Encaustic painting uses melted beeswax with oil or pigments added and brushed on to wooden surfaces which cools quickly, and then each layer is gently fused with heat. No experience is necessary to participate and, best of all, you get to take your creation home with you. Forty-eight hours notice is required for booking. This opportunity starts at $290.
Huff Estates Winery is in Hallowell, Ontario (just south of Belleville), a 2-hour drive east of Toronto in Prince Edward County. Huff Estates has several outstanding rooms that will satisfy all tastes, including the Deluxe Room ($199), Premiere Suite ($269) and the Winemaker’s Suite ($359). And of course, make sure you treat yourself to a visit to the winery.
- Accommodations for one or two nights
- One- or two-day encaustic painting workshops for one person or two
- All art materials and a workbook.
Vacay.ca Recommends The Dorset Manor Spa
After you’re finished building your artistic skills with Andrew Csafordi and enjoying the hospitality that Huff Estates Winery has to offer, make the 85-km trip west to historic Port Hope and the Dorset Manor Spa. Vacay.ca Senior Writer Sherel Purcell put on her robe and did just that when she wrote her article “Dorset Manor does luxury right.”
Purcell: “Unless your spa treatment requires the services of a registered massage therapist, no paper work is required; guests simply relay their preferences to the very knowledgeable masseuse. Aveda products figure prominently in the spa treatments along with custom mixtures of herbal formulas, including shitake mushrooms, clay sage and bamboo. Clients can choose from an array of essential oils, including bergamot orange, eucalyptus and lavender. Seasonal treatments make use of chocolate preparations for Valentine’s Day while spring and maple syrup season is celebrated with maple Vichy showers and a sugar scrub to rid the body of dead winter skin. Coffee fans will love the Mocha Fusion aromatherapy available in early fall.”
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