If Rowena’s Inn on The River was halfway around the world, I would hop on a plane to get there – that’s how wonderful it is. Luckily for me and other Vancouverites, this charming family-owned lodge, absolutely brimming with history, is less than a two-hour drive away, located in the small town of Harrison Mills, population 79.
With television-free rustic cottages and inn rooms, a cozy, locally-minded restaurant mere steps from your front door, an award-winning golf course on property and Harrison Hot Springs just 20 minutes away, it has everything you need for a fulfilling yet intensely-relaxing holiday. And with winter room/cottage rates from $99 to $179, it couldn’t be more inviting.
Not convinced? Here are 10 reasons why you’ll fall in love with Rowena’s Inn.
1. Rustic Cottages Overlooking the River
Once inside, with the wood-burning fireplace roaring, all need for the outside world disappears. With a view of the river, these cozy cabins – named after the owner’s nieces and nephews – have heated bathroom floors, four-poster king sized beds, jacuzzis and best of all, no televisions. Upon arrival, a cheese plate and bottle of wine will await your indulgence…heaven?
2. Wood-burning Fireplace
This is the real deal, complete with over two day’s worth of spider-free firewood, kindling, newspaper and two large recliners from which you can bask in the fire’s glow and chit-chat the night away. If you get ambitious and leave the property, chances are there will be a fire built for you upon your return home – all you have to do is light the match.
A hearty meal is delivered to your cottage doorstep by golf cart each morning. Stay in your PJs, re-light the fire and dive into your large picnic basket filled with a pot of hot coffee, orange juice, muffins, fruit and an egg dish (we enjoyed a delicious eggs benny with toast, bacon and hashbrowns). The only thing left on your early morning agenda is to sink back into bed with a good book and the symphony of the crackling fire.
4. High Tea
Pretty Estates English-style manor at the center of the grassy property is filled with history-laden antiques, hand-carved tables (once sat at by royalty) and vintage furnishings collected by the parents of owner and president Betty-Anne Faulkner. This is a perfect setting for high tea service ($19.95), which includes dainty sandwiches, fresh buttery scones served with Devonshire cream and jam and more. Gluten free options are available, too.