The holidays are fast approaching and with the snow falling and temperatures dropping, there is nothing better than planning a romantic escape with the one you love. Many people in Ontario look outward when planning a vacation, but there are plenty of romantic places in Ontario to spend a weekend cozying up by the fire or enjoying a spa package and some of the finer things in life. If you want to get away from it all without having to step foot on a plane, check out these couples’ getaway ideas in Ontario.
Best Couples Getaways Ontario
1. Sir Sams
Sir Sams is a staple couples resort in Haliburton that makes for the perfect romantic base. With a full water spa, indoor pool, and five-star dining, you never need to leave the resort. Located directly on Eagle Lake, Sir Sams is also the perfect four-seasons resort. With boating and watersports in the summer and snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Sir Sams has private cottages and wood-burning fireplaces, making for the ultimate romantic getaway in Ontario. Surprise the one you live with a weekend at Sir Sams in the Haliburton Highlands. Check availability and rates for Sir Sams on TripAdvisor or Booking.com
Things to do in Haliburton
Haliburton has plenty of things to do, Be it winter or summer there is always something for the outdoor lover or romantic at heart. Go for a hike or snowshoe in Haliburton Forest, or see the resident pack of wolves that live in the Haliburton Wolf Sanctuary. Take a stroll down the main street and be sure to stop in at Evergreen Gallery to busy some beautiful one-of-a-kind prints or go dogsledding in the winter with Winterdance in the winter, or join them in their backcountry cabins the summer. Check out more things to do at Things to do in Haliburton – A Four Seasons Ontario Escape
2. Blue Mountain Village
Blue mountain is our favorite romantic getaway in Ontario. It has always been our go-to weekend trip because there are so many things to do. The Westin Trillium House is our favourite hotel in Blue Mountain, but in truth, we think that for a romantic couples getaway the Mosaic Boutique Suites by Blue Mountain Resort is a better option for romantic getaways. With the Luxury Spa Award Winning – Iwa Spa, this is ideal for couples to relax and rejuvenate. Book your stay at Mosaic here.
Like the Westin, there is a four seasons outdoor heated pool and hot tub. There is no restaurant on-site, but Mosaic is located in the heart of Blue Mountain village with plenty of dining options available. Check availability and rates for Westin on TripAdvisor or Booking.com
You can’t go wrong with any of the hotels in the village. We’ve stayed at them all. We used to have a season’s ski pass at Blue Mountain and spent many a weekend trying out all the hotels. Blue Mountain is our favourite of all the Ontario Getaways we mention.
Things to do in Blue Mountain
It truly is a four-season escape in Ontario with hiking, mountain biking, and cycling in the summer to skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing in the winter. There is always something going on in the village too. Be it music, festivals or special events, great dining, and coffee, Blue Mountain village is the place to be. Don’t forget to indulge in the Scandinavian Spa at Blue Mountain. For more ideas read: Things to do in Blue Mountain and Collingwood
3. Chateau Laurier Ottawa
It is no secret that Ottawa is our favourite city in Ontario. While it has plenty of hotels to stay in that are perfectly fine, nothing compares to the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Located directly on the Rideau Canal, this iconic Ottawa landmark has hosted royalty and presidents.
We love staying at Ottawa’s castle, it is like staying in a living museum. There are three fantastic restaurants including La Terrasse for views of the Parliament Buildings, and Zoes for cocktails and light snacks. Like nearly every hotel mentioned in this romantic getaway post, there is a luxurious spa for couples to enjoy a little couples therapy and indulgence. Check availability and rates for Fairmont Chateau Laurier on TripAdvisor or Booking.com
Chateau Laurier is steps away from all the top Ottawa attractions including the ByWard Market, Parliament Hill, Bytown Museum, and the Rideau Canal. For more information on things to do in Ottawa check out these articles about the four seasons couples escape.
4. Pearl Hotel & Spa Autograph Collection – Burlington
The Pearl Hotel & Spa is Burlington’s latest luxury escape that is perfect for pampering. Located directly on the waterfront with beautiful views of Lake Ontario, The Pearl is a place that will truly impress your partner or spouse. Every detail has been thought of in this luxury resort that was named after the Ciancone family matriarch – Grandmother Pearle. The Ciancone’s are the family behind the Ancaster Mill and the Elora Mill Hotel & Spa. When looking for a couples escape in Ontario, this is a place where you won’t want to leave the resort.
