Finding the Perfect Inn is Just a Short Drive Away in Ontario.
Ontario is a province that has played a big role in the development of Canada. As a result, there are many historic buildings that date back decades and have rich backstories. Many of them have been turned into amazing inns.
If you’re looking for the perfect “Ontario Inn” experience, you’re in the right place. We’ve brought together a short list of some of Ontario’s finest Inns. Some are old knitting mills, while others are lake houses built for families back in the day. Whatever the Inn, these places have what you and your partner are looking for. From hot tubs to spas, golf and lake swimming, check out our short list of the finest inns this great province has to offer.
Sherwood Inn is the quintessential Muskoka Inn experience. Having visited before, Eric can vouch for how great of an experience it is! Located right on the shores of Lake Joseph, the property is tucked away under tall pine trees – making it a great spot to go for a walk and find some shoreline all for yourself. The private docks, shared fire pit, and various Muskoka chairs around the property make it easy to explore.
The room styles vary from rooms and suites in the Main Inn to Lakefront Cottages. Each room or cottage has its own unique charm, decorated to reflect the Muskoka surroundings but including all the modern amenities you’d expect: flat screen tv, coffee maker, ironing board, and bathrobes.
The Vintages Dining Room is known in the area to be a very elegant dining experience. Serving Muskoka classics, Sherwood also has an award-winning wine cellar to choose the perfect wine. What’s great is that you can eat here even if you’re not a guest of the inn!
At Beginnings Spa, located right at Sherwood Inn, you’ll have a relaxing experience in their peaceful Muskoka environment. The Inn has a fitness room and a games room. There are also various walking trails good for cross-country skiing and shoe-shoeing the winter. The area has many restaurants reachable by free boat ride, golfing, and the town of Port Carling to enjoy. To learn more about Sherwood, you can check their website here.
Burleigh Falls Inn
Known as “the Gateway Inn to the Kawarthas”, the Burleigh Falls Inn enjoys sunrises over Stoney Lake and sunsets over the dams at Lovesick Lake. The Falls can be visited in any season, with outdoor enthusiasts enjoying an endless array of options for recreation activities. The waterfront includes the Marina at Burleigh Falls Inn, a campfire area, a seasonal pool, and more.
The accommodations at Burleigh vary from Lakeside Cabins to rooms in the Lower Inn, to the romantic rooms and suites in the Main Inn’s upper floors. These rooms include amenities like coffee makers and mini fridges as well as fireplaces, TVs, and jacuzzi tubs.
Guests can dine overlooking Stoney Lake at The Grill Bistro which serves up authentic Kawartha Cottage classics alongside seasonal features. If you’re travelling with a dog, the Burleigh Inn welcomes dogs – even reserving a few rooms for owners and their dogs. Check out more about the Burleigh Falls Inn here.
Christie’s Mill Inn and Spa
If you’re picturing the perfect lakefront inn experience, Christie’s Mill might fit the bill. Located in beautiful Port Severn, this inn and spa is perfect for couples looking to get a little nature and relaxation all in one.
Guests can choose from a traditional style room or a suite that’s perfect for a short getaway. Many come with either a fireplace or patio. In-room luxuries include queen or king sized beds, coffee service, complimentary toiletries, and wifi.
The dining room, The View at Christie’s, overlooks the area with panoramic views of the water and aims to serve local and seasonal dishes that aim to capture the true taste of Muskoka.
The Avalon Spa boasts the ultimate relaxation experience with therapies focused on skin care and stress release. The Inn offers an indoor pool and jacuzzi, a cozy cocktail bar, sauna, and private lakefront beach. The area offers cross-country skiing, golf, the casino, and more! You can learn more about Christie’s Mill here.
Heather Lodge Inn
Located in Minden, the heart of the Haliburton Highlands, Heather Lodge is the perfect place for adults to get away and appreciate Ontario’s nature. Heather Lodge was founded in the 1940s and has since been restored and renovated to be one of the premium, but affordable, getaways in Ontario. This cozy traditional log-style lodge features suite rooms, fine dining, and spa services that can be arranged especially for your trip.
Heather Lodge sits on an amazing waterfront property on Twelve Mile Lake. As such, you can enjoy the water just a few steps from your suite. The dining room offers four-course meals for dinner in a grand room that overlooks the Twelve Mile.
There’s lots to do and see nearby to Heather Lodge. Since it’s open during all four seasons, you can enjoy the warm summer by visiting nearby wineries or with a round of golf. In the winter you can go dog sledding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing! You can learn more about Heather Lodge Inn at their website.
The Village Inn
The Village Inn offers small town hospitality in the heart of the Kawarthas. Located in Lakefield, just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, the Village Inn offers guests a relaxing place to stay and a charming experience.
The upscale rooms are decorated to reflect the old age of the Inn while embracing the new. As such, rooms are decorated with antique furniture, loud colours, and period pieces that are sure to turn heads as you reflect on the past. Of course, each room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable, mini fridge, coffee maker, among other things. Suites have separate sitting areas, dining areas, dishware, and a microwave.
