The holiday season is over, and we’re all back in the swing of things: juggling work, family, social life and all the other aspects of our world that are calling for attention. I call this the February blues – a time when we long for the holidays passed, while simultaneously yearning for the upcoming spring season and the end of winter. There is no better time than now to take a few days for ourselves, just to relax and regroup. We’ve compiled a list of five nearby, cozy vacation spots that are perfect for a weekend getaway across the country.
Auberge du Vieux Port
Perched along the glittering Saint Laurence River, this historic property offers a cozy retreat of old-world luxury. Decorated with old pine floors, stone and brick walls, brass bed frames and arched windows, the hotel remains faithful to its historic roots. Make yourself a steaming cup of coffee with your room’s personal Nespresso machine, and enjoy the view of the river on a bright rooftop terrace.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth first opened this iconic property in 1939 for their royal visit, and it has remained a go-to spot in Vancouver ever since. Designed in the tradition of classic European castles, the palatial hotel has a grand exterior with pointed towers and timeless interior design. Visit the recently re-opened rooftop restaurant for a cocktail, a gourmet meal and live entertainment.
Experience the charm of Old Montréal at this cozy, warm hotel. The hotel has only 28 rooms, all designed with exposed stone and brick walls and decorated with contemporary, colourful pieces. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of the historic neighbourhood and enjoy the host of nearby restaurants, galleries and boutiques. For those of you that like to remain active, complimentary bicycles are offered for guests to explore the city.
Prince of Wales
This Victorian property offers an afternoon tea service reminiscent of time of yore, a spa that promises restorative and relaxing treatments, and authentic Niagara wine and country cuisine. Located in the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, guests will be surrounded by local art galleries, historical sites such as the underground railroad, and of course, take a tour of the sprawling vineyards.
The Great George
This boutique hotel in Charlottetown has been around for 150 years. The Great George hotel is unique in that it is not just one building, but rather 15 restored heritage buildings that line the street in Charlottetown’s National Historic District. Each building exudes its own unique charm and personality, from the Victorian elegance found in the Pavilion, to the family-style accommodations at the Bishop House to the contemporary Hughes House. There’s a setting just right for every guest.