Charming Lakeside Inn amid Pine Groves in Muskoka
All in all, Canada's Trent-Severn Waterway took more than 80 years to build. The massive undertaking established an elaborate network of locks and canals that link Lake Huron to Lake Ontario and extend for more than 380 kilometers past some of the most picturesque parts of Southern Ontario's Muskoka region. Christie's Mill Inn & Spa, in Port Severn, overlooks a lake that leads to the waterway and several other natural attractions, including the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Barrie and Toronto are both less than two hours away from the inn by car.
You can get a nice view of the lake in the onsite restaurant's dining room. Here, chefs use seasonal and local ingredients to prepare gourmet entrees such as garlic-crusted rack of lamb and almond-pear stuffed chicken. The staff strongly advises reservations for the dining room; the seats fill up fast. Options 3 and 4 of this Getaway include full hot breakfast for two.
Inside the inn's suites and guest rooms, period furnishings and warm tones suggest the French countryside. Each suite and room in this Getaway has a gas or electric fireplace, and the water-view and courtside suites are outfitted with relaxing whirlpool tubs.
Options 3 and 4 include a $40 credit toward spa treatments, making this Getaway a great gift. You can enjoy services such as couples massages and invigorating facials infused with natural minerals and vanilla. Afterward, feel free to kick back in the indoor saltwater pool and hot tub.
Port Severn, Ontario: Winding Waterways and Seaside Cottages
Port Severn is part of Southern Ontario's Muskoka region, which is renowned for its natural beauty, punctuated by more than a thousand lakes and groves of pine trees. Millions of tourists come to Muskoka's seaside cottages each year, including big-name celebrities such as Tom Hanks. While you're in Port Severn, check out the Trent-Severn Waterway's historical Marine Railway lock. It's one of the only operating locks in North America that uses a lift to transfer boats to more elevated parts of the water.
Just 20 minutes from the inn, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre encompasses more than 3,000 acres of forests and wetlands. You can enjoy the scenery here with trails for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing.