Friday, June 18, 2010

Hip Getaways - Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood

The view of the Westin Trillium House Resort
Looking for an easy weekend getaway from the city?  Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario is roughly two hours north of Toronto and has a very active summer scene.  What was once a simple ski resort with an inn and surrounding townhouse condos, is now bursting with modern suites with kitchenettes and a 'village' filled with cafes, restaurants, shopping and a pond in the centre of it all.  So where to stay?  What to do and where to eat?  The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide has got you covered....

King size one bedroom suite

The living room
Dining area & kitchenette
Where to Stay: The Westin Trillium House is the swankiest of the bunch with an Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill anchoring all the dining for the hotel.  Our one bedroom suite featured a king-size bed, dining room, kitchenette, living room, fireplace and spa bathroom.  The couch was a pullout so it could easily accommodate four people if you were planning a girls weekend getaway.  The kitchenette was completely sufficient as we weren't so interested in doing any sort of heavy duty cooking while on vacay.  The fridge was great for stocking your own bar and the cook top for making eggs and breakfast.
The bathroom was very spacious with a soaker tub and separate shower.  We loved the complimentary bathrobes for curling in front of the fireplace and reading.  The rest of the hotel and lobby is very urban chic in casual resort style.  The view from our suite overlooked the pool and pond via a balcony and chairs for us cottageless vagabonds...roaming from one resort to the next.  
View from our room of the pool & village
What to Do: After a busy week, my favourite thing to do is nothing.  I love booking these weekends away to lie in the sun, work on my tan, catch up on all my magazines and go for a swim to cool off.  There are plenty of deck chairs and sunshine to fulfill my weekend ambition.  Too cold?  Hop in the hot tub to work out all those tense muscles from crunching up at your desk.  Everything at the resort is beautifully landscaped with a spa-like feel to it all.  After excessive weeknights of watching 'The Hills' and bad reality TV in general, the weekend is a great time to start all over again and maybe squeeze in a workout.  The Westin Workout room is open 24 hours a day and you can sweat it all out after in the sauna.
Gorgeous hot tub area
The Village: Outside of the hotel, there are ample activities including mountain-biking, hiking, scenic caves, spas, golf and a nearby beach.  See our post on Le Scandinave Spa for the perfect spa day.  The shopping village is great place to explore with an outdoor fire pit, movies under the stars, giant checkers sets and shuffleboard for some old school competition.  My favourite thing to do is to grab a colourful muskoka chair by the pond and soak up more sun.  There is even a paint-your-own pottery store for rainy days and a small supermarket with DVD rentals.  The $5 movies were definitely cheaper then the $13 on-demand selection in-room.

What to Eat: We love the gourmet candy and caramel apples at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  For those who cannot live without their daily Starbucks fix, there is one in the village.  We also found Beavertails, Sunset Grill, Pita Pit, 3 Guys and a Stove, Firehall Pizza Co., and a Wild Wing.  The food options are vast and covers all price ranges.  Of course there is no shortage of patios, bars and high-end restaurants either.  A particular stand out is Royal Majesty Espresso Bar with their wide selection of pastries and grilled sandwiches.  Do try the Tuna & Artichoke Sandwich on Pretzel Bread!  The friendly service and affordable prices make this a great place for breakfast, lunch or dessert.
A perennial favourite in Picton, Roncesvalles and now Collingwood is Buddha Dog.  The all-beef dogs are made locally in Wellington county.  All the gourmet spreads are made in-house and they have a fun selection of Pop Shoppe sodas.  We couldn't resist stopping in for a quick lunch on our way in.  After lunch, walk a couple steps to your right and mosey on in to Dags & Willow Fine Cheese and Gourmet Shop.  Where it's easy to pick up a loaf of Fred's Bread, slices of salami, prepared salads and cheese to make your own picnic or charcuterie for the weekend.
Dags & Willow Shop
Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood is an easy weekend getaway with more room capacity and a wider price range then a traditional Muskoka resort.  Summer is going to start flying by, so make sure you squeeze in a weekend for yourself to somewhere fabulous.

Read more from our Collingwood Travel Series including our visit to Le Scandinave Spa and dinner at Oliver & Bonacini Cafe inside the Westin

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