The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide ironically needed a fun weekend getaway out of the smog and humidity of the city. The place to go in the summer - Muskoka. But what do you do when you are cottage-less? My advice is to book yourself into a gorgeous and luxurious suite at The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Who can argue with daily housekeeping, poolside service and gourmet meals every night? Located only two and a half hours away from Toronto, the hotel sits on top of a 100 foot granite bluff overlooking the fresh waters of Lake Rosseau...
Owning a cottage on this lake would set you back at least a million, but booking a room at The Rosseau starts at $220/night for a studio (mid-week). We arrived to the smell of a wood-burning camp fire right next to the beautifully landscaped entrance of the hotel. Most suites are equipped with a small kitchenette. We used ours to cook bacon and eggs for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. The Port Sandfield Market is a great pit stop to stock your fridge and is located just past the swing bridge coming from Port Carling. We were able to pick up fresh baked bread, butter tarts and homemade donuts from the bakery side. The Silver Stream Farms Market side was full of fresh produce, gourmet cheese and meats for a small picnic.
The Room - Our studio suite (above) was definitely spacious enough for two people and included a small fireplace, flat screen TV and a very large bathroom with a glass shower stall and large soaking tub. All the fixtures were super high-end with Cuisinart and Miele appliances in the kitchen. The small attention to detail and decor really made the room feel like a cottage vs. a hotel room. Pictured below is the small kitchenette in our room, which meant we only ate dinner out at the resort restaurant, Teca and the occasional snack by the pool.
The Beach - Should you want to vary up your routine from lying by the pool and eating french fries all day, then we suggest the private beach on the resort. The rock shoreline opens up to a small soft sandy beach with lounger chairs for guests. The view is breathtaking and the swimming in fresh lake water is the best way to cool off. Muskoka chairs are also perched on a hill overlooking the lake, which made it the perfect place to read a book and soak up the sun. There is of course, lots of activity on the dock including the chance to go waterskiing, tubing and wakeboarding (from $30/15 minutes). The resort also rents out Seadoos, canoes and kayaks to break up your day with some fun activity.
The Pool Scene - The lower pools on The Rosseau Deck area (below) is usually bustling with the most activity. Here we found a large hot tub, wading pool and main swimming pool with lots of lounger chairs and umbrellas to relax in. Right next to the lower pools, there is a sunny patio with a view of the lake that served up lunch, snacks, beer and frozen drinks. We really loved the Nachos and Pulled Pork Sandwich. The upper pool directly attached to the hotel is an indoor/outdoor situation with a hot tub and attached to a pretty decent gym.
Hiking & Biking - The Rosseau has an amazing network of hiking and biking trails with bikes available for rent on-site. The Shore Line Trail is highly recommended and takes you along a beautiful hike next to the lake with lookout decks to stop and take in the scenery. After working all those hard muscles, there is daily yoga class ($15) offered up to help you stretch it out.
The Spa - If you are still feeling tense after a long week at work in the city, we suggest checking out The Spa Rosseau for a massage or treatment. Spread out over 13,000 square feet and two floors, the spa is accessible via a day rate or included with any treatment. This gives you access to a quiet adults-only pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool with a high vantage point view of the lake. We think that this would be the ultimate part of a girlfriends getaway or a bachelorette party idea just outside of Toronto.
We definitely will be checking back into The Rosseau every summer for our little piece of luxury in Muskoka. Look for specials in the fall and take a hike through the gorgeous leaves turning over. The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide highly recommends this resort for a fun trip with the girls or a romantic getaway with your honey.
To learn more, visit them online at www.TheRosseau.com
Our trip was subsidized in part by The JW Marriott, thanks again for your hospitality!