Socially distanced outdoor dining — in winter

The ice caves at dusk.

MINETT, Ont. — JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka has created a concept called the Muskoka Ice Caves that will soon allow guests to dine in outdoor domes on their huge terrace overlooking Lake Rosseau. But the winter magic doesn’t stop there. They also have Muskoka chairs surrounding firepits, along with furry blankets to keep guests toasty, and something called the Cowboy Cauldron that the chefs can use to create smoked delicacies including bison on a skewer with roasted red pepper.

Remember the freedom of socially distanced outdoor visits last summer, and the joy of dining before the second-wave lockdowns? JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka is working hard to carry that relaxed dining experience through the winter.

Chefs Nirmal Varghese and Savio Tellis with a Cowboy Cauldron.

Saturday, December 12 marked “opening day” for the exciting new private outdoor dining concept launching at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka. The experience involves outdoor winter dining, in a private, cozy cave with your sweetheart or your four-person social bubble, with the scent of the charcoal grill and a fondue or raclette to enjoy together. Executive chef Shaun Crymble will fire up the Cowboy Cauldrons on the terrace overlooking Lake Rosseau. Four “caves” (two dining rooms, two lounges) will be available for this unique experience for two to four people. There will be two seatings each evening.

Crystal Muskoka Ice Cave for dining.

The “caves” are transparent geodesic domes overlooking Lake Rosseau. They will be softly lit and gently warmed. Frost and Snowflake are Muskoka Ice Caves – Dining. Icicle and Crystal are Muskoka Ice Caves – Lounge. Reservations can be made on OpenTable. Twenty-four-hour advance booking and prepayment are required.

Icicle Muskoka Ice Cave — a lounge.

The entire resort has been reconfigured with well-spaced seating indoors and out. Physical distancing signage is in place throughout the building and grounds. Every associate has received special training to keep themselves and their guests safe.
We’re all ready for a little indulgence.

Barbecue Medley cooked on a Cowboy Cauldron.

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka is a luxury conference resort two and a half hours north of Toronto, in Ontario’s scenic “cottage country”. Recipient of the AAA/CAA four diamond award every year since opening in 2008, plus prestigious Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence at two of its restaurants. The resort is set atop a bluff overlooking pristine Lake Rosseau. Visitors enjoy inspirational views, intuitive service and the opportunity to explore nature on their terms. Visit us online, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

A special touch — a beverage holder to keep your drink steady on your Muskoka chair.

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. The impressive array of award-winning hotels cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ – the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. These experiences help guests to be fully present, foster connections and feed the soul. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together, act with intention and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are over 80 JW Marriott hotels in more than 25 countries and territories. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook.