Hotel at a Glance: The Glenerin Inn & Spa
Old-world charm pervades every nook and cranny of The Glenerin Inn & Spa. Set on two acres of forested grounds, the Tudor-style stone mansion was built in the late 1920s and still retains many of its original features. Exposed wooden beams, antique chandeliers, and stained glass can be found throughout the building; a big stone fireplace in the sitting room gives the place a cozy feel. Both the mansion and the adjacent carriage house have heritage building status. They're connected via an underground walkway that’s especially convenient on snowy days.
- History lesson: Since 1927, the estate has served as a summer home, a WWII refuge for St. Hilda’s school for girls, and a temporary place of worship for the Solel Synagogue.
- Charming guest rooms feature contemporary design notes, including iPod docks and Italian coffeemakers; large windows overlook the grounds.
- Meals included in this Getaway: hot breakfast for two and a $20 dining credit that can be used toward ribeye in a horseradish and peppercorn sauce, classic french onion soup, and other steakhouse fare.
- Book a spa day at the onsite spa, which offers sumptuous massages, body scrubs, and organic facials.
Mississauga, Ontario: Walkable Toronto Suburb
Mississauga was originally developed as a southern suburb of Toronto, set right along the shores of Lake Ontario. As it grew, however, Mississauga quickly developed into a city in its own right, with lots of restaurants, shopping complexes, and year-round activities, such as those held at Celebration Square. During the summer, the square hosts outdoor concerts and festivals; in winter, visitors can go ice skating at a large, open-air rink.
Just across the street is Square One Shopping Centre, a sprawling complex with restaurants, a mix of retail shops, and a movie theater. The complex recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that modernized the interior. A few miles south, Erin Mills Town Centre is another large shopping center.
Walkability is one of Mississauga’s major draws. The city boasts numerous pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, including the small downtown. Streetsville is an especially walkable neighborhood a few miles from the city center. Its main drag is lined with charming cafes, restaurants, and day spas.