Where rustic elegance meets artistic excellence, the Shale Rock Coffee House offers its guests a truly unique guest experience in its beautifully hand-crafted and custom designed interior. With quality fixtures and a Blue Mountain outdoorsy feel, the Coffee House is inspired by the natural beauty of the Georgian Bay and surrounding area. The name "Shale Rock" pays homage the historic shale rock oil works that used to operate in the area.
Building a strong sense of community and developing genuine relationships with the people on both sides of the counter is at the forefront of Proprietor Grant Thomsen's motivation in opening the Coffee House. "Two decades of working in the hospitality and guest services industry allowed me the opportunity to visit hundreds of cafes and restaurants around the world, gaining an appreciation for personal connections and a sense of community," said Thomsen. "When people visit the Shale Rock Coffee House they are our guests; I want them to have a positive experience from the minute they walk in the door."
The Shale Rock Coffee House offers premium gourmet frozen appetizers and entrees made in-house with fresh ingredients, ideal for locals, tourists or weekenders who want fresh, quality meals that can be quickly and easily prepared. Many of its quality food offerings are made with locally sourced fresh ingredients in effort to support of local businesses, and menu items will vary as the seasons change. A signature item that will be offered regularly includes a delicious light and flaky Danish Vienna Bread pastry with marzipan.
"The Shale Rock Coffee House is inspired by the natural beauty and caring community that surrounds it, and I hope this is evident in our uniquely designed interior, exceptional guest service, and our distinct menu," continued Thomsen. "My father moved to Canada from Denmark as a baker apprentice when he was a teenager, later owning a group of bakeshops in Hamilton for many years. I'm proud to offer menu items inspired by his baking and timeless Danish recipes."
Ideally situated along Hwy. 26 in Craigleith, a short 10km drive from the charming historic towns of Collingwood and Thornbury, and 4km from the excitement of Blue Mountain Village, the Shale Rock Coffee House is nestled between the blue waters of Georgian Bay and the ski hills of Blue Mountain. It is located beside the Georgian Trail, a 35km wooded trail between Collingwood and Meaford, along on the Georgian Bay Coastal Route, a 2000km route circumnavigating the "6th Great Lake", and close to the Craigleith Provincial Park.
Guests are offered a variety of spacious rooms to dine in, and an outside deck to enjoy the view. Also available for is a community room inside the Coffee House ideal for small meetings and get togethers. Bike and vehicle parking is available, as well as free WiFi, daily newspapers, built in USB and power stations, customer loyalty program, and an unprecedented atmosphere and welcoming environment.