Leaving the bright lights of the city behind and enjoying the stars in cottage country, is a Toronto summer tradition as old as the city itself. Just north of the GTA lies beautiful Simcoe and Muskoka counties, an area better known to Ontarians as cottage country.
Whether retreating from the city for a weekend of family bonding, a romantic getaway, or a real adventure, there are so many great places to stay. Here are some of the areas first-rate resorts:
A classic lake resort, Severn Lodge ranks #1 among Muskoka’s best family resorts and being featured internationally, on the lists of the “100 Best Family Resorts in North America”. Nearly a century old, this gorgeous lodge offers fully inclusive packages with waterfront accommodations, sumptuous meals and many recreational facilities along with sandy beaches and lake water swimming and fishing. Situated on 100 acres of wooded trails it the ideal place for hiking, golf and horseback riding.
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
This luxury resort welcomes guests with its natural and unspoiled surroundings. Located on a granite bluff this exquisite property overlooks Lake Rosseau. The resort also offers several amenities and activities including a year-round swimming pool, the sparkling waters of Lake Rosseau, golf, guided hikes & stargazing along the shoreline.
A beautiful resort property set on 780 scenic acres overlooking Peninsula Lake. Deerhurst offers many activities such as horseback riding, golfing & aquatic fun in an inflatable water park. The Spa at Deerhurst is perfect for being pampered, followed by delectable dining at Eclipse. Beach goers will enjoy the pristine stretch of golden sands on the shores of Peninsula Lake.
Also situated along the golden beaches of Lake Rosseau is the historic Windermere Resort. This resort makes its home on an incredible natural backdrop, featuring 2,500 square miles of wilderness, granite cliffs, rivers and waterfalls. Enjoy outdoor sports and activities including like tennis or indulge at the luxurious spa for any number of relaxing treatments.
Rated Ontario’s #1 Golf Course Taboo is a must for avid golfers, but this luxury resort features more than the four sets of tees on 7,400 yards of terrain. Unwind and relax in a private cottage chalet taking in a gorgeous sunset or immerse yourself in the European spa offering unique services for health, happiness and well-being. Taboo is also well known for its extraordinary cuisine combining food and entertainment in their dining theatre where the Chef de Cuisine prepares daily tasting menus.
Wherever you stay in Muskoka, you will do so in picture perfect surroundings where you leave behind city lights for starlight this summer.
From designer boutiques carrying the latest trends, high-end galleries & antique shops, it’s no wonder why Yorkville has earned the reputation as Toronto’s Madison Avenue. Lined with flagship stores from Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, this area of the City is a veritable shopping Mecca for anyone with a love of labels. With an illustrious array of places to shop, here are some of our personal selection of the best places for shopping therapy:
Canada’s flagship of high-end fashion retail has drawn comparisons to both Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrods respectively. Hosting four floors of retail space, Holt Renfrew carries high-end names like Giorgio Armani, D&G, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton often showcased through in-store runway demonstrations. Explore and shop at your leisure while concierges tend your every need. Want a break or to relax after a long day of shopping, unwind at their café and indulge in a flaky, French pastry and frothy cappuccino or even better still, pamper yourself at the in-house spa!
Formerly known as Hazelton Lanes and located in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville, Yorkville Village boasts upscale shopping at its best. Here you can find designer brands interlaced among unique boutiques in this vibrant and beautifully designed environment. Shop for shoes, handbags, accessories and haute couture from designers like Badgley Mischka, Christian Louboutin, Monique L’huillier, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Zac Posen…just to name a few.
Divine Decadence Originals:
A vintage couture boutique located on Cumberland Street. Each piece is artfully displayed and personally collected by owner Carmelita Blondet. The offerings at Divine Decadence range from different countries and time periods; with unique finds like a 1910 embroidered-silk cape from Spain, a cream silk lace dress from 1930 and a Persian lamb and mink coat from 1965. With unique vintage couture such as this, it’s no wonder the boutique’s client list includes celebrities like Eddie Vedder, Lauren Hutton and Lady Gaga.
Tailoring isn’t only about suits but can be for shoes as well. This men’s footwear emporium does exactly that when it comes to its discerning customers. Leatherfoot offers enthusiasts premium, handcrafted shoes with collections representing craftsmanship and style, unavailable anywhere in Canada. Walls of radiant oxfords, derbies and brogues, displayed in all shapes, stains and sizes. With the option of standard sizing in soft suede driver moccasins by La Cordonnerie Anglaise or oxfords by Saint Crispin, their true passions shine through in made-to-order services for anyone wanting customization.
This speciality boutique has become a Yorkville institution & home to the most innovative of high fashion collections. Located inside a historic Toronto townhouse with a chic interior, it houses two floors of the world’s most sought after fashion labels along with groundbreaking collections. In fact, Corbo was the first retailer in Toronto to introduce Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik shoes, long before their starring turn in Sex and the City. Featuring other high-demand designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Miu Miu, it’s no surprise that 119 Corbo is the go-to destination for celebrities and fashion aficionados alike.
Whether shopping for the hottest trends, stylish classics, or designer fashions, Yorkville has become an internationally recognised destination and a shopper’s paradise.
Five years have passed since the completion of Crystal Blu, our sophisticated 35 storey tower that has become one of Toronto’s finest addresses. Over the course of the past five years we have seen significant changes to our neighbourhood, changes that have made residents even happier to call Crystal Blu home.
Located across from Holt Renfrew and the Manulife Centre, we have had the opportunity to get a firsthand look at Bloor Street’s significant makeover; a $24-million transformation to be specific. The project completed by the City of Toronto and the Bloor-Yorkville BIA has seen improvements such as the widening of granite sidewalks and the adding of a sustainable planter system for trees. The area has also seen the $400 million renovation of Hazelton Lanes.
The streetscape has been transformed into lavish laneway of high-end retailers such as Stuart Weitzman, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Mulberry and Nespresso along with luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabana, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.
But there’s more in store. The HBC store at Bloor and Yonge will be transformed into the second-largest Saks Fifth Avenue in the world and we’ll be getting a delectable new neighbour when Eataly opens its very first Toronto location in the Manulife Centre in 2019. Eataly, the Italian food palace that includes sit-down restaurants, casual eateries and a multifaceted marketplace will span 50,000 square feet across three storeys.
The first five years at Crystal Blu have been incredible and we look forward to what awaits in the years to come.