Romantic Winter Getaways
With the long days of summer behind us and fall on its way out the door, it is the perfect time to start planning a winter getaway — and I’m not talking tropical. Winter is an amazing time in Ontario: the world is blanketed with snow, the streets are lit up with twinkling lights and cozy spaces beckon couples to curl up under a blanket next to a roaring fire.
We have some incredible romantic South Eastern Ontario getaways within a few hours’ drive of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Or better yet — leave the car at home and take the train! VIA offers quick and reliable service along the Toronto-Ottawa- Montreal corridor and we’ve got plenty of ideas of what you can do once you arrive with our new Rail + Roam packages.
Prince Edward County
Something magical starts to happen in Prince Edward County when the hubbub of the summer and fall tourist seasons disappears. A peacefulness overtakes the County, frost lingers on the trees and the wide-open fields are covered in snow. Winter visitors are rewarded with beautiful landscapes and quieter experiences at some of the area’s most beloved destinations. You may not be able to dip your toes into the water at Sandbanks, but there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep you active in the County during the cold months, including hiking, snowshoeing and skating. And those looking for more indoor adventures will find restaurants, shops and wineries lit up with winter cheer.
Stay: Wilfrid Boutique Farmhouse
A winter stay at the Wilfrid means you’ll have the entire place to yourself. Indulge in pure luxury with our exclusive 3-night Chef’s Wine and Dine package for a curated experience like no other. Sleep in sumptuous comfort in one of the beautifully furnished rooms inside the restored 175-year-old farmhouse, complete with designer linens, Turkish towels and organic bath products. Your stay includes complete privacy throughout the grounds, unlimited use of the Scandinavian sauna and indulgent fresh food prepared for breakfast and dinner. You’ll find plenty of nooks to curl up and reconnect with your loved one. The Wilfrid is surrounded by fields, forests and vineyards making a winter stroll a truly magical experience.
Stay: Mirazule Boutique Inn
For something a little different this winter, head to the stunning Mirazule, Prince Edward County’s newest boutique inn. Snuggle up in your king suite, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, and enjoy the unobstructed view of Lake Ontario. While the world outside is cold and wintery, inside you’ll be enjoying luxurious warmth. With only four guest suites, you’re sure to find plenty of gorgeous spaces throughout the property to enjoy an intimate conversation with a hot beverage or a glass of wine. With modern decor, a stunning view and gracious hosts, you might not want to leave this cozy winter retreat.
Kingston’s historic architecture creates a fairytale vibe when the snow blankets the city. Pick up a hot chocolate and stroll the lovely streets or put on a pair of skates and go for a twirl at Springer Market Square. Kingston is a perfect place for spending time some quality with your partner if you like to explore new places together. The nearby Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area offers cross-country skiing or snowshoeing for those looking to be more active together, but the city is equally prepped for couples who prefer the indoors. The city has more than 35 museums, art galleries and historic sights to explore. And don’t forget about the food: Kingston has a thriving local food scene, with plenty of restaurants and cafes for an intimate meal for two.
Stay: Secret Garden Inn
Guest comfort is at the forefront of everything at the Secret Garden Inn — from the thoughtfully designed shared spaces to the welcoming guest suites. Choose a winter stay at the Secret Garden Inn and you’ll enter a world of coziness. Each suite is fully modern but has Victorian touches that pay homage to the Inn’s historic roots. As each room is unique, they don’t all have the same features — some have four-poster beds, others come with a claw foot bathtub or a fireplace, but each room creates a perfect romantic retreat in its unique way. With our exclusive package, enjoy an intimate dinner for two in a private dining space. When you’re ready to explore Kingston, the city is at your doorstep.
Stay: Frontenac Club
A stay at the newly renovated Frontenac Club is a sophisticated retreat from the ordinary. This boutique hotel is housed in a historic building that has been completely renovated, with modern touches and additions that work to complement the original structure. Enjoy cocktails at the gastrobar and then order room service for an indulgent and intimate evening. You’ll sleep in complete luxury with Frette linens; in the morning, relax in luxe robes. The Frontenac Club is centrally located so all of the city’s charms are just steps away.
Brockville and Morrisburg
Just a short distance further east from Kingston, along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, are the historic towns of Brockville and Morrisburg. Each offers charming winter activities, including a stroll along the picturesque downtown and waterfront. In Brockville, enjoy kilometres of hiking trails, skate on the Rotary Park rink or visit the always-fascinating Aquatarium. In Morrisburg, take in a play at the Upper Canada Playhouse or visit nearby Upper Canada Village for a romantic stroll through the historic village. You can’t go wrong with a winter retreat to this beautiful part of Ontario.
Stay: Sir Isaac Brock Bed and Breakfast
Located in downtown Brockville, Sir Isaac is a perfect choice for a romantic retreat. The beautiful rooms are warm and cozy, providing modern amenities while maintaining a historic vibe, while the hosts are fantastic and ready to help make your stay perfect. Just outside, you’ll find a beautiful wintery town just waiting to be explored. From quaint shops to fabulous eateries, Brockville is chockfull of great places to duck into while out for a stroll with your sweetheart.
Stay: Russell Manor Bed & Breakfast
It doesn’t get any more romantic than a stay at Russell Manor. The hosts will go out of their way to make sure all of your needs and wants are taken care of, with style. Your suite will be sumptuous, your freshly prepared breakfast will knock your socks off and the location in one of Canada’s prettiest historic towns is just perfection. Dining is private, in one of the buildings many beautifully adorned rooms and the food is truly spectacular. A winter visit here is unforgettable.