A simple indulgence, off-grid and out of sight, nestled among an old stand of forest along the shores of Lake Ontario, The Nook is a secluded cabin ideal for couples who are looking for the perfect escape. Part retreat, part refuge, it features a private sandy-pebbled beach, a fully-equipped propane-powered kitchen (fridge, freezer, oven, water heater and lights) and three-piece bathroom, complete with claw-foot bathtub. The instructions manual offers easy step-by step explanations of how things work at the Nook.
Though only ten minutes east of Picton along Adolphus Reach (and ten minutes from Ruth’s Canteen), The Nook could be a million miles from nowhere. It offers the calm of languid days and the comfort of tranquil nights, whether you’re lounging on the screened-in porch or surveying the shoreline by sea kayak. In short, it’s funky, unfussy and blissful.
Unfortunately (or not), The Nook is unsuitable for children and only good dogs are allowed, with permission. Cell phones will get a signal, though wireless Internet is a maybe/maybe not proposition. Guests are also expected to bring their own bedding (e.g. sheets, pillow cases, duvets), with Ruth supplying the blankets and pillows. And for those so inclined, you can read more about The Nook in the press section, The Cottage Unplugged, from May 2001 edition of Cottage Life.
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From summer sanctuary to winter haven, The Nook is also a perfect hideaway for those wanting a cozy lodge to curl up in come the chill. Equipped with a wood stove that provides the hot water (and the prospect of a wood-burning outdoor sauna later this year), visitors can enjoy no end of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even endless skating if the bay permits. A parking spot is kept ploughed at the top of the road, as a steep-ish driveway prevents parking down below. Quiet season runs from November through February. The Nook is closed during the “Mud Season” of March, April and sometimes May.
The Black River Bunkie
The Black River Bunkie occupies that space where the spirit of simple, gracious living mingles with the soul of living wild. This modestly-sized, two-floor cabin – complete with mini- kitchen, composting toilet (full bathroom with shower in the main house), as well as charming second floor bedroom and balcony – is nestled back on the lot at Ruth’s Canteen amidst a rambling organic garden and sculptural picnic areas. Solar-powered and clad in reclaimed 100 year-old barn-roofing, the Bunkie is designed for a couple looking to lose themselves for a spell.
Backing onto an expanse of dense, mature forest surrounding McMahon Bluff, the Bunkie is an idle stroll from two renowned County institutions: the Black River Cheese Factory and Vicki’s Veggies. It’s even closer to a public boat launch where you could put in for a choice of lazy river kayaking or open lake paddling. There’s much to explore, if so inclined, but there’s just as much joy to be found lounging on the property pondering the birds and gardens, the sun and the stars. Cyclists might pack a picnic lunch from Ruth’s Canteen , and enjoy the day-trip routes to nearby Little Bluff, Long Dog Winery, and the Long Point National Birdwatching Site. Whether you’re in need of a peaceful retreat, a productive space, or just a place to reclaim your sanity, you may well find it here.
It’s unsuited for children and, please, no dogs. Bedding is supplied, as well as some kitchen basics. Rates are remarkably reasonable and there is the option to let Ruth handle some of your food needs .