I just spent four days loving life. I’m not even kidding you. I’m not exaggerating, and I’m not trying to buff up my trip because it’s possible my lovely hosts are reading (Hi Rose & John!). I’m a huge fan of mini vacations. Give me a few days in different cities and I’m happy. I’ve done mini trips to New York City, Washington DC, Montreal, Collingwood… I could go on. But these last four days have been spent in a city I’ve only seen from the highway: Port Hope, Ontario.
I love small towns. I love the small town downtown strips, the easy living life, the friendly people… everything. On Thursday, my best friend and I packed up her son, and the car, and took a trip to her hometown to spend a few days with her family. Her mom and dad were gracious enough to welcome me into their home, and I cannot be more thankful for the hospitality they showed me.
Getting in just after 11am, it was great to feel that we had so much of our day ahead to do what we want – which, in our cases, was Kassie touring me around Port Hope and Cobourg, where she spent most of her childhood. Cobourg is the town right next door to Port Hope, and they’re not very far apart. I was lucky on this trip to get to see a few different towns.
Thursday night consisted of pizza and a game called Sharks that they created years and years ago. It’s kind of like the game Trouble. But it’s better. And it gets everybody riled up. I lost on Thursday night, but I was determined to win over the weekend.
Friday we headed out to another nearby town – Bewdley. Bewdley sits right on Rice Lake, and if you look closely in the picture you can see all the little fisherman huts out on the lake for all the ice fisherman.
In Bewdley we hit up a nice little restaurant called Rhino’s Roadhouse for lunch. Rhino’s caught fire back in 2014, but are going strong today still. The food was delicious. Me, being the basic girl that I am had Chicken Quesadillas, but Kass had this Philly Steak Sandwich that was more like a Sloppy Joe, Pulled Pork, and Philly Steak all had a child. It. Was. So. Good.
On the way back from Bewdley we hit the Cobourg Mall (what a hopping place), and did a little shopping – before rushing home to make Lasagna and Garlic Bread for dinner. I’m going to share this Garlic Bread recipe with you at the end of because it was so melt-in-your-mouth delicious, that it’s too good not to share.
Post dinner was more Sharks – and I learned, thanks to her brother, that 2’s are hard to come by. But I won the game anyway. I was determined. And I kicked ass.
One of the great parts of the whole weekend was all the baby cuddles I got with Isaac. With them moving to Ottawa at the end of next month, I’m going to miss out on the weekly cuddles I usually get with him. It was nice to spend uninterrupted hours with him where I got to cuddle, and laugh and play with him. He’s growing up so fast (9 months this weekend) and I feel like sometimes I blink and he’s so much bigger.
Unfortunately, the poor thing had to go to the walk-in clinic Saturday morning so my lovely host Rose and I headed into downtown Port Hope for some shopping while Kass and the babe hit up the walk in clinic. And shop we did. But I didn’t feel guilty about spending money because – hello – I was on vacation.
We walked up and down the little downtown strip, and stopped so I could peak in the window of a restaurant in Port Hope called Table + Loft. It’s run by someone in their family, and apparently has amazing food. I can’t wait to check it out in the summer. If you’re ever in the Port Hope area, definitely check it out!
Rose and I spent the first few hours of the morning together before meeting up with Kass again. Grabbing her brother, we hit the road and headed out to Peterborough for a bit more shopping. I honestly felt like I came home with almost triple the stuff I went there with. The car was definitely full coming home from Port Hope.
Post shopping was Chinese Food, lots of wine, and you got it – more Sharks. And guess who won – again. That’s right. This girl.
The weekend was full of laughter, and good people, and it came to a close with a mighty delicious big breakfast cooked by Rose and John. I couldn’t thank them enough for their hospitality this weekend – I really felt like part of the family, and it was great to feel so welcomed. A few days away in a nice quiet town with the best of people was really what I needed. Being home is nice, but I am looking forward to going back this summer.
After all, Kass’ dad told me that I’m welcome back anytime, and that the lawn mower is in the backyard.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
1 French baguette, sliced in half horizontally (you may need to cut each of these halves in half again to fit on a baking sheet)
4 tbsp softened butter
4 tbsp mayonnaise
3 tsp minced garlic
1/2 each of 3 different kinds of shredded cheese (Or 3/4 cup each shredded Tex Mex and shredded Parmesan)
Optional: Dried Parsley for garnish
Mix together butter, mayo and garlic.
Spread half of the butter mixture onto the open face of each piece of bread.
Broil until slightly golden brown.
Remove from oven, and dollop the remaining butter mixture onto each bread piece.
Load up with shredded cheese.
Broil until melted. Slice. Serve. Enjoy.
Recipe from: http://jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.ca/2010/05/garlic-cheese-bread.html (slightly modified from her version!)