June 24, 2016 - At the Greater Niagara Chamber Excellence in Business Awards, held in St. Catharines, Ontario, White Oaks Resort & Spa was awarded Business of the Year. The awards are held annually and recognize businesses and individuals in the community that are excelling and making a difference. White Oaks was nominated along with two other outstanding businesses in Niagara and are proud to be recognized with this award.
The Business of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding organization that has demonstrated entrepreneurial achievement and community leadership. The award acknowledges excellence in business practices combined with a vision for future development. The company may be of any size and within any field.
“We are a family owned business and have been employing Niagara residents now for 38 years. It is amazing to sit in a room full of our partners, colleagues and other outstanding businesses and people and be recognized in this way. We are very honoured and send our congratulations out to all those that also won awards and were nominated. “ said Richard Reid, Executive Director of Sales and Hotel Operations.
June 27, 2016 - The bees have arrived! After quite extensive research by our Executive Chef Michael Price, our Chef in Residence, Kyle Paton and our Green Team, we have proceeded with the purchase of 4 hives of Canadian Honeybees for our property. Our team at White Oaks believes it is very important to support our Niagara community, our local agricultural industries and give back to our region and our world by introducing pollinator habitats near farm lands that rely on bees for pollination.
Research is clear that due to mono crop farming, pesticides and other elements that have come along with modernizing agriculture, the wild bee population has been significantly dwindling. The answer to parts of this problem is creating habitats for pollinators to expand their population for pollinating our food sources. These small initiatives are what will keep our bee population, and in turn our ability to grow fruit, nuts, vegetables, berries, etc. active in the years to come. These costs are far too great for individual farmers to bear on their own, and in turn will make their operating expenses rise.
The majority of the stinging insects that are out and about aren’t honeybees. To put this in perspective, between White Oaks, and Niagara College, we have introduced 750,000 bees into this area without anyone noticing a disturbance. While we are not first or leading the pack with this initiative, we are definitely in very good company with our friends at Niagara College and Ravine Estate Winery in St. Davids. In summary, let them bee and they will buzz off. At the end of the day, we will have delicious White Oaks honey, and the farmers will have help from our bees. We believe that’s a great win-win scenario.
How Can You Help?
By supporting businesses that are doing their best to save the bees…support the bee supporters: B-Y’s Honey Farm: http://www.byshoneyfarm.com, an amazing local Niagara Apiary providing honey and honey products to the community. To find out more information you can visit the Ontario Bee Association’s website at: http://www.ontariobee.com
Jan 20, 2016 - Spas of America has released their Top 100 Spas of 2015 and from over 500 Spas in the association from all throughout the Americas, The Spa at White Oaks ranked #7 overall. More exciting is the Canadian rankings of #1 Spa in Niagara, #2 in all of Ontario and #3 in all of Canada.
Spa Director, Jennifer Hipwell states, “We are thrilled to see such great results and it definitely matches up with what we are hearing from our guests. They are loving the new treatment options and skin care lines that have been developed and made available exclusively to our spa. We do our best to stay on top of new developments in the industry and bring those offerings to our guests.”
According to Hipwell, “We are using color therapy with the Max LED facial, oxygen therapy with our oxygen facial and of course, silk peel dermalabrasion technology. In the next year we plan to launch our new online booking tool to make it even easier for our guests to make their reservations.
“The Spa at White Oaks Resort has been very popular with our targeted spa and wellness travel audience” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver. “From over 500 resort, hotel and health spas on our website, The Spa at White Oaks was #7 in North America and the #1 Wine Experience Spa in Ontario.” Says Oliver, “For guests seeking a true fitness and racquet club destination in the heart of Niagara’s popular wine region, the Spa at White Oaks is an ideal getaway destination with wonderful accommodations, exciting dining options, and a friendly, professional staff.”