Expansive Hotel with Upscale Dining and Year-Round Virtual Golf
During the winter, the numerous golf courses sprinkling Cambridge, Ontario, disappear beneath a blanket of snow. Yet inside the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, the 19th Hole golf simulator keeps clubs swinging year-round in the warm environment of a cocktail lounge. Large screens temporarily envelop golfers on a windy, tree-lined course while the rest of their party sips drinks as they sit on leather chairs. Like the rest of the hotel, the virtual driving range and chip-and-putt course create a comfortable environment where entertainment and relaxation come hand in hand.
Attached to the 19th Hole Lounge, the Bruce Restaurant and Lounge and its dark wood paneling seem reminiscent of a formal study area. It's a relaxed, subdued setting for drinking regional draft beers and Ontario wines and sampling dishes made from local produce. In the morning, the same space reconfigures to hold an extensive breakfast spread, where bacon, sausage, and ham fill carnivorous cravings alongside pastries and fresh fruit.
Among the hotel’s sprawling four stories, spacious two-room king and queen mini suites pair carmine couches with broad executive desks. Other upscale amenities include a granite-topped kitchenette and fog-free mirrors in the bathroom, ideal for when Bruce Springsteen needs to brush his teeth while using his fog machine.
Cambridge, Ontario: Lively Metropolis with Small-Town Charm
Near Ontario's southernmost border, Cambridge began as a small milling settlement at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers. The hamlet eventually grew into a bustling metropolis, now a vital part of Canada's Technology Triangle along with Kitchener and Waterloo. The area still preserves its rich history with institutions such as the Waterloo Region Museum, where one can browse through an interactive village depicting life in 1914. Nineteenth-century architecture is on display throughout Cambridge’s downtown area, including the Italianate style of the Cambridge City Hall, built in 1858. Cambridge also maintains a small-town charm with several family-friendly ice rinks and farmers' markets, which purvey local produce throughout the year. In nearby St. Jacobs, Peddlar's Village buzzes with shoppers browsing handcrafted knickknacks and buskers performing live music on hand-knit saxophones.