This holiday season we’ve got lots of ways to give that special someone the gift of Ontario, from a quick road trip or weekend getaway that will create memories that will last long after the snow has melted. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away, or a getaway for the whole family here’s two Resorts of Ontario properties that make it easy to give the gift of time together.
SETTLE IN AT THE BRIARS
Tucked away on the south shore of Lake Simcoe, The Briars is the perfect place for a romantic getaway after a busy holiday season.
Wander the Grounds
The Briars has been in the same family since the 1880s, and the historic buildings and grounds have been beautifully preserved. Lake Simcoe is just steps away, and Muskoka chairs and outdoor fire pits make for a pleasant way to enjoy the outdoors. For a new perspective, head upstairs to the viewing tower and admire 360 degree views of the resort and lake.
Discover the Peacock House
You might notice a curious octagon shaped building when you arrive at the Briars. Take a closer look, because this building is a historic gem. It is Ontario’s only example of an octagonal-shaped peacock house and was actually used to house peacocks in the late 1800s. Want more Briars history? There’s much more to explore inside the house, including historic tours of the resort, sometimes including a peek at the secrets inside the history room. Plus, during the holidays the resort is decked out with stockings and Christmas trees throughout.
Treat yourself or someone special to a spa day at the Briars. Whether it’s a massage, facial or a mani-pedi, all the treatments pair perfectly with a water treatment session in the indoor pool area overlooking the grounds.
Discover ways to give the gift of the Briars here.
EMBRACE WINTER AT FERN RESORT
For a family vacation Fern Resort has everything you need, including a huge list of winter activities to enjoy, and all inclusive packages that make you stay simple.
Enjoy Lake Couchiching
Fern Resort is perched on the shore of Lake Couchiching. During the winter the lake becomes the perfect spot for ice fishing, and the waterfront of the resort is a favourite place for skating. Fern Resort makes it easy to get outside, with hot chocolate served rink side, hockey nets for games, and transportation to and from the ice fishing huts all included in your stay.
Fern has a big network of nature trails, and in the winter you can take your pick of how to explore them. Whether you prefer snowshoe, horse-drawn wagon, or cross-country ski, Fern includes all of these activities – right down to your ski and snowshoe rental!
After you’ve had your fill of outdoor adventure, warm up inside where there are endless options to keep you entertained. Settle in by one of the fireplaces, enjoy your meals in the dining room overlooking the water, with different menu offerings daily. Head down to the pool and warm up in the hot tub, or set the kids up in one of the many daily activity programs and treat yourself to a spa day. In the evenings Fern offers live entertainment, including the popular staff lip sync show!
Did you know? Resorts of Ontario offers gift certificates in $50, $100, $250 and $500 denominations. The recipients of the certificate choose when they want to getaway, where they want to getaway, the type of facilities and the experience they want to enjoy. Gift certificates can be redeemed for getaways, vacations and any resort services or activities. They never expire and can be redeemed at any of over 100 resorts around Ontario. Plus, check out more gift ideas each day in our 12 Days of Ontario Gifts.
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