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October 10, 2011

Stop time at Salt Spring Cottage Resort

I discovered a new find for me on the island. It's called Cottage Resort and it's about a 7 minute drive from Ganges to its location on the South end of St. Mary's Lake. For the past eight years, the nine cottages on the property  - Morning Glory, Snapdragon, Forget-Me-Not, Sunflower, Foxglove, Tiger Lily, Holllyhock, Gary Rose -  have been owned by Randy and Cathie Cunningham. She was an RN who moved into a variety of alternative healing modalities such as cranial sacral massage. He worked in international shipping before they took over the property. I met Cathie when she was looking at my photographs at the market and invited me to drop by to see the property.
 These immaculately maintained cottages lend a romantic air and are perfect for an individual looking to do a retreat (especially in the winter) or for family reunions, special workshops perhaps even a gathering for a small wedding. In total, the property can sleep about 35 people. During the off season, the peace of the location makes it perfect for knitters on retreat, writers, artists or anyone with a need to get away from it all while enjoying a comfy space. The perfect place to remind yourself that life's complexity doesn't have to be what runs yours days. I love the view (above) out this window at the Arbutus tree angling its way to the sky.
There are all sorts of tiny, old fashioned windows on the cottages that let the light stream through to make the rooms even more enchanting.
This cute little one bedroom is called Gary Rose. 
Hollyhock and Honeysuckle sleep 8
Time for breakfast? 
The view from the dock.
The beach house down by the small beach.
Loved the way these oars looked up in the beach house rafters
You have to spend time inside the cottages to notice the small touches.
Don't forget to visit the chickens.
Cathie is working on designing a labyrinth that are meant to be walked at times of transition.
Or you could just choose to sit by the shore with a good book.
On Thanksgiving Friday, the guests were just beginning to arrive. Families waiting for other members to descend from around the province and carloads full of books, board games and turkey, of course.
This place makes me happy.