Eager for a relaxing mini-vacation but don’t want to travel too far from home? Here’s a list of our 3 favourite winter getaways for when you need a bit of downtime outside the hustle and bustle, while only having to travel just over an hour away from Belle Aire Shores, Innisfil. Here’s to your next well-rested winter adventure!
1. Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
152 Grey County Rd 21, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0K8
If you’re looking to take your spa experience to a whole new invigorating level, then Blue Mountains’ Scandinave Spa Resort is right up your alley. Less than 80km away from Innisfil’s town centre, this popular spot will quickly have you revisiting whether solo, with your partner, or on a cheeky girl’s trip. This magical property is nestled in the woods and the spa itself is a moderately-sized outdoor resort that includes a eucalyptus steam room, sauna, Nordic baths and waterfalls, warm pools and fire pit lounges. Laying by the fire or in one of the hammocks while looking into the woods during winter is a real treat.
The spa’s massage therapists work wonders, but be sure to book these massages well in advance as spots fill up quickly. The spa’s staff are also diligent in making sure guests conversations are kept to a whisper so as not to disturb the tranquil atmosphere; a well-appreciated gesture. Make a whole day of it by plunging from one pool to the next, enjoying a massage and refuelling with quaint refreshments and snacks in the spa’s cafe. Be sure to book a night’s stay at any of the nearby hotels (if not the spa itself). You will be so blissfully relaxed you will want to simply enjoy it without the fuss of driving back home.
2. The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain, Blue Mountain Village
220 Gord Canning Drive, Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V9
This beautiful modern lodge-like hotel is located at the bottom of the ski hills just next to the quirky Blue Mountain Village. The hotel’s clean and spacious rooms, open lobby, stocked bar and beautiful balconies allow you to take in the sites of the lake while breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the village’s Christmas shopping, pubs and food. Oliver & Bonacini’s mouth-watering Café Grill is conveniently located just by the hotel’s lobby (make sure to try the truffle fries!).
If you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, or simply want to give it a try, then you’re in the right spot. Visitors from all over the world come to this fantastic little village to enjoy the trails and ski and snowboard hills. If you’re bringing the kids along don’t fret, they’ll have plenty to do. In December carollers parade through the Village singing Christmas songs, and Santa sits proudly under the Village’s gazebo for free photos opps. Be sure to check out Blue Mountain Village’s website for holiday events and discounts. The hotel’s a quick drive from downtown Collingwood if you’re looking to do a bit more shopping. Stop at the end of the main street to stroll around Collingwood’s breathtaking waterfront.
Want more bang for your buck? Sign up as a Starwood Preferred Guest member (basic membership is free) and book your room at the Westin through the Starwood website. That’ll allow you free access to internet during your stay, as well access to seasonal deals including free vouchers (per reservation) to the Scandinave Spa, or 20% off room rates (promotions vary).
3. JW Marriott, The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
1050 Paignton House, Minett, ON P0B 1G0
Just under a 90 minute drive north from Belle Aire Shores, Innisfil, this luxurious Rosseau lakeside property is a magnificent gem. The JW Marriot was built in the heart of Muskoka, and alongside unbelievable views, has a phenomenal spa, a delicious upscale Italian restaurant and access to stunning beach views. Bringing the kids along? There’s a list of organized activities that start almost every hour, including campfire cooking, watercolour journalling and even moccasin-making! The lodge has two pools, a splash pad, and games room for the little ones, as well as hot tubs for parents to enjoy under the stars.
Take time to relax outside by the bonfire and surrounding lake during the sunset for a real natural delight. The surrounding forest is filled with wildlife, including deer and foxes, making for a unique experience outside the urban whirlwind. You can walk the nearby trails or treat yourself to a well-deserved massage at the Spa Rosseau. Also be sure to try the crab cakes at the Muskoka Chophouse… to die for!
Visit Scandinave Spa
Visit Westin Blue Mountain
Visit Blue Mountain Village
Visit Starwood Preferred Guest
Visit JW Marriot