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My weekend at Christmas boot camp: Day 3

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My weekend at Christmas boot camp: Day 3

The last day of my Christmas retreat at Deerhurst Resort (read about Day 1 and Day 2) is pretty laid back. While I do attend breakfast and a morning flower arranging session, I also have the chance to take a tour around the property and learn about all of the cool things that the resort has to offer. 8:30 a.m. - At our final breakfast. Karl Lohnes announces the winners of three fully decorated Christmas trees. Flower arranging, grinch tree Flowers 9:45 a.m. - We have a flower arranging session with Bruno Duarte, owner and creative director of Fresh Floral Creations. In record time, he shows us how to make a Grinch tree and several centrepieces for Christmas dinner. Duarte recently designed some arrangements for Canadian Living's December 2013 issue. See them here. Deerhurst resort 10:30 a.m. - We take a tour of the property by car. It's a moody day, but I can imagine exactly what the resort would be like in the summer. There are almost 70 activities, from swimming at the beach, kayaking and paddle boating to ziplining through the forest, paintball play and horseback riding. There are also two golf courses and the longest running show in Ontario that plays every weekend. It's the place where Shania Twain got her start! We drive up to the lookout with its million dollar view (pictured above) and I feel like—were it not drizzling—I could stay there all day. Snacks Noon - We make a quick pit stop at local grocery and coffee shop Farmer's Daughter and I pick up a care pack of sinful treats: a chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow square, Bottle Green Sparkling Pomegranate and Elderflower water and a box of Cranberry Bog Frogs. By 3 p.m. we have returned to the reality of rainy Toronto, and I've already started imagining a trip to Deerhurst next summer.
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