5 Best Couples Getaways in Ontario

5 Best Couples Getaways in Ontario

Ontario has a variety of romantic getaways to enjoy with your partner. There are many unique places to discover, such as quaint villages, scenic gastronomic regions, luxury destinations and off-the-grid cabins. Are you looking for a relaxing nature escape, a spa retreat or a gastronomic experience? We have got you covered! We list the 5 best couples getaways in Ontario, each for a unique reason

We also include our top hotel and Airbnb picks to make planning your trip as easy as possible.

Top 5 Romantic Getaways in Ontario

5 Best Couples Getaways in Ontario

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1. Langdon Hall

Langdon Hall

Best for: a luxurious romantic escape

Langdon Hall is a beautiful countryside estate built over 100 years ago that was first a summer home to a wealthy Englishman. The manor has a federal-revival architecture and contains 60 spacious guest rooms in the main house, stables and cloister wing.

Langdon Hall is part of the Relais & Chateau luxury brand, known for its selection of first-class landmark hotels and restaurants from around the world. The fine-dining restaurant ranks in the top five of Canada's 100 Best Restaurants List with dishes featuring ingredients from its garden and nearby forest.

Unwind at Langdon Hall's spa and book a massage or body treatment. Afterwards, enjoy a hot tea on their outdoor terrace. The hotel also has 12km of walking trails through their gardens and the forest. Our favourite part was cozying up in front of our wood-burning fireplace in the evening. It's the ultimate romantic getaway in Ontario.

Fun fact: An image of Drake walking a dog in front of Langdon Hall was featured in his album, Views.

  • Best time to go: mid-week for the best prices
  • Distance from Toronto: 1.25 hrs - 1.75 hrs depending on traffic

2. Prince Edward County

The County Cider Company

Best for: visiting wineries & cideries in a relaxed setting

Prince Edward County is known as the gastronomic capital of Ontario for its wineries, cideries, breweries and farm-to-table cuisine. It's also the fastest growing wine region in Canada with over 45 wineries. One of the best things to do is rent a bike from Ideal Bike in the town of Wellington and winery hop. Bike rentals start at $40 CAD for 8 hours or $70 for 24 hours.

Here are some of the best wineries in Prince Edward County near Wellington:

  • Sandbanks Estate Winery - fun and relaxing winery known for its award winning wines and food pairings
  • Karlos Estates - vegan certified winery in a barn over 200 years old
  • Hinterland Wine Company - winery in a former dairy barn known for its sparkling wine
  • Clossen Chase Vineyards - sustainable winery in a purple barn
  • Rosehall Run Vineyards - terroir-driven winery that was formerly a tomato farm
County Cider Company

Another must-see spot isn't a winery, but a cidery called The County Cider Company. The craft cider house sits up high and has pretty views of Prince Edward Bay. Go for an orchard tour, a cider tasting, or enjoy some pizza for lunch at their outdoor patio restaurant.

For a romantic evening activity, watch a movie at the Regent Theatre, an old-school film and live theatre that opened in 1918 in the charming town of Picton.

  • Best time to go: summertime for warm bike rides to the wineries
  • Distance from Toronto: 2 hrs- 3.25 hrs depending on traffic

Where to stay in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has quirky boutique hotels and charming Airbnbs to stay at. Here are some of our top hotel and Airbnb picks from a hip retro motel to a converted 1800s church.

Best hotels in Prince Edward County

Photo Credit: Merrill House via Airbnb.ca
  • Best luxury boutique hotel: Merrill House. Built in 1878, the gothic-revival mansion mixes old-world charm with contemporary elements. Walk through the gorgeous gardens, relax in the wood-barrelled sauna, eat at the French fine dining restaurant or drink cocktails in the conservatory bar. The hotel has been featured in Fashion Magazine and House & Home Magazine.
  • The coolest hotel: Drake Motor Inn. Located in the heart of Wellington, the retro and midcentury themed motel was named one of the Best New Affordable Hotels in the World by Conde Nast in 2020. The hip hotel has only 12 guest rooms and features quirky vending machines and vintage polaroids you can use to capture memories.
  • Most Instagrammable hotel: June Motel. The boutique hotel with Millennial pink and sea foam colours and neon signs give 1960s motel vibes. The cute hotel also features a stylish lobby bar and outdoor campfire. Located just a 4 minute drive from Picton.

