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Top Staycation Ideas

Posted by Treetops on Thursday, 03 August 2017 in Lifestyle

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One of the best parts about life at Treetops is that you can enjoy a range of exciting summer adventures close to home. With a number of excellent parks, green spaces, beaches and recreation facilities close at hand, the options for summer fun are virtually endless. Here are just a few of our top recommendations for your ultimate Alliston-area staycation this summer.

 


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Endless Fun at Nottawasaga Resort 

Perhaps the best option for an Alliston-area staycation, the Nottawasaga Resort really does have something for everyone in your family. Perfect for a mini-vacation close to home, your family is sure to enjoy their time there. Parents will love the beautiful 45-hole golf courses, exquisite food and relaxing massage services. Kids will love the swimming, waterslide, mini golf and endless recreation activities — which include geocaching, bocce, volleyball, horseshoes, a playground, nature trails and more. Nottawasaga is offering a few excellent summer promotional packages right now, so visit their website today to learn more.

Or take advantage of their Family Fun Pass, which they offer on long weekends throughout the year. This includes access to the indoor pool, 100ft waterslide and mini-golf for a family of four for the day.

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Camping at Earl Rowe Provincial Park

Locals love Earle Rowe Provincial Park for its beautiful hiking trails, canoeing and huge outdoor swimming pool. It’s also a great place to give your kids a first taste of camping. This is an especially great option with younger kids, because when you’re camping close to home, you can always pack up if the kids aren’t into the experience. Earl Rowe offers a wonderful selection of car camping, group camping and even radio-free camping options to choose from.

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Take a Ride on the South Simcoe Railway

The South Simcoe railway is one of the most unique family day trips in Simcoe County. Your family will travel in restored railway coaches from the 1920s over the rails of a century-old branch line that once stretched all the way from Hamilton to Barrie. This round trip from Tottenham to Beeton takes just over an hour, and is enhanced by the Conductor’s friendly and informative commentary Trips are available every Sunday and select weekdays for the rest of the summer and early fall.

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Spend the Day at Innisfil Beach Park

Simcoe County has many beautiful beaches to explore, and Innisfil Beach Park might just be the nicest in proximity to Treetops. The beach is located about 30 minutes east of Alliston on beautiful Lake Simcoe. In addition to great swimming, boating and fishing, there are also volleyball courts, a playground, snack bar, sports fields, kayak and paddle board rentals and more.

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Explore Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

While not technically located in Simcoe County, Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is located just a short 30 minute drive west of Alliston and is a rare geographical wonder. Part of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, this majestic park is best known for it’s distinctive 30 metre cliffs on Cliff Top Trail. In addition to numerous wonderful hiking trails, there is also a day use picnic area that is perfect for a family lunch in this pristine natural setting.

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Where are some of your favourite places to enjoy a staycation in Simcoe County?  We’d love to hear about them on our Facebook page!

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6 Amazing Benefits To Getting Your Kids Into Golf

Posted by Treetops on Friday, 16 June 2017 in Lifestyle

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One of the best parts of living in Treetops is having access to some of the top golf courses anywhere in Southern Ontario. While golf is typically seen as an activity for adults, kids and teens can benefit a lot from playing this time-honoured game. Here are six great reasons why you should consider getting your kids into golf.


#1 | Spend More Time Outside 

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In today’s technology-driven world, it’s nice to get some time away from high-tech distractions. Since spending more time with nature is shown to be good for improving your health and your mood, this is clearly one great reason to get your kids out on the fairways.


#2 | Great Way to Increase Family Time 

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When parents love golf too, it’s an amazing way to spend quality time as a family. Even if you’re a novice golfer, you can spend time at the driving range and improve your game together. With a driving range and affordable twilight greens fees, the next door Nottawasaga Resort is a great spot for an after work activity on those long summer evenings.


#3 | It’s a Valuable Business Skill

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There’s an old saying that the most important business deals are done on the golf course. While this may not always be true, being able to play 18 holes with a client or your boss has always been a plus in the world of business. So why not start your kids early so they can enjoy all the benefits that come from doing business on the green.


