Winter is the season for snuggling and February is the month of love.
But with hectic lives and full schedules, carving out time for togetherness can be a challenge, let alone planning a dreamy getaway for two. We’re here to help. From wilderness seclusion, country ambiance or big city amour, here are five special spots sure to set the stage for romance.
The rest, well …that’s up to you.
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Get starry-eyed at Elora Mill Hotel & Spa, Elora
Rural chic meets luxurious sophistication at this country inn situated in the historic town of Elora, overlooking the picturesque Grand River. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge: if wedding bells are in your future, get a head start on scouting for your big day because this place is going to be the definitive destination for ‘I DOs’.
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Rekindle that spark at Black River Retreat, Tweed
A rustic, inviting cabin nestled in rolling woodlands with luxurious touches such as a big fireplace, oversized log bed, opulent ensuite, outdoor cedar hot tub, and scrumptious gourmet food. Best part: you’ll be the only guests. Repeat, the only ones. This retreat pampers to only one couple at a time. Total seclusion and ultimate chill.
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Speak the language of love at Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa
Ottawa’s five-star heritage chateau has just completed a multimillion-dollar revitalization, including new Fairmont Gold suites that exude extravagance. Located on two private floors with a special reception area, these suites are described as a ‘hotel within a hotel’. Plus, you’re in the heart of Canada’s capital, just minutes away from the world’s largest skating rink on the Rideau Canal, the ByWard Market, stunning museums and galleries and the ultimate celebration of the season, Winterlude (running Feb 1-18), in case you feel like stepping out.
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Be young kids in love again at Heather Lodge, Minden
This grownups-only resort invites couples to a relaxing and fun escape with breathtaking views over Twelve Mile Lake, gourmet meals and gorgeous nature at your fingertips. Did we mention this is a grownups-only resort?
Perk: guests get a 10% discount at nearby Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve where you can go dogsledding, snowmobiling and watch majestic wolves in their natural setting.
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Nomadic comfort for two at Nature’s Harmony Eco Lodge, Mattawa
Pack your matching PJs, toques and moccasins and settle in at this, off-the-grid and totally snug, hand-made Mongolian Yurt set in the forest overlooking the Laurentian Mountains and cuddle up by the wood burning fireplace. And if you decide to leave the comfort of your yurt to explore your pristine surroundings, your hosts suggest a traditional Scandinavian-outdoor thrill ride aboard their kicksleds (think scooter on skis).
Of course, there are more than five ways to spark a romantic getaway in Ontario. The opportunities really are endless.