A recent Instagram photo inspired me to take a trip outside the city limits to Birds Hill Provincial Park, and more specifically, a cute little spot known as Pineridge Hollow. Situated on a large, picturesque property, the Carriage-style home hosts a restaurant, boutique, and a couple of handsome goats (eep). If you’re itching to take a day trip outside of Winnipeg, put this one on your list! Here’s how I spent the day at the Hollow…
1. Walk through nearby trails
Well, we didn’t get very far, but there are tons of trails throughout Birds Hill Park, and more specifically, one directly across from Pineridge Hollow. If you’re in the business of wildlife viewing, this seems like a popular spot to watch adorable little chickadees diving for seeds and may even be the go-to place for white-tailed deer. While we didn’t see the latter, we might come back another time to stake it out.
And obviously, snowy trails make excellent backdrop for some outfit photos. Who’s that weirdy by the trees?
Purple slip dress from Aritzia, scarf from Forever 21, boots c/o Nectar Clothing, jacket c/o Choies
2. Wander through charming grounds
A recent snowfall can’t hurt when it comes to picturesque settings. Pineridge Hollow is a cute area to roam around, with bridges, pergolas, fairy lights and plenty of photo-ops. They also have some kind of large pit area, which I concluded was either a goat fighting ring or a future swimming pool (okay, both are unlikely).
3. Have lunch on the patio
All that wandering is hard work, so we decided to head inside to the restaurant for a bite to eat. There were only seats left on the “patio” which is fully enclosed but not heated, but since we’ve had such a lovely winter, it was quite nice. Since I’m 10 years old and also love comfort food, I ordered chicken fingers and fries (yes, with honey dill sauce) and Adam ordered the veggie bean burger. We both thoroughly enjoyed lunch and I will be back to eat here, since there were so many yummy things to try on the menu. I’ve heard that if you’re heading here for dinner, reservations are strongly recommended.
4. Find the perfect Christmas gift
There is a small boutique attached to the restaurant, full of nic-nacs and everything in between. I was on the hunt for Christmas ornaments but had no idea what I was looking for so I ended up empty handed. I did spend some time admiring their decorative clock selection.
5. Make a s’more around the campfire
Disclaimer: I didn’t make a s’more. I just ate the marshmallows. But the point is, they have a cute little fire going on the weekends with a s’more station free for use! For the sake of a photo I put one marshmallow on each point of the stick, but soon realized this wasn’t a great option for even cooking of each marshmallow. So don’t take any roasting tips from me.
6. Say hello to the goats
The highlight of the trip was of course meeting the two goats, Felix and Farley. One of them preferred to say hi from afar while this one (we still don’t know who was who) trotted right up for pets and treats. Their yard had a million carrots and celery sticks so he wasn’t very interested in our offering (which you can get from the restaurant), yet still stuck around for attention. I love animals.
‘Til next time, Pineridge Hollow!