If you’re growing a little weary of lockdown measures and starting to wonder how you can safely start enjoying yourself again, hope has arrived in an awesome way in the heart of Muskoka cottage country. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka has officially opened its brand new outdoor dining concept “Muskoka Ice Caves” so you can dine in geodesic domes overlooking Lake Rosseau.
What is it like to dine outdoors in your own private cave?
Picture this: you’re sharing a warm, charcoal-grilled meal with your loved ones, dipping into gooey raclette or swirling fondue in your own cozy cave with breathtaking views of Lake Rosseau before you. Can you think of a more magical dining experience to transport you to your happy place once again?
The outdoor dining “caves” are in fact a series of 4 private geodesic domes—two dining domes and two lounge domes—where you can eat and drink in style with your significant other, family or household bubble (2-4 people) in a private and safe atmosphere. The domes are gently lit and warmed for optimal comfort no matter how cold and snowy it may be outside.
The Muskoka Ice Cave geodesic domes menus
Different menus are offered in the two dining caves and the two lounge caves, but they’re all geared towards one aim: embracing winter outdoors and sharing a special experience together with your loved ones. I can attest to how good the food is!
In lounge caves Crystal and Icicle, choose tapas-style tasters like colossal shrimp with chermoula sauce, maple glazed salmon satay and ras el hanout chicken wings.
In dining caves Frost and Snowflake, get the full charcoal-grilled experience with bison tenderloin, beef rib eye and rainbow trout together with sides like fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus, king mushrooms and Brussels sprouts with crispy pancetta. Other hearty dishes to share include grilled flatbread, white bean soup, grilled lamb rack chops, gnocchi and grilled arctic char. Or, why not dip a selection of meat and veg into gooey, melted raclette, or chimichurri and cream horseradish fondue?
Don’t miss dessert! How amazing does this sound: chocolate sponge cake with salted caramel mousse, chocolate glaze marinated cherries and berries. And there are plenty more sweet treats to choose from.
If all that weren’t enough, you’ve got a very extensive wine list to choose from as well as craft cocktails and after-dinner tipples, and some interesting non-alcoholic cocktails too.
How to book your private winter cave dining experience in these geodesic domes
Reservations for your own private dome can be made via OpenTable. Click here to book the full 2-hour dining experience, or click here to book the tapas and wine pairing lounge experience. 24-hour advanced booking and prepayment are required, and you can bet these domes are going to be popular, so plan well ahead!
In addition to the geodesic domes, the resort’s spa has now reopened with a new outdoor firepit and some tasty new nosh, available to all those with booked spa services. The pool and fitness centre are also open.
Everything you need to know about the resort’s COVID-19 health and safety measures
As of publishing, the resort is in the Red Zone and observing all the necessary protocols. The whole resort has been reconfigured for well-spaced seating inside and out, and all the required safety measures including physical distancing are well observed. Staff have even received special training to keep guests safe, so you can feel confident and comfortable during your stay. You can read more about their extensive safety procedures here.
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