Last Friday my mom, aunt, and I went on a road trip for the day to a region called Muskoka. If you've never been, it's an area about 90 minutes North of Toronto, where there are 1600 lakes, millions of trees, and, well, let's just say it's gorgeous. The area is full of cottages: beautiful summer homes on the lake with boathouses and guesthouses. If my doll-sewing career ever takes off (probably not at the rate I'm going... 6 in 6 months.... :S) then maybe one day I could afford to have a cottage there. As of right now, the million dollar price tags on most of them are a little out of my price range.
Anyway, amongst the lakes are all sorts of quaint towns that are perfect for sight-seeing, eating ice-cream, and shopping. We decided to make stops in: Rosseau, Huntsville, Bracebridge, and Port Carling. We visited so many stores and antique shops that it's impossible to remember all of them, however here is a sneak peek at a few of them:
Antiques at the Red Barn, Port Carling
Blackbird Vintage Gallery, Huntsville
Hilltop Interiors, Rosseau
The Yellow House Antiques, Port Carling
Urban Rustic Living, Huntsville
Simply Cottage, Bracebridge
I looked everywhere for a teeny, tiny mirror for my teeny, tiny bathroom and finally found the one below. Oh, how I wanted this vintage ceiling tile mirror. Alas the $109 price tag made me put it back. Sigh.
I also found the most adorable little telephone table and chair set. As soon as I set my eyes on it I could picture it painted white, with pretty glass knobs, a little distressed, with a sweet little cushion in my bedroom as a little make-up table. Oh, how I wanted this set! The $225 price tag made me leave this one behind, too. Double sigh.
Just look at those little doors and the tiny drawer. And a little spot for a basketful of lip gloss....
Even though I left two treasures behind, I still came home with four cuter-than-cute finds (see earlier post).
Other highlights of the trip include having lunch at a lakeside restaurant (on the dock!) where I got to mow down on the best sandwich I think I've ever had. Greek chicken flatbread sandwich, yum!
Hearing my aunt yell, "OH DEAR!" when this little fellow ran straight out in front of my car.
And, eating mint-chocolate chip ice-cream (in a waffle cone, of course) at a bakery where they also sell "big ass pies" (see bottom of picture above).I love road trips!
P.S. If you live in Ontario and know of any other good places to shop, pretty please let me know. :)