Girlfriend Getaway Ideas in Ontario

Ontario offers a range of awesome locations for girlfriend getaways.

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June 2016

Finding a suitable girlfriend getaway is not the easiest task. First of all, you have not just your own taste and budget to satisfy but those of at least a few ladies and, second, finding a place to house a gaggle of gals in a way that is conducive to socializing is a challenge.

So I bring to you five girlfriend getaway options in Ontario, including the pros and cons of each.

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    ••• The view from the Frances Anne Hopkins suite includes the heritage stone buildings, the sprawling, hilly Ste Anne's property and Lake Ontario. Photo: Ste Anne's Spa - View. © 2007 Jane McLean, licensed

    The Vibe?
    Laid back, a bit swanky, pampered, people wander around in robes.

    Location:
    St. Anne's is about 1½ hrs from Toronto in a rural location on 400 acres of scenic rolling countryside.

    What's a Girl to Do?
    Indulge in spa treatments, hike, take fitness/yoga/relaxation classes, swim, drink champagne in the hot tub.

    Advantages?

    • Accommodation choices at St. Anne's include individual cottages with with kitchenette, porch and common sitting area -  a luxurious, private location with full-service dining and housekeeping.
    • Bring your own wine to the dining room. No corkage fee. (You had me at "No corkage fee.")

    Disadvantages?

    • Overnight rates at St. Anne's are package deals and include 3 meals plus high tea - which is a lot of food (albeit delicious)- and an amount to be spent at the spa that is too much for one treatment, but not enough for two.
    • The subdued atmosphere of people unwinding may not be conducive to raucous reminiscing and roars of laughter.

    Cost?
    About Cdn...MORE $400-$500 per lady per night gets you a private cottage and includes breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner and $100 towards spa treatments.

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    ••• The Briars Resort comprises acres of property and includes tennis courts, waterfront area, golf course and more. Photo © Jane McLean

    The Vibe?
    Cottage-resort

    Location:
    About 1½ hrs from Toronto, sprawling lakeside location.

    What's a Girl to Do?
    Spa treatments, tennis, badminton, mountain bike (free rental), golf, pool, volleyball

    Advantages?

    • Briars offers golf-course-side and waterfront lodges especially designed for get-togethers like a girls getaway. Private lodges feature up to 10 private guest rooms, each with its own en suite bathroom and for socializing, a spacious living area, deck and kitchen.
    • Lots of stuff to do

    Disadvantages?

    • Some rooms are in need of updating.
    • Popular on the senior circuit - so not exactly a happening night life scene.
    • Small outdoor swimming pool, smallish beachfront

    Cost?
    About $250 per night per lady. Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    ••• The Claramount Inn in Picton, Ontario, is a beautiful yellow colonial mansion that has been transformed into one of the area's finest places to stay, dine or indulge in a spa treatment. Photo © Claramount Inn, Picton

    The Vibe?
    Colonial, elegant, intimate

    Location:
    Six acres close to downtown Picton (population less than 5,000), on Picton Bay, set back on a residential street.

    What's a Girl to Do?
    Spa treatments, swim in heated saltwater pool, lounge in hot tub, arrange a wine tasting tour, shop in nearby Picton, especially at the large, well-edited City Revival consignment store.

    Advantages?

    • The pretty yellow Claramount Inn sits on the banks of Picton Bay close to the town of Picton, where ladies can spend some time strolling the main street's diverse shops.
    • Contains a restaurant and seven guest suites. Three additional suites are available in the adjacent Carriage House - perfect for a gaggle of girls who don't want to disturb their neighbours.
    • Friendly knowledgeable staff

    Disadvantages?

    • No rooms have two beds, so you are either sharing a king or queen size bed with a girlfriend or everyone ponies up the money for their own room.
    • Because the inn is intimate, with only 10 guest rooms, rowdy ladies...MORE may get shushed (which is why the Carriage House accommodation is a good choice).

    Cost?
    About $200 per night per lady.

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    ••• Perfect for girlfriend getaways and other vacationing groups, the Westin Trillium House in Collingwood has several multi-bedroom guest suites with full kitchen and common area. Photo © Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain

    The Vibe?
    Hotel/resort

    Location:
    Collingwood is 2 hrs northwest of Toronto between the shores of Georgian Bay and the Niagara escarpment, including Blue Mountain, a ski hill and resort village. The Westin is part of this year-round, activity-filled environment.

    What's a Girl to Do?
    Spa treatments - both in-room or at the neighbouring Le Scandinave outdoor plunge pool and spa, shopping in the village and in the town of Collingwood, mountain biking, golf, pool, ziplining, treetop adventure, caving.

    Advantages?

    • Many suites to choose from that sleep between 4 and 10, with up to three bedrooms, pull-out couch, fully equipped kitchen, balcony dining and living areas.
    • Decent restaurant in the hotel and large deck area by pool where groups can hang out.
    • Lots of stuff to do, from sports to shopping, to accommodate diverse tastes within the group.

    Disadvantages?

    • Blue Mountain Village, which is outside of Collingwood's town centre is a fabricated community of premium priced restaurants and shops....MORE Though convenient and walkable, it is  and lacks real variety. 

    Cost?
    If sharing a room (with two ladies sharing a king size bed but one per queen) the price is about $60-$80 per night per lady, with no meals.

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    Grail Springs Health & Wellness Spa Retreat, Bancroft

    ••• The Grail Springs Great Room is the heart of the resort where people gather for music, conversation or some quiet time. Here, it is bathed in morning light. Photo © Jane McLean

    The Vibe?
    New age, holistic, spiritual retreat

    Location:
    Remote and private location on lake in Bancroft, about 2½ hrs north of Toronto.

    What's a Girl to Do?
    Spa treatments, hot tub, hike, yoga, personal development workshops, horseback riding, snowshoeing

    Advantages?

    • Quiet remote location on motor-free lake
    • Delicious vegan menu

    Disadvantages?

    • Grail Springs is primarily a retreat for healing and revival and not suited to a gaggle of wine-guzzling ladies.
    • Food was delicious but sparse.
    • No liquor license

    Cost?
    Packages only, minimum 2-night stay, includes all meals, classes, workshops and spa credit, beginning at $500 per person in low season and add 35%+ in high season.

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