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 unveil 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 snow kiting 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 a studio room, which includes a galley kitchen and a posh marble bathroom. A stone fireplace complements outdoorsy décor, such as hand-carved furnishings, pinecone light fixtures, and floral quilting harvested from fluffy cumulus clouds.
You can use your resort credit at two onsite restaurants. The Rosseau's lakeside restaurant, Cottages, whips up cinnamon-bun french toast (C$16) and three-egg omelets (C$14+) for breakfast. At Teca, the onsite Italian eatery, hearty portions of tender steaks and handmade gnocchi fuel outdoor adventures, such as ice-fishing and snowmobiling.
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 land-based entertainment, nearby Port Carling abounds 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.