There’s no better time to get warm and snug than when it’s cold and frosty outside, and January is the ideal time to indulge. Around the world, the trendy Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hu-ga) is alive and well, and visitors to Lanark County are invited to celebrate coziness in all its forms.
In an area known for the wealth of heritage buildings that embody all the best concepts of warmth and comfort – like warm fireplaces, timeless class and inviting elegance – Lanark County has the hygge factor you need. Whether your idea of the perfect wintry day involves a cuppa something warm and frothy, a warm, soft blanket, a cheery atmosphere, or something as simple as a chat with an old friend, you’ll find it here.
To make the most of your visit here, we’ve combined these experiences so you can choose between 24-or-48-hours of cozy-inspired bliss.
Read on for the best – and hyggiest – hotspots in Lanark County, and celebrate the Canadian winter
- Après-ski lounging
Nothing makes you feel more deserving of collapsing in a comfy chair and indulging in a warm drink than when you’ve earned it, like after a day on the slopes! At Mount Pakenham Ski Resort, you can relax in the ski chalet after a day of outdoor activities. Their snug, timber-framed building embodies coziness, and the indoor/outdoor fireplace is the pièce de résistance for this hygge hotspot. Relax for a cup of hot chocolate, some nibbles, or just to warm up before hitting the slopes again!
- Java inspired
Whether you’re a coffee lover, or prefer your java with some sweet additions like honey, maple syrup, frothed milk, cinnamon or nutmeg, you’ll be in hygge heaven in any one of the many cafés in Lanark County. Equator Coffee Roasters or Gaslight Cafe and Gallery in Almonte offers guests cozy seating in an informal atmosphere that will make conversations come alive. In Perth, Coutts Coffee Roastery & Café, invites you to bask in the relaxed atmosphere of this historic building. Under Pressure Coffee House in Carleton Place offers specialty coffees and desserts, a comfortable place to relax and partake in some good conversation, surrounded by local art. Enjoy a cup of something warm and frothy, and utterly sinful, in any of these locations.
- Buon appetito!
Italy may not be right next door to Denmark, but take one step inside one of our Italian restaurants and you’ll find warm, romantic lighting, colourful interiors and steaming, fragrant dishes. In Perth, Bistro 54’s intimate setting and warm ambiance make this the perfect place for a little indulgence. Café Postino in Almonte is another Italian restaurant, located in a historic post office that brings the warmth of its architecture to its interior. This café’s coziness will indulge your snug-meter while you savour. Both restaurants are located in the heart of these community’s downtowns, which make them the perfect destination to warm up with some retail therapy.
- Tea Time
Feel the comfort that comes with a steaming pot of tea. Have a sip at Heirloom Café & Bistro in Almonte, the perfect place to relax with a deliciously elegant homemade meal while overlooking the majestic Mississippi River. In Perth, Fieldhouse and Sunflower Bake Shop have a reputation for delicious baked goods and hot drinks. Try Sunflower’s trademark dessert – carrot cake with a flavourful cup of coffee or tea.
- Snug pubs
Step inside these two Lanark County pubs and the warm, boisterous atmosphere will make you feel like you are among friends. In historic Perth, Rocky River Café offers a warm ambiance and a charming view of downtown. In Carleton Place, experience an intimate, delicious meal at the Smith & Barrel Pub or Boulton House Restaurant, located right in the heart of downtown Carleton Place.
- Overnight hygge
Coziness is even more important at night when the temperatures plummet, and you’re yearning for a warm fire, a fuzzy blanket, and a comfortable bed (not necessarily in that order). Lay your head in some cozy-inspired inns and bed and breakfasts, and complete your day in true hygge-style. In Perth, you have your choice of cozy overnight accommodations; Perth Manor, a historic boutique inn with the classic warmth of the 19th century, or Nevis Estate, an 1842 Georgian-style home boasting six large bedrooms for cozy historic charm. In Almonte, Riverside Inn, a historic waterfront inn situated on the Mississippi River, and Menzie’s House, a historic, waterfront building where you’ll find the history and lush interiors of a boutique accommodation and an exceptional coziness factor.