If you don’t think that you like the winter, it’s probably because you don’t know about these secret little hideaways that are all over Ontario's Southwest. While you were living the “catch flights, not feelings” life, you might have been missing out on these Canadian gems. Pack your warmest plaid because here are 7 winter cabins, cottages, and unique escapes to help you embrace winter.
The Mabee Marsh Cabin - St. Williams
The Mabee Marsh Cabin is the perfect place to get away! It's equipped with a complimentary hot chocolate bar, a cozy wood fireplace, an an outdoor fire pit, and over 90 km of hiking/biking trails to explore!
Photo provided by Long Point Eco-Adventure.
Since the cabin has a full kitchen, you can show your support for local businesses by purchasing your groceries and trying a recipe from the Cider Keg. Cooking something warm and tasty is the perfect way for friends and family to spend a cold winter night!
Within walking distance of the Mabee Marsh Cabin is the Burning Kiln Winery so that you can stock up on locally crafted wine and locally made beer to enjoy by the fire at night. If your group would like to participate in a wine tasting experience, the Behind the Glass Experience at the Burning Kiln is an excellent choice. This private wine tasting experience teaches participants about the journey from grape to glass. It not only includes a flight of 5 wines to try, but is also accompanied by gourmet food pairings.
If you are looking for another cozy accommodation in the area, complimentary wine tastings are included for guests that stay at the Burning Kiln's Farmhouse!
Photo of the Farmhouse provided by the Burning Kiln.
Lambton Shores Retreats
You may already know Lambton Shores as a hot spot during the summer months. But have you ever visited during the winter? If not, consider staying at the Mid-Century Modern Retreat to feel like you’re living the life of luxury.
Photo provided by of the host of the Mid-Century Modern Retreat.
Bring your cross-country skis because these beautiful cottages are located on either side of the Pinery which has 38 kilometres of trails open. We suggest going during the week because that is when this popular park is less busy.
You may also wish to visit Dark Horse Estate Winery; a jaw droppingly beautiful and award-winning winery! Or consider walking the adorable alpacas at Sylvan Alpacas!
For food, we recommend visiting The Lake Hound, Midori Sushi, or the Tipsy Pelican.
Lungovita Beach Retreat - Harrow
If you like glamping, spas, or something a little bit different, Lungovita is the winter getaway you've been craving. It is the perfect space for adults to get away from their busy lives and be in nature, without giving up any luxuries or comforts from home. It is glamping on steroids because your stay will be complete with all of the luxuries of home and some additional amenities you may not have at home as well (looking at you hot tubs and saunas that are available year-round).
Since this accommodation doesn’t have a full kitchen, you have an excuse to take a break from cooking. The Kings Bake Shop is an option if you have a sweet tooth and want to “treat yourself” like royalty.
When it is time for dinner, Cooper’s Hawk is a great option. This winery is very close by and has excellent food available for both dine-in and takeout at their restaurant, The Vines. Another close by option is the Bistro at North 42 Degrees Estate Winery! The Bistro is a Feast On Certified restaurant, which means that they source their supplies from local farms.
Fernwood Hills – Komoka
Fernwood Hills have three accommodations that are ideal for anyone looking to get away and relax. The Studio Loft, the Cabin (pictured below), and the Bracken Cabin.
The hosts offer add-ons to your stay. Such as breakfast that is delivered to you contact free in the morning. The Cream Beanery is also a perfect choice for delicious breakfast sandwiches and fair trade and organic coffee.
For lunch and dinner, you’ll want to check out B.J.’s Country Market. They have many locally sourced food options for you to pick up and take back to the loft.
If you are looking to get outside and experience some thrilling winter fun, check out the snow tubing hill at Boler Mountain.
The Harold Cabin at Long Point Lodge – Port Rowan
The Harold Cabin is a great fit for a group of four to enjoy a winter hyper-local vacation at the Long Point Lodge.
This lakeside cabin is breathtaking in the winter months and has a kitchen so that you can still prepare your own meals without needing to go out for food. Stop by the Port Rowan Farmers’ Market to pick up your groceries locally.
If you aren’t interested in cooking, check out the Country Fork, this restaurant offers options that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
And if you are a cider or wine fan, you are in luck because the Hounds of Erie winery is close by.
oTentiks – Leamington
For nature lovers that want to experience the great outdoors in the day, but stay toasty warm at night, you’ll love the oTentiks at Camp Henry, Point Pelee National Park. These beautiful cabins are heated and can fit up to six people.
Complete with a fire pit, a BBQ, a storage container for your food, and all your kitchen utensils, you can cook your own meals. But if you want a break from cooking, you must stop at Freddy's, that's conveniently located right outside the park, to enjoy delicious food.
For the nature enthusiast, make sure to check out the Pelee Wing’s Nature Store online prior to leaving your home. This store has everything that you need for an outdoor adventure. You can order yourself the perfect pair of binoculars online and pick it up from the store on your way into the park.
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