INN ON THE TWENTY Overlooking the snowcapped Jordan Valley, Inn on the Twenty offers a whole new culinary experience with chef Roberto Fracchioni's latest Blind Tasting Menu, which pairs exquisite wines from Cave Spring Cellars with every course. Choose from his five, seven or nine courses and be sure to arrive plenty hungry. The meal is an event itself and lasts up to four hours.
3845 Main Street, Jordan, 1-800-701-8074, 1-905-562-7313, info@innonthetwenty. com, www.innonthetwenty. com (1.5 hrs).
LITTLE INN OF BAYFIELD In a quaint lakeside village, chef Jean Jacques Chappuis uses the freshest ingredients from Huron County, "the breadbasket of Ontario," to create a symphony of food at this four-diamond inn. The chef's cellar has won the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence annually since 1994. Your menu includes Huron Air-Dried Beef Val D'Aosta Style and house-smoked salmon among other delectables. Inquire about his popular cooking classes.
Main Street, Bayfield, 1-800-565-1832, innkeeper@littleinn. com, www.littleinn.com (3 hrs).
THE ONLY CAFé AND GORDON BEST THEATRE Peterborough's very own eclectic artists' haven won't break the bank. If you're looking for an alternative eating emporium that accentuates the healthy, it's here in the heart of Peterpatch, adorned by a massive sunflower mural outside. Sunny on any bad day.
216 Hunter West, Peterborough, 705-743-7591, http://home.cogeco.ca/~onlycafe/ (1.5 hrs).
COPPER BLUES BAR AND GRILL VILLAGE AT BLUE Situated in Blue's new faux Tyrolean village, this spot features an Elvis look-alike chef preparing a mean flambé in his open-concept galley kitchen. It's a not-to-miss sight that's even better after a day on the slopes.
156 Jozo Weider, Collingwood, 705-446-2643, info@copperblues. com, www.copperblues.com (2.5 hrs).
INN AT THE FALLS An original 1870s residence on the scenic Muskoka River overlooking the falls and purportedly home to several ghosts. Cross-country skiing trails, skating and tobogganing all close by.
1 Dominion, Bracebridge, 705-645-2245, 1-877-645-9212, www.innatthefalls.net (2.5 hrs).
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DREW HOUSE Dynamic duo Kathleen Stanley and Roger Dufau have captured the essence of early Ontario by converting the historic childhood home of Ontario premier George Drew into a quaint B&B in the sleepy hamlet of Elora. Chef Dufau, who hails from the south of France near Biarritz, the playground of the rich and famous, plays up a great breakfast and never does anything small. Great accommodation from $85 a night.
120 Mill, Elora, 519-846-2226, www.drewhouse.com (1.5 hrs).
SENTINEAL CARRIAGES Explore the prettiest part of Niagara-on-the-Lake in a romantic calèche down historic King Street, then trot by the frozen waterfront and back through the old town. A perfect romantic half-hour. Price: $50.
THE BENMILLER INN A midweek getaway special, the Winter Welcome package lets canoodling couples stay overnight, enjoy a candlelight dinner and feast on a hearty Huron Country breakfast in a luxurious property steeped in history, starting at $279 per couple till May 30.
THE GANANOQUE INN Nestled on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, this historic collection of buildings dating from the 1880s is a great place to unwind. The main hotel, cottage and other heritage properties overlook the Thousand Islands.
550 Stone South, Gananoque, 613-382-2165, 1-800-465-3101, firstname.lastname@example.org. (3 hrs).
COUPLES RESORT Get wild in the wild. Algonquin Park is the backyard playground of this exclusive couples retreat. Nestled on Galeairy Lake and the Madawaska River, Couples Resort is a family-run operation loaded with free activities like skiing on majestic trails, snowshoeing through fresh powder or skating under the stars. New to the scene is Belgian chef Ronnie Coppens.
SIR SAM'S INN These months, the historic Sir Sam's Inn becomes a winter wonderland. Sir Sam's ski area across the road offers alpine skiing and snowmobile packages, with dogsled tours and cross-country ski trails nearby. Beautifully restored rooms and intimate chalet accommodations along the lake accentuate the rustic wilderness. Most rooms have a relaxing whirlpool and cozy fireplace.
