Head across the border for a wellness-focused getaway for two in beautiful Ingersoll, Ontario. Just a short drive away from Buffalo and Rochester, Ingersoll is in the heart of Ontario’s Southwest, a region renowned for its culinary delights and natural beauty.
Stay overnight at the charming Elm Hurst Inn, indulge in a treatment at the onsite spa, and learn how to roast a perfect cup of coffee at the Roasting Lab in town. End the day with the “Chef’s Select” gourmet three-course dinner for two. The next day, enjoy a gourmet breakfast and a privately guided nature walk through old-growth trees in the secluded Nith Forest.
Take a leisurely drive through the scenic countryside from New York State to Ingersoll Ontario, which is located 190 miles from Rochester and 120 miles from Buffalo.
Check into the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, which offers luxury accommodation, fine dining, and spa relaxation on a heritage property. The Inn is located just a minute away from the Town of Ingersoll and about 20 minutes from Woodstock.
In addition to your night of accommodation in an Inn Room, your excursion includes a $60 Spa Credit per person to be used towards a spa treatment of your choice in the Spa at Elm Hurst Inn (advance booking required). Please note that your spa must be booked at the same time as this package to ensure availability.
You may choose to have your Roasting Lab experience at Early Bird Coffee on this afternoon or the next day, depending on availability and timing. Transportation to Early Bird, which is approximately 15-20 min away from Elm Hurst Inn, is not included. Arrangements for a taxi can be made from your hotel (if you do not have a car at your disposal).
Start the experience by tasting a selection of Early Bird’s roasts from light to dark, alongside a local baked good and get a sense of what differentiates each batch.
You’ll learn about the origins of Early Bird’s coffee beans and how their flavour profiles are affected by the climate in which they were grown. Gain an appreciation for how owner Elio is able to take the beans from green to a decadent rich brown with his refined roasting skills.
Finally, you’ll select which type of roast you’d like to create as a group with Elio as he walks you through the process. You’ll package up a 1/2lb bag to bring home and enjoy another day.
Start the day off with a gourmet breakfast at the Elm Hurst Mansion Restaurant. At 9:00 am set off for a guided walk of the Nith Forest.
You’ll be guided to a path less travelled, exploring untamed natural areas along the little-known Nith River. Tributary of the Grand River Watershed (a designated Canadian Heritage River), the Nith is home to some of South Ontario’s largest forests and early Canadian culture. Hike rare Carolinian Forest in hidden valleys that feel lost in time. The Nith’s Forests feature folklore of abandoned early riverside settlements plus amazing nature with stunning sights unknown even to many locals. Walk picturesque old iron bridges and look out for herds of white-tailed deer crossing the river, while Red-tailed Hawks cry out above.
This immersive interpretative forest experience includes animal tracking plus exploring habitats from animal to historic, uncovering old Trapper’s Lean-to’s & a pioneer’s cabin foundation lost in the forest. Complete with a campfire building for a warm lunch featuring delicious Maple Chilli, this Nith hike is an authentic explorer’s experience. (4 hours with approx. 6 km hike plus interpretative experiences & campfire lunch included).