Close-to-Home Getaways

There’s no better way to spend weekend this summer than by exploring one of Ontario’s hidden gems. Stay close to home while simultaneously experiencing the excitement of travel.

Port Dover Beach, Port Dover

With imported palm trees and shallow, sandy beaches, Port Dover Beach easily rivals tropical paradises this time of year. Within walking distance to multiple restaurants, the Beach is a perfect spot to enjoy a family-filled day of fun in the sun. After dinner, hit the Pier for a picturesque stroll and stay until dusk to see a breathtaking sunset over water. Only a two-hour drive away, this stunning town is home to charming B&B’s and acclaimed professional theatre. Be sure to also catch the live musical performance every Sunday night in Powell Park.

www.portdoverbeach.com

Taboo Muskoka, Gravenhurst

If you have a golfer’s goal this summer, Taboo Muskoka is the place to achieve it. Whether your ideal golf getaway is filled with games of 18, nine-and-dines or golf clinics, guests at Taboo Muskoka can have it all. This exceptional resort offers unique activities such as night hikes, astronomy classes and a landscape photography class led by Robin Tapley, an internationally known eco-tourism expert. Guests also have access to water activities including sea-doo rentals and canoe and kayak excursions. Located on Lake Muskoka, you’ll quickly learn this resort is way above par.

www.taboomuskoka.com

Cobble Beach, Georgian Bay

If you’re an adventure addict, the surrounding areas of Cobble Beach can be your fill this summer. Start your day with a stunning hike on Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath, the Bruce Trail. Beyond the Trail is the Grotto, a big cave on the Georgian Bay shore with mesmerizing turquoise water. You may also want to check out Fathom Five National Marine Park, Canada’s first national marine conservation area. After an active day, sleep easy at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort, which gives you access to a waterfront golf course, tennis courts and an elegant spa.

www.cobblebeach.com

Millcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon

Pamper yourself at the tranquil Millcroft Inn & Spa for the ultimate rejuvenating vacation. Enjoy award-winning spa services in 17 treatment areas and take advantage of the fitness room, outdoor terrace, pool, whirlpool and infrared sauna. The Spa also has a fully licensed Spa Cafe, which is worth checking out. Located in Caledon, Ontario, less than an hour drive of northwest Toronto, Millcroft Inn & Spa makes for the perfect getaway. Spend a few nights at the Inn and you’ll see it’s as comfortable as it is architecturally beautiful.

www.vintage-hotels.com/millcroft

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