Here is a newly updated version of my stay at Rowena’s Inn – with moving to a new theme I somehow lost my very first post, and this was it.
At the end of November, I had the privilege of staying at Rowena’s Inn on the River. Living close by, I had dined at the restaurant many times, but this was my first time staying overnight in one of the cottages. My youngest daughter accompanied me for our stay.
Rowena’s is located in Harrison Mills, approximately a 30 minute drive East from Mission. Harrison Hot springs is a short 15-20 minute drive from Rowena’s. The Inn and cottages themselves are located on the Sandpiper Golf Course. The South side of the property boasts lovely views of the Harrison River, and the North and surrounding areas are mountainous and stunning, a picturesque backdrop of Beautiful B.C, if I do say so myself.
Upon entering the property you are greeted with an extensive driveway and immediate water-views in front of you, and to your right at the end of the driveway and parking lot, you will see the golf clubhouse. This is where we went to check in for our enchanting cottage stay. Check in was quick and easy and we were given a map of the property. Upon getting our key, we walked down to our cottage, past the restaurant and the charming inn which were to our left, the immersive golf course and water views to our right. The cottages have a parking space right outside each of them – but because we were dropped off we were able to enjoy our short 5-minute stroll and take in our captivating surroundings.
The cabin. Upon setting eyes on it, I was immediately smitten with just how charming it looked, and I hadn’t even set foot inside yet!
It made me all that more excited to open the door and get inside. The inside was absolutely delightful, a well-balanced mixture of simple country elegance and the cozy feeling you’d expect from such a charming little cottage. As we walked in we barely noticed the tiny kitchen to the immediate right, our eyes were on the grandeur of the stone fireplace that seemed to greet us with open arms as we walked in. A large comfy looking bed sat to the right and an adorable two person table and chairs sat perfectly in front of the bay window. Out that window, there was a view overlooking a small body of water. Further out, was the river. It was perfect.
We had no sooner placed our bags on the floor, that my daughter announced that she was hungry. Of course. “I’m hungry!” Those two words that I hear approximately 578 times each day. So off we went to the restaurant, ‘The Clubhouse.’
Having been here many times, I was used to sitting on the patio in the summer, but it was the end of November, so we sat in the lower half of the restaurant near the warmth of the fireplace. We ordered an appy to start, the cheesy spinach dip with chips. Just as our appy arrived, a couple that had been sitting in front of the fireplace left, and our server asked if we wanted to move. We happily took her up on her offer. It was perfect, my daughter had a closer seat to the TV, tuned to the old Christmas classic, ‘Rudolph.’ The appy ended up being just OK, the mixture was stuck together and wasn’t easy to scoop onto the chips. I’d pass on it next time. My daughter had the fish and chips and I had the mussels. Both dishes were tasty and we left full, with my little dining companion only finishing a small fraction of her meal despite saying she could eat two pieces of fish. (Of course.)
We left and hurried back to our cottage and promptly put on our rain boots. We wanted to have a quick peek down by the water, and we were quickly losing daylight. To our delight we were treated to a viewing of a few magnificent eagle friends sitting close by, they were no doubt looking for those spawning salmon to dine on.
We went back to our cabin and decided to warm up by the fireplace. Instructions are written out for you, and it’s simply a matter of lighting some paper and then basking in the warmth and glow of the fireplace. The only downside was that there was only one extra piece of wood, so the fire didn’t last very long. It’s worth checking and getting some more if needed when you first arrive. It felt like such a treat to sit back and relax before the lovely fireplace, the crackling of the wood adding the perfect touch of ambience and contentment to the mood of our evening. (The mini fridge had a couple mini bottles of wine, some water and sparkling water. A nice touch!)
Before bed, my little companion had a soak in the jacuzzi tub. The bubbling feature was such fun for her and I was afraid she was never going to want to get out! I eventually did…. and at last, we fell into an easy sleep, in the incredibly large and comfy bed.
I was awoken the next morning by the best alarm clock ever, the eagles themselves! I could hear them caw and cry out in the morning light, and it was a welcome way to start my day. We soon made our way back to the Clubhouse for breakfast, and let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious. I had the eggs benny and my little one had the waffles. Both dishes were done to perfection and gobbled right up. Upon eating breakfast I noticed an older lady eating at the same table that she had been eating at the night before too, and she seemed to notice us also. Upon a quick chat before we left, it turned out that she is Betty-Anne, the daughter of the original owners. She gave us directions to find the nearby gazebo, and off we went to explore.
I highly recommend visiting during the eagle season and during the ‘Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Fest.’ On the property, they have a gazebo that is open to the public during the peak season that the eagles are out. It was a short 5-10 minute walk through a winding path and over the golf course, and we were rewarded with a sleek view of the Chehalis/Harrison river. Flanking the gazebo is the shoreline that is lined with trees, and in the trees we spotted many magnificent eagles, who didn’t seem shy and would soar right in front of us, seemingly showing off their beauty while we watched in awe.
We immensely enjoyed our visit to Rowena’s and The Sandpiper Golf Resort. We cannot wait to go back, and we hope that it’s much sooner rather than later!
To check out more about Rowena’s Inn & The Sandpiper Golf Resort click HERE.
To check out more about the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Fest click HERE.
For more awesome pictures from our stay, check out the gallery!