. Waking up in the morning and stepping onto the deck with a cup of hot coffee to watch the sun shine on the mountain, sitting with the family for breakfast at our Canthooks restaurant, shredding your way up and down The Peaks all day before returning for dinner to hear exciting tales of the day’s adventure. That’s what our new Christmas Vacation package is all about. Available exclusively from December 22nd until January 2nd, this minimum 3-night package provides breakfast, dinner, and lift tickets for the entire stay. All starting at $159 per person, per day (based on double occupancy).

LEARN TO SKI/BOARD
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Everyone has to start somewhere and we have a package for anyone looking to give this ultimate Canadian winter sport a shot. The Learn To Ski/Board package not only provides a stay in our hotel, but throws in a lift ticket and a lesson with our highly trained and experienced Snow School instructors. Starting at $127 per person (based on double occupancy), cross this goal off your bucket list and return home feeling ready to take on the world.

HOT DATES, HOT RATES
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There are only two things that should be hot this time of year: the thermostat and hotel deals. Our Hot Dates, Hot Rates page of hidden gems holds some sweet surprises, so be sure to bookmark it and check regularly. For example, you can save 50% off any 2-night stay in November. Or if you’re planning on a 3-night midweek stay, take advantage of Resorts of Ontario’s Free Tuesdays promotion taking place right now until the end of November.
For more great deals on your next winter stay, be sure to keep an eye on our Stay & Play page. Next time, we’ll reveal our exciting new Snow School programs, including the return of the Parent & Tot lessons, mastering the cross track, even taking the first step to become a ski instructor.

Six Months And Counting…

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A lot of people may not be aware that Calabogie Peaks is a year-round resort offering activities both exciting and relaxing. Sure, we have our impressive skiing and snowboarding on the biggest vertical mountain in Ontario with a recognized and adored Ski School and all the perks that come with our winter season… but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. But that’s not all I want to talk about today.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Todd Crapper (yes, you read that right) and I’m the Graphic Designer/Social Media Specialist for Calabogie Peaks. It’s my job to be the voice of the Peaks, to spread the message and share the excitement of everything we have going on at this fabulous resort. And I’m not just saying that as an employee; this is coming from someone who absolutely adores this place. When I was first hired on back in November of last year, I was incredibly excited about this opportunity. To be honest, I was sold on becoming part of the Peaks based on the drive alone. As someone who grew up in the the Greater Toronto Area and lived for 15 years in Ottawa, switching from traffic jams and accident reports on the radio to gliding solo alongside the Madawaska River was tempting beyond belief. I have to admit, I’d never been here before and had Googled pictures of the resort, but when I drove down the embankment and the trees parted to reveal the majesty of this property, I knew this job had to be mine. It was going to be an uphill battle to learn about all the inner workings of a resort like Calabogie Peaks as someone who has never downhill skied or ever worked in this field before, of that there was no doubt. If you’ve ever been here before, you know how friendly and engaging the staff are with their customer and that remained as I began to work with this team to help spread the word on just how awesome this place is. I am truly blessed to be a part of it and now my role is to make you want to become part of it too.

That was six months ago and what a crazy and exciting six months it was. Aside from the usual learning curve you go through at any new job, there were many challenges and struggles along the way, but I’m happy to say we ended up with a great season. From a social media standpoint, we were able to increase our followers on both Facebook and Twitter by 30%, website traffic is up 15% (with new visitors up by 30%), and we’ve begun to play around with other media such as Instagram and Google+ as well. More importantly, we’ve heard so many great things from our guests and customers about how much they have enjoyed their time at Calabogie Peaks and how they’re looking forward to coming back for more skiing, golfing, dining, and more. It’s been hectic at times, but I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a great team and meet many of you who are truly fans of the Peaks.

There’s a reason why I’m getting into all this personal background with you – it’s the personal touch that you get with the Peaks. We provide the same perks and features of many larger resorts, yet with that friendly country feel that makes us stand out. Providing that same accommodation through social media with all of its fast-paced, low-character, short-lived flurry of updates, shares, and cat photos is tricky. There’s so much going on in our world – both virtual and physical – that it becomes more important to have that opportunity to experience a human touch with all this communication. That’s what I want to bring to you and remind those of you have been here once before or those who are only discovering the Peaks for the first time online – that sense of community and country comfort that’s close to home.

So if you think all that melted snow means we’re shutting down for the next six months, you are way off, my friends. At this very moment, our Ironwoods 9-hole golf course is available to the public, preparations are under way to get our Boathouse Bar & Grill ready for the Victoria Day long weekend and it’s just over a month until the 2nd Annual Calabogie Country Music Festival begins (featuring our headliner, Canadian country icon, Michelle Wright). After that, there’s the 4th Annual Calabogie Blues & Ribfest Music Festival, complete with actual blues music, a finger-licking array of BBQ ribs, camping, and headliners such as the infamous David Wilcox and Jimmie Vaughan. (All of this was recently featured on the Ottawa Citizens’ website; feel free to check it out.) That’s not even the half of it with hotel specials for the spontaneous traveler and active family alike, we are in full swing for the spring and summer months.
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There we have it. Let me assure you, if my workload is not slowing down as the temperature rises, we are just beginning to pick up the pace and it’s my job to share all these activities with you, fair reader. It’s my job to convince you why you and your family, friends, and co-workers should choose Calabogie Peaks for your next time away from the city close to home. If you’re not following us on Facebook or Twitter yet, click on the blue and keep in touch with us. Better yet, you can contact me directly at my office by email (tcrapper@calabogie.com) or by phone (1-800-669-4861, extension 1603). Let’s make the most of this summer and enjoy the outdoors as true Canadians. I know I will.