Delicious stories bring friends of good food together
Hotel Punkaharju | Sahanlahti Resort | TeaHouse of Wehmais | Tertti Manor
Every Saimaa Gastronomy company has a story of its own.
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Hotel Punkaharju offers a wonderful world of flavours surrounded by picturesque Finnish scenery
The owner and lady of the house, Saimi Hoyer, has walked the catwalks of the world as a supermodel. After returning to Finland from the world’s various metropolises, Saimi moved to her beloved childhood landscapes in Punkaharju. When the former State Hotel of Punkaharju came on the market, Saimi and her husband of that time, Thomas Hoyer, decided to restore this national treasure.
“Punkaharju and the entire Saimaa region have been hidden from tourists for too long. Having lived abroad for many years, I see Hotel Punkaharju as a place where people can enjoy its peaceful, natural surroundings and nature’s offerings.”
The restaurant of Hotel Punkaharju has become a treasure trove of produce from local farms, the forests surrounding the hotel and Lake Saimaa. Hotel Punkaharju is particularly known for its varied and imaginative use of mushrooms.
Sahanlahti Resort offers you of the best of Lake Saimaa
One of the oldest sawmills in the Lake Saimaa region, Sahanlahti was built around a water-powered sawmill established in the 1740s. Sahanlahti sawmill was in operation for almost 200 years.
Today, the award winning Sahanlahti Resort is a popular, traditional tourist attraction in a fantastic location in Puumala, less than an hour’s drive from Savonlinna, Mikkeli and Imatra. The unique, culturally significant environment of the sawmill by the beautiful Lake Saimaa, and its modern, well-equipped facilities create a stunning environment for holidaymaking and a great venue for celebrations of all kinds. The view of Lake Saimaa opening up from the terrace of Restaurant Koskivahti has often been described as one of a kind in the world – and not in vain.
Sahanlahti is run by entrepreneurs Jaana and Janne Kuivalainen. Through their persevering work, the resort has been restored and brought back to life as one of the best gourmet destinations in the country. As a family-run resort, Sahanlahti offers a warm and cosy atmosphere where guests feel welcome and at home.
Sahanlahti won the award for the best food tourism company in South Savo in 2014 and also the 2015 marina of the year in the Vuoksi river basin. In 2017, Sahanlahti’s “Archipelago experience” won Visit Finland’s award for the most successful product of the year.
TeaHouse of Wehmais
The enchanting TeaHouse of Wehmais in an idyllic rural setting
In the autumn of 2010, the hostess of TeaHouse of Wehmais, Anna Grotenfelt-Paunonen, established the first and still the only teahouse in Finland whose operations are based on English tea traditions. Located in the stable building in the courtyard of the Wehmaa Manor, the tearooms are decorated with beautiful rose fabrics and floral wallpaper and offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy genuine Afternoon and Cream Teas. Anna is a qualified tea sommelier, one of only two in Finland, and has personally picked a selection of about 100 types of tea for her teahouse, ensuring that everyone can find their favourite – also to take home. At the other end of the building you’ll find the Deli & Decor shop, which offers a selection of the best food and organic products from local producers and high-quality interior design products.
Arrival at the TeaHouse is an experience in itself. From the road, surrounded by beautiful rural scenery, diverges an atmospheric lane lined with birch trees and leading to the courtyard of the Wehmaa Manor. In the summer, visitors can admire the estate’s calm, organically grown dairy cattle either by walking near the pastures surrounding the manor or by taking a peek inside the cow shed. Various exciting events are organised in the loft of the stable building and in the courtyard throughout the year. For example, the traditional Wehmaa Christmas Market brings the region’s small-scale producers and their products to this atmospheric rural setting. With hard work and excellent taste, Anna has built one of Finland’s best food tourism destinations at Wehmaa Manor.
Tertti Manor invites you on a modern jorney of flavours in a traditional setting
The hosts of Tertti Manor, Matti and Pepita Pylkkänen, began developing their family estate in 1978 into one of Finland’s leading tourism and specialised cultivation farms. Since then, they have established the Manor Restaurant and remodelled the manor’s courtyard area, garden and immediate surroundings in the style of the late 19th century and built the Dairy Café & Shop. The offerings of the manor’s own fields, and fruit and vegetable gardens, have been cultivated into high-quality gourmet products and are still preserved for the enjoyment of guests. Inspired by the manor’s long history of food traditions, the owners have also published a cookery book.
The historical manor estate has farmed land, bred horses and sheep and raised dairy cattle for centuries. Over the years, the estate has run a sheep-breeding barn, its own dairy and even a dairy school. Over several centuries, Tertti Manor’s kitchen has prepared delicious, high-quality food for distinguished visitors, including Finnish presidents, and gourmet lovers. The offerings of the manor’s own land have always played a significant role in the manor’s everyday activities and celebrations. The estate’s long history and the owners’ persevering work have made Tertti Manor one of the best culinary destinations in Finland.
The farmwife’s pie workshop
In Okkola farmwife’s pie workshop you´ll discover the old art of making tasty karelian pies! The hostess, Paula, will guide you through the knicks and knacks of baking these traditional delicacies with old family recipes.
Visitors to the pie workshop will also experience a genuine Finnish country home.
At the Okkola farmwife’s cottage, visitors will learn about rural entrepreneurship, local flavours and genuine Savo hospitality. The farmwife’s pies have all the scents and flavours to get the mouth-watering and the mood lifted.
D.O. Saimaa – 100 % excellence from the Saimaa region
D.O. Saimaa is Finland’s first trademark depicting regional quality and origin
The ‘excellence’ mentioned in the trademark’s slogan does not only refer to the products’ high quality and responsibility, but also a positive effect on the environment, culture and regional vitality. Consumers, restaurants and retailers using products or raw materials marked with D.O. Saimaa know that they are making an ethical and responsible choice.
All the Saimaa Gastronomy restaurants also carry the D.O. Saimaa trademark. In other words, they respect the origins, purity and high quality of their raw materials.