Five Must-Visit Winter Escapes
1, Family Fun: Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville
Deerhurst is a winter wonderland for the whole family: recreation for kids and relaxation for parents! Whether it’s at the huge indoor games room or the rock-climbing wall, your kids will be so entertained during your visit to Deerhurst Resort they won’t even notice Mom and Dad have snuck away to the full-amenities spa. Enjoy fun in the snow by taking a scenic dogsled ride, and then at night dine at one of many delicious restaurants before you head over to watch the live stage show.
Activities/Amenities: Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing/skating (included in the resort fee), Arrowhead Provincial Park 1.5-kilometre skating trail through the woods, 2,000-km snowmobile trail, indoor rock climbing, snowmobiling, hockey, dogsledding and sleigh rides.
Prices: Rates vary depending on season and room style. Midweek rates currently start from $109/night based on double occupancy. A nightly resort fee of $29.95 includes a number of benefits such as high-speed Internet, parking, use of indoor pool, fitness room, hiking trail and in winter, access to cross-country skis, snowshoes and skates as well as trail use for everyone in your room.
If you are a nature enthusiast and love the outdoors then Les Refuges Perchés is your winter getaway spot. This conservation spot has over 10 adult-size tree houses — yes, you are actually in a tree house in the middle of a forest! For those who care for ambience and prefer a cottage-like feel, Les Refuges Perchés is your winter spot. Bring your own food and cook it in your kitchenette, then enjoy marshmallows by a bonfire. Pick one of the all-inclusive packages that come equipped with snowshoes, sleeping bags, wood and a cabin kit.
Activities/Amenities: Hiking trails, snowshoeing, bring your own snow activities, bonfires.
Prices: From Oct. 26 to Dec. 25 prices start at $99/weeknight, $129/night on Friday and Saturday. Dec. 26 to February prices vary. See website for details.
Girls’ Getaway: White Oaks RESORT & SPA, NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
Have a girls’ night in and enjoy an adult sleepover with your best friends. White Oaks Resort & Spa provides a Girls Just Wanna package that offers in-room movies and munchies. Or, if you prefer to go out, pick up some designer-brand purses and shoes at the Outlet Collection at Niagara mall. At night, enjoy some vouchers at LIV Restaurant for dinner and cocktails. Before you leave the next day, be sure to use your $100-per-person spa credit!
Activities/Amenities: Ice wine tastings, shopping, spa, fitness centre, gourmet restaurants, Shaw Festival Theatre, tennis, squash.
Prices: Superior guest rooms start at $160/night on average. However, prices vary depending on time of year, day of week and availability.
Escape for Everyone: Irwin Inn, Stoney Lake
Located in Stoney Lake, Irwin Inn is the perfect winter wonderland for anyone. Families, couples and groups can visit this cottage-like resort just 90 minutes away from Toronto. There are plenty of winter activities for the kids such as skating on the natural pond. Couples can take a walk down the romantic winter walking trails, and groups can do some cross-country skiing. Three generations of the Irwin family have made this resort well-known for its customer service and hospitality. Rent out the cottage during the winter months and experience a home away from home. The Irwin family will welcome you with Christmas shortbread, hot chocolate and cider perfect for the festive season.
Activities/Amenities: Natural skating rink, winter walking trails, cross-country skiing, hockey, dining, scenic lake views, whirlpool, private hot tubs, in-suite fireplace, spa, trail rides through the forest.
Prices: Winter pricing is based on a two-night minimum and ranges from $325 (for two people) in a one-bedroom suite to $800 (for up to eight people) for a four-bedroom lakefront cottage.
Romantic Retreat: Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain
Soak in a soothing and hot Scandinavian bath or relish a relaxing massage at the Scandinave Spa, located in the midst of a natural forest in Blue Mountain. Spend the day in this age-old Finnish tradition of steaming-hot water, then make your way over to the Nordic waterfall for a cool rinse. In the winter season, snow is used to close your skin’s pores after your treatment. Once you and your love have had your couples’ massage and enjoyed the eucalyptus steam room, downtown Collingwood is a 15-minute drive for a dinner date. After your quiet and tranquil romantic day, you and your partner will feel well rested and more connected.
Activities/Amenities: Hydrotherapy, Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam room, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunge, relaxation areas, registered massage treatments, on-site bistro, roll-in-the-snow treatment.
Prices: Basic package starts at $75 (before taxes). For upgrades and massages, the more extensive packages begin at $155. All packages are per person for the day.