Famming - as in the verb, to fam….

Oban Inn - re-opening a favorite door..

In 2012, new Chef, new bathrooms, new sunrooms and even more new improvements in 2013!


For smaller groups under 25 guests, there is so much to love about the Oban Inn – a great restaurant, its lakeview location, an intimate spa and stunning guestrooms- oh, but wait...that lovely meeting room with newly enclosed year-round sunroom with access to the back garden - and the outdoor pool - well, you might have to come see it all for yourself!


Watch for your invite to the exclusive fam trip on February 8th - it's a special day for a special group - and will include a visit to the Oban Inn and our dearest hotelier, Celia Liu!


Cheers, Nat

p.s. notice the dates on the glass above the doors - so many neat details at this beloved local spot!


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Opening the first door in Niagara this December….

My favourite time to be at Ravine is after dark – the lit up farmhouse in the dark field is pretty and the hospitality inside is warm and inviting. Just last week I took a long time client there for a special dinner with one of their top clients, and based on the review, it did not disappoint! They raved about the food, the wine and John & his team in the restaurant - how they felt well taken care of and valued.

skate at Ravine


As a professional DMC, I help the event organizer, in most cases a business person, achieve their end goal and Ravine is a great fit anytime you want to create closeness and cohesion.

The family ownership led by son Paul; the history of the land and buildings - all create a comfortable backdrop and encourages the group to relax. The wines are youthful but good and get better every year (try their Sand and Gravel line) and food by Chef Nate is made from great ingredients and is comfortable enough to satisfy a group - but with enough unique flair to appease the foodies in the group. No easy task for corporate groups with a wide array of palates.

Nicola, Paul’s wife, handles the events – and it’s been a pleasure to get to know her better – she is incredibly efficient and easy going. The next time you need a place for your group to bond – call me and we’ll go visit Nicci at Ravine!

open year round - ideal group size is 40 to 250


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Wine Country Mash Up…

For starters...

Peller Ice Cuve (this is a standard for me...)

13th Street Sparkling Rose (hey, if it's good enough for the Queen, it's good enough for me!)

Stratus 2006 White

Charles Baker Riesling - 2007...I think? Might have been 2008 - if you need to know, email me and I will check that...

Daniel Lenko 2007 Reserve Riesling

Malivoire Sparkling Musque

Tawse Growers Pinot Noir

Kacaba 2007 Cabernet (blend)

Daniel Lenko Late Harvest Vidal

Wayne Gretzy's Shiraz Ice Wine

I really, really wanted to try the Chateau des Charmes 2006 Savagnin Ice Wine - I have heard great things about it - but it just wasn't in the cards this time - next time for sure!


 A bit rushed as we have a series of events, but give me a few days and I will post the links to the wineries for you and a few photos.  Also, going to Rosewood this weekend - pretty excited!!


Have a great weekend, Nat




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Just because you can, does not mean you should….

I can change the oil in my car....but I don't - it's not worth my time or my money to research what I need for my car's make and model, gather or buy what I need and apply it to one car. Not efficient - never mind what errors I might make in the disposal of the left over oil. It's not for me.

What makes sense is to find someone who knows and understands these things - and delegate it.

Oh, it costs more - well, yes - in dollars - but is your time free? No, there is a value on your services - and an opportunity cost when you are not going what you do best. That value on your time is degraded when, as a highly trained professional in law, finance or medicine, you spend your valuable time doing anything at work but what they you are highly trained to do.

It always costs more to fix it than to do it right the first time.

Just my thought!


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