Hotel at a Glance: Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat
Set on the shores of a private spring-fed lake, this quaint retreat is surrounded by 32 wooded acres where you can hike along nature trails or kayak on clear water. Though the property feels secluded, it’s only a few minutes’ drive from downtown Stratford, where you’ll find excellent restaurants and theater.
- Hit the trails: Depending on the season, borrow a complimentary bike or cross-country skis to explore the property—keep an eye out for more than 60 species of birds.
- Private lake: Head to Lake McCarthy to fish or have a waterfront campfire.
- Free continental breakfast served each morning near the lake
- Rustic and stylish: Guest rooms feature handcrafted pine furniture and trim, and suites have hardwood floors and lounge areas.
Stratford, Ontario: World-Class Theater and Chocolate Central
This town of about 30,000 residents has several claims to fame: Justin Bieber was raised here, it’s the site of the famous Stratford Festival (formerly known as the Shakespeare Festival), and it’s among the best places in North America to satisfy a chocolate craving. Skipping Justin, let’s start with the theater festival—every year from April to October, some of the world’s most talented actors, directors, and designers converge on Stratford to stage works by Shakespeare and other classic and contemporary playwrights, drawing thousands of theater lovers annually. Another of the town’s must-see attractions is the Stratford Chocolate Trail, a string of more than 20 chocolate and gourmet food shops and restaurants downtown. Take a guided tour to see how chocolate is made and, more important, try some samples.