When you have a mom that really doesn’t want “things”, what do you get her? The answer is your time! Planning some activities and outings together is the perfect way to celebrate your mom’s special day. Today’s post is the first of several Mother’s Day posts and it documents a very special mini getaway to Rowena’s Inn on the River.
Rowena’s Inn aka Pretty Estates Resort
Pretty Estates Resort is home to Rowena’s Inn on the River and it is a local boutique bed and breakfast gem. It is located in Harrison Mills, BC (Canada). For anyone living in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley it is a perfect local getaway. You can stay in the historic inn or in one of the private cottages that are on an estate on the Harrison River. My mom and I stayed in one of the charming cottages.
Our Cottage at Rowena’s
Our charming cottage had heated-slate floors, a private patio, a huge soaker tub and a wood-burning fireplace. Whether you’re staying in the inn or in a cottage, each suite has a room with a view. It was a pretty perfect location for us to spend some time together, explore the estate and eat some amazing food.
We stayed in the Fenn Cottage. Every little touch is taken care of for you. The fireplace is set up with kindling and wood, there are candles and a Keurig in the kitchen area. Each cottage has a guest book that we enjoyed looking through.
The entire estate is beautifully landscaped and also includes Sandpiper Golf Course. It is a wonderful place to spend the weekend to relax, read, play golf, lie by the pool and eat some amazing meals!
Dinner at Rowena’s Inn
Our stay included a gourmet dinner at the inn. The menu was paired with Fort Berens wines as part of Harrison Uncorked. Before each course of the meal, the chef came out to explain his inspiration for the dish and where the ingredients were locally sourced. My mom and I really enjoyed the meal and agreed that each course of the meal was more amazing than the next. We had:
- local roast squash soup with birch wood chantilly
- roasted beet root salad with farm house chreve and balsamic
- Harrison River salmon wellington or duck tajine
- apple and brie tarte tatin
- avocado chocolate mousse with spicy snickerdoodle cookies (shown below)
Breakfast at Rowena’s
Breakfast at the River’s Edge Restaurant was included in our stay, too. You can eat in the restaurant or out on the patio with an amazing view of the pool, Harrison River and golf course.
Even if you don’t have time to take your mom away for the weekend, you can make a reservation at the Rowena’s Inn Mother’s Day brunch. As well, Mother’s also golf for free from May 6th to 8th at Sandpiper Golf Course. You can find details for the Mother’s Day activities here.
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