Have you ever been to a place and thought this is a dream come true? Have you ever dreamed of staying in a cabin out in the woods with the natural sounds of the forest bringing peace to your busy and hectic life? This was a dream come true. We discovered this oasis nestled in the Temagami area called Andorra Lodge.
Barbara and Gerhard Kleinboeck, the owners of this great place, have become close friends over the last 15 years we have vacationed here. Their hospitality, great cooking and hard work put into making the cottages pristine and super comfortable will assure your stay is memorable for years to come. You’ll be hard-pressed to find even a summer resort that compares.
We often count the days leading up to our week away from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke of Toronto. Some people take trips to tropical destinations all over the world. We feel the small amount of money we spend at the lodge is a steal for the quality you get in return. I wouldn’t even bother looking anywhere else… this is it!
Let me begin by telling you a bit about the cottages. They are sturdy log cabin style cottages with the interiors master crafted by Gerhard himself with solid wood trim, walls and ceilings. Even some of the tables, benches and bedframes are hand built out of wood. It’s amazing! You have all your amenities for a comfortable stay. The kitchen has a full size fridge, gas stove, coffee maker, toaster and all the quality dishes and utensils you need to cook your gourmet meals. If you don’t feel like cooking you have to take advantage of Barbara’s cuisine. Her German background comes through in the delicious meals she can prepare for you. The beds are very comfortable spacious and super clean with all the linens you need. My Finnish background really got excited when I found out they had an outdoor wood burning cedar Sauna with the lake just footsteps away for a refreshing dip to cool off.
If you’re more of the outdoorsy type there are limitless places to venture off on day trips hiking and kayaking. Or maybe you prefer the motor boats to travel the large expanse of Net Lake fishing or you can even rent a canoe for a quieter trip on the lake. I have to tell you there are some BIG fish out there! Check out these bass that we caught. There are lots out there so come prepared with live bait and your favourite Rapala lures. The kayaks provided are free to use on the lake or river. They are perfect if you want to take the family out to some smaller lakes exploring. Very pretty scenery with waterlilies and birch trees shading you from the hot sun.
If you are the type to just sit back with a glass of wine on the Muskoka chairs or chaise lounges on the beach reading your favourite book while the men are out fishing you can do that to your heart’s content. Time goes by slowly here and there is never any rush to do anything. You can finish off your day roasting marshmallows at the bon fire on the beach. When it’s time to sleep you can be rest assured peace and quiet from the surrounding forest and the rustling of the leaves in the nighttime breeze. This is our natural oasis nestled in the North called… Andorra Lodge.
Thank you Barbara and Gerhard for sharing your little slice of paradise!