It was pouring rain as I drove to Tweed, but the weather did not hinder my excited anticipation of the scenery and business acumen I was destined to enjoy that morning.
As my GPS announced that I had reached my destination, I was in this tiny lane in the woods, surrounded only by trees and water. A cleverly positioned but understated sign discretely indicated that I was at Black River Retreat (BRR). Oh, how I wished I was there to stay.
This relaxation sanctuary is nestled in the forest and maximizes guests’ therapeutic nature immersion. While a romantic hideaway for couples, the retreat is an ideal place for weddings, honeymooners, bachelorette weekends and special events.
The owner and operator Trevor Telford,was inspired by a change in direction in his life path, which led him to build the Black River Retreat himself over a period of one and half years. Using his experience and knowledge, he applied all his skills as a general contractor, designer and master persnickety customer care expert. Trevor worked hard to bring his dream destination into life, and is relentlessly looking for ways to develop and improve his concept and offering.
“Keeping the business manageable for me means providing intimate getaways catering to just one couple at a time; although two extra guest rooms are available if you wish to share the experience with friends. This enables me to pay great attention to detail and ultimately craft a memorable experience for our guests”, says Trevor, while accurately ironing fresh bed linens.
“The great attention to every single little detail is what makes BRR unique, nothing is overlooked” reads a comment left by one of the guests. What I had noticed right away as soon as I stepped in was that nature did not stop at the front door, but continued seamlessly inside as well. The presence of logs, branches and leaves in the resort’s décor makes the place tranquil and soothing. This is a place where time stops to allow for love to take over; it feels just like you are in a fairy tale.
“People have so little time to get away, it is my responsibility, privilege and honour to give them something new and remarkable”, Trevor adds while he is making beds with care and precision.
The BRR is open all year-round, and the winter months allow for snowshoeing on the trails followed by a dip in the hot tub, with a cozy fire surrounded by the charming winter wonderland.
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