Looking for fun fall getaway ideas from Toronto?
I’m sharing a few of my favourite places to watch the leaves turn that are only a short road trip away from my hometown of Toronto. I like to take the weekend away to hike, read, go to the spa and breathe in the crisp cold air in the great outdoors. So round-up your girlfriends or your significant other and let’s hit the road!
1. Prince Edward County, Ontario
One of my all-time favourite weekend trips from Toronto. I would suggest staying at Huff Estates or the Drake Devonshire Inn and pick out a bunch of wineries and restaurants to check out during your visit.
See my Travel Guide to Prince Edward County for more fall getaway ideas for your visit! About a 2.5 hour drive to Picton, Ontario from Toronto.
2. Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario
Relax at this pretty country estate and book a few spa appointments to re-centre yourself. I love hitting all the water therapies, steam room and sauna to detox and reset.
The overnight stays at Ste. Anne’s Spa are all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about meals or paying extra for yoga or meditation classes. About a 90 minute drive to Grafton, Ontario.
3. The JW Marriott in Muskoka, Ontario
Since we don’t own a cottage in Muskoka, Paul and I have been escaping to the luxurious JW Marriott Resort in Muskoka. Set on Lake Rosseau, the resort features a spa, an indoor heated pool, a gym and two on-site restaurants so you never have to leave – unless you want to!
I love renting out a canoe and going for a paddle around the lake. The concierge can also direct you to a few local hiking trails or you can just stretch out next to the lake. About 2.5 hours drive from Toronto.
4. Le Scandinave Spa in Collingwood, Ontario
I’m a big fan of this outdoor spa wonderland and I easily spend 3-4 hours at Le Scandinave Spa every time I visit. I usually book a massage which includes admission to their outdoor pools, sauna and steam rooms. There are hammocks to relax in and lots of Muskoka chairs to sit in.
I usually stay at The Westin Trillium House in Blue Mountain, go shopping in the village and eat at Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant while I’m there. Collingwood + Blue Mountain are great fall getaway ideas and only 2 hours from Toronto. Read my review on Le Scandinave Spa!
5. Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario
Another one of my favourite fall geteaway ideas is a country spa retreat to Langdon Hall, located about a 60-90 minute drive from Toronto. If you can somehow score a Monday off, they do a discounted Sunday night room for $245 and it will be less crowded too. I enjoy taking a walk around their grounds, getting a facial, massage and enjoying afternoon tea overlooking their garden.
6. The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York
A visit to The Whiteface Lodge is best for a long weekend, as the drive from Toronto is roughly 6+ hours but oh-so-worth-it! I recommend leaving on Thursday at around 10 AM after traffic has died down, grabbing lunch on the road and reaching your destination around 5 pm for check-in and dinner.
You can spend all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday exploring the charming town of Lake Placid and all the activities in the luxurious log cabin hotel that is The Whiteface Lodge. I love their three season skating rink and snowshoe trails in the winter too. Heading home at around 4 or 5 PM on a Sunday night should likely mean little traffic and you’ll be in bed by midnight.
7. Glamping at Long Point Eco Adventures
If you’ve never gone glamping, THIS is the place to do it! Long Point Eco Adventures features luxurious safari tents with queen size beds, electricity, running water, an outdoor shower and your own flush toilet!
Spend your weekend hiking, mountain biking and ziplining! There’s also a fantastic winery across the street for meals. Only a 2 hour drive from Toronto. Read all about my glamping trip to Long Point Eco Adventures.
Fall Getaway Ideas + Day Trips from Toronto
8. The Stratford Festival
One of my favourite things about fall is seeing the line-up of plays and musicals put on by The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. I attended an arts high school and every year we would go as a class to Stratford. It’s a great little tradition I kept up after graduation and there are lots of charming B&Bs and hotels to choose from for your weekend getaway. Stratford is filled with cute local boutiques to explore, great restaurants and I think one of the best Main Streets in Canada. If you haven’t been – GO! About 90 minutes from Toronto depending on traffic.
Where are you heading this fall? Do you have any fall getaway ideas to share with us?