#4 | It’s Safe & Healthy

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Unlike many team sports that have a lot of contact, there aren’t too many major injuries you have to worry about in golf. Not only is it safer, but it also improves muscle tone, flexibility, and co-ordination. Since it’s a game that’s even senior-friendly, it really is a healthy activity that your kids can enjoy for life.


#5 | Learn Etiquette and Values

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Manners and etiquette are a huge part of golf, and a huge part of life. By teaching your kids the key etiquettes of the golf course, you’re setting them up to have more social interactions and be courteous adults down the line.


#6 | Learn to Control Their Emotions

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To be great at golf, you really need to keep your cool. Regular playing will teach your kids how to control their frustration, stay calm under pressure and reap the benefits of performing their best while being cool and collected.


There’s No Better Time to Get Started!

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This summer, you can get your kids started on the path to golf greatness with exciting half day golf camps at the nearby Nottawasaga Resort. Camps are available for all skill levels and your children will receive coaching directly from a Canadian Professional Golf Association certified pro. To learn more about the resort’s golf day camps, or to register online, visit the Nottawasaga Resort’s website. Private lessons are also available.

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What are some of your favourite golf courses in Simcoe County? We’d love to hear about them on our Facebook page

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The Amazing Benefits of Dog Ownership

Posted by Treetops on Thursday, 04 May 2017 in Lifestyle

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More than just a faithful companion, owning a dog can have a tremendous positive impact on your family!

In recent years, a growing amount of research has developed that shows the many surprising ways that having a pet can help your family flourish and grow.  Continue reading to discover some of the truly remarkable benefits of dog ownership.


#1 | They’ll Teach Your Kids Responsibility 

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Helping to care for a dog is an excellent way to teach your kids the value of responsibility and accountability. By encouraging them to be a part of feeding, grooming and walking your furry friend they will develop a sense of what it is like to be responsible for the wellbeing of another creature — a skill that will help them be a more considerate person throughout their life. 


#2 | They Can Actually Reduce Childhood Allergies 

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While some people stay away from furry friends due to allergies, you might be surprised to learn that exposing your children to household pets like dogs and cats at an early age might actually help to develop the immune system and reduce allergies by as much as 33 percent. Read more about the study here.


#3 | They Can Help You Improve Your Emotional Intelligence 

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While dogs can’t talk, they still communicate plenty. So much of human communication is nonverbal — including facial expressions, body language and gestures — and children aren’t born understanding those things. By learning to understand your dog’s non-verbal communication it may help your kids to better understand human non-verbal communication too! This is just one of the many EQ benefits that child and parenting expert Denise Daniels attributes to dog ownership. Learn more here.


#4 | They Boost Your Mood 

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Did you know that petting or playing with a dog for just 15 minutes can improve your mood significantly?  According to a University of Missouri–Columbia study, this simple task releases the feel-good hormones serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin, and lowers the stress hormone cortisol – making you feel more relaxed and calm.  


#5 | They’ll Keep You Active  

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There are several studies that show that dogs can be effective motivators to get you moving.  According to researchers at the University of Victoria, dog owners walked an average of 300-minutes per week. This is almost 100% more than those who didn’t own dogs, who only walked an average of 168 minutes per week.  Our community will feature over 7 kilometres of trails – perfect for you and your furry friend to stroll, walk, jog, or run on.


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Simple Tips for Keeping Your Fitness Resolutions

Posted by Treetops on Monday, 30 January 2017 in Lifestyle

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With 2017 underway, many of us find that we’re starting to falter on our fitness related resolutions. It can be difficult to consistently stay on track because often our goals don’t match up with our real lives — with obligations like work, family and social engagements occupying our time.

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4 Ways To Get Your Home Holiday Ready

Posted by Treetops on Monday, 16 November 2015 in Lifestyle

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This year immerse yourself in the sights and smells of the season, with our four great ways to get into the holiday spirit.

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