Guests of the Inn have access to Continental breakfast and can treat themselves to classic pub fare at the Thirsty Loon, the privately owned pub and restaurant located at the Inn.
The area is full of things to do. The Kawartha Lakes offer some of the best fishing in Southern Ontario, and there are many hiking trails/paths in the area. For the golfers or art buffs, the village of Lakefield and the larger town of Peterborough are a short drive away. The spa service for the Village Inn is just a few steps away. To learn more about this traditional country inn, visit their website here.
The Millcroft Inn and Spa
The Millcroft Inn and Spa is an award-winning estate in Caledon, Ontario. Located right beside a beautiful spillway, Shaw Creek Waterfall and country surroundings are what draw visitors from around the world. Built in 1881 originally as a knitting mill, the building has been renovated to give visitors an authentic Ontario inn experience.
The rooms in the Main Mill offer guests a king or queen bed and overlook the Millpond and the Falls. The rooms are all outfitted with European and Canadian antiques as well as TVs and a sitting area.
Guests can splurge at Headwaters Restaurant, a high-class dining experience that aims to offer visitors one of the best French dining experiences that a restaurant can offer. With an extensive wine list, the chefs at Headwaters strive to only use ingredients that are local and in season. There’s even live music on Saturday evenings.
Known for their renowned spa facilities, the Inn has hot spring pools with waterfalls. Take a dip in a cold pool for maximum Scandinavian health benefits, and hop back into a warm pool or steam room. Continue to relax with an extended spa treatment or make use of their fitness centre. With walking trails and a variety of winter activities in the Caledon area, it’s no wonder that Millcroft Inn is so highly ranked on the list of Inns to check out here in Ontario! To learn more, check out their website.
Westwind Inn on the Lake
Located in Buckhorn, the Westwind Inn prides itself on being a “no shirt and tie” establishment… unless of course it’s a dress-up event! The Inn sits on 60 acres of natural Kawartha Lakes land just 1.5 hours from Toronto a short drive north of Peterborough.
The Inn offers guests rooms with air conditioning, fireplaces, and private balconies – all in a warm and cozy decorated atmosphere reminiscent of a log cabin in the wood.
The dining hall, Treetops, serves country dishes to guests of the Inn. Outside guests can make a reservation to this restaurant that overlooks the lake through the tall pine trees (hence the name). Should it interest you, there’s a variety of dining options in Buckhorn only 3 kilometres away.
While there is no spa onsite, there are two just 15 minutes away. Westwind is open in all seasons with lots to do. You can grab a double hammock by the water’s edge with your partner and relax, or you can get active and take advantage of their free usage for canoes, kayaks, rowboats, nature trails, skating on the lake, swimming pool, hot tub, and much more. To visit the Westwind, have a look at their website.
The Glenerin Inn
Tucked away in Mississauga, don’t let the city feel fool you about Glenerin Inn. Built in 1927 as a summer estate, the Glenerin now lives reminiscent of an English manor with dining and spa facilities.
Keeping with the historic feel of the estate, the Inn offers 30 guest rooms, each decorated in a unique way that blends elegance and modernity. Guests can find wifi and flat-screen TVs mixed with stone walls and stained glass.
Their spa aims to bring you a “wellness experience” incorporating healing techniques from around the world. The dining at the Glenerin offers a creative menu and an extensive wine list. The area where the Glenerin Inn is located offers guests a variety of things to do. While there’s a fitness centre and trails at the Inn, guests can find golfing, theatres, and fly fishing nearby. To find out more about what the Glenerin has to offer, you can visit their website.
Cobble Beach Inn
If you like to golf, a stay at the Cobble Beach Inn might be for you. Located in Kemble, Ontario this Inn makes use of its surroundings on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula overlooking the water of Georgian Bay. Guests can choose to stay in suites for weekend retreats or seasonal homes for longer stays.
For those who are hungry at Cobble Beach, Sweetwater Restaurant and Bar is the place for the finest meals for all preferences. They pride themselves on serving organic, local, and seasonal ingredients to their guests.
One of the best parts about Cobble Beach (besides the golf) is the spa. The spa facilities include couples massage rooms, Vichy shower, relaxation room, and much more. All spa services allow guests access to enjoy the outdoor plunge pool, the steam room, whirlpool, and fitness facility.
Whether you’re visiting in the summer or the winter, there’s always something do to at Cobble Beach. The grounds offer hiking trails, a private boat dock, and tennis courts, while the surrounding areas of Georgian Bay and Owen Sound offer skiing and more. You can learn about Cobble Beach here.
And there you have it – nine of the finest inns in Ontario! Have you stayed at any of these before? Can you recommend any hidden gems? Let us know in the comments – we’re always up for “inn-hopping”. If that’s the term being used these days? Who knows!
As always, Happy Inn-Hop Waddling,