HORSESHOE VALLEY Horseshoe guarantees snow throughout the ski season and is one of the few spots to offer snowboarding, tubing, cross-country and downhill skiing trails and facilities. The resort has 23 alpine runs - 15 of them lit for night skiing - served by six lifts. The vertical drop is only 308 feet, but several of the runs are rated for advanced skiers.
1101 Horseshoe Valley, Comp 10, RR #1, Barrie, 416-283-2988, 1-800-461-5627, www.horseshoeresort.com (1.25 hrs).
CLUB INTRAWEST Private club for sport lovers at exclusive resorts offering ski, golf and beach vacations. Members share interest in the resort and time-share facilities. Club has nine resorts from Zihuatanejo to Whistler and includes Blue Mountain resort in Collingwood.
RESORT TAPATOO This resort offers a special three-night winter package for $156 nightly per couple, where stressed-out twosomes can unwind by Otter Lake, dine and have a lazy breakfast. Afterwards, experience the indoor pool and sauna. Free snowshoes and a complimentary ski pass for the Georgian Nordic ski trails. You're guaranteed to return to T.O. a new person.
PO Box 384, Parry Sound, 1-800-461-5410, www.tapatoo.com (3 hrs).
STE. ANNE'S COUNTRY INN AND SPA Treatments include a milk and sesame stone wrap, seaweed body masque, Swedish or Thai massage and much more. A destination on its own, the inn now features two-time World Culinary Olympiad gold winner Christopher Ennew, who emphasizes local produce in everything he creates. From rhea to lamb tenderloin shanks, there's sure to be a delectable feast whenever you visit. Menu changes regularly. It's BYOB at this five-star destination.
LANGDON HALL COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL AND SPA Facials, foot therapy, body wraps and treatments, hydrotherapy, therapeutic massage and alternative therapies. Five-star dining room chef Frank Dodd marries simple ingredients with rich flavours. Afternoon tea is a favourite, as is Sunday brunch, which often features delicacies like seared Nova Scotia scallop with orecchiette pasta or pan-roasted Ontario beef tenderloin.
EGANRIDGE INN & SPA An oasis of modern elegance and comfort, Eganridge rates supreme for its holistic healing approach. The rustic beauty of historic Fenelon Falls adds to the spa experience. With seven categories of treatments, including, body polishes, body wraps, Swiss shower cure and hydrotherapy, it's difficult to choose a favourite.
RR #3, Fenelon Falls, 705-738-5111, 1-888-452-5111, info@eganridge. com, www.eganridge.com.(2 hrs).
WIGAMOG INN RESORT This classic country inn deep in the heart of Haliburton offers winter weekend packages from $99 per person, and the kids (10 and under) get to stay and eat for free. There are plenty of free activities, from tobogganing and snowshoeing to horse-drawn sleigh rides and hot tubs; reasonable rental rates for cross-country skis, dogsledding and snowmobiles.
BAYVIEW WILDWOOD RESORT For midweek stays Sundays through Thursday nights (excluding March school break), Bayview Wildwood offers a Tuesdays Are Free package. Book a three-night midweek stay, including Tuesday, and you'll get that Tuesday night completely free. Includes two meals daily and use of recreation facilities and services. Three-night mid-week stay prices from $196 per adult.
1500 Port Stanton Pkwy, RR 1, Severn Bridge, 1-800-461-0243, www. bayviewwildwood.com (2 hrs).
WESTWIND INN ON THE LAKE In this two-night special, couples can kick back and enjoy a three-course dinner and two breakfasts, not to mention getting a dose of Mother Nature herself. By day, explore the great outdoors with free snowshoes or cross-country skis, or bring your skates for some spin practice. By night, unwind in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the lake or cuddle by the fireplace and watch the starry night unfold. $99 per person per night.
Box 91, Buckhorn, 1-800-387-8100, email@example.com (2 hrs).
MOUNTAIN SPRINGS LODGE Conveniently located at the base of Blue Mountain, this popular ski lodge has a sackful of specialty midweek ski packages, when it's less crowded and easier on the pocketbook. There's a ski/snowboard package for $89, including accommodation, and an unlimited day lift ticket for Blue Mountain. For $56 per person, the midweek Nordic Ski or snowshoe package includes accommodation and a day trail pass for Nordic Adventures (Scenic Caves).