Hockley Valley Resort
Spa, Golf, Ski and Snowboarding
In the twenty-six years since John Paul Adamo’s parents bought Hockley Valley Resort, much has changed. Now the hotel has 104 luxury rooms and suites, 14 meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor salt water pools, and an 8,000 square foot European-inspired, full-service spa with 18 private treatment rooms. There’s an 18-hole championship golf course, 15 downhill ski runs, 2 snowboard terrain parks with snowmaking equipment and a chairlift.
Hockley Valley Resort has Roots Deep in the Community
“Over the years and the hurdles we have faced, local communities have supported us tremendously, and in many ways,” said John Paul, Owner and President of the resort. “They have been a vital customer base, of course, and local suppliers have been important, too.” Hockley Valley Resort has relied on nearby professionals, architects and engineers to plan expansions, as well as local trades to build and maintain the facilities.
Along with the regular staff in the hotel and restaurants, the resort needs another 300 people during the ski season and the majority of them live in Dufferin. “Our staff makes…the personality of the resort… they’re a huge supporting factor,” said John Paul.
The neighbourhood is a cornucopia for the resort’s restaurants as well. “You don’t have to travel far to find the bounty of the region. Buying local is part of our philosophy and while we’re trying to stay within 30 kilometers we find most of what we need within 60.” There’s a honey place down the road, a brewery, cidery, farmers who grow wild boar and elk, as well as fruits and vegetables. “We have recently employed a local gardener who has been growing organically for years to manage the two acre garden we have on site.” In season, the garden supplies fresh-as-can-be organic produce for three restaurants. Hockley Valley Resort has greatly enhanced its culinary offering over the last few years with restaurant 85, Babbo, and now cabin.
Guests from farther afield find it easy to drive here. John Paul commutes to work from Toronto every day and says it is an easy drive of an hour or so, on highways and good roads all the way.