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Gone Glamping: This is How You Do an Epic Ladies Weekend

This summer, a group of friends packed their bags and headed out for the woods. What followed was a rustic-themed adventure including a winery tour, lakeside swimming, and an unforgettable farm-to-table dining experience.

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When Adriana Valenciano was tasked with planning a bachelorette party for her friend and bride-to-be, Adia Benson, she knew it had to offer two key things: the great outdoors and unforgettable food. "Addie has been to every major foodie city you can think of," she says. "I knew I had to pick someplace new and different that appealed to her foodie side as well as her love for the great outdoors and adventures." 

 

Enter: Fronterra, a luxury camp site nestled in the woods of the magnificent Prince Edward County, Ontario. While each tent suite gives that "off the grid" feeling of seclusion, it's far from lacking in amenities and fun activities. Take a five-minute walk eastward and you can can peruse their 58-acre waterfront farm. Or, paddle westward off a private dock and you'll arrive at North Beach Park fronting on both North Bay and Lake Ontario for swimming, paddleboarding, and fly fishing. And because of the region's famed wine terrior, there are more than 20 vineyards located within a 10-kilometer radius, all available for an impromptu tour (and maybe a glass of wine or two). Needless to say, it was perfect.

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Welcome to the Woods

"I can't begin to tell you how magical this place was," Addie gushes. "Somehow a beach met a vineyard met a woods and out came Fronterra. Delicious wine, friendly livestock, warm water, and comfortable cuisine and beds. This was the most spectacular place to spend the weekend celebrating my soon-to-be wedding. I loved being there with ladies who — for four days — showered in lake water, outdoor Canadian water, and never unzipped their makeup bags."

Ladies Only

The party included 14 friends. "Saturday, we spent the morning in one tent's kitchen, making eggs and bacon, and mimosas," Addie recalls. "We played bridal games, headed to the dock for the day, and then went to the beach for a swim in the water."

The Camp

The site included a king-sized bed, hardwood floors, an ensuite bathroom, a private outdoor hot shower, and a quaint reading lounge. The private kitchen offered everything a "glamper" could need for the weekend including rugged cast iron cookware, charcoal grill, icebox, tableware complete with wine and beer glasses.

  • Pitching Tents
    Pitching Tents

    Ladies paired up to share the large canvas tents, seven tents in total.

  • Going Off the Grid
    Going Off the Grid

    Two words: no outlets. In Addie's words, "We had lanterns, we had a bose speaker, and we had a blast."

  • A Slice and a Sip
    A Slice and a Sip

    Offsite from camp, the ladies enjoyed lunch at Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard, located just down the road. (And purchased a bottle of wine for the road.)

  • New Names
    New Names

    The G in that blue cupboard came with notable meaning. "My new last name will be Gundry," Addie says. "Our party hashtag was #GoingGundry. We thought it would be fun to put in the outdoor kitchen."

  • What's Cooking
    What's Cooking

    Farm-to-table dining is done right here with vegetables sourced from the farm's garden and eggs from the chicken coop.

  • A Winery Detour
    A Winery Detour

    Set in the rural landscape of Prince Edward Country, this vineyard is just one of several in the local area.

  • Pitching Tents
    Pitching Tents

    Ladies paired up to share the large canvas tents, seven tents in total.

  • New Names
    New Names

    The G in that blue cupboard came with notable meaning. "My new last name will be Gundry," Addie says. "Our party hashtag was #GoingGundry. We thought it would be fun to put in the outdoor kitchen."

  • Going Off the Grid
    Going Off the Grid

    Two words: no outlets. In Addie's words, "We had lanterns, we had a bose speaker, and we had a blast."

  • What's Cooking
    What's Cooking

    Farm-to-table dining is done right here with vegetables sourced from the farm's garden and eggs from the chicken coop.

  • A Slice and a Sip
    A Slice and a Sip

    Offsite from camp, the ladies enjoyed lunch at Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard, located just down the road. (And purchased a bottle of wine for the road.)

  • A Winery Detour
    A Winery Detour

    Set in the rural landscape of Prince Edward Country, this vineyard is just one of several in the local area.

The Farm-to-Table Dinner

Arranged by the hosting couple, Jens and Inge Burgen, the ladies enjoyed a five-star meal in the middle of the farmland. "Farm-to-table is very popular, as we all know," Addie says. "This welcome dinner embodied that very movement. There was respect for every animal, plant, and vine that we spent the weekend surrounded by."

  • Eggcellent Provisions
    Eggcellent Provisions

    Always readily available were fresh organic eggs, courtesy of the farm's chickens.

  • On the Menu
    On the Menu

    The sitdown dinner planned by Meghan Van Horn incorporated fresh produce from the farm, including a chef's specialty of sweet chilled corn soup.

  • Natural Touches
    Natural Touches

    On the table, every small detail was designed to reflect the natural beauty of the farm, from the tablesettings to the the calligraphy on the menus — courtesy of Metta Events, calligrapher Sharon Morgera, and designer Kate Lemish.

  • Eggcellent Provisions
    Eggcellent Provisions

    Always readily available were fresh organic eggs, courtesy of the farm's chickens.

  • On the Menu
    On the Menu

    The sitdown dinner planned by Meghan Van Horn incorporated fresh produce from the farm, including a chef's specialty of sweet chilled corn soup.

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