4.5-Star Hotel and Spa Getaway Along Ontario’s Lake Rosseau
On clear winter nights along the shores of Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, the snowfields glow deep blue under the moonlight. Naturalists from the 4.5-star JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa introduce you to this dreamlike landscape on snowshoe tours beneath the stars. The sprawling hotel rests atop a granite bluff, with a grand Victorian façade that belies the laid-back charm of the retreat, combining homey comforts with indulgent amenities including a full-service spa. While you’re here, you’ll find a wide range of recreational activities, including snowmobiling and ice skating.
Spa Rosseau abuts a heated outdoor swimming pool overlooking sweeping natural vistas. After unwinding with a back, neck, and shoulder massage (C$75), settle into your studio room, which includes a galley kitchen and a posh marble bathroom. A stone fireplace complements the room's outdoorsy decor, marked by hand-carved furnishings, pinecone light fixtures, and floral quilting harvested from fluffy cumulus clouds.
You can use your resort credit at one of the onsite restaurants. The Rosseau's lakeside restaurant, Cottages, whips up waffles and three-egg omelets for breakfast. At Teca, an Italian eatery, you can enjoy hearty portions of tender steaks and handmade gnocchi.
The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa was number 6 on Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Top 15 Resorts in Canada and it's restaurant, Teca, won a [Wine Spectator Award of Excellence](
Muskoka Lakes, Ontario: Natural Beauty in Historical Cottage Country
Named one of best trips of 2012 by National Geographic, the Muskoka Lakes region has more than 1,600 bodies of water and a number of crashing waterfalls, making it a natural setting for water recreation year-round. For entertainment on land, nearby Port Carling is rife with historical mansions and churches as well as charming boutiques. The area also draws those looking for a scenic spot for dogsledding or ice-fishing.