Best Airbnbs in Prince Edward County

Photo Credit: Sanctuary in the County: 1800s Church
  • Most unique Airbnb: Sanctuary In The County: 1800s Church. The 1400 sq.ft. space is in a restored church built in the 1800s. The bright and airy interior has high ceilings and an inspiring decor with a yoga corner, soaker tub, hammock and a king-sized bed on the altar.
  • Best Airbnb in the heart of Picton: Johnson Street Manor. Charming Victorian house built in 1863 . The restored house has a stylish vintage decor, record player, fireplace and modern amenities.
  • Best Airbnb near the lake: Little Ben Prince Edward County. Cute cottage only 10 steps away from Lake Ontario and your own private limestone beach. Very close to the town of Wellington.

3. Elora

Elora Gorge

Best for: romantic strolls through a quaint village

Discover cute boutique stores, quaint restaurants and art galleries in the romantic village of Elora. The small town is located along the Grand River and has many 19th century brick and stone buildings.

Stop at Sweet Distractions, a small candy shop for some ice cream, try beer at the Elora Brewing Company or go for a swim in Elora Gorge, a swimming hole enclosed by cliffs. It's refreshing on on a hot summer's day!

  • Best time to go: summer time for swims in the gorge
  • Distance from Toronto: 1.5 hrs- 2 hrs depending on traffic

Where to stay in Elora

Photo cred: The Mercantile Manor via Airbnb.ca
  • Fully-loaded experience 🥔✨: Elora Mill Hotel & Spa. A former 19th century mill turned luxury boutique hotel, which recently went through a 27 million dollar renovation. The hotel sits along the Grand River with a view of the falls spilling into the gorge below. The world-class spa has a sauna, steam room, an outdoor pool and hot tub and a reading room overlooking the river with floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooms are pricy and start at $550 CAD per night.
  • Best Airbnb in a historic building: Elora Heritage House. A historic house built in the early 19th-century with midcentury furnishings and a soaker tub. A short walk to the heart of Elora.
  • Most beautiful Airbnb in the heart of Elora: The Mercantile Manor. Spacious and beautiful space with a contemporary decor. The stylish home includes a fireplace, large soaker tub and an outdoor patio with BBQ. The two spacious bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms make it an ideal spot if you are traveling with another couple.

4. Niagara Falls

Horseshoe Falls in Niagara

Best for: a fun & high energy weekend

Niagara Falls is a lively and entertaining city that could be seen as the mini Las Vegas of Canada with its casinos, neon lit strip filled with wacky attractions, American restaurants, towering hotels and impressive ferris wheel giving panoramic views.

The real draw to Niagara however are its magnificent larger-than-life waterfalls, which are some of the biggest in the world.  The Canadian horseshoe shaped falls is the most impressive and famous. Take the Hornblower Niagara Funiclular down to the pathway and take a stroll along the cliff of the waterfall. You get so close to the edge of the falls it feels like you can almost touch it.

Another fun attraction is the Maid of the Mist, a boat tour that takes you to the base of the falls and yes, you get soaked!

Niagara Falls was actually the first place Ari and I ever traveled to for a date when we were in university. It was a fun couples getaway in Ontario since there were so many things to do. Walk the main strip called Clifton Hill to find wacky and somewhat tacky attractions like haunted houses, Ripley's Believe or Not, mazes and arcade games. Afterwards go for a ride on the ferris wheel or press your luck at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

  • Best time to go: November - March and weekdays for the best prices; for warm weather the best months to go are June and September. Avoid the tourist heavy season of July/August.
  • Distance from Toronto: 1.25 hours to 1.75 hours depending on traffic.

