Post # 1
DH and I still can’t decide where to go this year for a honeymoon – between Zika and the US dollar we just can’t find anything we have our hearts set on!
We live in Southern Ontario, Canada and were thinking of doing a mini-honeymoon late September, early October in our province somewhere.
Can anyone name some hidden gems of the province that would be fun to go to in the Fall? We like pretty much anything from golf to hiking to a relaxing spa day and museums. We can’t really make our mind up on where to go even in our own beautiful province!
Any ideas are welcome! Thanks 🙂
Post # 2
Not really a hidden gem, but I love Niagara-on-the-Lake…there are lots of Bed and Breakfasts or quaint rental cottages you could get for a relaxing getaway! If you enjoy hiking, I totally recommend exploring the Niagara Gorge, which is really beautiful. There’s lots to do in that area, and some great upscale restaurants in Niagara Falls if you wanted a night of that. If you check the schedule, The Keg steakhouse is on the 12th floor of one of the hotels and overlooks a fireworks show over the falls.
Post # 3
Eganridge Inn! Really quiet, relaxing spot just outside of Fenelon Falls. You can golf, they have a really nice spa, excellent food at their restaurant and the fall colours should be beautiful at that time. Fenelon Falls itself is a quaint little town to walk/bike around in, a couple of antique shops, bakeries and you can watch the boats go through the locks.
Post # 4
Well the first place that comes to mind is Niagara Fall and Niagara on the Lake…
If you want you can go on a little road trip. Google “pretty Ontario towns” it should give you some ideas.
As for the Zika situation… we are in the same boat. So to be safe we just scrated off the entire south, not going there until we are done having kids. So we started looking at alternative places that still had beautiful nature and beaches… and we stubled upon a place called Azores (part of portugal technically) but it’s in the middle of the Atlamtic ocean about 2/3 of the way between Newfoundland and Portugal, south of Iceland, Google it!! It’s so beautiful and cheaper that the rest of Europe.
Post # 5
Might sound a bit lame, but you could go to Ottawa? You can hike in the Gatineau Hills (Wolf trail is really nice, if you like a bit of a challenge – beautiful view of the valley/trees at the top), there are about 8 golf courses in the area, and Le Nordik spa (right by the Gatineau hills) is basically heaven. It has the Museum of Nature, National Gallery of Canada, Science and Tech Museum, War Museum, etc., etc.
Of course, it’s the capital of Canada, so it’s not exactly a hidden gem, haha.
Post # 6
My best friend goes to Tobermory every year in September. It’s beautiful there. Colingwood is always fun. You could also rent a cottage for a weekend on a lake.
Post # 7
I know you said you wanted to stay in Ontario, but I have to reccomend this because it was the most relaxing stay with my Fiance for our anniversay. Wakefield QC (outside of Ottawa). They have an old mill there that has been turned into an inn with an amazing restaurant, couples massages, a river, pools, hot tubs, etc. Best stay-cation we ever went on!
Post # 8
A few come to mind…
PEC/ The Drake Devonshire or Angelines
Langdon Hall Country house
Muskoka/ The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Hamilton has beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails but, I can’t vouch for the city. I’ve heard its changed quite a bit and has a lot of offer now though.
I live in Toronto and am a big fan of staycations too.. The Ritz is my personal favorite. We stay in a room with a water/ CN tower view because our place faces North/ West and take advantage of the club floor which gives you breakfast, light snacks, hors d’oeuvres, alcohol, and dessert throughout the day. Their Sunday brunch is also to die for. I’ve never stayed the night but, the Four Seasons spa is lit and dBar is one of my fav lobby bars in the city.
Post # 9
Also, Elora is supposed to be one of the prettiest towns in Ontario.
Post # 10
We’re going to the Westin at Blue Mountain for a few days for a mini-moon. There are two spas, hiking, a beach, a year-round heated pool, hot tubs, and Scandinavian baths. There’s also a lot of other outdoorsy things to do like zip-lining. And they have an O&B restaurant at the hotel which is a nice touch. We have also had friends (three couples) go to the ‘Couples Resort’ outside of Algonquin and they LOVED it. But it’s a bit too rustic for me. As a PP mentioned, Quebec has lots of great spots too. My Fiance and I spent a few days in old Quebec City and really enjoyed it. They have great cycling trails along the water, lots of free entertainment, and amazing food at the farmers’ market. Stay-cations are totally underrated!
Post # 11
Tobermory or muskoka. Would you consider Montreal? That’s my favourite place ever! Also sunwing has flights to Vancouver for $400, which isn’t too pricey!
Post # 12
These are all great ideas!! thank you 🙂 I am going to google everything now lol