4 ONTARIO HOTELS WE’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW
While we adore Paris, London and Rome, sometimes the best retreats are those that are home-grown. Here are four Ontario showstoppers – one trusted classic and three noteworthy newcomers – that are worth putting in your GPS…
ELORA MILL HOTEL & SPA, ELORA
Rustic charm meets luxurious indulgence at this one-of-a-kind hotel in the picture-perfect village of Elora. An elaborate six-year-long renovation has turned this centuries-old grist mill into a sybaritic haven. The setting alone is stunning – it’s perched over the Grand River as it falls into the gorge. And then there’s the rest: a fabulous spa, an outdoor pool that’s cantilevered over the gorge and open year-round, beautifully furnished rooms (we rate the solarium suites) and a restaurant that deftly balances comfort food with fine dining.
LANGDON HALL, CAMBRIDGE
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Langdon Hall, a Relais & Chateaux-recognized luxury hotel. Built in 1902, it has an old-world country house feel, thanks in part to its lush Carolinian Forest setting. It’s a great escape year-round, but we especially love visiting in the fall when the grounds are dotted with burnished colours and the smell of woodsmoke scents the air. Don’t miss the dining here – Chef Jason Bangerter whips up sublime dishes (try the wild halibut) and Langdon Hall is ranked 4th best restaurant for 2019 by Canada’s Top 100.
MERRILL HOUSE, PICTON
Finally, a Prince Edward County hotel that’s a worthy backdrop to your Jimmy Choos. Built in 1878, Merrill House is a Victorian beauty that’s been thoughtfully restored as a boutique hotel. Owner Jordan Paul Martin designed each of the 14 rooms; no two are alike and all have an interesting theme – we stayed in the sparkly Klimt suite. The main spaces feature a melange of fine antiques mixed with global artefacts and unexpected elements like a graffiti mural. Other highlights include a virtual reality lounge, outdoor sauna and a classic French restaurant that just received a Wine Spectator award.
THE VANDERMARCK BOUTIQUE HOTEL, COLLINGWOOD
Collingwood is a favourite destination of our Founder & CEO (her cottage is in nearby Thornbury) and now there’s even more reason to visit and stay thanks to The Vandermarck. Set in a luxuriously restored historic home, which was designed by renowned Toronto architect Eden Smith, this tiny hotel boasts big style. The eight suites feel like contemporary apartments replete with luxury bedding, designer furniture and fabulous art.