Weekend plans? Not sure about you but we would love to spend a couple of days with a view like this – the gorgeous waters and lakeshore of Lake Rosseau, Muskoka. It’s not difficult to understand just why Muskoka beckons us so.
The locals might tell you it’s the tranquil existence that comes naturally from living on the shores of beautiful clear lakes, surrounded by diverse forests and the beauty of the Canadian Shield.
Or maybe it’s just the idea of true cottage country living. The romantic notion of waking to the sound of waves, or the wind in the trees rather than the blaring beat of an alarm clock. For many people it’s all about the weekend getaway.
Here’s the happy news: you can escape and find all of that good living with just a short drive to the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. Your time, be it a one night or a weekend getaway, can be filled with enough outdoor experiences to satisfy any back-to-nature cravings your heart and body may be pining for. Like canoeing, fishing, boating, cycling, hiking, golfing or swimming, to name a few. Or maybe you just want a spa experience with a pampered, relaxing afternoon spent poolside? Or perhaps its a different dining experience that you are looking for. We can assure you that a reservation and a drive to The Rosseau is well worth it.
Earlier this month we were happy to accept an invitation to attend the media launch party for the newest restaurant at The Rosseau; the Muskoka Chophouse. It was a beautiful, warm spring evening and the party started with cocktails on the patio. We happily hung out with people we don’t see often enough and enjoyed the chance to meet several new people.
Then we were welcomed into the new restaurant where we found warm, soft lighting, pops of colour mixed with dark woods and tall windows inviting the gorgeous outdoors in. The Muskoka Chophouse is a classic steakhouse that shares the stage with seafood, organic chicken and a dynamite assortment of sides and sauces. Plus an eclectic and thoughtful wine selection to suit every palate.
You know us, we must share some of the details on the outstanding meal we enthusiastically enjoyed that night!
Be forewarned. The food you are about to see will make your mouth water and you may be overcome with great urge to hop into your vehicle and immediately head north to Muskoka.
Our recommendation, do not fight that urge.
The appetizer selection included Lump Crab Cake, Shrimp, the Chophouse Wedge Salad, Ceasar Salad and Lobster Bisque.
Executive Sous Chef Lance Underhay took a moment before each dish was served to explain every morsel. His lead up for each dish elevated our anticipation of every delicious bite.
Sides were Grilled Asparagus, Merlot Caramelized Onions and Truffle Scalloped Potatoes (there was quite a consensus around our table that the scalloped potatoes were possibly the best all of us have tasted… ).
The Muskoka Chophouse serves aged Certified Angus Beef in a Bone-in Rib Eye, New York Strip Loin, Bone-in Beef Filet and a Porterhouse Steak. Sauce options are chimichurri, peppercorn and Béarnaise. Unbelievably delicious!
The dessert options were also outstanding, particularly the pistachio cheesecake!
The Culinary Team received a rousing applause from those of us with very full, and very happy bellies.
Sunset cocktails with a view of Lake Rosseau. Yes please.
Cheers! Have an excellent weekend!
Image of Muskoka Chophouse interior from JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka.
All other photography: Jennifer Klementti.