Resort with Waterfall Views and Sawmill Heritage
A series of mills churned Walters Creek from the 1850s through the 1980s at the exact site of the modern-day Falls Inn & Spa. Today, the mill’s legacy endures through historical photographs, oil paintings, and actual pieces of the mill sprinkled throughout the inn. Guests traveling during the holiday season (through December 30th) can enjoy the nightly ‘dancing’ Christmas light display in the garden at dusk. There’s also an onsite waterfall—a striking remnant of the old mill operation. It’s a charming, peaceful location for the resort and its onsite spa, which helped the property pick up a TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence. This Groupon includes a $15 credit for the spa.
Guest suites’ balconies and the dining area face the cascade, where white froth adorns a rocky outcropping. Inside each suite, natural light filters through a large window and illuminates a landscape painting. Choose the Cherry Suite to enjoy a LED TV and electric fireplace.
In the inn’s restaurant, you can watch the waterfall through wall-to-wall plate glass as you sip local microbrews or reds and whites. In the morning, choose from a breakfast spread of maple-walnut french toast made with local apples, a fruit-and-cottage-cheese plate drizzled with local wildflower honey, and a smoked salmon bagel.
Grey County, Ontario: Waterfalls and Scenic Countryside
The Falls Inn is located in a secluded part of Grey County, Ontario, about 62 miles (100 km) west of Barrie. Walters Falls is surrounded by a labyrinth of looping trails. Next to the inn, the 2.5-mile (4 km) Bruce Trail follows the tree-lined river, passing by log bridges and miniature cascades. About a 30-minute drive to the east, the Blue Mountains loom over Georgian Bay. Here, you can take to hiking trails or ziplines at Blue Mountain Ski Resort or rent a bike to explore the Georgian Trail, which stretches along the bay to Meaford.