A romantic escape is just the thing to ignite a little passion and bring you closer together as a couple. This summer, you can snuggle to your heart’s content and save at the same time with the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit which offers tax credits of up to $400 per couple.
So there’s no excuse not to get planning your next staycation in one of the most beautiful – and romantic – regions in Ontario. Below, we have made a list of staycations to inspire a little love this summer.
Staycation for Two at Black River Retreat
Imagine a quiet, woodland retreat for two where you can rediscover exactly why you fell in love in the first place. At Black River Retreat you and your partner have the property to yourself to wander trails, glide down the Black River in kayaks, soak in the on-site hot tub, and roast gooey marshmallows over a roaring fire. With fires pre-built for you, and your own private chef to whip up a delicious meal for two, you can focus on each other.
Where to Eat: A chef-prepared breakfast and four-course dinner is included with your stay here, but if you’re still feeling peckish a run into By the Way Cafe in Tweed will fill you up.
What to Do: Plan an afternoon visit to Potter Settlement Winery or Kings Mill Cider to pick up a bottle of award-winning wine or cider to enjoy back at the retreat.
Hammock Time Somewhere Inn Calabogie
Calabogie’s natural settings make it the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Tucked in amongst the trees, Somewhere Inn Calabogie is a renovated motel with a minimalist vibe. Swing among the trees in a hammock made for two in the afternoon, then snuggle up around the bonfire in the evening.
Where to Eat: Order a breakfast delivered straight to your door from Oh-el-La Café, so you can enjoy some more couple time. Lunch or dinner will be a breeze at On the Rocks in Calabogie Lodge or Canthooks in Calabogie Peaks Resort.
What to Do: So. Many. Things. To. Do. Here! You can rent a canoe, SUP or bicycle from MadRiver Paddle Co. and explore the area together. Lessons are also available.
A Cider Lovers Retreat at Kings Mill Cider
What could be more romantic than sleeping in a light and airy yurt? In this unique accommodation the bed is front and centre, and inviting you to savour a mid-afternoon nap or early-to-bed snuggle. At Kings Mill Cider they have four cozy yurts to choose between, and every guest enjoys a complimentary flight of cider and a wood fired pizza.
Where to Eat: Did we mention the wood fired pizza??
What to Do: Make the short drive to O’Hara Mill Homestead for a relaxing walk through this historic homestead. If you want to challenge yourself, Kings Mill Conservation Area’s trails will be just the thing.
Maple Inspired Getaway at Clyde Hall Bed and Breakfast
This beautiful bed and breakfast is where romance lives. Be pampered at Clyde Hall with a luxurious room in this stunning stone building overlooking the ninth hole of a groomed golf course in Lanark Village. Lounge by the pool and enjoy a breakfast for two made with real maple syrup produced on the property. During the day you can head to the historic town of Perth, a picture-perfect small town made for strolling hand in hand.
Where to Eat: The Stone Cellar in Perth is the perfect spot for couples. Enjoy a quiet dinner for two in front of the fireplace inside a beautiful stone building.
What to Do: There are plenty of walking trails in the area. From mid-June to mid-July, head to Purdon Conservation Area to view the largest display of Showy Lady’s Slippers in Canada.
All Romance, All the Time at Heather Lodge
Talk about romance! This is what the folks at Heather Lodge do best. Book an overnight stay at this adults only lodge in Minden and enjoy views of Twelve Mile Lake, the in-room fireplaces, and on-site restaurant. When the weather is right you can take a dip at the beach or spread your towels and sunbathe side by side.
Where to Eat: If you’re celebrating a special occasion, order their Table Celebration Kit that includes a small bottle of champagne and a box of truffles.
What to Do: Book a relaxation spa experience for two at Wind in the Willows Spa, located in nearby Haliburton.
A Luxurious Treehouse for Two: Baltic Treehouse
We would have been remiss in not including The Baltic Treehouse in Minden on our list! This beautiful accommodation is perched high among the trees and is full of modern conveniences, a Zen-like interior, and beautifully crafted furnishings. Literally made for two and located in such a beautiful setting…. who wouldn’t be inspired for a little romance?