The Pearle Spa features a traditional Hammam sauna, private massage rooms where you can book a couple’s massage, and a relaxation pool. Suites are five-star luxury and the Isabelle Restaurant has waterfront views with fresh farm-to-table cuisine. Located in downtown Burlington at Spencer Smith Park, there are plenty of things to do from shopping in the quaint boutiques to strolling the waterfront trail. Opening in December 2021, this is a great getaway (psst, we had a sneak preview)
5. Niagara on the Lake
Niagara on the Lake is probably the first place most people think of when planning their romantic Ontario getaways. It has been a couples retreat for decades. Located in the heart of the Niagara wine region, it has that fairytale setting with historic architecture, carriage rides, and grand hotels fit for a king.
Book a weekend at the Prince of Wales Hotel located just steps away from all the Niagara on the Lake attractions. Enjoy a couples spa day at the Secret Garden Spa followed by fine dining at Noble Restaurant. Check availability and rates for the Prince of Wales on TripAdvisor or Booking.com
Things to do in Niagara on the Lake
There are plenty of things to do in Niagara on the Lake if you dare to pull yourself away from the opulence of the Prince of Wales. Catch a professional show at the Shaw Festival, take a romantic carriage ride through the historic district, or book a day of wine tasting as you explore several of Niagara’s top vineyards. In the winter, enjoy the outdoor skating rink and winter trail rides, and more. For more ideas in the area visit 15 Amazing Things to do in Niagara on the Lake – Canada
6. Cedar Grove Lodge- Muskoka
What could be more romantic than booking your own log cabin in the woods? Cedar Grove Lodge is located on 150 feet of lakefront property on Peninsula Lake. Each room has its own wood-burning fireplace and this romantic retreat has all-inclusive packages where you can eat three meals a day in the dining room. Check availability and rates for Cedar Grove on TripAdvisor
With cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating on the lake in winter, and canoeing and hiking in the summer, there is plenty to keep you indulging in the great outdoors. Stock up on a bottle of Ontario VQA wine and relax in your cabin hiding away from the outside world. For more read: Things to do in Muskoka in Winter
7. Langdon Hall – Cambridge
Another complete Romantic Ontario getaway is Langdon Hall in Cambridge. Unlike Blue Mountain and Haliburton, you’re going to want to spend all your time on the resort grounds. My friend Kelly had her wedding here and we had the chance to experience the spa and luxury fireplace suites.
This property has the distinction of being recognized by Relais & Châteaux for a standard of excellence. The Five Diamond dining experience is the perfect romantic evening out and its spa packages include a half-day retreat of a Swedish massage, facials, and manicure and pedicure. Add a glass of champagne and lunch and you have a full day of luxury with the one you love. There is a huge hot tub, saunas, and steam rooms to chill out in for the afternoon. Check availability and rates for Langdon Hall on TripAdvisor
This retreat was made for couples with wine tastings and culinary activities to keep you busy. The sprawling estate offers complimentary garden tours, 12 km of walking trails, cycling, and plenty of quiet places to enjoy a book or relaxing glass of wine.
Fairmont Royal York
Everyone always thinks of leaving Toronto when booking a romantic Ontario getaway, but Toronto is the perfect place for a couples weekend. There are plenty of amazing hotels in Toronto from the Ritz Carlton to the Four Seasons. We’ve stayed at them all and have a complete breakdown of where to stay in Toronto here.
But there is something truly romantic about booking a room in the Fairmont Royal York. The Grand Dame of Toronto Hotels, this historic landmark Toronto hotel has been greeting celebrities and royalty for nearly 100 years. Check availability and rates for The Royal York on TripAdvisor or Booking.com
The hotel has had extensive renovations and transformations since 2014 ringing in a new era of keeping the historic charm with chic and modern designs. Located on Front Street in the heart of the financial district the Royal York is steps away from many of Toronto’s top attractions. There are so many amenities in the hotel you won’t want to leave, but if you do, Toronto is a world-class city with no shortage of things to do!
Elmhurst Inn and Spa
The Elmhurst in Ingersoll has come a long way baby! The Elmhurst has been a staple of luxury in Western Ontario for as long as I can remember, in fact, I ate here the night of my high school prom. Operating since 1872, the historic landmark sits on the same property as the James Harris Cheese Factory from 1862. It has a full-service spa and fine dining making this the perfect country escape.