Where to stay in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is known for its skyscraper like hotels offering panoramic views of the falls from your room. Don't be tricked into booking a place that has photoshopped the falls right behind it! Some of the pictures make it look like the falls are super close, when you actually don't get a falls view at all.

Hotels with best view of Niagara Falls:

5. Nature escape near Blue Mountain

Beach near Blue Mountain

Best for: an off-the-grid experience in a unique Airbnb

Blue Mountain is a lively town popular with tourists for weekend getaways, skiing and bachelor/bachelorette parties. But once you drive outside of the resort town, it quickly turns into the scenic countryside with remote villages offering quirky off-the-grid experiences. We list the most unique Airbnbs near Blue Mountain from glamping in a retro Airstream to a cozying up in a tiny home.

  • Distance from Toronto: 2 hrs - 2.5 hrs depending on traffic
  • Best time to go: all year round

Most unique Airbnbs for a nature escape

1. Retro Airstream in a Private Forest

Photo credit: Retro camping vibes. Airstream in a private forest via Airbnb.ca
What makes this Airbnb special: The retro 1969 Airstream brings glamping to the next level. The Airstream peacefully sits in the forest and has been beautifully restored. During the daytime, play music on the vintage record player, have a BBQ and eat outside on the wooden table. At night time, bring some firewood and have a campfire under the stars. Note that there is an outdoor private outhouse and you have to bring your own drinking water. Candles and lanterns are provided since there are no lights.
  • ⭐ Airbnb Rating: 4.88 (100+ reviews)
  • Superhost: ✔️
Check out rates for the Retro Airstream in a Private Forest

2. Little Loveshack

Photo credit: Tiny Cabin in the woods. Off-grid + private via Airbnb.ca
What makes this Airbnb special: The Little Loveshack is tucked away in the middle of the forest and is a great way to experience the tiny house movement. Read or draw in the corner nook, make S'mores outside in the firepit or lounge in the hammock. If you are there during winter, use the provided snowshoes for a lovely walk through the forest. After spending time outdoors, take the ladder up to the cozy loft and crawl into your queen-sized bed for a good night's rest. Note that there is a private outhouse, no wifi and no lights, however there are candles and lanterns provided.
  • ⭐ Airbnb Rating: 4.95 (150+ reviews)
  • Superhost: ✔️
Check out rates for the Little Loveshack

3. Hand-Crafted Cabin in Stunning Beaver Valley

Photo Credit: Hand-Crafted Cabin in Stunning Beaver Valley via Airbnb.ca
What makes this Airbnb special: The Hand-Crafted Cabin gives a country livin' vibe with its wooden porch and rustic features. Pick a book from the cabin's library and read outside, lounge in the hammock or go for a tasting tour of edible perennials in the greenhouse. Note that there is an outhouse a short walk away.
  • ⭐ Airbnb Rating: 4.98 (50+ reviews)
  • Superhost: ✔️
  • Minimum stay: 2 night minimum
Check out rates for the Hand-Crafted Cabin

4. One-of-a-kind Dome Stay

Photo Credit: One-of-a-Kind Dome Stay near Collingwood via Airbnb.ca
What makes this Airbnb special: The geodesic dome is a magical glamping experience with its bohemian decor and large window overlooking a grassy forest. The 20' dome also features an indoor hammock and a gas fireplace, making it cozy during wintertime. Outside you will find a firepit and a lovely creek. Note there is a private outhouse outside.
  • ⭐ Airbnb Rating: 5 (10+ reviews)
  • Superhost: ✔️
  • Minimum stay: 1 night minimum
Check out rates for One-of-a-kind Dome Stay

We hope you enjoyed these fun couples getaways in Ontario!

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