November in Ontario marks the transition from autumnal hues to the cozy embrace of winter. While the snowflakes may not be falling just yet, the festive spirit begins to weave its magic across the province. There is no better place to embrace the season than a trip to our cozy cabins! Take a scenic drive through Ontario’s countryside and discover local, small towns that go all-out for the holidays!
Read on to learn about our top recommendations for fun and festive activities in Kawarthas, Lanark County, Haliburton and Calabogie!
While visiting our Joni cabin, in particular, take a trip to Almonte with its inviting small bookstores, tempting bakeries, and cozy stores. This charming little town is home to many popular Christmas movies you see on TV!
Don’t miss the 26th Annual Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees from Fri, Nov 17th to Sun, Nov 19th! This year, the festival will offer an array of activities including wagon rides, a Candy Shoppe, and a magical visit from Santa Claus. The main highlight, of course, will be the hundreds of exquisitely decorated and donated items displayed in the Village, all up for raffle and auction
Our Haliburton location rests on 100,000 acres of forest with beautiful pine and evergreen trees all around. Watching fluffy snowflakes drift down around the cabin is sure to get you in the yuletide mood.
Our Calabogie Cabins sit next door to the Calabogie Peaks Resort, which is a quaint ski resort that becomes a winter wonderland once the snow falls! With all sorts of winter activities available, plus nightly bonfires, live music, and pond skating, just visiting feels like you’ve stepped into a Hallmark movie!
November in Ontario is a time of anticipation and preparation, a bridge between the colourful fall and the enchanting winter. Embrace the simple joys of the season, slow down and spend time with family, and don’t get too caught up in the pressure to “do” or “buy” as you prepare for the wonderful holiday season ahead! Booking a cozy cabin in the woods is a great way to unwind and enjoy a nice escape!
Saying “No” in November: Embracing Self-Care, Family Time, and Relaxation
In a world that often glorifies constant busyness, November presents the perfect opportunity to embrace a different narrative.
This month, let’s challenge the norm and prioritize the self-care, family time, and genuine connection. Here’s how to gracefully say “no” this November, allowing space for what truly matters.
Step 1: Set Boundaries
Learn to set clear boundaries, both at work and in your personal life. Take a pause and ask yourself “does this activity align with my priorities?” or “do I really want to do this?”
Respect your time and energy, and others will too.
Step 2: Learn to Say “No” Gracefully
As social creatures, we have a desire to please others and to be looked upon favourably. This can lead to overcommitting and stretching yourself too thin out of a misplaced sense of obligation. Practice saying “no” gracefully and without guilt.
Remember: Saying “no” to one thing means saying “yes” to something more meaningful.
Step 3: Embrace JOMO
Swap FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) for JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out). Revel in the joy of spending your time YOUR way. Whether that be staying in, escaping to a tiny cabin in the woods, reading a book, or simply lounging with your loved ones. Realize that the most fulfilling moments often happen in the quiet moments.
Step 4: Prioritize Quality Time with Family or Friends
Spend quality time with your family or friends. Engage in meaningful conversations, cooking together, or outdoor activities. These moments create lasting bonds and beautiful memories, far more valuable than material possessions.
Cultivate gratitude for what you HAVE rather than what you’re told you need. Reflect on the blessings in your life, fostering contentment and reducing the urge to constantly chase after more.
Instead of participating in the commercial frenzy of the holiday season, maybe opt for DIY or experiential gifts. Handmade presents and heartfelt gestures convey love and care, embodying the true spirit of giving.
CABINSCAPE offers gift cards to provide your loved ones with the gift of adventure, or (if gifts are your thing) explore slow-fashion Canadian brands like Onderbroeks whose cabin-wear is featured throughout this article.
November is the ideal month to shift focus from the external demands of a bustling world to the internal needs of your well-being and relationships. By saying “no” to unnecessary obligations and embracing what matters to you, you pave the way for a more fulfilling, balanced life. This November, let your “no” be a powerful affirmation of your priorities, leading you toward a more meaningful and harmonious existence.