Let Cottage Season Begin! Campfires and Sunsets await.

Well it’s finally here, Victoria Day weekend.  Time to open the shutters, dust off the patio furniture and gas up the boats.  Don’t get us wrong – we LOVE winter and all it’s magical wonder, but sleigh rides, skating and skiing are now a distant memory.

The cottagers queuing to put their boats in, everyone working tirelessly to open up cottages for the season. The arrival of summer staff, with wonder in their eyes and excitement in the air – there’s a change that arrives with this weekend.  A wonderful sense of what is too come, the enthusiasm is contagious and you can’t help but be optimistic about a great season ahead.

We wish all of our Ston(e)y Lake Business friends much success this weekend and for the season ahead, we look forward to working with you and providing an unforgettable experience to our local residents and traveling guests.

To our Ston(e)y Lake & area  neighbours, making their first trip to the cottage this weekend –


Our wish is that you take the time to truly enjoy our beautiful surroundings, we are so fortunate to have this little piece of heaven at our fingertips. We encourage you to drop by to say hello, enjoy some Kawartha Diary Ice Cream, or visit our Dining Room or Lakeside Patio for an inspirational meal.

On behalf of Dennis, Patti, myself and the entire Irwin Inn Team – Have a wonderful Long weekend – the weather might be unpredictable but the view will always be same – Stunning!




Winter Newsletter 2015

Winter at the Inn

The magical moments of the Holiday Season are now a fond memory.  After a few days of welcome quiet, we delve into a new year.   In the height of winter, and indeed winter came with a vengeance, we celebrate the good fortune of having the sun shine brightly sun, adding a little warmth to the frosty air and landscapes. Valentine’s Day, Family Day, winter white weddings

Picture by the talented Adam Woodhouse Photography

Picture by the talented Adam Woodhouse Photography

proved winter an inspiring season for celebrations of every kind.  With a few exceptions, the dining room is closed this winter. We welcome guests to the cottages and suites on a self-catering basis, with cookies and hot chocolate as a greeting, in each accommodation.  Guests enjoyed the flexibility of relaxing and having meals at their leisure. It is also a break from cooking for us!
I had a knee replacement last fall, so having less time in the kitchen certainly helped in the recovery.

What a gorgeous day to end February!  The sun is shining brightly, the air is crisp, the blue sky is refreshing, and everyone is outdoors, soaking up the freshness of the day!
This winter wonderland looks as if it will press on into March, with skating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sipping hot chocolate by the fire, being activities of the day. Let’s not forget walks to the barn with carrots and apples for the horses! winterhorses2015
March Break will soon be upon us. Easter and Victoria Day follow, and then we ease into summer Time waits for no one!
We soon look to spring and the freshness of nature’s greenery coming to life once again!  The ice will melt, the lake will be fluid once more, and we await the unforgettable call of the loon!

Our Family & the Inn Family

Our family is fine, and our four grandchildren are definitely a source of joy to us! Everyone is busy with life in general.  Jaimey, Tina and family (Gavin 3, Marlies 11 months) are presently in Wellington, Florida, competing in dressage for three months, along with their clients/students and seventeen horses!

Taken by Guest January 2015

Taken by Guest January 2015

Taken by Guest, February 28, 2015

Taken by Guest, February 28, 2015

I miss my weekly “grandma days” with the grandkids.

Rob and Julie are in Peterborough, raising Rowan 7, and Lachlan 4.    Rob’s business “Earthrise Carpentry” keeps him juggling carpentry/timber-framing work with family life. Julie is working with the Health Unit, and

co-ordinates the kids school and extra curricular activities, along with family time.  Dennis and I look forward to the USLA summer swimming lessons at our beach, when we can see Rowan and Lachlan swim during their lessons, as they stay at Julie’s family ‘s cottage on Stoney.

dennis and horse final 2015
Guess Who?
Yes, it is Dennis leading Geronimo, amid the vibrancy of the fall season! Brian Scott, a long-time friend of Dennis, an artist, musician, and cottage neighbor, captured moments in the fall, and painted this stunning picture! A winter painting of the horses was just completed, and he hopes to paint spring and summer special moments at the farm. We hope prints will follow!

Andrew and Lindsey moved from the farm to a house in Millbrook, a lovely and quaint village off the Hwy 115, on the other side of Peterborough. It is a shorter commute to work for both Andrew, a heavy equipment mechanic with John Deere in Omemee, and Lindsey, marketing and educational director for Boat Smart, in Peterborough. We do miss them dearly, and of course their dogs, Harley and Gus!

We will celebrate Dennis’ parents’ 74th anniversary in March, and his father’s 100th birthday in April! Wow! Norma will celebrate her 97th birthday in June. Double congratulations! Ross and Norma live in a retirement residence in Peterborough.    My parents situation changed in 2014 when my father moved to a long term care facility, and my mother moved to a retirement residence.  Unfortunately they are not in the same place, however my dad is receiving the care he requires, and my Mom can visit. Trying to coordinate visits with them all, requires some juggling!

Jennifer and her husband Peter enjoyed a short break in December to visit Peter’s favourite small island in the Bahamas. Returning to the cold was a shock, but both returned with a warm looking facial glow! Oh for that warmth now!  Jeannie, our housekeeper of oh so many years, over 25 years, is working this winter, along with Jennifer, Dennis, Jesse and I, keeping the “home fires” burning and accommodations clean and welcoming!

Summer Memories

Summer Memories

2015 – Celebrating 68 years
Guests dream of summer on Stoney Lake!  The lake is like an invitation from nature to go swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tubing, playing on the trampoline… all water activities.   We hope to see you this year at Irwin Inn to share in the 68 year old tradition of hospitality with the Irwin family and staff.

Please contact us in March to confirm reservations already in place, or contact us to reserve your choice of time period and accommodation for a getaway, family vacation or reunion!

Family Reunion 2014

Family Reunion 2014

Take Care and Regards
Patti & Dennis, Jennifer, Jean and all the staff of Irwin Inn


Our Welcome Cookies
Throughout the winter guests are greeted on arrival with a sample of our Homemade Oatmeal Cookies , here is our recipe to enjoy at your own home!

3 Cups Brown Sugar (packed)
3 Cups Butter (soft)
6 1/2 Cups Large Flake Oats
1 tbsp baking soda
3 Cups Flour –

Whip Butter and sugar until blended , slowly add flour and baking soda (mix), add oats last and continue to whip on medium until blended.
Drop on lined baking sheet with Tbsp, (do not flatten) , ensure well spread out, Bake at 350 for 10 mins or until golden brown.  Cool on bakers rack.