Want to eat outside amid nature—or do you prefer urban oases? Be inspired by these tantalizing “inside-out” dining suggestions.
In Manitoba, try Riding Mountain National Park’s Earth Rhythms Outdoor Café. It pairs wilderness (think iconic loon song over a sylvan lake) with fine linens, candlelight, wine and regional fare prepared on a wood stove. For something a little less rustic, dine among the fragrant herbs at Winnipeg’s Mise patio.
Love horses? Join Holiday on Horseback for a ride through Banff National Park’s classic mountain landscapes where you’ll chow down on fabulous cowboy meals cooked over an open campfire. Or sit near Calgary’s scenic Bow River and enjoy the garden ambience on Rouge Restaurant’s patio.
If East Coast fare is more your style, you can learn how to fish for lobster with Prince Edward Island’s Tranquility Cove Adventures, then nosh on all you can eat of these tasty crustaceans. Landlubbers can check out Chef Emily Wells’ fabulous multi-ethnic lunches overlooking The Dunes’ Balinese-inspired garden in Brackley Beach, P.E.I.
For an extra touch of romance on Bermuda’s already alluring pink-sandy beaches, try the Moon Dance at the Fairmont Southhampton where you and your special someone will dine oceanside amid a heart of rose petals on the hotel’s private beach. In Warwick, relax at Blu, overlooking the aquamarine waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound.
Stroll amid blossoms and birds at Vallarta Botanical Gardens in the tropical highlands overlooking Puerto Vallarta—but don’t dare miss a meal at its Hacienda de Oro restaurant, the focal point of the former ranch. In PV, relax outdoors amid lush palms at Café des Artistes gourmet bistro.
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Memo’s Pancake House
Memo’s specializes in pancakes and waffles – from plain to fanciful creations topped with fruit, nuts and whipped cream. They also serve eggs Benedict, burritos and freshly squeezed orange juice. To top it off, the bottomless cups of coffee are brewed from house-roasted beans.