Hotel at a Glance: Pinestone Resort, Conference Centre & Golf Course
Just a two hour jaunt from Toronto in the Haliburton Highlands, the Pinestone Resort, Conference Centre & Golf Course provides a retreat from big city life. On the property's 160 acres of lakes, trails, and valleys, guests spend days hiking, canoeing, and paddle boarding, or playing a round of golf or tennis back at the resort.
Tee off: The challenging 18-hole golf course winds through forests, lakes, and valleys
Amenities:Guest rooms feature Muskoka chairs and pleasant country decor
Unwind: The full-service spa offers a wide range of treatments
Signature dish: The woodland-themed Heatherwood Restaurant serves Heatherwood Restaurant serves slow-roasted prime rib and au jus with yorkshire pudding on Fridays and Sundays.
Take a dip: There are indoor and outdoor saltwater swimming pools
Outdoor adventure: Take a hike through the expansive property, or hit the 14-acre pond for water sports
Winter activities include cross-country and downhill skiing, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling.
Haliburton, Ontario: Highland Geography with an Artistic Temperament
Dubbed the "Haliburton Highlands" for its resemblance to the Scottish Highlands and its settlers' Scottish ancestry, Haliburton County covers a scenic swath of Central Ontario just 200 km northeast of Toronto. Crest its hills and you'll discover dozens of natural spring-fed lakes, excellent hiking trails, and quaint towns with an artistic temperament. At the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, 21 statues from area artists are scattered along a walking path in a maple forest. Though Haliburton's population swells in the summer, winter means skiing at Sir Sam's Ski Resort. If there's no snow on the ground, consider renting a mountain bike and hitting the slopes anyway.