We feel so privileged to call North Hastings home, and welcome you to come see why. There is nowhere else we'd rather be than right here in Ontario's beautiful cottage country. Known as Ontario's Most Talented Town, and the Mineral Capital of Canada, Bancroft is an incredibly vibrant hub for the area. See it for yourself right here.
By Melanie Chambers, Published by The Spoked Traveller — Ramona stares out the window and pauses before answering my questions about The Craftsman Restaurant that is going on 26-years-old in December. It’s a cottage country institution and she’s ruminating about how things have changed since the beginning. (Located on highway 28 South in Paudash– the small town just before Bancroft). Breakfast: smoked salmon burrito with capers and homefries. Drool.
By Dan Rubinstein, En Route Magazine — Perched on a hill above the highway, Craftsman looks like a little yellow house. Inside, with a plate of lightly breaded Lake Erie perch, a bottle of Ontario’s Church Key pale ale and a guy on a guitar in the corner covering Blue Rodeo and Gordon Lightfoot songs, the Craftsman feels like home.
Mr. Thomson’s dining room has always had a nice relaxing vibe, with views of our gardens. We always thought, though, that it would be lovely to add some nice lamps and curtains, and a bit of new art. So we met up with the immensely creative Dianne Eastman, of ‘Dianne Eastman ReDesign.’ Such fun we had! We told Dianne about all our ideas – many of which had gone through several incarnations through the years...
By Nate Smelle, Bancroft This Week — The husband and wife team have owned the Craftsman restaurant near Bancroft for more than 28 years. The Craftsmans motto speaks for itself ìReal Food for Real People. In that time they have strived to make the food they sell more sustainable every year. “I am very careful what food I bring into my kitchen and how it is prepared,” said Thomson. “I am very careful to stay informed and only bring sustainable products into my kitchen, and will remove any product from the menu that I feel no longer meets our sustainability standards.”
It’s that time of year again. The skies are blue, the blackflies are (mostly) gone, the sun is hot, and the days are long. Summer! Finally! And with summer comes awesome live theatre at Bancroft’s historic Village Playhouse. If you haven’t been to the Playhouse before, this is the time to check it out. This season, Bancroft Summer Theatre presents two shows.
Guess what!? We’re feeling pretty darn special this week. We’ve been featured in the July issue of EnRoute, the official magazine of Air Canada! That’s right, the next time you’re thirty-five thousand feet up in the air you can read all about little ol’ us. Talk about exposure; the magazine has a readership of over a million people per month. Yup. You read that right: a million!