“FieldTrips” is either a day trip or a few days where I visit food areas of interest which may include farm visits, producers, wineries, restaurants and/or other places that people can visit. This is about offering Vancouver Foodster readers a chance to get out of town and take a “Field Trip” for the day or a few days to explore, learn, taste and experience.
Field Trip to Harrison Mills and Harrison Hot Springs
Leaving Vancouver, driving Highway 1 East and connecting to Highway 7E it took us just under 2 hours to get to Harrison Mills.
Nestled against Southwestern British Columbia’s magnificent mountains and the sandy beaches of Harrison Lake, Harrison Village is a local vacation destination filled with a rich history and natural wonders. There is a lot to do in the area from water sports, boat tours, wildlife viewing, to hiking, golfing, spas, agri-tours, fishing, festivals and events.
Arrived to the beautiful Rowena’s Inn on the River which was home for the night. Situated surrounded by the Sandpiper Golf Course and it’s green lawns.
We stayed in Carol Ann’s cottage that featured a king bed, sitting area, bathroom with turbo jet bathtub, fireplace and more.
Lawrence and I had dinner at the Clubhouse Restaurant where we both shared the tasty Cucsabi Cranberry Salad and Salmon Cakes.
For our mains, we had the delicious Salmon Wellington with harvest vegetables; and the Schnitzel with mushroom sauce and harvest vegetables.
Lastly for dessert, we had the Strawberry Shortcake and the Chocolate Mousse.
Made a roaring fire in the fireplace in the room to cap the night, one of the great amenties is the firewood and supplies found in each cottage with instructions for creatiing a fire.
The next morning after a great sleep, it was a cool outside at 12 C and partly cloudy. We walked around the property and visiting the Inn which features 6 guest rooms as well as a living and dining area.
Went for breakfast in the Clubhouse Restaurant where I had the French Toast and Lawrence had the Eggs Benedict.
On our way from Rowena’s we visit a couple of places on the Circle Farm Tour, first off a visit to Farm House Cheeses in Agassiz followed by Back Porch Coffee Roasters.
Minutes away and we were in downtown Harrison Hot Springs where we had lunch at Muddy Waters Café, this café offers breakfast and lunches.
I had the Black Bean Garden Burger with kettle chips; while Lawrence enjoyed the Fraser Valley duck breast sandwich with salad; we both had Iced Americanos which was made with local Back Porch Coffee then shared the delicious Carrot Cake and the Coffee Cake.
After lunch we went for a hike on the Spirit Trail, a 1km trail in the rainy woods with trees adorned with some of the spirit masks.
Located minutes away, we checked in to The Rockwell Harrison Guest Lodge, a beautiful log home that features 3 guest suites. “The Rockwell” is a unique Post & Beam, Adult-Only and Private Bed & Breakfast featuring three modern guest suites. It is situated overlooking Harrison Lake and Sasquatch Provincial Park’s Greenpoint Day Use area as its front yard. Pamper yourself with the little extras such as Home-baked treats, Artisan scented soaps, hand-knit washcloths & throws & of course cozy robes to curl up in.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Morgan’s Bistro, a classic bistro featuring French cuisine using local ingredients whenever possible.
We shared the tasty Eggplant Napoleon, followed by the delicious Strawberry Caramelized pecan salad.
We both loved the Rack of Lamb with new potatoes and local vegetables; as well as the Slow roasted certified Angus Beef Shortribs ‘bone-in’.
Finished off with a slice of the light Lemon Cheesecake.
Back to The Rockwell for the night where we played a game of Billiards and enjoyed the roomy guest house amenities.
The next morning all the guests gathered around the large breakfast table to enjoy a lavish Breakfast together, here we had a chance to meet a couple who were visiting from Switzerland and another couple from Washington.
I had an English breakfast tea and a Mango juice, loved the Yogurt with fruit and granola this was followed by a basket of House-baked bread with homemade preserves and then the Sockeye salmon, potato salad and home-grown garden tomatoes and cucumbers.
It was a nice weekend visiting the Harrison area before heading back to Vancouver.
Stay tuned for my next Field Trip outside of Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak
Disclosure: Rowena’s Inn on the River provided us with complimentary accommodation, and meals. Muddy Waters Café and Morgan’s Bistro provided us with complimentary meals. The Rockwell Harrison Guest Lodge provided us with complimentary accommodation, all opinions and photos are my own.