City hacks: Four ob­scure stops to beat any long week­end traf­fic jam

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

The Au­gust long week­end is the mother of all long week­ends. It is the warm­est. Cot­tage coun­try is the busiest. And, as a re­sult, Hwy. 400 is the nas­ti­est. Here are five stops along the way worth a visit to check your san­ity and have some fun. Tanger Out­lets: To some, mak­ing it to Cook­stown is an ad­ven­ture in it­self. Al­ready tired at this point, many turn to the Tanger mall to put a skip back in their step with a lit­tle shop­ping. Shiny things make Mr. Grumpy go away. Take the Hwy. 89 exit. Big Curve Acres: This place eas­ily tops the list of stops driv­ers al­ways plan to make but in­evitably for­get un­til it’s too late and the last llama passes from view. Here, dur­ing July and Au­gust only, Wed­nes­day to Satur­day, noon un­til 4 p.m., visi­tors can check out this farm’s pet­ting area — an ideal dis­trac­tion for the kids. There is also a play­ground and pic­nic area, but no food is sold on site. On Hwy. 11 near We­ber’s. Saw­dust City: Lo­cated just off Hwy. 11 in Graven­hurst, Saw­dust City is the lat­est and quite pos­si­bly great­est craft brew­ery to open up shop in Muskoka. Lone Pine IPA is del­ish, and the same goes for the taco truck parked out front. Tree Mu­seum: Take Hwy. 6 east off of Hwy. 11 and make a quick stop at the en­chant­ing and all­nat­u­ral Tree Mu­seum, which is ac­tu­ally more of an open-air art in­stal­la­tion that in­cludes a stroll through the woods, www.thetreeemu­

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