If the road is calling to you for one last foray before the world transitions from green to white, the time is now. Solidly in the fall season, the month of November is the time of year when we are issued daily reminders that the cold weather is not far off.
A fall retreat is an invitation to savour the beauty of nature – for a while – before heading back indoors to warm up when things get chilly. In fall, the cool weather is just an excuse to snuggle closer.
Break out the fuzzy sweaters and woolly socks and book a fall getaway that will get you outdoors so you can appreciate being indoors all the more.
Fall in Love at Black River Retreat
In fall, the cool weather is just an excuse to snuggle closer with our significant others. At Black River Retreat in Tweed, cozying up with a partner is practically a required activity. Here, you and your partner are the only guests, which means you don’t even have to leave your room if you don’t want to (hint hint). Take a stroll to the love lock garden, then bundle up by the bonfire, and soak in the hot tub before a multi-course chef-prepared meal.
Cap off your romantic getaway with a visit to the tasting room at Potter Settlement Winery in nearby Tweed, where you can share a glass of their award-winning wines.
Cozy Lakeside Getaway at Deacon Escarpment
Tuck into a cabin overlooking Golden Lake and enjoy the best of fall’s splendour before it’s gone for the season. Deacon Escarpment has several cozy cabins or pods to choose from, and with some remaining availability for fall. Hike the 30-kilometres of rugged trails that wind through the property before recovering around a crackling campfire.
You’ll want to pack well before settling into your cabin to make sure you have enough food, drink, and nibblies to keep you satisfied. For a hearty breakfast in a homey atmosphere you can make the short drive to Garth’s Kitchen in nearby Killaloe.
Girls’ Pampering Weekend at Parkside Inn & Spa
Take the time to connect and be pampered with your girlfriends before the winter’s cold does a number on your skin at Perth Parkside Inn & Spa. Book a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure, and then stay in one of the luxurious rooms at this boutique hotel in Perth. The hotel is only steps away from the downtown core, and Perth is known as a shopping destination (you’ll quickly see why!).
After all that pampering you’ll be ready for a hearty meal at Rocky River Café, only a few feet from the hotel’s front door. Order the Rocky Burger for a decadent treat to cap off a decadent getaway.
Family Fun at Calabogie Peaks Resort
In just a few months we will all be stuck indoors with little ones vibrating with boundless energy. Let the kids loose to burn off their extra energy indoors or outdoors in the small town of Calabogie. A hike to Eagle's Nest Lookout will tucker them out leaving you time to grab some shopping in the cute town of Calabogie Peaks Resort before heading back to the hotel for a crackling bonfire beneath the stars.
Kids will love the casual atmosphere at Redneck Bistro in Calabogie.
Cuddle Up at Spectacle Lake Lodge
For an escape to reconnect with nature, look no further than Spectacle Lake Lodge. Choose from a comfortable room in the main lodge or one of their nine lakeside cottages that come complete with their own private campfire pit. Light a fire to stay toasty warm and get some marshmallows roasting after a day of exploring.
On your way in, pick up some locally-roasted coffee beans at Madawaska Coffee Co. for savouring beside the fire. Dinner at the onsite restaurant, the Lakeside Smokehouse, is both easy and delicious!
BONUS: High Adventure with Elements Guiding
Book a climbing adventure with Lorne Foisy from Element’s Guiding and explore the wild spaces in Ontario’s Highlands, the remote spots deep in the woods that have rock walls just begging to be discovered. Lorne’s experiences are suitable for all skill levels, and he provides the training to get you comfortable reaching new heights. This can be a single day or multi-day adventure and fun for all ages.
Depending on where Lorne takes you to find the best climbing spots, you may want to book a night at Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre or if you’re looking for a more rustic experience, Ogopogo Resort has small cabins available. Both will be a great place to relax and unwind after climbing all day.