Get on the waiting list because these are some of the trendiest spots to stay in Ontario right now. If you do not get lucky enough to snag a weekend stay, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for cancellations. These are all 5-star properties, all with stunning interiors, and provide you with everything you may need for your stay. Some feature lakeside views, others have pool access, while some are completely immersed in the forest. You pick your favourite.
Location: Algonquin Highlands, Ontario
Sleek and modern and located in the middle of the forest, this treehouse called The Baltic, is something out of an architect’s dream. Surrounded by windows on all sides, it feels like the forest is inside, giving you the overall feel of being immersed in nature. Warm-up by the propane fireplace in the open concept Scandinavian-style living room. The kitchen area is stocked with all the amenities you might need for a great home-cooked meal, or use the ground-level fire pit to BBQ. Also located on the main floor is a full bath, which even features a custom rain shower! Perfect for a couple’s getaway, with one loft bedroom which can be accessed via a ladder to the perfect king-sized bed.
This hideout was just completed by the company, Fort Treehouse Co. They plan to build more in the near future. These modern hangouts are the perfect escape to spend evenings snuggled up near the fire, with daytimes spent hiking in Algonquin and exploring the region. The Baltic was built using as many sustainable and natural materials as possible.
Location: Harcourt, Ontario
If you’re dreaming of an open concept, spacious A-frame cottage that has scenic views from every window, this is the place for you. Only steps away from the no-motor, silent and crystal clear lake, it is perfect for a winter stay for winter sportsmen and those looking for a luxury getaway. It is equally as wonderful in summer for swimmers and fishermen as well as those seeking luxurious peace in nature. The cottage also provides canoe, kayaks, and a peddle boat, perfect for exercise, bird watching and exploring the lake. The modern kitchen has all the appliances you may need. You also have the option to cook on the BBQ located on the huge deck.
NOTE: Guests staying winter months will need a 4×4 or AWD, as the snow can sometimes cause the road could be slippery and snow-covered. The hosts provide duvets, pillows and blankets. They also provide septic-safe soap, shampoo and conditioner. It is pet-friendly by request!
Location: Sauble Beach, Ontario
The June Motel in Sauble Beach has become the coolest spot in town – also making the area even more desirable to visit. Two badass women converted this old motel into a trendy boutique hotel. This is their second location, with the first located in Prince Edward County. They’ve created a brand that reflects their love for delicious wine, food, and good vibes. They are only open from spring to fall, so they get booked up very quickly. Their property is an ode to 1970s beach town life, featuring a pool decked out with funky umbrellas. Sip on beverages or frosé as you bask in the sunshine. Their HeyDays Restaurant, located on the property, serves coastal classics like oysters, hot buttered lobster rolls, and obviously magnums of wine. Beach yoga is available every Saturday morning, followed by a cold-pressed juice or a canned cocktail back at The June.
Every room features pool views and has a patio to sit and enjoy that bubbly while you watch the sunset. Pop on a vinyl record while you sip on your morning coffee. You can literally shop your room and discover products that are from their favourite female founders, all located in the gift shop. Stay here for the pink doors and retro beach vibes.
Location: Bancroft, Ontario
This all-season Airbnb is the perfect mix of modern luxury with picturesque lakeside views. The cabin has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and an extremely cozy lounge area with a fireplace (obviously!). If this place doesn’t have relaxation written all over it, what does?
The kitchen features a Smeg pink fridge and has a Nespresso coffee maker, Smeg coffee maker, pizza oven and BBQ. There is also plenty of entertainment for those rainy days with snug bean bag chairs where you can stream a show or play Xbox.
NOTE: Guests are even allowed to bring their dogs with an additional cleaning fee!
Location: Southampton, Ontario
Stay at this recently renovated boutique vacation rental, which is located only an 8-minute walk from Lake Huron. Every detail has been thoughtfully designed (by professionals), from the fully equipped kitchen and open concept living space to every bedroom. You can expect to be cozy and warm all winter long with a gas fireplace, and AC to cool you down on those hot summer nights. Enjoy your meal in the picture-perfect bistro-style dining nook. The three bedrooms are all outfitted in luxurious organic cotton bedding, yet vary in size. The first bedroom is located on the main floor with a queen-sized bed, the second is on the top floor and considered the master bedroom with a large closet and dresser, and the third bedroom features two double beds.
The grassy front and back yards make it an ideal space to play, picnics, or suntanning in the summer. Sit back and relax on the two large, fully furnished decks that feature a propane BBQ and dining space. There is also an area to lounge while you have your morning coffee or take an afternoon nap in the shade. Spend the evenings by the camp fire-pit and roast up some gooey s’mores.
NOTE: There is a strict 7 night Saturday to Saturday rentals in the summer (June 14 – Sept 13), with a minimum 3-night stay at other times of the year.
Location: Hawkestone, Ontario
This is definitely something you want to experience if you are looking for a new adventure and a new point of view on life. Stay in the Stargazer Dome which has an integrated loft space that is reachable via ladder, featuring a king-sized bed located directed below the huge skylight. On a clear night, you will fall asleep to the stars in the sky and wake up to morning light, all while keeping toasty by the wood fire. Each dome has its own cedar shower, farmhouse-style sinks, and environmentally friendly chic composting toilet. The farm works hard to reduce their carbon footprint and minimize the amount of waste they produce. There is also a kitchenette which is made up of what they consider to be “essential.” This includes a BBQ outside, with a mini-fridge, electric burner, and a toaster oven inside. Cooking items, like a pot, frying pan, skillet, kettle, salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, cutlery, dishes, glassware, locally crafted mugs, tinfoil, matches and a cutting board are also available.
If you’re looking to make your stay even more special, there are privately guided horseback rides through their beautiful trails. Another option is hiring your own chef to provide you with a one-of-a-kind dining experience while you stay at Glen Oro Farms. All the food is locally sourced and prepared from scratch over an open fire.
Location: Thornbury, Ontario
This 70’s inspired boutique hotel includes lots of personal touches and is the ideal road trip destination to Georgian Bay. Whether you want to book some romantic time away or spend the weekend with friends, this spot is the perfect spot to do either. The property includes a courtyard, 3 fire-pits, picnic tables, heated patios, a bocce ball court, and a snack bar on-site. This is also a dog-friendly spot, so feel free to bring your pup along for the adventure.
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