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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Orillia's untapped potential as cycling destination

Orillia Today
Orillia holds untapped potential as a destination for cyclists and a share of the substantial dollars they bring to communities, council heard this week.
“Orillia has amazing trails,” said Brendan Matheson, of Cycle Simcoe. “They have an amazing network, but they have a great opportunity to develop the tourism aspect, for sure.”
Cycle Simcoe is a tourism initiative that aims to steer two-wheeled enthusiasts onto area trails and into local communities.
It is a countywide strategy involving the Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club, Tourism Simcoe County and Oro-Medonte Township, where the project was initially tested.
“The goal is to make cycling more safe, more memorable and more fun, county-wide,” Matheson told Orillia council during a presentation.

Ontario inns—enjoy a historic, culinary getaway in historic Georgetown

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Main Street Inn in historic Georgetown is the focus of our spotlight this winter on Ontario inns and B&Bs. With our province’s quaint corners and picturesque landscapes only a short drive away from Toronto, kicking back in the comfort of this cozy inn may be just the kind of retreat you need to rejuvenate through the season.
 A walk through time—With a history dating back to the 1850s, the Main Street Inn welcomes guests to Victorian charm of yesteryear. There aretwo rooms to choose from, both beautifully appointed with a lush décor reminiscent of simpler times of grace and dignity. Bright and spacious with private unsuited bathrooms, the rooms make a relaxing and comfortable haven, combining tranquil style with modern amenities.
Fine dining in town— Included with each stay at the Inn is a choice of full cooked or continental breakfast. With its two dining rooms and two outdoor patios—one with full linen service—Main Street Inn is also home to one of Georgetown’s finest dining establishments. Both Inn guests and non-overnight patrons can enjoy lunch, dinner or the Inn’s hearty weekend brunch service. Passionate about creating new taste sensation, the Inn’s chef changes the menu regularly according to the season’s freshest available ingredients.
Local attractions—Picturesque shops and village nooks are just a stroll away down Olde Georgetown’s quaint streets where historic buildings and period houses abound. Guests can enjoy browsing local culture at such artistic venues as The Gallery, Beaumont Mills and historic Williams Mills’ multi-building studios and workshops. Theatre buffs can enjoy local theatre staged by one of the two local companies. Winter’s also a beautiful time to discover the great Ontario outdoors with over 50 kilometers of the nearby Bruce Trail and side trails of the Niagara escarpment.