Couples may want to book the Oxford County Cheese Trail Package that includes breakfast and a stay in the luxury suite where you receive a tray of local artisan cheeses, a tasting of chocolates, and a bottle of sparkling wine. Keeping in tradition with its cheese roots, this is the perfect couples’ vacation package. Check out Booking.com for rates and availability
Stratford is home to the Stratford Festival, Stratford is a beautiful village located on the Avon River in Southwestern Ontario. From May to October, you can catch first-rate productions of Shakespearian plays and musical theater performances. Book your romantic getaway at The Bruce Hotel. Check availability and rates for The Bruce on TripAdvisor
Located across the park just steps from the Stratford Festival Theatre, The Bruce Hotel is Stratford’s most luxurious accommodation. With a gym, indoor lap pool, and restaurant, this Four Diamond Award-winning hotel is a cozy escape from the city. Book dinner at the Restaurant at the Bruce and enjoy a three-course Table d’Hôte menu followed by an apéritif at the Lounge.
If you are looking for a Bed and Breakfast escape in Ontario, The Secret Garden Inn in Kingston is filled with romance. Located steps away from the waterfront and downtown Kingston, this historic property has quiet sitting rooms, a front porch terrace, and a garden to relax. Check availability and rates for Secret Garden on TripAdvisor or Booking.com
We stayed at the Secret Garden Inn and it was a lovely B&B for summer, but we also toured the luxurious Frontenac Club Inn during our walking tour with Arthur Milnes. This chic hotel is the newest addition to hotels in Kingston and it is modern and elegant. Enjoy a cocktail in the Bank Lounge and explore the vault or relax on Kingston’s best rooftop terrace. Book a chef’s tasting menu at the Bank Gastrobar before relaxing in your room complete with a soaker tub and fireplace. Check availability and rates for Frontenac Club on TripAdvisor.
There are so many things to do in Kingston for a weekend getaway or mid-week vacation. For all the things to do in the city read: The Ultimate Kingston Ontario Weekend Itinerary
I can’t help it, I love Niagara Falls. Dave and I have spent many a romantic weekend in Niagara Falls and it keeps calling us back again and again. Book a Fallsview suite at the Sheraton Fallsview for the ultimate Niagara Falls view. Our favourite hotel for a Niagara Falls getaway is the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa but you can’t go wrong with suites at Embassy Suites by Hilton or the Raddison Hotel and Suites. In fact, the Raddison has one of the best honeymoon suites with gorgeous views of Horseshoe Falls.
There are way too many things to do in Niagara Falls to include on this list, but if you are planning a couples getaway to Niagara, make sure to read our guides to Niagara Falls. Check availability and rates for the Marriott Fallsview on TripAdvisor or Booking.com
Did you know that Shania Twain performed at Deerhurst Resort? Deerhurst Resort is a year-round holiday escape the reminds me of a set out of Dirty Dancing. There are outdoor activities, entertainment, and dining. While it is more geared to families and not quite as romantic as nearby Cedar Grove Lodge, it is a great romantic escape since there are so many things to do on the resort.
With spa packages, dining packages, and B&B packages there is something for everyone at Deerhurst. Another popular resort in Muskoka is Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa. Check them out for your couples’ getaway as well. Deerhurst Resort can be booked on Booking.com and TripAdvisor for rates and availability
Trillium Resort and Spa
If you are looking for something more upscale in Muskoka, Trillium Resort and Spa offers private chalets and cottages. There is 6 km of hiking trails, a waterfall, sauna, and hot tub. There are year-round outdoor activities from snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and skating in the winter to kayaking and canoeing in the summer. For dinner, imagine dining in an authentic 1819 Muskoka lodge. Couples will love the Trillium Spa with both men’s and women’s spa packages on offer. Check it out on Booking.com / TripAdvisor
Idlewyld Inn and Spa
We can’t forget London Ontario and the Idlewyld Inn and Spa has been a landmark since 1848. Located near Wortley Village and close to downtown, the Idlewyld Inn has 21 luxurious rooms. There is a full-service spa and dining. Book the romance package where you receive a box of chocolates, a bottle of prosecco, and a deluxe breakfast.