Ever since we welcomed Toronto’s Hazelton Hotel and Prince Edward County’s Drake Devonshire hotel into our collection, we find ourselves humming ‘O Canada’ nonstop. And because the two are mere hours apart and we have an overwhelming craving for real, honest-to-goodness maple syrup, we put together a long-weekend escape in Ontario.
Whether you fly in or drive, start in Toronto (or Hogtown…or the 416, if you wanna get colloquial). At the Hazelton Hotel you’ll have easy access to Mark McEwan’s buzzed-about restaurant ONE (it’s on the ground floor), as well as a steady supply of basil gimlets and wildcat ciders from the onsite bar. Should you feel the itch to shop, Holt Renfrew department store and Yorkville Village are both a quick stroll away. Consider a swim in the Hazelton’s saltwater lap pool, then laze about in the spa. You’ll need to reserve your strength for the drive ahead…
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Just two and a half hours west of Toronto you’ll find Prince Edward County – a oenophile’s dream destination. Beyond the vineyards and wineries, there are miles of trails for hiking and biking, plus sandy beaches for windsurfing and summertime dips. Of course, if you stay at the Drake Devonshire, you’ll never want for activities. The hotel hosts regular cultural events, such as author talks, art classes and live music, as well as bonfires and sing-alongs (think of it as countryside karaoke). As for that maple syrup, the hotel’s buttermilk pancakes with berries and vanilla chantilly are alone worth the trip.
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