Today, the mayor of Toronto dropped more restrictions for the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) - a stay-at-home order. This means the citizens could only leave home for essential purposes such as food, health care, exercise or work.
It is increasingly tough to come up with new and interesting ideas to keep ourselves entertained during this gloomy winter season. For the sake of my mental health, I emailed around to check out what's open and what's not. I was thrilled to learn that the Glen Oro Farm was open when they replied back the day after I submitted my email.
Glen Oro had informed me that they will stay open through the lockdown (YAY!). Every unit is carefully sanitized with Covid-
19 approved cleaning products so I could go ahead with my booking in one of their whimsical domes. I could also assure you that it was very clean when I arrived and the hostess lifted the toilet seat with her bare hands (LOL). The bathroom was spotless!
So what is a dome? It is glamping at its finest, with plumbing (minus the environmentally friendly chic composting toilet which was pretty neat) & electricity in a geodesic glass dome tent.
Where is it?
From Toronto, we are 90 minutes North, near Orillia in the Township of Oro-Medonte.
Types of Accomodations
All accommodations feature a King sized bed and are designed for 1-2 people.
The Stargazer Dome
Glen Oro's Stargazer Dome features an integrated loft space with a king sized bed directly under the skylight, so you’re staring straight up into the Milky Way while fading off to sleep. It is important to note that you must be ok with heights, and climbing a ladder into bed - but it’s worth it!
The kitchen is fully equipped. A propane BBQ outside, electric burner element inside along with a toaster oven and mini-fridge. Inside the sideboard was a pot, frying pan, skillet, kettle, salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cutlery, dishes, glassware, locally crafted mugs, tinfoil, matches and a cutting board. There is both a compost bin for food waste, and a recycling bin for those items which can be recycled. Price per night begins at $450.
The Explorer's Tent
Like the dome, but inside a large tent. It has full furnishings and same kitchenette essentials to put together a romantic dinner for two. Price per night begins at $350.
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What to Bring
Make sure to dress for the weather in Jarratt, ON. It is always a good idea to look at the weather a few days out and plan for your stay. Having proper clothing and equipment makes all the difference when your camping, or should I say glamping. You won't need to pay any cookware as the kitchenette is fully loaded with cookware you'll need to prepare and cook your meals. So bring your own food.
Last but not least, bring a camera and tripod. The dome is instagrammable so you'll want to spend a few minutes photographing the dome at night.
I found that the night-mode on my iPhone was amazing. I forgot to bring my tripod along so the night-mode feature saved me from taking countless shaky photos with my DSLR. So plan and pack beforehand to capture your perfect moments.
Trail Ride Experience
Due to the Covid-19 update, the horseback riding experience is temporarily unavailable. I wanted to take part of this 2.5 hour long experience but will return when it is safe to do so.
Price: $89.99 Weekday; $109.99 Weekend
Is there cellular reception or wifi?
Cellular reception is not a problem in this area, however there is no wifi service in any of their accommodations. Store your phone away and enjoy each other's company, unless you're hotspotting for Netflix on your laptop.
Is there a store on the premises?
No stores or shops on the premises. However, if you need to pick up groceries or want to dine out, there are plenty of stores 8 minutes away from the farm. You could pick up groceries at the following stores: Food Basics, Costco and Walmart.
My Review of Glen Oro
From the minute I arrived to Glen Oro, I felt a sense of welcoming and comfort. Possibly from the fact that Jess (the hostess) connected with me via text the morning of the day of my stay. She also welcomed me in person and guided me to dome and did a walk-through of the place.
I was completely blown away with the cleanliness and the architecture of the dome. Star gazing through the glass roof at night was magical and everything about the dome was incredibly well done.
Thankfully, I brought a portable heater with me as it got colder at night. Other than that, I would definitely return when the weather is warmer and the horseback riding experience is back in operation.
Let me know about your experience when you go! For now, stay home, stay safe, save lives. Cheers!
This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.