December 29th, 2014 | Author: christie

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Once upon a time, Rowena’s Inn on the River hosted guests ‘fireside and candlelight’ in its Upper Drawing Room. It was an intimate dining experience, amidst 1920s décor and elegant touches.

Effective December 18th and due to popular request, Rowena’s Inn is excited to evoke the nostalgia that has been dormant for almost 15 years.

“My parents built our home in the early 1900s. True to its original setting, the Innexemplifies a timeless fashion. When we first opened in 1995, we had our guests dine in the Inn, but as more people heard about us, we couldn’t accommodate many people and decided to open River’s Edge Restaurant. Our guests have requested that we bring dining back to the way it used to be. It was so touching to hear them share their memories of Rowena’s Inn in the earlier days,” says Betty Ann Faulkner, owner of Pretty Estates Resort.

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A chef-inspired dining experience and BC wine pairings are set to entice the palate with a warmth and ambiance that will fire the imagination of a lost time. Guests can choose À la Carte or Table d’Hôte.

Hors d’oeuvres include dishes, such as Saracha Sautéed Prawns with Avocado Salsa Verde and Escargot marinated in garlic and sherry, baked in mushroom cap au gratin with Country Morning Gouda Cheese.

Entrées range from Cornish Hen, ethically sourced from the Fraser Valley, with Cranberry Orange Ginger Sauce and Buttered Baby Potatoes to Salmon Wellington with Artichoke Spinach Farce and Champagne Dill Cream.

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Open for lunch between 11am to 2pm daily and dinner between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday, and until 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, reservations are recommended.

At Rowena’s Inn on the River, indulgence is a way of life. Secluded on a lush 160- acre estate, Rowena’s evokes an atmosphere of understated elegance. The rooms feature waterfront views and sumptuous king and queen-sized beds, dressed in crisp linens. The cabins have heated-slated floors, deep-soaker jacuzzi tubs for two, and wood-burning fireplaces.

Pretty Estates Resort’s outstanding personalized service and attention to detail has become an unquestioned hallmark. By car, Pretty Estates Resort is only 1.5 hrs east of Vancouver and 35 minutes north of Abbotsford. Complete with its own 2,100 ft air strip, Pretty Estates is a 20-30 minute flight from downtown Vancouver.

To learn more, visit or stay connected on Facebook (/RowenasInnontheRiver) and Twitter and Instagram at (@RowenasInn).

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July 9th, 2014 | Author: christie

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January 9th, 2013 | Author: christie

While most of us think of heading down south during the cold months, I embraced Canada’s winter weather and opted to hit our local coast for some storm watching. If there was any time I wished for Mother Nature to be extra unforgiving, it was now.

While most of us think of heading south during these cold months, I opted to hit our local coast for some storm watching. And this is the one time I wished for Mother Nature to be extra nasty.
There’s nothing quite like bundling up in layers and rain gear (supplied by Middle Beach) for a wet, windy walk on the beach or staying in and checking out the waves from your own waterfront rustic cabin at Middle Beach–with glass in hand and hot fire going, of course. The most intense storm period lasts from December through February. Do I see a Valentine’s idea in the making?




There’s nothing like the experience of bundling up in heavy-duty layers and protective rain gear supplied by Middle beach for a wet, windy walk on the beautiful coastal beaches.



For the less adventuresome, staying in and cozying up to a gorgeous view of rolling waves from your own waterfront rustic cabin at Middle Beach serves as a sensory pleasure, armed with a glass in hand and roaring fire going, of course. The most intense storm period lasts from December through February, so there’s still plenty of time to book a weekend away during Valentine’s Day for you and your love to get swept away in. Trust me, it’s pretty darn romantic.



I love the warm and quaint, home-like feel of the dining lodge at Middle Beach, where every morning during complimentary breakfast, there’s sweet homemade pastries, fresh fruit, delicious squeezed juices and coffee to give us energy for the day ahead, even if the agenda consists of nothing but relaxing on the lodge’s big comfy couch in front of fire place playing board games – the perfect end to a day packed with exploring the outdoors.


Wildside Grill is one of those popular spots recommended by locals that tourists just have to try. The menu is packed full with a fresh variety of items such as burgers, tacos, fish and chips and hearty gumbos. My taste buds were loving the flavour of the fish tacos, made of lingcod, avocado, salsa, crisp cilantro and chipotle mayo.


Take shelter at one of the local lively restaurants appropriately named, Shelter. Sitting beside a warm fire, I had the Albacore Tuna Poke (pictured above) and Cortes Island Mussels with Pasta. Their menu also deliciously features dishes created by Chef Matty Kane that includes a variety of local, organic ingredients, freshly caught seafood and fish and hormone free meats such as the Tofino Surf Bowl, Suze Crispy Calamari or for the meat lover, the Shelter Beef Burger.

(Shelter images courtesy of Shelter)


After a weekend filled with blissful much-needed relaxation and an outdoor experience like none other, I regretfully return home to my place in the city with fond memories of what Mother Nature is really capable of.

-Christie Lohr

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December 3rd, 2012 | Author: christie

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March 8th, 2012 | Author: christie


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