As night falls on Lake Rosseau, cross-country skiers, fresh from traversing trails through evergreen forests, make their way toward the green-capped rooftops of JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. The sprawling hotel rests atop a granite bluff nestled amid the 700-acre Red Leaves Forest Preserve in Canada's popular cottage country. A grand Victorian façade belies the laid-back charm of the retreat, which combines cozy comforts with indulgent amenities.
The resort's luxurious spa abuts a heated outdoor swimming pool overlooking sweeping natural vistas. After unwinding with a back, neck, and shoulder massage ($75 CAN), vacationers return to their intimate one-bedroom suite, which includes a homey kitchen and a posh marble bathroom. A stone fireplace complements outdoorsy décor such as hand-carved furnishings, pinecone light fixtures, and floral quilting culled from fluffy cumulus clouds.
As the sun rises over the misty lake, The Rosseau's waterfront restaurant, Cottages, whips up cinnamon-bun french toast ($16 CAN) and three-egg omelets ($14 CAN+) from its eclectic breakfast menu. At Teca, the on-site Italian eatery, hearty portions of tender steaks and handmade gnocchi fuel outdoor adventures such as guided nature hikes, snowmobile excursions, and ice-fishing tours.
Muskoka Lakes, Ontario: Natural Beauty in Historical Cottage Country
More than 1,600 bodies of water and a number of crashing waterfalls dot the Muskoka Lakes area, making it a natural setting for water recreation year-round. For land-based entertainment, nearby Port Carling abounds with historical mansions and churches as well as charming boutiques. A scenic one-hour drive from the resort brings travelers to the RMS Segwun, a restored turn-of-the-century coal-powered steamship on which visitors can get a taste of the region's rich boating heritage and handle a rare, coal-powered wooden leg.
What You Get
For $199, a one-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Sunday–Thursday
Or, for $239, a one-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Friday and Saturday
Or, for $299, a two-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Sunday–Thursday
Or, for $349, a two-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Friday and Saturday
Included in all options:
$100 resort credit for spa services or dining at Country Market, Teca, Cottages, or Lakes
Unlimited spa access for two
Four restaurants on-site
24-hour fitness center
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 29, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Not valid until 11/10/11
Must book by 2/29/12
Travel must be completed by 3/1/12
Not valid 11/25-11/26, 12/2, 12/10, 12/24-12/31, 1/8/12-1/12/12, 1/22/12-1/24/12, 2/9/12-2/10/12, or 2/17/12-2/19/12
Limit 5/person, may buy 5 add'l as gifts
Subject to availability
48-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
Must be 18 or older to check in
Name on Groupon must match ID
Not valid with reward points
2.7% resort fee and 13% tax not included
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
How To Book
Call JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.
Choose a date between 11/10/11 and 2/29/12.
Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.
King sofa bed
Standard occupancy: Two
Maximum occupancy: Four
Adding occupants above standard: No additional fee
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: Noon
Parking: Lot parking available for free; valet available for an additional $30 CAN per day
Rollaways: Available for an additional $30 CAN per night.
Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
Pet policy: Pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: Not available
What It's Worth
For $199, a one-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to $279 value)
Or, for $239, a one-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Friday and Saturday (up to $279 value)
Or, for $299, a two-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to $558 value)
Or, for $349, a two-night stay for up to four in a one-bedroom suite, valid Friday and Saturday (up to $558 value)
Included in all options:
$100 resort credit for dining or spa services
Unlimited spa access for two (up to $80 value)
Total value: up to $738
By plane: About 40 miles (60 km) from Muskoka Airport (YQA)